CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RumChata Frosting Fail Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Read More »]]> RumChata frosting

I’m not sure what rock I’ve been living under, but when semi-pro CraftFailer, Allison, said she tried her hand at RumChata frosting I had to look up what on Earth she was taking about. Thank goodness for Google, because I got an eyeful of this recipe from b.u.i. cupcakes – check out all that light, creamy, boozy goodness!

Sugar and alcohol – how could you go wrong, Allison?

RumchataOkay, not terrible, but not exactly… symmetrical either. But in her defense, she DID admit to getting pretty buzzed from “sampling” all that frosting!

RumChata frosting nailed it

For more funny find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she plans to drink… I mean, make some of this frosting soon, too!

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Festive Cookies Fall Flat Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:14 +0000 Read More »]]> candy cane kiss cookiesThese candy cane kiss cookies from To. Die. For. Recipes calls for rolling cookie dough into balls, rolling the cookie balls around in colorful sugar, and pressing a peppermint kiss into each one when they’re perfectly baked.

So far, I love everything about them. Well, except the part where I have to make my own cookie dough. And the part where I have to resist eating all the peppermint kisses by the fistful while I wait for the cookies to bake. Hey, 8-10 minutes is a long time.

Which shows me that CraftFail reader Leanne exercised superhuman levels of willpower as she set out to make these plump, festive treats. And yet, despite the fact that she still had peppermint kisses left in her kitchen when the cookies came out of the oven…

Christmas cookies fell flat…THIS happened. Wait a second, where’s the “sad trombone” key on this keyboard…?

Ah, there is is: **wah wahhhhhhhh**

Well, they might not be much to look at, but I bet they pass the taste test with flying (green and red) colors!

Christmas cookies nailed itFor more funny that doesn’t fall flat, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!




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Losing Race Cupcakes Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:14 +0000 Read More »]]> race cupcakes CraftFail regular, Allison, whose Minecraft cake, barf loaf and Domo fail are all but legendary around here, continues to brave the hazards of her kitchen (and her family’s scorn) to bring us amazing feats of food failing. This time, she whipped up some cupcakes, inspired by these go-kart cakes from ChiQueCaKes, to celebrate her son’s participation in a pinewood derby. Her friends told her they sucked, even though she’d already Instagrammed them and incorporated them into a fancy collage. pinewood derby collageMaybe a little misshapen, but who among us isn’t?!? Don’t feel bad, Allison – I’ll help you eat the evidence! Besides, those paper checkered flags you used turned out almost EXACTLY like the inspiration, so there’s that! race cupcakes nailed itFor more funny, race over to read more from Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Un-Funfetti Pudding Pops Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:16 +0000 Read More »]]> funfetti popsiclesSummer is the perfect time for sweet frozen treats, and super-easy, foolproof two-ingredient funfetti pudding pops from Rachel Cooks are the perfect sweet frozen treat for moms to make. Pudding plus sprinkles equals happy kids!

Unless, like reader Nicole, you stir the sprinkles in too early.

funfetti popsicles failAww, it’s a gray Sad-fetti Gloom Pop. Oh well, if they’re anything like mine, her kids will eat frozen pudding no matter WHAT color it is!

funfetti-popsicles nailed itFor more unexpected, funny failure, follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures!



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Icelandic Cake Fail Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:00:41 +0000 Read More »]]> Iceland flag cake

I wish I could read Icelandic, because I can’t even begin to imagine how they made this cake inspired by the Icelandic flag, found on Gotterí og gersemar.

CraftFail reader Bedda might want to reread the instructions herself, because when she attempted to recreate this beauty in honor of Iceland’s Independence Day, what she ended up with was this:

Iceland flag cake fail closeupQuips Bedda, “My kids and my facebook friends all agreed that my version was way better. I think we should change the Icelandic flag purple, that’s the way it turns out when you mix the colors anyway!”

Hey, that’s the (patriotic) spirit!

Iceland flag cake nailed it

For more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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These Bath Crayons Are Dirty Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:00:14 +0000 Read More »]]> DIY bath soap

Kat, from How To, How Hard, and How Much, attempted to make DIY bath crayons based on some instructions she found on Pinterest.

DIY bath crayons instructionsI bet you’ve seen this pin, too. Seems pretty simple, right? So Kat followed the instructions exactly, eagerly anticipating how much fun kiddos would have in the tub! Here’s how they came out:

DIY bath crayon failNow here’s where things start to get dirty. Kat blames herself for this crumbly mess of a craftfail because the instructions didn’t specify HOW MUCH water to add (Excuse me, but what’s the “right consistency?”) and she figures she added too much.

