CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like a Crime Scene Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:40 +0000 Read More »]]> swirl-ornament-puffy-paint-diy

Painted ornaments are fun to create, are positively dripping (GET IT???) with sentimental value, and make great holiday gifts for those people you love who refused to give you any ideas about what to get them for Christmas. I Love To Create Blog has lots of ideas for putting a personal touch on plain glass ornaments with puffy paint, like this cute swirly design.

However, this CraftFail fan found that not all 3D DIY designs are created equal.

DIY painted ornament fail

As she points out, “Nothing says Christmas like blood-red paint splatters!”

swirl-ornament-puffy-paint-diy NAILED IT

For more questionable choices in crafting (and life in general) visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where you don’t have to bring a hand-painted ornament because she didn’t get you anything either.


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Frosting-Flooded Cookie Flops Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:00:28 +0000 Read More »]]> frosting filled cookie

So far, the only flaw I’ve found with chocolate chip cookies is that you can’t frost them like a birthday cake. Boo! But thanks to Cookies & Cups, I learned that you CAN mix them with birthday sprinkles and put a bunch of frosting inside the chocolate chip cookie, and now my life is immeasurably better.

Except if I tried to make these – which I won’t because I don’t feel like getting up – but if I did, mother/daughter craftfailing team Allison and Caedran have fully illustrated exactly how my attempt would turn out:

frosting filled cookie fail

Oh well, I’ll take frosting under and all around my cookie, if I have to!

frosting filled cookie nailed itl

For more funny (and a willingness to eat frosting in almost any form) find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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How To Make a Chocolate-Coated Microwave Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:50:34 +0000 Read More »]]> mug cake

Mmm, chocolate! It’s good with everything – and it’s even better when you can whip it up quickly into brownie form in the microwave, like user ITSHALFFULL managed to do with this 1-minute brownie in a cup recipe on Spark Recipes.

Or, as CraftFail reader Dylan probably calls it, a “1-minute chocolate soup everywhere but in the cup” recipe.

mug cake fail

What? Dipping sauce for your appliances? A microwave never looked so delicious!

mug cake NAILED IT

For more laughs, join Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures – where she isn’t afraid to eat chocolate in front of the kids, but she is willing to hide in the microwave with it if it means she doesn’t have to share.

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Deck the Dogs With Festive Decor Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:35 +0000 Read More »]]> Christmas light dogs


Dog owners love getting their pets involved in the family’s holiday festivities, and come up with some seriously creative and cute photo opportunities for their furry friends.

CraftFail reader Kimberly found this picture of two golden retrievers adorably adorned with Christmas lights and holiday headgear, and decided it would be the perfect scene to recreate with her doggies, which she refers to as these “two horrified black labs.”

Christmas light dogs FAIL

Perhaps best of all, she still used the pic for her Christmas card!

Christmas light dogs card

Says Kimberly, “I even spelled Pinterest wrong on the card, so double fail.”

Christmas light dogs nailed it

For more festive failure, follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures!

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O Christmas Tree, How Crappy Are Your Branches Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:00:13 +0000 Read More »]]> christmas cone

With my tendency to eat an entire gallon of ice cream in one sitting, I can see how a person could be left with a box of empty ice cream cones, wondering what to do with them now that all the Chocolate Chip Crunch was gone.

One idea that’s especially crafty during the holidays is to disguise your cones as Christmas trees – that way people don’t start asking a lot of nosy questions, like, “Hey, why do we have all these pointy waffle cones and NO ICE CREAM?”

She Knows has a great plan for turning them into edible Christmas trees – all you need to do is spread some icing on the outside (white for a “snowy” tree, green for a traditional tree and blue if that’s all you have left over from your toddler’s Cookie Monster birthday cupcakes) and slap on some candy “ornaments.”

How hard could that be?

Repeat craftfailer Anna of Random Handprints shows us that success isn’t necessarily guaranteed…

christmas tree cone fail

Ooh, that might be a little heavy on the ornaments. Maybe we can try what I do when the real tree is a little imbalanced, and just turn it around to the back…

christmas tree cone fail

Or… maybe just try a completely different tree?

christmas tree cone fail

I asked, and yes, the star atop this Tannenbaum is indeed a Froot Loop. HOW FESTIVE! I think we have a winner!

christmas cone NAILED IT

For more frooty funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Holiday Class Craft Ha Has Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Read More »]]> class-holiday-party-email

You know who has it rough during the holidays? Well, everyone, but I’m specifically thinking of teachers right now; they’re challenged with instructing our kids AND orchestrating classroom holiday parties. And you know what classroom holiday parties mean, of course: crafts.

