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.