Being creative can definitely have its ups and downs.
Heather Mann’s hilarious new book, CraftFail highlights the downs by letting us laugh at crafty disasters and reminds us that we’re not alone when Pinterest-Perfection falls out of reach.
I usually try to show my best projects around here–I carefully set up pictures, edit them, and give tips and tricks for making it turn out beautifully. But I don’t want you to think my life is like that all the time.
- I’ve left sugar out of a sweet bread recipe
- I tried making cookie cups by molding dough around an upside-down muffin tin and it all welded together in the oven into one big mess
- I’ve had glitter spilled all over my table
- I tried making an ancient style oil lamp out of playdough for a prop, and it ended up looking more inappropriate than anything
- I did my best to make over a side table I got for free from a nursing home and in addition to the paint recipe and wax combination I tried to use that took chunks of paint off in weird ways-I never could get rid of the medicine cabinet smell in the drawer. eeew!
This book makes a perfect gift for the crafty (or not-so-crafty) people in your life. You’ll see inspiration photos, as well as the disastrous but well intentioned results. Leave it out as a coffee table book and you and your visitors can laugh along with the witty commentary.
What have been some of your “funnest” craft fails?
Heather Mann, the founder of and , has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and cohost of the web show “Get a Little Creative.” She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon