CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sad Sharpie Scribble Coasters Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:57 +0000 Read More »]]> Sharpie coasterThe Sharpie Blog has lots of cool ideas for projects you can make using everyone’s favorite permanent marker, including these Sharpie coasters. Both cheap and simple, all you have to do is scribble some Sharpie onto a plain white ceramic tile, drip on some rubbing alcohol until the colors blur nicely, let it dry and slap on some sealer!

Those are exactly the instructions CraftFail reader Kat followed, though, and instead of vibrant blooms of swirling color, she got this:

Sharpie coaster fail

Kat says the project “seemed easy enough to do…except for me!”

At least not having a coaster gives you an excuse to never put your drink down!

Sharpie coaster NAILED ITFor more colorful humor that’s sort of a mess, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Mint Chocolate Cupcake Recreation Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:00:39 +0000 Read More »]]> chocolate mint cupcakes

This mint chocolate cupcake recipe video from Dishin’ With Di, with its buttercream icing and mint-chocolatey goodness, is a great treat for St. Patrick’s Day.

Our craftfailing friend Tamara of  Confessions of a part-time working mom agreed, so she attempted to make cupcakes again despite her experience with strawberry yuck-cakes and the fact that one of the most important ingredients—peppermint extract—isn’t even available where she lives. Determined her cakes needed to be mint-tacular, she ordered the extract from overseas.

“Can you say ‘shipping and handling’ even for a tiny little bottle?” she says. Hopefully her dedication and effort paid off!

mint chocolate cupcake fail

“Totally deflated,” she continues. “They did taste delicious, though. What to do?”

Well, much like her fail-fix with those strawberry cupcakes, Tamara got resourceful. “I squished them, added melted butter and graham cracker crumbs (another hard to find item around here. A friend had brought me this box from Florida) and made some cheesecake crust.”

cheesecake bites

“The rest is history. I called them cheesecake bites and took them to the office.”

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And how were the reviews? The response from the coworker reported to be the harshest food critic was, “Why are those suckers so tiny, next time, make a REAL cake, K?” Sounds like a win!

chocolate mint cupcakes fix

For more funny (and die-hard dedication to chocolate mint) find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Lazy Lime Layer Cake Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Read More »]]> lime layer cakeThis key lime cake recipe found on Rikki Snyder Photography has a lot to love: layers of yummy cake, alternating with layers of yummy lime infused buttercream frosting, an all-over coating of more yummy lime infused buttercream frosting, and a topping of citrus fruit so I can pretend I’m consuming vitamins and essential nutrients!

I don’t know if this cake is EXACTLY what Instagrammer @fulleremery was hoping for, but whichever recipe she used, my guess is it missed the mark.

#Pinterestfail #delicatessen @lauralacommare

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These lazy layers are really lying down on the job! Well, the commenters on her post seem to agree it tasted great, so there’s still something to celebrate.

For more laughs and laziness, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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This Rainbow Fan Really Blows Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:05 +0000 Read More »]]> rainbow fan blades

Here’s a photo you’ve probably seen on Pinterest and thought, “What a clever idea – I should try that!”

According to the rainbow fan blade tutorial on Painting and Art, it’s exactly as easy as it looks. Just paint each of your fan blades a different color, wait for the paint to dry and enjoy your new rainbow fan! What could go wrong?

Kayla Christine found that out the hard way:

#nailedit #totalfail #wtfinternet #didnotwork #rainbowfan #rainbowfanfail #lol #internetfail #trieditfailedit #pinterestfail #pinterest

A photo posted by Kayla Christine (@parseltongue_h.g.a.d) on

However, if it makes you feel any better Kayla, almost every post and tutorial I found about this project was followed by comments from disappointed crafters saying it didn’t work. As one person, David, points out, “Doesn’t work in real life. Only works in pictures or video, since it slows it down enough to see the colors.” Sorry, Pinterest, but you can’t beat science! Or technology. Or whatever that would be.

For more failure and half-explained excuses for it, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Melted Crayon Tree Art Misunderstanding Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:42 +0000 Read More »]]> crayon treeThis vibrant tree was found on Pinterest by a CraftFail reader (who wishes to remain anonymous); she said it accompanied a tutorial for how to recreate this gorgeous work of art using nothing but crayons, a hair drier and glue! Now, who wouldn’t be inspired to give that a try?!?

crayon tree failAs my toddler so delicately put it while viewing these photos over my shoulder, “That one’s pretty, but, um… not quite as pretty as the other one.”

Our anonymous artistic friend was quick to point out that she definitely followed all the tutorial’s instructions, but after a bit of research I found that she’d overlooked the number one rule of Pinterest.


