CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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!

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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.

tissue paper pom poms fail 2

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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Pretty Puny Tissue Paper Pendants Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:00:22 +0000 Read More »]]> tissue paper pendants

I almost couldn’t find the tutorial for these tissue paper pendants from Snapping Monsters, because OMG THE CUTE PROJECTS. So. Many. Cute projects. Very distracting.

Eventually, however, I snapped back to reality by reminding myself that my craft wire is trapped under a pile of other projects I never finished, which I’m pretty sure I’m required by Crafting Law to finish before I pretend I can learn how to do something new. Not to mention, the last time I tried to use resin, an important ingredient in this particular project, I very nearly permanently adhered my fingers to a plastic cup.

CraftFail reader Kate, however, gave herself the all-clear to give this necklace a try.

tissue paper pendant fail

Now, maybe my standards are especially low, but I think her pendants look pretty dang pretty. Maybe not as stamped… or detailed… or numerous as the inspiration, but still an enviable effort!

Kate saw things differently. “So I saw this beautiful necklace on a blog called Snapping Monsters. I thought I could make it as an Easter present for my mom. All in one day. The Saturday before Easter. Not.even.close. She wore it on Easter too and now I feel bad!”

Well, luckily moms are required by Crafting Law to love every craft their kids ever make for them – a rule that obviously extends way beyond kindergarten art class. Besides, it’s the thought that counts! Even if it’s a last-minute thought.

tissue paper pendant nailed itFor serious funny and serious failure, see Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Sad Melted Snowman Cookie Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:00:47 +0000 Read More »]]> melted snowman cookiesYou might think cute little melted snowmen cookies, like these from Somewhat Simple, should be reserved for the winter months, but I disagree. I’d much rather think about chilly snow in the summer, plus isn’t warmer weather what makes them melt?

Also, as you’ve probably noticed, I’ll use any excuse to eat cookies.

I also like any excuse to laugh, which is something that would surely happen if I tried to make these cookies myself – because mine would turn out exactly like this one CraftFail reader Julie of So This Is Julie made.

melted snowman cookie failThe difference is that this was Julie’s first attempt, and she reports the rest of them turned out cute enough to share. I, on the other hand, would’ve made about three that looked exactly like this before giving up and just eating un-decorated cookies with spoonfuls of icing. Of course I’d have eaten the fails too, because how can you look at that sad, sad snowman face and not EAT IT?

melted snowman cookie nailed itFor more laughs, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!




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Spider Cookie – a fail from the start Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:00:35 +0000 Read More »]]> spider cookie

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Um, excuse me, but isn’t a spider-covered cookie a fail EVEN IF YOU DO IT RIGHT?”

The answer, in a nutshell, is a resounding OMG YES.

Nevertheless, you won’t be surprised that it’s all over the Internet, and most places (if they give credit at all) refer back to a post on Natural Living and Parenting’s Facebook page from 2013, which pairs this photo with a recipe.

However, it’s not their photo, either – if you check the watermark, it’s a picture from Worth 1000 is a site that hosts (we really should have seen this coming) Photoshop contests. This photo is the creation of user chther11, and spiderchipcookie was the 4th place winning entry in a contest called Snackimals, which also spawned such horrors as a slimy strawberry caterpillar and pickled frogs.

So it should come as no surprise when people of the web have trouble making cookies that end up looking like this one by simply dragging a toothpick through the melted chocolate chips to create legs, as so many online tutorials suggest.

Kat, of How To, How Hard, and How Much, found out how impossible the task is first-hand when she completely mangled three batches of cookies, practically digging holes in them with toothpicks trying to spin some chocolate spiders. Miraculously, she did create two cookies with one spider each, which look nothing like the original (for reasons that are now obvious) and which took approximately forever and a day to make.

spider cookie failYou can read the whole fail-full story here, but as Kat says, I think we can all agree “the moral of the story is: don’t believe everything you see on the internet.”

And for more good, honest, spider-free funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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