CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pancakes From NeverEVERland Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:41 +0000 Read More »]]> tinkerbell pancakes

Lucky Becca of Becca in the DF got what she describes as the coolest pancakes ever at a little spot called Hotcakes Artísticos, where they’ll make you a pancake shaped like almost any character you can think of. Here we see her Tinkerbell pancake, but she also snapped shots of a hotcake Angry Bird and a breakfast-ready Bieber!

Reddit user eat24-enjoy shared a pic of an even more ambitious pancake Tink, in full (sort of) color!

Tinkerbell pancake fail

I was going to say something like, “Oh, I really see the resemblance,” but… I guess it does resemble a Tinkerbell who got flattened by Captain Hook’s ship. A couple times. Right?

For more attempts at cooking (and parenting) that fall flat, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Chocolate Eclair Pie – Bye Bye Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:00:53 +0000 Read More »]]> eclair cake

If you’re kitchen-challenged like I am, making a chocolate eclair might sound like it’s out of your dessert league. Luckily, Hugs and Cookies xoxo has an icebox chocolate eclair cake recipe that sounds so easy even I could whip one up!

Or could I?

Instagrammer @apriljean19 shows us that maybe it isn’t always quite as easy as it looks…

Chocolate eclair pie #fail #pinterestfail #runny #pie

A photo posted by April Jean (@apriljean19) on

If you ask me, like most problems this pie fail can be fixed with one simple thing: MORE CHOCOLATE.

eclair-cake nailed it
For more funny (or if you just need someone to take some over-melted chocolate off your hands) pop over to visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Yogurt Sort-Of-Covered Strawberries Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Read More »]]> yogurt-covered-strawberry

These yogurt covered strawberries, found on My Fridge Food, have everything you could hope for: they’re tasty enough that you want to eat them all, they’re healthy enough that you probably could eat them all without feeling too guilty about it, and if the name of the website is to be believed, all the ingredients are already in my fridge!

Plus, the recipe states you just cut the berries, dip them in yogurt and freeze them – how easy is THAT?

Easy enough, I supposed – the tricky part is getting them to look remotely like the photo, as Instagrammer @crysthurmes discovered.


A photo posted by Crystal Thurmes (@crysthurmes) on

Ugly delicious food just means it’s delicious food that you should eat really fast, right?

yogurt-covered-strawberry NAILED IT

For more funny failure find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures where, if she’s honest, “eat really fast” is her solution to pretty much *every* problem.

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DIY Moon Sand Mess Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:48 +0000 Read More »]]> DIY moon sand

Moon sand is notoriously messy, but at least with a recipe for DIY Moon Sand – like this one from Kids Activities Blog – you can make it at home. That’s right, now you don’t have to pay toy store prices to spend an afternoon covering your children with small clumps of sand and completely clogging up your vacuum!

Looks like Instagram user @brambleberry’s son was less than impressed with his mom’s attempts at tackling this Pinterest project, though.

Craft project gone seriously awry. Jamisen aghast. #DIY #CraftFail

A photo posted by Anne-Marie (@brambleberry) on

Oh well, at least if you do this outside it gives the kids a reason to take a break from destroying the *inside* of the house, right?

DIY moon sand fail

For more funny and failed attempts to keep children from destroying stuff, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Camper Cushion Crash Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:00:53 +0000 Read More »]]> camper van knit cushionHow cute are these knit camper van cushions (from a pattern found on ravelry)? Beep beep, move over boring pillows, there’s a convoy of adorable stuffed mini VW vans coming through!

Except, maybe not so much for CraftFail reader Teri, who posted her version on CraftFail Facebook page!

knit VW bus cushion fail

The last time I tried to knit I had similar results, and I thought, “Oh dear, it’s inside out!” Then I realized I was knitting a scarf. I don’t know how familiar you are with scarves, but they don’t really HAVE an inside out so I was forced to accept that it was just a really unattractive scarf.

I wore it anyway.

I hope Teri loves her misshapen love bus, too!

knit VW bus pillow nailed it

For more misshapen fun, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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The Heartbreak of Valentine’s Day CraftFails Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Read More »]]> Valentine's Day craftfails

So many of us strive to make sure Valentine’s Day is extra special – but of course, if we’ve learned anything here at CraftFail, it’s that crafts and recipes often don’t go quite according to plan.

What better way to start a day of love than with a heart-shaped bacon breakfast?

Valentines #pinterestfail

A photo posted by whitneytaul (@whitneytaul) on

Or maybe we should just skip straight to dessert instead. Cupcake, anyone?

