Back again with some Pinterest Fun or Fails!
In this week's edition I worked on some DIY gifts for Holiday exchanges...and boy did some of these turn out to be...interesting...
The concept is great- Who doesn't love mason jars and faux snowstorm scenes in tiny containers? Combine them, and you have yourself a winter winner - right?!
Wrong! ...Ok, I may be a little cynical about this project because my first attempt at a DIY gift was a Fail...but I suppose learning is what this month's project is really all about (I'm also bummed because I didn't even take any pictures of my process before I got rid of the failed attempt).
First of all, it's actually a very simple process: hot glue whatever object you want in your snowglobe to the inside of the lid, fill the jar with distilled water, add some liquid glycerin (found in the baking section at the craft store- I searched for so long!) and lots of glitter, screw everything back together nice and tight, and voila! Hipster snowglobe for one!
Here is where I went wrong...
Mistake #1: I didn't fill the jar up all the way, so when it was closed up and I flipped it over, there was a full inch of empty space at the (now) top (Womp womp...).
Mistake #2: When choosing your item, pick something with a reasonably flat surface, as it will need to be glued and sit well on the inside of the cover. While the item I chose seemed to have a flat surface (a lightpost), it actually bubbled out in the center, meaning it didn't sit flat on the cover. This created a leaning tower effect...not what I was going for.
Mistake #3: It's suggested that you hot glue the cover on so there is no way to open/spill your snowglobe. However, the problem with this is when you don't realize the cap wasn't screwed on straight and proceed to hot glue it all together, it creates the chance of leaking, with no way of adjusting the cap so it no longer leaks...which is incredibly frustrating when you think you've finished your masterpiece, only to realize glittery water is now pooling onto your desk with no chance of fixing it...
I saw images of this and loved the design. I'm a sucker for watercolor, especially because I lack any talent when it comes to the medium, so I knew I wanted to give something that was supposed to be SO easy with gorgeous results a try.
Something no one mentions in their tutorials on making these...when you add the nail polish to the water, it sits on the surface creating a light film...as SOON as the object you are designing touches that surface, it adheres to the object in the same way a tiny item is sucked up into a vacuum - you have no control over it until it's too late, and it's startling how quickly it occurs. Not knowing what to expect, I only got paint on one side of my mug before I realized there was no nail polish left to work with.
A side note about this project - don't use a foam container to hold your water/nail polish. If the nail polish sinks and touches the bottom of the container, it WILL EAT THROUGH THE BOTTOM and create holes, allowing the murky, chemical water to drain onto your counter (I had issues with leaky gifts this week...).
Once that happened, the thought occurred to me suddenly that I had just put a chemical that eats through things onto an object people would put near their mouths. While it did look much better once I let it dry, I started rethinking it as a gift idea. Maybe doing the same design on an object that won't hold liquids people ingest would be better suited...like a vase, or piggy bank...
Not quite a Pinterest Fail because they did come out (and not half bad either), but since I won't be using them for their intended purpose (more like pen holder for my desk...), I'd say the idea is a fun one to try and experiment with.
I really loved the idea of a game that's easy to travel with, and has it's own carrying case. When I saw the pin for this simple game, I knew it was going on the to do list. I found burlap fabric with accents on the edges, and did some quick hand-sewing to create a bag out of it. The hardest part was making a pull string for the top (I had to look up multiple tutorials to figure out a way that worked for me). Some quick lines of paint on the outside of the bag, and search around the room for an object to stand in as "X"s and "O"s, and I was ready to play!
In the tutorial they suggest painting X's and O's on stones and keeping them in the bag, but I think it's more fun to use several pieces of whatever you have in your pockets at the time...
I'd call this one a Pinterest success (so rare!) seeing as nothing broke and it isn't going to poison anyone for using it how it's intended!
So it looks like two out of three projects went well - not too bad for some random picks!
Which is your favorite gift idea? Have you found any Pinterest DIY's you want to give is a gift to someone (or already have) this year?