CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:13:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beautifully Backwards DIY Stamp Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:00:44 +0000 Read More »]]> Make your own stampPaper crafters are always up for a new challenge, so of course you’ll find many of them carving their own stamps. Yes, you heard me – CARVING. THEIR. OWN. STAMPS. Like this cute DIY dandelion stamp found on Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes. Designs can be carved using special stamp-carving kits, school erasers, even potatoes or apples, and allow you the freedom to create any image you want!

You can even carve a word – though @oh_squirrel (of the oh squirrel stationary and gift site – SO awesomely quirky) shows us via Instagram that you have to take at least one special precaution when you attempt lettering. Can you see where her script took a wrong turn?

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@oh_squirrel’s caption: I hand carved a lovely hello stamp. Spot the massive #craftfail

It’s so beautiful! Too bad it’s also so backwards… However, it’s nice to know that even a professional paper crafter can get turned around with a craftfail now and then!

For more backwards humor, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Lumpy Angry Undersized Owl Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:00:01 +0000 Read More »]]> Haunted Hooting Owl PretzelsI don’t know what this owl pretzel treat from Better Homes and Gardens is so ticked off about, staring at us with his angry eyebrows. After all, *we’re* the ones being told this is a snack that even kids can make, despite vague instructions like “Use black licorice twists as eyebrows.”

Sure, it SOUNDS easy, but when you think about it, what does that really mean? “Here kids, balance these chunks of licorice on the cookie eyeballs… somehow.” Never mind the fact that I’m pretty sure owls don’t even have eyebrows.

CraftFail reader Kate found out the hard way that simple instructions don’t necessarily mean a project is simple. First of all, she noticed the recipe didn’t specify what size the pretzels should be; she used the biggest ones she could find, but they still ended up being too small. Then, try as she might, she just couldn’t get the candy to melt smoothly like in the inspiration photo.

owl pretzel treat fail

Oh well, hoo hoo cares? They’re still candy-coated deliciousness with chocolate cookies, right?

Haunted Hooting Owl Pretzels nailed it

For more funny (and imperfect eyebrows), find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Ombre Scarf Snafu Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:56 +0000 Read More »]]> ombre fabric

I wouldn’t say ombre dyeing fabric is one of the easiest – or tidiest – projects you could try, but it is a do-able DIY. Usually. According to tutorials like this one from trusted sources such as Better Homes and Gardens, which describe the process of dipping and adding dye, we could all be a few mere accidentally dye-splattered hours away from ombre bliss!

Unless you run into a few problems like CraftFail reader Lauren, of the thinking closet, did.

Like trusting the Amazon listing to correctly identify the type of fabric you’re buying (hint: polyester doesn’t like to be dyed, even if the Amazon listing says it isn’t polyester).

Or assuming that, armed with nothing but false hope and a crack pot, you can dye polyester anyway.

She tried dyeing some fabric for a really cute scarf, not once but twice! And both times, it came out not-so-nice.

ombre dye fail

Apparently the gradient is gorgeous – right up until the first rinse fades it out completely. As Lauren points out, “It was all the same baby blue color.  Pretty…but not ombre by any stretch of the imagination.”

As she also hilariously points out, “Note that I also nailed ‘cuff rolling’ in that last pic. Sheesh.”

DIY ombre dye NAILED IT

For more funny and rapidly fading good looks, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Arid Irish Soda Bread Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:13 +0000 Read More »]]> Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread, like this loaf from Liz the Chef, is a staple for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or for just generally filling up on delicious carbs.

Rosie of Make Stuff/Do Things says she usually has pretty good luck with baking bread – but this time she had a few minor issues.

I followed the recipe, but due to my lack of either buttermilk or yoghurt I made sour milk the old way (with vinegar). That part worked out fine, if you ignore the fact that warming the milk made some of it evaporate so then I had less then I needed. I had also neglected to take the dry winter air into account, as we’re still in the early days of it and our summers are so humid.

soda bread fail

So when it became clear that something was off I decided that I didn’t want to wait to make more sour milk, and that I should just push forward. End result: something pretty dry and cracked!

Irish Soda Bread NAILED IT

For more DRY humor that’ll CRACK you up, head to Hollow Tree Ventures

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Tasty 5-Dollar Pancake Prank Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:00:40 +0000 Read More »]]> $5 bill pancakes

Leave it to some anonymous person an the Internet to create this picture of how a folded-up five-dollar bill reveals a hidden stack of pancakes – and leave it to reddit users to point out the fiver pancake photo is a fake.

CraftFail reader Caitlin gave it a shot…

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…then realized she’d used one of the NEW five-dollar bills and gave it a try with an old one…

$5 bill pancakes fail old five

…and still came up short. On the plus side, at least she had $10 to go out and buy herself a huge stack of (real) pancakes as consolation!

