We all know that there are some pretty intense projects on Pinterest. While we would all love for every project we attempt to turn out just like the beautiful photos we see, sometimes getting there is inevitable. I mean, there are even websites solely dedicated to the Pinterest DIY’s that don’t go so well, such as Pinterest Fail and Pintester just to name a few.
A lot of times, these DIY projects are posted right after they were created. If something doesn’t end up working out in the long run, I doubt many people actually will go back to edit a blog post or pin to say, “Hey, this project actually turned out to be pretty awful!” a few months later. If they do, then props to them!
With that said, I wanted to share a few of my projects over the past few years that I’ve been inspired to create or try courtesy of Pinterest. I wrote a column called “DIY Tuesdays” for 2 1/2 years, and I can tell you not every project was a success.
Let’s start with the first and worst one.
I found the idea to add caulk to the back of a rug to make it “slip proof” on Pinterest, courtesy of Martha Stewart. I mean, what a great idea, right? No, NO! It was a terrible idea and completely ruined my hardwood floors.
Here is the original article. I followed what was directed and got the results you see above not realizing what happened until about a month later. Ugh.
Here’s another pin that turned out to be unsuccessful; the Orange Peel & Vinegar Cleaner. (You can see the original pin and source here). I never even attempted to blog about it until I was asked what disasters I’ve had over the past years, so I created this project again just to snap the above picture.
The idea is that you add orange or any other type of citrus peels combined with vinegar into a canning jar and allow it to sit for a few weeks. The smell of the citrus peels will help dissolve the smell of the vinegar and it should work as a great cleaner for just about any surface.
The picture you see above is a re-creation for the news segment and this picture was taken exactly one week after it was made. It starts to turn brown. Out of curiosity, I opened up the first batch after three weeks and let me tell you, the smell was intense. I smelled rotting fruit mixed with the strong classic aroma of vinegar.
Project Partial Fail #3: The DIY Table Top Tiki Torch
You can find the tutorial I wrote for this project, here.
The DIY Tabletop Tiki Torch wasn’t a complete bust. It worked wonderfully, kept mosquitoes away and lasted a long time. However, I quickly learned you can’t leave it outside in the rain. The rain water seeped into the bottle and you could see where the water and the tiki torch fluid met. A few days later, it started to turn colors and as you see in the above “after” picture, didn’t look so great.
But hey, on the flip side, I’ve had some projects turn out to be pretty awesome and it was all inspired by our most loved and hated site.
Take for example, my DIY Penny Table. This was an awesome project and while some of the pennies were cleaned and some were not, that was my fault. But honestly, it’s barely noticeable unless I actually point it out as I did on TV.
[Click here to see the full tutorial I wrote and how you too, can make a penny-covered-something]
Another favorite of mine is this fun DIY Chalkboard. My family loves to change it up for the seasons, put up inspirational quotes or just doodle funny pictures and lyrics.
[Click here to see the full tutorial on how you can create your own DIY Chalkboard out of framed art]
So it goes to show even some of the craftiest people can’t get some of the projects posted on Pinterest right. Even Martha Stewart and her team didn’t think about what happens when you add caulk to the back of a rug that is over a hardwood floor. My point is, next time you have a Pinterest project that just didn’t turn out the way you wanted, don’t be hard on yourself. It happens to all of us- including those who craft for a living.
[image source for Pinterest logo]