CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Reality of Pinterest Cake Pops Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:10 +0000 Read More »]]> Robyn's Crafty Corner Cake Pops episode

If you’ve spent any time at all on Pinterest, here at CraftFail, or elsewhere on Planet Earth, you’ve no doubt heard of cake pops.

And if you’ve heard of cake pops, you’ve seen some MAJOR cake pop fails. Like these frog pops, or Rudolph the crappy cake pop, or this polar bear cake pop flop. But seriously, one wonders, how could they really turn out that badly?

Pretty easily, as you’ll soon see.

We’re bringing you another episode of Robyn’s Crafty Corner (surely you remember the twine ball episode!), “the show that proves all those projects you see on the Internet really are possible” – to become miserable failures. Get your cake and heavy-duty kitchen cleaner ready, and join me for this quick tutorial that shows exactly how making cake pops goes horribly, hilariously wrong.

Robyn's Crafty Corner Cake Pops episodePlease pop by (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) Hollow Tree Ventures for more funny stuff from Robyn!


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Gummy Bear Cake Bomb Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:00:49 +0000 Read More »]]> gummy bear cake by raspberri cupcake

Adding sweets onto sweets has always been one of my very favorite baking techniques – or it would be, if I didn’t just eat all the ingredients by the handful before actually making them into something. This gummy bear cake by raspberri cupcakes definitely falls into that category; if (unlike me) you can resist shoveling spoons of frosting and gummy bears into your mouth while the cake cools, it looks like it could be a sweetly adorable treat!

CraftFail reader Alice thought so too, so she decided to whip one up for her sister’s birthday.

gummy bear cake fail

SO CLOSE! As long as you don’t look at the back…

gummy bear cake fail rear view

Looks like the cake fell a little short of her expectations, and the frosting fell a little short of the correct quantity.

gummy bear cake nailed it

For more funny (and rear views that are better off hidden) visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Bleach Pen Blahs Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:00:40 +0000 Read More »]]> DIY bleach pen

Store-bought bleach pens are expensive, but you can find out how to make your own DIY bleach gel in an old glue bottle from Pinteresty tutorials like this one from Me and My DIY. As a bonus, they’re PERFECT to use on all those (also Pinteresty) bleach-designed t-shirts.

Kat, of How To, How Hard and How Much, put two and two together, and realized she could combine a DIY bleach pen and a t-shirt to recreate the look of this adorable top:

bleach pen tree shirt

This tree shirt is actually a screenprint design by MyFavoriteTee on etsy (no longer available, but she has lots of other cute shirts!). Imitating it seemed straightforward enough, though!

Unfortunately, the gel didn’t exactly cooperate. Nor did the bleach.

bleach pen shirt fail

And the results were… a little blah.

DIY bleach pen shirt - NAILED IT

You can find the details on Kat’s funny blog!

And for more failure, funny and probably improper use of bleach, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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These Ice Orbs Are Giving Me a Sinking Feeling Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:00:01 +0000 Read More »]]> ice orbs

It’ll be winter soon, so you can bet you’ll start seeing ice orbs all over Pinterest again within a few weeks. These lovely outdoor decorations, done so beautifully in the photo above by the queen says, are created by putting a few drops of food coloring in water balloons, filling them with water, and putting them outside to freeze. Like magic, in what seems like forever but is actually only a few days, you can spruce up your snowy landscaping with colorful bowling balls made of ice!

Now, I can see a few problems with this right off the bat:

  1. These are often touted as fun outdoor projects for kids. Kids. Food coloring. Need I say more?
  2. Kids’ attention spans rarely last long enough for you to even explain what the project is going to be. By the time these things are solid, the odds of the kids still being interested in putting on 800 layers of winter clothes to go outside and help you cut balloons off the ice balls they already forgot about are fairly low. Like, in the realm of 0%.
  3. Freezing temperatures. I don’t like being in them any more than my kids do, not even in the name of science or Childlike Wonderment or good parenting. Screw that. I want to be inside where it’s warm.

Karen Alpert of Baby Sideburns fell for that whole “good parenting” thing anyway, and went ahead and tried it. You should read her whole post about the debacle, called Ice Orbs are for “those” moms and people like Martha F’ing Stewart, A.K.A not me because it is full of hilarity, but in a nutshell she found Problem #4 with the project: food coloring isn’t such a great idea for adults to handle, either.

ice orb dyed hands

Among other things, she also found out that ice orbs are significantly less beautiful when they sink into the snow.

ice orb fail

To try and salvage the project, Karen says, “I managed to unwrap two others and place them more carefully on the snow along with a few of my fingers that had fallen off.” Way to find the frosty, negative 14 degree silver lining, Karen!

ice orbs nailed it

For more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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What Your Craft Supplies Say About You Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:00:37 +0000 Read More »]]> what your craft supplies say about you


Everyone here at CraftFail – including our lovely readers – loves to cook and craft, even if we don’t always do it perfectly. And that says a lot about us – mainly, that we’re all awesome!

But did you know your favorite supplies can say a lot about you, too?

