Crafting fail

Every time I do something successful in the craft department, I know it's only a matter of time before I try something that fails miserably. Share in the disaster, won't you?

A few weeks ago, Gillian from Dried Figs wrote about a project I thought I could handle. She took an inexpensive tray and used Mod Podge to recover it with paper that was decorated by her children. The result was pretty cool.

I had a roommate in college who was a Mod Podge genius. She could transform a simple cardboard box into something pretty with a little Mod Podge. At the time, I was the anti-crafter. I wouldn't even try to make anything by hand...perhaps because my roommate was so talented. The girl could sew and quilt, too. She even has an Etsy store, which she stocks despite having a few children and another on the way.

Having a few crafting successes behind me, I thought I could step into the Mod Podge world. Thank goodness I only bought a small bottle.

First, I sanded a very inexpensive tray (I'm probably the first person to use a 40% off coupon on something from the $1 section of Michael's) to remove the sheen, which would let the Mod Podge and paper I was using as a cover stick to the surface. I then put a think layer of Mod Podge on the coaster and covered it with some pretty wrapping paper.

The not-quite-square corners presented a problem, but I cut them and let them overlap. This is where I started thinking this wasn't going to work so well.

After letting the tray dry, I started covered it in thin layers of Mod Podge. This is where I started realizing what was wrong with my project. First, my paper was too thick. Second, the edges of my trey were rounded, and the paper wasn't adhering to the curves.

Want to see this project conclude successfully? Go see it on Gillian's blog. I might try it again, but I don't think I'm destined for Mod Podge greatness.

Humor me...tell me about your last crafting fail.


  1. DriedfigsandwoodenspoolsAugust 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Oh no! Well let me just say that Modge Podge and I haven't always been on the best of terms either! It takes practice. I still get bubbles that infuriate me :) I think your right, the paper was too thick. And ifyou cut a few snips in each corner, right down the the flat part of the tray, it will make that curve better. The other think I did with mine (rounded edges too) is that I dabbed modge podge into the space on the edge where it wasn't sticking and pressed it around the edge over and over till it started sticking. Then I let it dry upside down so there was pressure on the edge. Try again! It will come!

    As for me, I've had so many crafting fails I can't even remember them all. But on friday I tried to glitter an egg with spray glue and really fine glitter. Except I accidentally sprayed the glitter with the spray before while I was coating the egg (the lid was off) The end result? Clumps of glitter stuck to my hands where I tried to smooth it on and none on the egg.... I bough spray glitter this weekend :)

  2. I honestly think I've been too afraid of failure to really try crafting anything lately. I need to get beyond that!

    Also, have you seen this? It's rather refreshing. :-)


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