Embracing Craft Fails With a Wink and a Smile

Craft Fail 2D

Every time I try and make an elaborate cake pop it ends up looking more like a project from my 3 year olds pre-school class.  Instead of curling up in the fetal position to rock myself better over this horrific attempt at handmade I’m going to curl up with a copy of Craft Fail and make myself feel better.  At least my cake pops never looked as bad as that girl that tried to bake pasta inside of garlic bread.  Craft fails can happen to anyone and are not limited to just ‘crafts’.  Baking, cooking, home decor DIYs and more all have the possibility of going horribly wrong.  Lucky for me crafty lady Heather Mann has taken a bold stand and embraced all these craft failures with a wink and a smile.  That which does not kill us makes us stronger and in the end better crafters.  At least that is what I will tell myself next time I totally screw something up I thought looked so easy on Pinterest.

Busted Paper Mache Animal-FAIL

Heather Mann is no stranger to craft fails.  She has been running the friendly fail site by the same name for years.  Now like a best of compilation Heather has collected the most epic of all DIY fails for her new amazing book Craft Fail.  I know just looking at the cracked deer bust above made me feel that much better about my own attempts at air dry clay.  I thought it was just me, but now I know I am not alone.


Everyone wishes their soufflés would rise like Martha’s, photos would be as pretty as Elsie’s and projects would be pinned as much as Charlotte’s (Rachel) – but that is not always the case.  Luckily Craft Fail is like a support group.  This book shows the humor in failure and points out the sometimes unrealistic expectations crafters place on themselves.  Next time you are about to start whipping yourself with a wet spaghetti noodle over a failed DIY pick up this book instead to ease your pain and laugh your crafty toosh off.  Pop over to the I Love to Create blog for a full interview with the lovely and talented author of Craft Fail Heather Mann.



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