CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Painter’s Tape cul-de-sac of Monotony Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:00:09 +0000 Read More »]]> painter's tape roads

Painter’s tape roads (like this mini-city found in the February 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine) are a great way to keep your kids occupied indoors for hours. All you have to do is stick painter’s tape on the floor to form roads and parking spots, and you’re all set! There’s no right or wrong way to do it, so how could you fail?

I’ll let CraftFail frequent flier, Alyssa, explain.

It’s me again. Still attempting to be a Pinterest perfect mom with a clearly under stocked craft cabinet (paint chip fail= lack of glue, sensory bottle fail= lack of bottles, painter’s tape road= lack of tape.) Am I picking up on this theme yet? clearly not.

I decided to make a Painter’s Tape road, inspired by Pinterest pictures of vast, sprawling tape highways, neighborhoods, and shopping centers. I laid down my first square and got excited. “This is going to be epic,” I thought. Then, rip! I ran out of tape before my tape road empire had even qualified for it’s first stop light.

As you can see in the pictures, what I ended up with was a single square foot (if you count the rounded corners) of tape, in what I call my Painter’s Tape cul-de-sac of Monotony. My little cross beam there was the only way I could elevate my sad track from being no more than 4 right turns.

What’s even sadder is how much my son LOVED it. Picture him driving his truck around this “awesome” circle for 15 minutes straight. It was sad. I felt bad. I need to buy some tape.

painter's tape roads fail

Alyssa @

Well, as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. They probably ran out of painter’s tape, too.

Painter's Tape Roads - nailed it

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DIY Air Vase – nailed it Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:00:44 +0000 Read More »]]> air vase

These decorative vases are made out of paper, but “air vase” is still a pretty accurate name for them, considering air is just about all the delicate beauties will hold.

The retail value for a pre-made air vase is a wee bit high, though, considering it’s nothing but shredded paper. Or at least that’s how many see it, so it’s handy that there’s a DIY air vase tutorial, complete with printable PDF showing you where to cut, on! Now, dedicated crafters like Kat can set aside an hour for X-acto knifing some paper slits and make their own!


air vase fail

You can pop over to How To, How Hard and How Much to see the breakdown on this broken vase – in my grade book, Kat still gets an A+++++++ for patience.

DIY air vase nailed it

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Scary Franken-Fail Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Read More »]]> Frankenstein treatIt’s never too early in the fall to start thinking about Halloween! Especially when it comes to food; planning out which treats I’ll need to make for parties and my kids’ classrooms ahead of time MIGHT mean I’ll be able to scrounge up last-minute costumes when they all suddenly change their minds about what they want to wear for trick-or-treating.


This Frankenstein Rice Krispie treat, found on, seems simple enough. Most kids love these crispy marshmallow goodies, and if all I have to do is spread some icing and slap on some gumdrops, I bet I could actually make enough of these for my daughter’s whole class AND my son’s homeroom! I might even be able to make them all before Halloween gets here!

CraftFail reader Rosalie needed to whip up a big batch, too, but in her case it was to celebrate the anniversary of her store opening.

Fankenstein treat fail



Rosalie explains, “Whatevs. They all still tasted good. It’s hard to screw up sugar. Also, was I too proud to upload my photo to to warn others who look at that recipe and think it is a thing they could actually do? No. No, I was not. It’s up there now – junking up their perfect little Frankenstein. Ha! Take that!”

Frankenstein treats - nailed it

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Ruined Recycled Bead Ring Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:00:58 +0000 Read More »]]> fabric and bead rings Collage

These are just a few of the many, many DIY beaded fabric rings you can find on Pinterest – clockwise from the top are flower rings from Giver’s Log, quilted fabric rings from robayre on Etsy, hippie rings from Cut Out & Keep, a flower ring from FabricTwist on Etsy, a funky fabric beaded ring by Kim Taitano on Etsy, and a springy ring from Mrs. Priss.


Well, CraftFail reader Amanda Formaro is super crafty herself (seriously, she’s pro-level) and had just finished a project involving Mod Podged fabric strips when she decided to use the leftovers on a jewelry project.

So I sewed on some seed beads, trimmed it, then glued it together and put it on. I actually thought it was kind of fun. My 18-yo daughter didn’t want to hurt my feelings, so she said “it’s cute”. But there’s “it’s cute” and then there’s “Oh that’s cute!!” So I knew she was just trying to be nice. When I showed my husband he asked why I was wearing band-aid.

fabric ring failIt’s really nice to know that even professional, published crafters sometimes fail – even when they thought they had a project all sewed up!

fabric ring nailed it

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Under the Sea(sick) Cake Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:00:48 +0000 Read More »]]> Under the Sea CakeThis photo of an Under the Sea cake originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine (you can find a recipe on Spoonful, too), and even though I have no idea where you’d find candy rocks, the design looks pretty simple to assemble.

Of course, you wouldn’t *have* to mess with all that crazy detail. Who needs sugary shells and sour seaweed? CraftFail regular Allison shows us what a simpler seascape might look like.

Swedish Fish cake


Hey, that blue icing “water” really is watery – how realistic!