Today we’re sharing a funny (and informative) list from NickMom that explains what your favorite craft supplies say! So, which one are you?

what your craft supplies say about you-promo

For more funny lists and listy fun, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Disgusting Homemade Dog Food Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Read More »]]> pupcakes is full of tips, advice, and – yes – even recipes for people who love to pamper their pets.

CraftFail reader Kelly found their Beef Pupcake Dog Food recipe, and knew it would perfect for her french bulldog, who suffers from food allergies. As a bonus, the pupcakes are SO CUTE – they look good enough to… well, eat!

pupcakes fail

Or… never mind. Sorry, pooch!


For more failure, funny, and possible unexpected nausea, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Vaguely NSFW Calzone Explosion Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Read More »]]> calzones

Ham and cheese calzones like these from All Day I Dream About Food are an appetizing alternative to regular cold sandwiches.

Naturally, Leslie Marinelli (CEO and Editor-in-Chief at In the Powder Room, home of funny, cheeky entertainment for women) turned a similar recipe for hot lunch into this MUCH hotter calzone-splosion, which she likened to a certain anatomical area (CAN YOU GUESS WHICH ONE?):

calzone explosion

This surprises exactly zero people, especially those who know Leslie, are required by virtue of being her children to eat her meals, or have seen the kinds of obscene food she makes for breakfast.

I’ll take my entree with a side of sex ed, thank you!

Hot Calzone Collage

For more inappropriate giggles and probable TMI, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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This Puppy Roll Got Lost in Translation Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:00:54 +0000 Read More »]]> hot dog sandwich

Apparently this puppy hotdog roll was being circulated around Facebook a while back without any recipe or instructions. Because we all know how well projects ALWAYS turn out when we assume we can figure them out just by looking at the “after” picture, right?


Darlena, who blogs at parentwin and records all her food fails on her YouTube channel, wisely looked for a recipe for this adorable lunch. The closest thing she could find was here, but Darlena says it basically just told her “to mix flour with water, then bake it. So I did. To horrible results.”

hot dog sandwich fail

This poor, poor puppy looks like a pile of raw hash browns. But never fear, I found the original recipe on CookPad!

Except the recipe is in Japanese – and when I translated it, it went from unreadable to hilarious, with instructions like:

Basic dough – Please use your favorite fabric.

To the steaming up while you are Yugai about two minutes in a hot water once wiener

To put one on top of the cabbage shredded mayonnaise ? ? cabbage painted margarine

And my favorite…

voila I mean ketchup mustard to your liking ? let me add piping hot wiener

So, in this case, maybe we were all better off going with the Facebook photo with no instructions.

hot dog sandwich nailed it

For more funny, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she’s probably still giggling about adding piping hot wieners.

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CocoNOT Ice Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Read More »]]> coconut ice

Coconut ice recipes, like this one from, are quick, easy and, if the warnings on Pinterest are to be believed, highly addictive!

Best of all, it’s a no-bake dessert – and since so many food fails are the result of flawed baking, burning or otherwise botching the cooking process, this one should be nearly impossible to mess up!

Umm… hello?

Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true. Especially when you’ve put a bunch of pressure on yourself with the decision to turn coconut ice into TOTALLY AMAZING gifts for everyone you know.

Or, as Maggi of Just Add Glitter and Stir explains,”This is a simple no bake dessert treat and when you take the time to mess it up correctly, it’s sure to be a hit with your family and make your smarter, more literate friends green with envy.”

Hmm, that sounds ominous…

coconut ice fail

Truly, you owe it to yourself to visit Maggi’s site and read her hilarious 6-step instructions for getting this recipe all wrong. There’s even a Snuggi GIF! Enough said.

coconut ice nailed it

For more half-baked (okay, no-bake) humor, head to Hollow Tree Ventures where Robyn’s sure to be both failing and eating something that looks like failure.


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Bears, Peanut Butter and Fungus – Oh My! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:00:59 +0000 Read More »]]> peanut butter bears via The Toddler Cookbook by Annabel Karmel

Allow me to introduce you to… peanut butter bears! You can find the recipe in The Toddler Cookbook by Annabel Karmel, but at the risk of spoiling the surprise, you pretty much just smoosh Rice Krispies and peanut butter together into a head shape, then smoosh candy onto the head in a face shape. Even your toddler can do it (thus the title of the cookbook)! Before you know it, you’ll have a plate of smirking, severed bear heads ready to stare up at your child blankly with unblinking candy eyes.

YUMMY! Snack time is fun!

Because she loves both feeding and terrifying children, Allison Hart (friend of CraftFail and professional parentfailer at Motherhood, WTF?) wanted fun/creepy snack time, too!

peanut butter bears fail

I believe I’ll call this recipe “Crumbling Fozzie Bear With Unevenly Dilated Pupils Stains His Mouth On a Blue Sucker and Gets a Fungal Infection In His Ear.”

Huh, I wonder why no one’s offered me a cookbook deal yet.

nailed it - peanut butter bears

For more funny and peanut buttery parenting failure, follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures!

*Special thanks to Bel of Journeys are my Diary for her help tracking down the original recipe.

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