And craft fails.

Thanksgiving brings with it the opportunity for “Harvest Parties” where kids construct things like these turkey tails, but December brings another host of holiday fare. This hilarious email thread we just had to share shows the all-too-real process of planning a class party, and explains why some teachers might just skip the crafts completely.

The Class Holiday Party Email Thread In Every Mom's Inbox


For more parenting funnies like these, follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Melted Crayon Candle Mottled Mess Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:10 +0000 Read More »]]> DIY crayon candles

These colorfully striped crayon candles from Adventures In Making are cute, clever way to use up all those ten bajillion broken crayons your kids have snapped in half and then refused to color with because EWW, THEY’RE RUINED!

Brittany figured she’d go one step trendier by making them in mason jars. She started strong:

DIY crayon candle mason jar

But the oven turned her melted wax dreams into a mottled, messy nightmare.

DIY crayon candle NAILED IT

Read Brittany’s whole story – and her helpful tips for avoiding the problems she encountered – in her post on Brittany Estes, DIY Crayon Candles.

And read Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures for funny failure in parenting and life and sometimes even crafts (but usually without the helpful follow-up).

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Somebody Bailed On These Peanut Butter Balls Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:00:09 +0000 Read More »]]> peanut butter balls

When you’re looking for oodles of holiday sweets to whip up for holiday cookie exchanges (or personal scarfing), recipes like this one for peanut butter balls from Ann’s Entitled Life sound both delicious and easy – you know how much I appreciate a cookie with few ingredients, few steps and zero baking time standing between me and my calorie consumption!

One CraftFail reader must’ve felt the same way, and sought to recreate a pan of these peanut buttery bites.

peanut butter balls fail

Even with the blurry photography, you can tell these aren’t ready for their bake-sale close-up. Did they give up on the whole process halfway through? Make a double batch of balls and run out of chocolate coating? I don’t know, but I do know that if there’s chocolate and peanut butter involved, I’m sure SOMEBODY will be happy to eat them…

peanut butter balls nailed it

…Me. I’m that somebody. Please bring all your unwanted cookies (and your sense of humor) over to Robyn’s place at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Unattractive Advent Calendar Adventure Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:00:28 +0000 Read More »]]> Advent calendar

As each holiday season approaches, I see so many creative and fun Advent calendars on Pinterest (like this awesome punch board Advent from you are my fave) that I’m just SURE I’ll make one. YES, this will be the year when I actually make my own Advent calendar! I CAN DO IT!!!

Then I remember that the last thing I need to do is give my kids one more reason to ask, “IS IT CHRISTMAS YET???” every day during December.

I also remember that not everything on Pinterest turns out even remotely like you intend it to. Special thanks to my friend Anna of Random Handprints, who craftfails so often she’s even featured in the new CraftFail book, for curing me of this year’s Advent-envy by sharing her attempt at making this calendar with a Hanukkah twist:

Advent calendar failSymmetry is so overrated, am I right? Unfortunately, jagged misplaced circles and promises of paper cuts weren’t Anna’s only problems. The goodies the kids needed to punch through the tissue to get were supposed to be hidden in paper bags behind the holes, but apparently the bags (and the treats) refused to stay taped in place.

Perfect – now we’ve encouraged our children to punch things and then angered them by not providing the goodies we promised. That should go over well!

Advent calendar nailed it

For more LOL-attempts at the holidays and humor, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Jacked Up Jack-o-Lantern Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Read More »]]> Blackhawks jack o lanternI wish I knew who to credit for carving this beautiful Blackhawks jack-o-lantern filled with twinkle lights! Partly because I need to have my house rewired, and based on the number of extension cords in the background I suspect this person would be more than qualified. Unfortunately, no matter where you find this photo on the web it’s never attributed to any particular pumpkin artist/electrical engineer.

I’m not the only one who appreciates it, though – many folks on the web use this pic as their social media avi, and some are even brave enough to attempt to recreate its majesty on their own pumpkins, as CraftFail reader Megan showed us on the CraftFail Facebook page:

Blackhawks jack o lantern fail

Oooh, so close. Still, the Hawks are lucky to have a dedicated fan like you. Go Hawks!

jack o lantern fail

For more funny and failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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