However, in addition to leaving out important details like measurements, sometimes Pinterest is just a flat-out filthy liar. When I started searching for a pin that actually linked to real instructions for DIY bath crayons that look like the ones pictured in this pin, I found that all the real tutorials use glycerin soap, not Ivory soap.

Thanks a lot, Pinterest – this fail was a set-up from the start!

DIY bath crayonFor more funny, follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures!




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Frankenfail Treats Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:00:15 +0000 Read More »]]> Frankenstein Krispie TreatsThese Frankenstein Rice Krispie treats can be found on Pinterest, but there’s never a link with the pin. Just the picture – no recipe, no tutorial.

But that’s the beauty of Pinterest, right? So many times, you can tell at a glance exactly how something’s done. Why bother with a recipe? Pinners don’t need boring old instructions, we just need inspiration!


Frankenstein Krispie Treats failWell, I can’t be sure that a tutorial would’ve helped CraftFail reader Laura in this case, but I AM sure that without a tutorial, this tray of treats ended up looking a little like a square, drunken Oscar the Grouch herd.

Frankenstein Krispie Treats failed itFor more laughs, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where her new life goal is to get Oscar the Grouch drunk to see if he really would look like these things.

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Pretty Pom Pom Panic Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:15 +0000 Read More »]]> tissue paper pom poms

I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve actually successfully made my own tissue paper pom poms. Okay, fine, they were from a kit, and the tissue paper was pre-cut and pre-folded and pre-stacked, but I do remember twisting wire around the middle ALL BY MYSELF! I also remember ripping a lot of tissue paper as I tried to separate the layers, but… enough about me, let’s hear how CraftFail reader Jenifer did with these DIY tissue paper pom poms from two twenty one!

My mother’s 60th birthday is fast approaching and I think the 2 week deadline has made me lose my mind. I generally am aware of my own limitations as a crafter (generally, anything more challenging than gluing ribbon onto paper circles is beyond my area of expertise.) However, in these last few weeks of party planning all of the stress has clearly given me a stroke as I decided to make tissue paper pom poms. I looked at several tutorials and they look deceptively easy, in fact they look idiot proof, which is why I decided to try it. I picked a tutorial that had picture instructions! And went to work … 20 minutes later I had finished two of them. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything but they look great.

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Great if your blind, deaf aunt Gertrude (who is 100) made them. The first one I realized quickly was much too big, I had obviously missed a step or two there…

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The second one got torn up because the sheets won’t separate so easily. I think we’re going to skip the pom poms at the birthday party this year!

tissue paper pom poms nailed itFor more fluff and funny, go to Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Pale Pastel Undyed Eggs Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:00:28 +0000 Read More »]]> swirl Easter eggs

Swirly Easter eggs using shaving cream and food coloring instead of tablets and vinegar, like these from A Thrifty Mom, really appealed to CraftFail reader Aly. She said, “Sweet! No messy cups of dye for my 4 kids ( 2 with Asperger’s) to spill everywhere.”

Things started off with promise – just look at all that vibrant color in the foam!

swirl Easter eggs fail in progress

Unfortunately, after they wiped the foam off things weren’t so vibrant.

swirl Easter eggs fail


People have written to us with this same problem before, while I see others on Pinterest get perfect results every time. So what gives?

Some commenters suggest it has to do with whether you use liquid or gel dye. Other people debate using shaving cream versus Cool Whip. Several people swear the difference comes in using farm fresh eggs instead of the ones you get at the grocery store.

Whatever the deal is, I still think this is a win – I’ll take pastels any day if it means my kids won’t spill dye on the table and smell like vinegar for three days!

swirl eggsFor more funny that doesn’t stink, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Pancake Bacon Blobs Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:00:24 +0000 Read More »]]> Buffet-Pancake-Dippers-Lady-Behind-The-Curtain

If I had to name something better than bacon and pancakes, the only answer I’d be able to come up with is bacon IN pancakes, like we have here with these scrumptious buffet pancake dippers from Lady Behind the Curtain.

However, CraftFail has seen its share of pan-bacon-cakes gone wrong. (Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten about these unwholesome bacon-y lady bits already!) So I can’t say I was too surprised to see this bacon breakfast fail come in from reader Merriette:

bacon pancake fail

Mmm, bacon blobs. I’m sure they’ll be quite tasty when they’re cooked, assuming they didn’t starve in the process (this was their THIRD TRY).

Three tries?!? We commend your commitment to eating bacon pancakes for breakfast! But unfortunately, we can’t commend that runny batter.

Bacon Pancakes Nailed ItFor more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she’s serving hot, fresh bacon right… oops, she ate it all, too late. Luckily, hot fresh humor is served up all day long!

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