DIY & Crafts

Crafting fails

By: Guest Blogger
Canadian Living
DIY & Crafts

Crafting fails

By: Guest Blogger
Last week we discussed our biggest sewing fails and this week I thought we’d discuss our crafting fails. I’ve been a relatively lucky crafter because none of my crafts have ended in disaster. BUT, I always struggle with crafting because hot glue and I do not get along. It’s a love/hate relationship—meaning I love using hot glue, but it hates me. Most of my craft projects involve hot glue—like this leather collar necklace, pictured above, that I was in the beginning stages of making. Every time I pull out the hot glue I say, “Okay hot glue, this time we're going to get along. There will be no 2nd degree burns, you hear me.” But the hot glue, not surprisingly, doesn’t hear me and I always end up with a burn. Plus, hot glue ends up everywhere. I usually spend a solid hour with tweezers, pulling off the tiny strings of hot glue that end up all over my project. Maybe hot glue and I need to break-up, it’s becoming a toxic relationship. We asked some of our craft bloggers to share their biggest crafting fails and they have some great stories of “creative” ideas gone awry. Maggie Patterson of I Love Papercrafts Sometimes I get these “creative” ideas, and usually they involve a trip to the hardware store and making a big mess. My husband has come to cringe when I ask to go to the hardware store as he knows I have some nutty idea in mind. My latest one involved a gutter guard and a spray ink technique. After hours of fussing with creating spray ink, and figuring out what I was doing I ended up with one very UGLY background for a card that I would never use.  Worst of all, every single one of my fingertips was dyed dark blue or purple for several days afterwards. Virginia Fynes of Fynes Design I was recently asked to try out a glass-etching medium. I had never tried this before and jumped right into a large project (go big, or go home right?). Turns out when etching cream touches glass or mirror it begins to work immediately (mask off the areas you don’t want etched, and be careful when washing). Not only did I ruin a large mirror, I was also working near our glass top stove, and got a bit on there too… not my brightest moment! What's your biggest crafting fail? And do you have any helpful tips for me on dealing with hot glue?  
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