I love Pinterest. I’m not even going to estimate how much of my life I’ve
wasted spent on pinning. Just now, I was doing some research for this post, and I almost got sucked in. Watch yourselves, people. Pinterest is almost as dangerous as Twitter, or even Candy Crush.
I love the projects and ideas I’ve found there and I’ve made a ton of stuff successfully. But I’ve come to realize that just because somebody pinned something, doesn’t mean it is a good idea. There’s a really funny website called Pinterest, You Are Drunk and there are all sorts of fails and just funny shit that I don’t know why anyone would ever make in the first place…
Slippers made of MAXI PADS?? Seriously? Who does that? But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about craft ideas that seem totally legit…until you are on fire and you’ve used the fire extinguisher for a different project, so you’re just fucked.
Anyway, Pinterest does not always know best. I hardly ever click through and go to the page where the pin originated and maybe that’s my problem, because then I could tell if it came from a reputable source, like Martha Stewart, or if it was just some criminal sharing bad ideas.
So, here’s one I tried. The idea was to put plastic beads into a pie pan and bake until they melted, making a sun catcher. Just my style – easy. Only one problem. I’m not sure plastic beads were made for the oven. It was like I said, “Hey kids, let’s inhale a bunch of burnt plastic and see what happens.” The smoke detector went off, we all had headaches, and none of us could take a breath without gagging. And my damned sun catcher looked like this:
Another idea I got from Pinterest was to put coffee beans in a pretty bowl with a vanilla candle in the center, which sounded like it would smell ah-mazing. Either I didn’t read the instructions (possible) or there weren’t any, cause this is what I got:
Then there was the Fairy Glitter Jar. Supposedly, mixing a glow stick, glitter, and some other stuff I can’t remember, would produce this:
I ended up with a jar of what looked like unusually thick, speckled urine. My Fairy Princess was not impressed. Although my fairy glitter was not a success, I did try another glow stick experiment for a party my teenage son was having. It was supposed to make glowing bubbles. I don’t have a picture, because it was dark and THEY DIDN’T GLOW. But here’s a picture similar to what my kid and his friends thought of it:
I’ve got a lot of other cool stuff I want to try, but my husband is really unreasonable and won’t let me have the tools I need. I don’t know what he thinks is going to happen. I mean, how much damage could I possibly do with a blow torch?
February 7th, 2014 at 3:04 am
Thank you for reminding me why I limit my lunacy to fb, WP, Candy Crush, and Stephen King. A woman can only have so many sedentary obsessions before she bursts from active inactivity. :>
February 7th, 2014 at 9:45 am
Well, I don’t want to encourage just lying around, relaxing, and…oh yes I do! Have you read Joe Hill? Stephen King’s son. If you haven’t, you should read NOS4A2 first.
Then go look at my boards on pinterest. *evil laugh*
February 7th, 2014 at 3:27 pm
Actually, I haven’t dived into Joe’s work yet; can barely keep up with SK… the man can write faster than I can read! Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll be sure to check it out… not your pinterest though, sorry. hehehehehehehehehehehehehe :>
February 7th, 2014 at 4:11 am
Ha this is hilarious! If it’s any consolation, I think your suncatcher is quite pretty if a bit oddly shaped. I tried making a cake I saw on pinterest once; it was supposedly a rainbow cake and mine was BROWN. No stripes or colour variations in sight!
February 7th, 2014 at 9:50 am
Brown?! Ha! Oh, that’s bad.
The sun catcher is pretty, isn’t it? It’s very fragile though, cause I stopped cooking the beads once I decided we were all being poisoned.
February 7th, 2014 at 10:34 am
Not being poisoned is probably slightly more important than a robust sun catcher! 🙂
February 7th, 2014 at 11:08 am
Just slightly. It’s close. If the kids hadn’t been here I probably would’ve risked it!
February 7th, 2014 at 7:22 pm
I have nominated you for The No Strings Attached Lovely Blog Award because I find your blog funny and fresh.
If someone does not accept awards, well it still stands even if you cannot fulfill the requirements because this is a no strings attached nomination; only fulfill the award if you have time and are inspired.
February 7th, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Awesome! Thank you!
What do I do now?
February 7th, 2014 at 8:11 pm
See my post on the girlz.
Rules of the award are in the post!
February 7th, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Got it. Thanks again!
February 7th, 2014 at 8:18 pm
You are very welcome! Enjoy!
February 8th, 2014 at 1:49 pm
OK – I happen to LOVE your melted plastic bead thingy. Add a chain and that would make a FABULOUS pendant! Is it sad I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out other ways to melt the beads that wouldn’t kill anyone? PS, I was unsuccessful.
February 8th, 2014 at 2:28 pm
Ha! Thanks, Jana. No, that’s not sad. My husband has promised me some sort of outdoor kiln this spring so I can melt/burn my little heart out and I fully intend to try it again then.
February 8th, 2014 at 7:47 pm
Not to worry, Steph. I’ve got your back.
February 8th, 2014 at 8:24 pm
Haha! Awesome! So, if things go really wrong, you’ll for sure see me in the lobby!
February 10th, 2014 at 7:48 am
OMG…I WANTED TO TRY ALL OF THESE.
We must go to the same pins. I’m so glad you tested them out first. I’m really disappointed in the sun catcher thingy..I had high hopes for that one.
February 10th, 2014 at 5:00 pm
HA! Happy to be your guinea pig Michelle! FYI, I also tried the one with the egg whites to make your hair soft. I don’t recommend it.
February 10th, 2014 at 5:04 pm
This is so funny. I don’t spend a lot of time on Pinterest but I’m pretty sure I could spent the rest of my life looking at Pinterest fails. They make me beyond happy (I was croaking at your melted beads) but only because I KNOW that’s what would happen if I ever dared to try and make something from that site. I am not the least bit craft and am hoooorrrrible at following directions. I shall live vicariously through any successes you choose to share.
February 10th, 2014 at 5:09 pm
I found a ton of Pinterest fail sites – after I wrote this! So I guess that is another fail. I’ll keep you in mind next time I make something ridiculous!
February 12th, 2014 at 8:28 pm
I love that Pinterest, you are drunk site. It reminds me of cake wrecks. I love laughing at the misfortune and mistakes of others. And my own.
February 12th, 2014 at 8:48 pm
I know, me too! I didn’t realize it before I wrote this, but I guess there are quite a few sites devoted to crafty fails. Which makes me not feel quite so bad!
August 3rd, 2014 at 10:34 pm
Jack was just telling me about that glowstick bubbles thing. I told him I am against ever breaking glowsticks because it gives me flashbacks to the time I may or may not have been on drugs, got a box of 500 for my birthday, cut open about half of them and splattered them all over my apartment.
He just looked at me weird and said he’s still trying it. Now I have a reasonable reason to tell him not to.
August 4th, 2014 at 5:30 am
Bahaha! May or may not have been on drugs. Ha! It didn’t work for me at all, but people are still posting it, so maybe I just messed it up. Entirely possible. You can still use me as an excuse though. 🙂
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