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My very own “Pinterest Fail”

Let’s talk. For a while now I’ve been sick of my iPad case. It serves it’s purpose, but it’s boring. Just leather. Just black. Just blah. So, like any able-bodied crafter, I decided I’d give it a revamp. I saw this iPad cover by Free People and loved the feather print. Perfect opportunity for me to finally make some foam stamps, right?

You’ll see.

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It all started off innocent enough. Prelim pics of the disaster that was about to strike.

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Now — one thing that did turn out right? The feather foam stamps. Hopefully they’ll get used again.

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And… yeah. Then this happened. I started by just printing the stamps haphazardly on the cover, but the acrylic paint + leather material + foam stamps just didn’t mesh well together. The stamps (with the acrylic paint) would work much better on paper or fabric — not leather. I got pissed (surprise) and just painted over everything to try a patterned look. Also failed.

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Oh well. The phrase “can’t win ‘em all” also applies to crafting.

See more awesome-ly horrible Pinterest Fails here.

Have you ever started a project with good intentions and then watched as it quickly fell apart?

(If your answer is no, then I don’t believe you. Second thought: what are Martha Stewart’s failed projects?)

Rave on,


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  1. I’m sorry it didn’t work. I actually think the case looked good with your touches though! I’ve had lots of DIY fails, but luckily, I’ve had some successes along the way too. :)

  2. Yep, tried to help a friend make these “easy” string and glue globes for her wedding. Total and epic fail (and we made a huge mess in the process–but that’s half the fun anyway, right?)

    • sweet sarah

      April 21, 2013 — 8:46 pm

      Yes! And I know the DIY you are talking about – I’ve seen it on Pinterest. Definitely looks easier that it probably was!

  3. I think the cover looks great but I understand… It seems like this happens to me all the time! I have a side table I’ve rehabbed ~ painted pink and sealed with a clear coat, and the clear coat looks awful!! I don’t know what to do with it! Grr!!

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    • sweet sarah

      April 21, 2013 — 8:45 pm

      Maybe drape some fabric over it?! Most of the time other people never see the flaws in projects we obsess over. I take great comfort in this realization! :)

  4. It definitely could look way worse!! Who knows? Maybe it’ll grow on you… :)

  5. so much better than I would have done, that’s for sure! Now I want to make some foam stamps and just try it out on random things!!!

  6. Most of my crafting projects are fails! I think it looked good but I know when you have something in your mind and it doesn’t come out exactly right you hate it!

  7. At least you had the courage to try?! I adore the idea of craft projects (especially ones I see on pinterest) but I haven’t actually tried any yet.

    • sweet sarah

      April 21, 2013 — 8:42 pm

      Thank you! Sometimes crafting does take courage – especially when things are going wrong, lol. Thank you so much for your comment!

  8. I don’t see it, I think it looks great! Did you create the stamps yourself? I am so intimidated to try that, but it seems like such an awesome skill!

    • sweet sarah

      April 24, 2013 — 8:09 pm

      Yes! I have seen many DIYs around the internet for making your own stamps – I’m sure Pinterest is just crawling with them! It’s SUPER easy, just takes a little patience :) You should try it!

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