Despite what Pinterest’s melted crayon tutorial might have said, the inspiration photo is not the result of adding heat and glue to crayons. In fact, it isn’t made with crayons at all! It’s the work of professional artist Ann Marie Bone; it’s called Rainbow Tree and is described as a 12×16 inch Ink on Canvas. INK ON CANVAS, not Melted Crayon on Recycled Printer Paper.

So, the next time you “fail” at a Pinterest craft, please refer to Rule #1. It’s not you, it’s Pinterest. IT’S ALWAYS PINTEREST.

crayon tree NAILED IT

For more funny and more failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Upside-Down Cake Disaster Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:00:43 +0000 Read More »]]> Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake

I’m not a huge fan of pineapples, but I am a huge fan of cakes that aren’t ruined when you accidentally flip them upside-down since I’m fairly likely to drop things awkwardly in the kitchen. That makes pineapple upside-down cake something I probably COULD make, but I don’t because the whole pineapple dessert thing reminds me of fruit floating inside a 1970’s Jell-O mold and nothankyou I’ll just skip dessert.

The food magician at Pretty. Simple. Sweet. has outdone herself, though, with this Caramel Banana Upside-Down Cake because A) no pineapple B) CARAMEL C) I can still flip it upside-down on purpose to shake the %&@$ thing out of the pan, and D) DID I MENTION CARAMEL?

CraftFail reader Dany was on the same page as me with this attempt…

Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake fail

Oh, um, except for the part where the cake was flipped upside-down… onto the floor…? And possibly run over by the vacuum? I’m just kidding, I’m sure it just had a tough time coming loose from the pan; and maybe that dark color comes from an improvised chocolate sauce? If so, BRAVO! If not… oh well, I’m sure crumbly burned brown bananas are still better than pineapples!

Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake nailed it

For more funny find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she can’t decide if she’s more impressed that Dany attempted to recreate this cake, or that Dany so successfully staged the fail photo to match.

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These Deviled Easter Eggs Have No Guts Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:00:47 +0000 Read More »]]> deviled Easter egg chicks

Now, we’re not saying these deviled egg chicks on SheKnows are “brave” when we say the failed version “has no guts.” We’re saying the failed Easter appetizers @stottvi posted to Instagram appear to actually be lacking in creamy yellow yolk innards.

As @stottvi notes, “They were supposed to be way cuter but who has the patience! Haha”

Exactly—it’s like you’re singing the CraftFail anthem.

Find more funny at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Frosty the CraftFail Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:00:34 +0000 Read More »]]> snowman snowglobe

Cool Snow Globes has a nice selection of (as you might guess) cool snow globes, but since their Snowman in a Jar is currently out of stock you could always try making one yourself! Pinterest (as you also might guess) has plenty of tutorials to show you how it’s done.

However, be sure not  to skip whatever steps they might have concerning adhering your snowman to the inside of the jar lid, or else you might end up with a grisly scene like this:

drowning in snowglobe

flickr user MacQ titled this photo drowning in snowglobe, and wisely captioned it “go for the air pocket.”

Excellent advice, though I’m still not sure that snowman stands a chance.

Find more funny at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Pile Of Peep-Filled Peep Cake Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Read More »]]> Peeps CakeCookies Cupcakes and Cardio has a YouTube tutorial for this Peeps-filled Peep cake, which looks like a really great way to celebrate Easter and/or explain to your children where baby marshmallow chickens come from.

CraftFail reader Sara gave it a try, and while it looks like it might have been shaping up into a Peep shape at first, something went wrong when it started looking like soup.

peep cake fail

At least she reports it tasted awesome, so hopefully that means she was able to scarf it all down before anyone got a good look at it!

Peeps cake NAILED IT

For more stuff that’s funny with a side of sweet, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Strawberry Cookie Surprise Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:00:44 +0000 Read More »]]> Strawberry-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies

The only thing wrong with these boxed-cake-mix-based strawberry chocolate chip cookies is that they’re on Sally’s Baking Addiction instead of on a giant heaping plate sitting directly in front of me, where they belong.

Ashley attempted a similar type of treat and ended up with the same problem I always do – rather than round little individual sweets, her cookies ran together, attempting to form one gigantic Super Cookie!

Um I baked cookies? And obviously NAILED it. #fail #pinterestfail #strawberry #cookies

A photo posted by Ashley (@_pixielion) on

But then Ashley was, mercifully, able to save her own cookie fail with a generous sprinkling of optimism.

Guess they don't look too bad once pulled apart. #strawberrychocolatechip

A photo posted by Ashley (@_pixielion) on

Surprise! You’re so right, they look great! But you know what also works to fix cookies that’ve grown together?

Eating them all. Immediately.

For more laughs (and advice about eating cookies immediately) that you’ll love, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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