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Pin-tastrophes: Pinterest Projects Gone Wrong.

By now you have certainly heard of (and more likely, fallen head over heels for) Pinterest, the remarkable visual bookmarking site that is sweeping the social scene. I was one of the earlier adopters and can barely imagine my online life without it. Need a recipe? Check Pinterest. Gift idea? Pinterest. Grumpy toddler? A Pinterest activity will cheer him up. The perfect paint color? An endless array of options…on Pinterest of course. Crafting, DIY or creative project? All of those and more. Much more.

By now, many of us have stopped just collecting and filing amazing and innovative ideas. We’ve put our pins into action. And, 90% of the time we are in awe of the results. We LOVE Pinterest. We love how creative it can make us feel. And, of course we love our made over living room.

But what happens when things go wrong? PIN-tastrophe. You know, the project that looked awesome, but didn’t quite turn out as you expected.

Case in point: I have loved making sensory boxes for my three year old. Of course, we were feeling all Montessori with our bamboo rice box and garbanzo bean exploratory tub. Until I heard a “clink, clink, clink, crash” on the stairs. “What was that??!!” Apparently, said three year old started grabbing fistfuls of dry garbanzo beans to chuck at his brother and down the stairs. Our entire upstairs was covered in chick peas. Two weeks later I’m still stepping on (err, finding) them.

Here are what a few others had to say about their own Pinteresting mishaps:

I just posted that I need a whole blog just for my Pinterest projects. Most of them have worked out well. Except for the other day when I let the boy play with toothpicks and a spice jar. Toothpick in my foot. Seriously. Hurt like heck. — Crystal Butler

I saw a Pin to let a preschooler play with a hammer and ice to get out energy. That is a recipe for disaster. — Lori Hand

The glowing Mountain Dew experiment. Totally doesn’t work. Very disappointed 7 year old. Funny part is we just kept trying! — Alison Bickel

I tried to make some “amazing” macaroni and cheese that was supposed to taste just like Panera’s. You boiled the noodles in milk to cook them. DEE-SKUSS-TING. My kids wouldn’t even eat it…and what kid won’t each mac ‘n cheese? — Erin Cobb

What about you? What have you tried via Pinterest…and bombed? Share here or pin it to your own board with the tag #pintashtrophe.

About Stephanie


Stephanie Beaty is a blessed, homeschooling mama of four and military spouse. After a 10-year career as a professional writer/PR pro she began Lifeography, a modern child + family portrait studio where she focuses on capturing relationships and connections. Although her growing family currently resides in Tampa, Fla., home is wherever the Navy sends them.

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  • abbyjune

    I think the key is to check the comments! I always do that for any recipe or craft I want to turn out well. I would rather do more research on the front end than try the same project 17 different ways! I guess I don’t want to be the guinea pig… I’d rather do that on projects I make up myself :)

  • Carolinanightingale

    My sisters and I were going to use a pin a friend found to amke “treat bags” for an women’s activity at church.. the dry ingredients for a chocolate mug cake, you know the kind. We decided to try it instead…. OH HORRORS. It tasted like chocolate scrambled eggs! We kept looking and trying.. SEVEN recipes later we found one that was good and edible, and then adapted it to use applesauce to soften it still a bit more, and it ended up good. We think. After two hours of trying natty chocolate mug cakes that had “gorgeous” stolen pictures from someplace else (lol) we might have imagined it was good…

  • http://makeithappenmama.blogspot.com/ Emily @ Make It Happen Mama

    “We were feeling all Montessori…” LOL!

    @Brandie – I know an awesome, simple bagel recipe & would be happy to email it to you! :-)

  • Barness

    I tried to make the vest from a tee shirt with three cuts, and it looked HORRIBLE! It might look good on a 5’8″ model who was super skinny and very trendy, but it just looked like an old saggy tee shirt on me!

  • Brandie

    I’m so glad I read this before trying the boiling mac n cheese in milk…I really almost tried it! I tried a homemade bagel recipe I found on pinterest, and the bagels were not good. I was really disappointed, especially after doing all that work.

  • earth2body sisters

    LOVE this post, and just pinned it! ;-) http://www.earth2body.net

  • Meghan

    Yup! Similar to the last one with Mac n Cheese. We’re a homebrew family and I found a recipe for Beer Mac n Cheese. The blog said that if our family didn’t like it, to just send it to her, because her family LOVES it. I was tempted to make a priority mail box. Lesson? Don’t trust Pinterest mac n cheese.