$5 bill pancakes nailed it

For more funny (and disappointment when it comes to money) find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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A Soccer Ball Cupcake Kick In the Teeth Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:00:46 +0000 Read More »]]> Brazuca soccer ball cupcake

Piece of Cake Cupcakes on Flickr proves that making a confection fashioned after the intricately designed Brazuca soccer ball (THE official 2014 World Cup ball) is actually possible – just in case, like me, you’d have taken one look at those colorful swirls and immediately assumed it was not something a human person could replicate in cake form.

CraftFail reader Lauren, however, had a lot more confidence in her cupcake-decorating skills than I have, and attempted to make some for her 10-year-old brother’s birthday.

Brazuca soccer ball cupcake fail

Oh well, they say it’s the thought that counts, right? That means this sibling’s gesture might not be super soccer-ish, but it IS super sweet.

Brazuca soccer ball cupcake nailed itFor zero soccer or baking skills but plenty of laughs, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Freddo Face Loom Band Fail Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:00:42 +0000 Read More »]]> Freddo loom bands

This happy frog face belongs to Cadbury’s Freddo, a character so popular (in chocolate form) that Cadbury spend 150 hours weaving loom bands and gluing them into a gigantic loom band Freddo face.

Sian, aka Helpful Mum, received a slightly smaller-scale promotional version of the project to try out at home! It even came with two Freddo bars, making me only SLIGHTLY JEALOUS that we don’t have Freddos in the U.S. So, how did her mini-Freddo-face made of loom bands turn out?

3D Freddo loom band

In her defense, I bet she didn’t work on it for 150 hours, like Cadbury did (it only *felt* like 150 hours).

For more pics and more back story, check out her whole post on You’re not from round here.

3D Fredo Loom band face fail


For more funny (and pining for chocolate) find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Very Scary Bat-Rabbits of Doom Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:00:58 +0000 Read More »]]> bat cakepop treats

This pic of bat-shaped cake pops (without the sticks) was taken by CraftFail reader Ursula, who found the recipe in a German children’s magazine. She and her brothers decided to make them for a Halloween party, and WHY WOULDN’T THEY? Any dessert whose main ingredients are Oreos and cream cheese is a must-try, as far as I’m concerned.

I’ll let Ursula translate how the fail went down:

Well, the instructions told me to mash the Oreos with a mixer. This didn’t go to well, there were flying oreos everywhere. I had to do it with a fork. The following steps went well, but when it came to decorating the bats, it went disastrous. After rolling them in the frosting, they looked like pieces of poop and when I tried to put the wings on them, they had already dried so the frosting cracked. And because we didn’t have chocolate chips in the house for the bat ears, I simply left them out.

bat cake pop treats fail

Ursula continues, “The result looked like horribly misshapen rabid black zombie rabbits. But they were terribly tasty!”

I believe it – they might look scary for all the wrong reasons, but there isn’t really anything you can do to ruin the taste of cookies and cream cheese!

batty cake pop NAILED ITFor more frighteningly far-out missteps head to Hollow Tree Ventures, where Robyn is willing to take any misshapen Oreo-based cake pop blobs off your hands, because that’s the kind of awesome stuff she does for friends. Or for strangers, as long as they have Oreos.


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Crusty Glitter Candle Meltdown Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:00:48 +0000 Read More »]]> diy-candles-pot-glitter-pink-upcycling-crafts-tutorials-party-ideas

Although I do have a well-documented hatred of glitter, I also love a craft that’s simple, elegant and easy – a description that perfectly fits these DIY glitter candle holders from Bird’s Party.

CraftFail reader Kim, of Kim J Inspired, attempted to make glitter jars using a similar technique – she didn’t even complicate things with candles! – and got slightly less lovely results.

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Let’s get a close-up look.

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Crusty glitter clumps! How… elegant?

DIY glitter candle holders NAILED IT

For more failure dipped in sparkly failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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May the Fail Be With You Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:00:31 +0000 Read More »]]> star wars cupcakes

You’d need something a lot stronger than the Force to withstand the delectable cuteness of these Star Wars cupcakes by Geek Sweets!

When CraftFail reader Rich found out his employer (MacMillan) was having a bake sale for cancer support, and that the theme was to involve licences they work with, he knew just what to do. And, eventually, he figured out what NOT to do. “I thought I’d try making Star Wars cupcakes, but due to too much food colouring and a general lack of culinary skill, this was the result!”

star wars cupcakes fail

Are those limited-edition Sunburned Princess Leia and Charcoal Briquette Darth cupcakes I see? DELICIOUS!

star wars cupcakes NAILED ITFor more funny failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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