December 14, 2011

My Paper Mache AND Holiday Wrapping Fails

Can't win 'em all. 

First of all, thank you for being such lovely and supportive readers. I look forward to each and every comment and email. In light of all the positive feedback about things like my hodge:podge interview and Artful Ikea Expedit Hack (featured on Design*Sponge and Ikea Hacker), I thought I'd post two fails from this week to show you that I have DIY flops, too.

1. Paper Maché Fail

I was going for something like these:

Etsy - etco

Etsy - One Click Gallery

Etsy - Maus Home and Vintage

But here's mine:



The bigger ones split when I tried to take them off the mold.  Boo.  Two delightful evenings spent elbow deep in paste, wasted.

2. Artful Wrapping Fail

Undeterred by my flop, I used the rest of the newspaper I accumulated to wrap a gift for my wee little cousins.  I don't celebrate Christmas, but I can't not give a gift to a child who does.  That's like kicking a kitten.  But I refuse to splurge on holiday wrap so, on a "creative" roll, I did this:


I was going for shabby chic.  Apparently I don't do that look very well.  Even the ribbon can't hide the fact it looks like a toddler wrapped this.


Shameful, when I could have easily done something pretty, like this:

Mini Eco

Meh.  Someone, if not my family (it's unlikely they will find this funny) then their mail carrier, will get a giggle from this.

10 comments:

  1. It's funny you posted this, I'm working on a DIY fail post as well. I painted a lamp shade. It's terrible :) We get our paper at the dollar store. I'm terrible at wrapping. And by the time I need to wrap the presents I'm so Christmas'ed out that I don't want to add anything special to it. I hope you try to bowl again. :)

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  2. Hi Faith, I can't wait to see your flop. I kind of like flops - they happen, so I want to know about them. Makes it easier to laugh, knowing it's not uncommon and doesn't make me a bad DIY'er.

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  3. Ha! It is nice to see some DIY failures once in a while. We know we all have them but rarely get to see other people's! Your "kicking a kitten" comment made me chuckle. We have been known to use that analogy around here sometimes swapping puppy for kitten.

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  4. I've been eyeing those gold inside, white outside bowls too!...I must try my hand at them one day soon. :) It's frustrating, but humbling at the same time, when something doesn't turn out the way you want. Try it again I suppose. :)

    Wrapping paper- it's the thought that counts and very kind of you to give to someone that needs, at this time of year. Good for you :)

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  5. Gotta love the flops. They make much funnier stories when you're sitting around having a glass of wine with friends. :)

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  6. I think it looks cute! I wanted to wrap in newspaper this year, but I know my family would be appalled... alas!

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  7. Flops are fun! When they're over. :) I love the idea of using newspaper for wrapping. Maybe certain papers with lots of small print (as opposed to numbers and large headlines, too?) would look nice? :)

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  8. I love your honesty in posting your 'fails'. At least they can give you a good laugh once you've had a couple of days to get over it. :) haha

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  9. Glad everyone enjoyed. I hesitate posting flops sometimes, but I really, really like blogs for their honesty. So I figure I have to walk the walk.

    Ashley & Erin - thanks for your encouragement. I think smaller print paper has potential. I just think it needs to be applied more neatly and not encased in a thousand layers of poorly applied packing tape. Maybe I was on the right track? I'm sure I'll take another stab at it next year, lol.

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  10. It is really funny you posted this, because I wanted to make the gold ones as well. You win some, you lose some. You should have seen my dyed sofa cover. Disaster. I was too embarrassed to post it. Hope you try it again.

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