#cupcakewars #walloflove #pinterestfail #mops

A photo posted by @kayla_castiglione on

Uh oh, the cupcake seems to have capsized. Let’s stick to whole cakes!


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Never mind. Cookies? Yes, cookies! Inspired by Valentine’s conversation hearts!

Pinterest fail at its finest???????? #pinterestfail #conversationalhearts #firsttimeforeverything @kristin_soto

A photo posted by Jasmine Soto (@jasminesoto) on

Hmm, maybe we should skip the sweets and stick to something slightly healthier. Chocolate-covered strawberries, perhaps?

Ack! Oh well, chocolate is chocolate no matter what it looks like. After all, love itself isn’t always pretty either, is it?!?

Anyway, we might be better off showing our affection with sweet photography instead of actual sweets.

Oops! Happy Valentine’s Day, craft failers!

For more laughs, love and failure, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Dream Catcher Nightmare Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Read More »]]> DIY dream catcher

DIY Dreamcatcher by Saving More Than Me

Remember when you were a kid at summer camp and the counselors showed you how to make dream catchers? You could create some beautiful webs – perfectly suited for catching dreams, they say – by tying a string onto a hoop, looping it around onto … another spot somewhere, then tying the string and stretching it across to … uh, somewhere else. Anyway, it seemed easy enough at the time!

It looks like Twitter user Alison (@guineagibbs) doesn’t quite remember all the steps either! She posted this photo and caption to her account:

dream catcher fail

We feel your pain, Alison. If we remember summer camp accurately, those things were sort of a nightmare.

For more funny failure and broken dream (catchers), find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Craft Kits For Kids – Not What You Expect! Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:00:01 +0000 Read More »]]> Kids' Craft Kits

On CraftFail, we’ve learned time and time again that kits – whether they’re for creating iced cookies or cake popswoven potholders or wooden bird houses – often fall short of making our projects faster or easier, despite what they might promise. Why?

Because they so often just don’t meet our expectations – especially when it comes to kits for making kids’ crafts!

Kids Craft Kits Expectations vs Reality

Here’s a sampling of what you think is going to happen – and what actually does:

What you expect: They’ll be entertained for hours!

What happens: You spend hours scraping glow-in-the-dark glitter glue off your kitchen table.

What you expect: The box will contain everything you need to make several items.

What happens: The kids use every single googly eye and Popsicle stick on the first project, then complain that everything they try to make with the remaining glue dots and four beads is hopelessly lame.

What you expect: The craft will be age-appropriate, based on the recommendation on the label.

What happens: Your child somehow finds a way to make fuzzy pompoms extremely dangerous.

If you’ve ever fallen victim to the lure of a Craft Kit – or if you’ve just been tempted to buy one and want to know what you’re in for – check out Kids’ Craft Kits: Expectations vs. Reality. And then please come over to my house and help me pick up the 2,000 plastic pony beads that’ve found their way into every crevice of my home since my daughter dropped her Mega Bead Bucket kit and the lid came flying off. Because YES, THAT HAPPENED.

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SpongeBob Squarefail Cookies Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Read More »]]> SpongeBob Squarefail

Maybe you can’t tell right away, but we’re pretty sure that’s supposed to be a bug-eyed SpongeBob, in cookie form.

One of our clues was the fact that this was shared on NickMom, the home of SpongeBob (well, the home of SpongeBob’s pineapple home under the sea), but also because one of his friends appears to be overbaked nearby. Check out We Call This Cookie “SpongeBob SquareFail” and see what you think!

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Slow Cooker Mac-n-Mistakes Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:00:03 +0000 Read More »]]> slow baked mac n cheese

A Whisk and a Prayer is making dinner easy for us tonight with this Slow-Baked Mac and Cheese recipe – because even I can operate a slow-cooker without burning anything, and even a picky 3-year-old will eat cheese without complaining too much.*

*These are both lies – I can (and have) burned things in a slow-cooker, which is one of the reasons I’m not allowed in the kitchen anymore, and most 3-year-olds will only eat pasta that’s plain or made by Kraft. But whatever, you shouldn’t let that stop YOU from trying it!

CraftFail friend Kat, from How To, How Hard, and How Much, gave it a try. How did her rich, cheesy dish with a perfectly crunchy coating come out?

slow baked mac n cheese fail

OK, I’m going to have to side with the 3-year-olds on this one. Check out Kat’s funny five-step process for failing at this recipe, and then whip up a batch yourself – IF YOU DARE.

slow baked mac n cheese nailed it

For more half-baked funny, find Robyn burning stuff (and probably eating it anyway) over at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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