Now, in fairness, it’s not like Allison was trying to recreate an entire fancy fish tank exactly like the upscale (SCALE! See what I did there?) magazine version – she just dove into the deep end and created her own thing, which surely made a real splash at her party! Plus, she gets bonus points for training those side fish to try to contain that water. I mean… icing.

Under the Sea cake nailed it

For more funny examples of totally tanking, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!



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The Hard Truth About Fabric Softener Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:00:01 +0000 Read More »]]> Pinterest fabric softenerWe’ve all seen DIY laundry hacks on Pinterest for making your own detergent, but have you seen the ones for fabric softener? It seems pretty straightforward, with many tutorials calling for nothing but white vinegar, hair conditioner and water. Not only is that a great money saver, but as CraftFail reader Lindsay noted, it’s the perfect Pinterest project when you’re in a laundry pinch.

I ran out of fabric softener, and since I had all the ingredients on hand to make my own I decided to try it. Not only did it not soften my clothes, I think it made them less soft than using no fabric softener at all. The towels feel like… sand paper on your skin. My daughters pajamas feel heavy and like the soap didn’t completely rinse out. I am having to rewash everything I washed with this stuff, after going to the store and picking up a bottle of Downy. You’d think after the failed make your own dishwasher soap I would stop trusting Pinterest cleaning recipes.

So, in case you’d never been adequately warned about Pinterest’s fickle believability – PINNER BEWARE! Unless you like re-washing laundry (and dishes, apparently) you might want to think twice about trying this one.

What about you - have you ever tried one of the DIY detergents or fabric softeners? Did it work for you?

fabric softener

*For more funny, and more failure, and not very much laundry getting done, come and visit Robyn at Hollow tree Ventures!

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Martha’s Chewy Cookie Crunch Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:00:12 +0000 Read More »]]> Martha Stewart chocolate chip cookies

All of you posh, in-the-know people are probably aware that Martha Stewart has three chocolate chip cookie recipes (I’d always assumed she had closer to three kabillion). Pictured above are the Crisp and Chewy variety, which Martha describes as “soft in the middle, slightly crunchy at the edges, and extra-big.”

That wasn’t the case for CraftFail reader Nicole, however, who sent us this photo of her sad baking experiment:

Martha Stewart chocolate chip cookies fail

She reports:

I ended up with small, brown, very hard little nuggets. I had to try one anyway….shockingly, it did not taste good. As a bonus, it left me with a super weird feeling in my mouth. Seriously.

I know what I did wrong now and will attempt again. Watch out Martha!

Good for you, Nicole – if at first you don’t Martha, try, try again!

Martha Stewart chocolate chip cookies nailed it

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Sloppy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:00:55 +0000 Read More »]]> Pumpkin-Cinnamon-RollsWe’re fast approaching the annual onset of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte addictions worldwide, which brings with it a renewed desire to eat ALL THE PUMPKIN-FLAVORED THINGS. It’s easy to find recipes for pumpkiny desserts and drinks, but what about breakfast?

The marvelous get crocked has you covered with these scrumptious pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls, which you can make in the crock pot. YES, THE CROCK POT. So easy. I don’t see any excuse for not having a batch of these brewing all day, every day. Think of all the deliciousness, not to mention all the disgusting child-related stinky-ness that would be replaced by the delightful combined aroma of pumpkin pie and cinnamon rolls.

Yes, please.

As you can tell, CraftFail friend Kat, from How To, How Hard, and How Much, had a lot of great reasons to test them out. Unfortunately, she reported that, “I knew something was wrong from the very beginning. Not a good sign.”

She found the dough to be… not very doughy, mostly because it called for A LOT of liquids. A quick check of the measurements she used against the recipe shows she used quite a bit more water than was listed, so either get crocked has fixed a typo since Kat’s attempt, or Kat needs reading glasses. Either way, she didn’t have high hopes when she plopped them into the slow cooker.

Pumpkin-Cinnamon-Rolls in process

Check out Kat’s blog for the details – but suffice it to say, the results were not pretty.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls CollageFor more delicious funny and commentary on stinky children, check out Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Magnetic Soup Mess Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:00:39 +0000 Read More »]]> magnetic slime

Science is awesome, but science is at its MOST awesome when it involves messy experiments for kids – like magnetic slime (as pictured here on Frugal Fun For Boys).

Some of the ingredients might require a special order, but after that the project is a snap. All you have to do is mix up some liquid starch, iron oxide powder, and white glue – then let the fun begin! CraftFail reader Lindsay couldn’t wait to try it with her family!

magnetic slime fail

Mmm, magnetic soup! Isn’t science… confusing, kids?

magnetic slime nailed it

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Carrot Centerpiece of Sadness Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:15 +0000 Read More »]]> carrots in a jar

Throwing a party is no easy task. Throwing a party for a kid? Even harder. Throwing a party and cooking for twelve people with a baby on your hip? Forget about it.

That’s what CraftFail reader Carly tried to do, though – all she needed was a little help from her mom! She’d decided on an Eater theme for her daughter’s baptism party, so she asked her mom to make this simple centerpiece she saw on Pinterest. Raw carrots, plunked in a jar full of water? No problem!

carrots in a jar fail

Okay, maybe there’s a *small* problem… those veggies need a serious revamp!

carrot centerpiece nailed it

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