DIY Wedding FAIL

Or I’m Only Allowed to Work with Paper Crafts From Now On.

Or Screw It, Ima Pay 70 Bucks for a Mr. Magic, a Miss Magic, and Two Cats.

Well, first things first: I had my first DIY fail. I tried to make cute painted cake toppers—a mini Mr. and Miss Magic! Sort of like this:


But mine turned out like this:

Notice the uneven paint job, bumpiness, and general sloppiness??? It’s worse in person. Trust me—I’m not a perfectionist…it looked bad up close. So I said “OK, Miss Magic. You can do this! Take a deep breath and start over.”

The second attempt was not better. I looked at my always-shaky hands and said, “Hands, you are ALWAYS shaky. No more painting for you, ever. From now on, it’s only paper crafts!”

And then…I had my first DIY wedding SUCCESS! But that’s the next post, so stay tuned!

Did you FAIL at something that was seemingly “simple” at first glance? At what point did you say, “Screw it, Ima pay 70 bucks for a Mr. Magic, a Miss Magic, and two cats?”


Mrs. Magic

Chapel Hill, NC
Wedding Date:
October 2011
Rehearsal Load-In
Oscar Red Carpet Inspiration
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    R.Elliott 1011 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:45 am

    I think it looks cute!!

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    jo.lee 6573 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:48 am

    Haha, yeah, I’ve failed at a ton of DIY things. My first success was drink stirrers, but I can’t really use them because we nixed alcohol at the reception. I’m thinking about adding coffee just so we can use the darn things :).

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    thekindbride 39 posts, Newbee @ 12:06 pm

    I’m with R. Elliott! I totally think it is darling!

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    Ronneykay 1734 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:09 pm

    LOL i dont think it looks THAT bad, but I can see where you would think it was a fail.

    Last night I was contemplating all the diy celebration things I will be doing myself. So I started sending out emails to myfriends for help. Only one I really trust will help, if not… well, it iswhat it is, i may have to let some things go LOL

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:19 pm

    You’re right, sometimes it is not worth the money or your time. Or sanity.

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 12:20 pm

    I wanted to be a DIY queen but I really am not cut out for it. I just decided to go on etsy and get some stuff or pay someone to help me because when I started thinking of the time and stuff I had to buy to do some things, it wasn’t worth the headache and tears (I had seen it with some of my friends). I am attempting my invites though. Wish me luck :) PS. I think your toppers look darling!

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:37 pm

    See, I think the bride you made looks adorable, but I can understand where a photo doesn’t always represent the true DIY fail. (*ahem*my coffee filter roses*ahem*) But don’t feel bad. We *all* have at least one DIY that we had to give up and outsource because it just wasn’t going to happen!

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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 12:39 pm

    I totally failed at making an organza hair flower, they look so easy! FAIL! But I redeemed myself this weekend by making fabric poms, turned out just like the picture (after 2 hours of glueing).

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    toshella 730 posts, Busy bee @ 12:40 pm

    I’m with Miss Lox – I think your bride looks adorable! I actually like it way better than your inspiration photo (no offense to the creator!). The blue eyes and slight head tilt especially are darling.

    But if you’re not happy with it, I hope you find something you like!

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    taco 946 posts, Busy bee @ 12:42 pm

    The CATS, omg, loving it.

    And I reached that point pretty early throughout, I must say 😀

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:43 pm

    You are a brave woman for tackling a cake topper like this in the first place! I think yours turned out really well, but I’m looking forward to seeing the one you purchased. :)

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    Kemi82JP 749 posts, Busy bee @ 1:01 pm

    maybe try again on the correct wooden figurines… did you know you can get plain wooden figures already shaped like little people? you don’t need to piece together a wooden egg and ball. you can find them here:
    you’ll see the perfect female and male shapes towards the bottom of the page.
    i think the round body is what’s getting tricky for you, you need the shape to be like the inspiration pic. Also, if you oil or polish the wood before painting it’ll bring out the grain like in your inspiration pic. you’ll prob have to be careful with that tho, you wouldn’t want to make it so the paint doesn’t stick! i hope that helps!

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:11 pm

    hahahaha. . .that is all. Yeah sometimes I have just had to give up and let the crafty people take over.

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    love_birds 261 posts, Helper bee @ 1:44 pm

    i think its actually pretty cute the one you did! have you tried repainting it?

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:52 pm

    Hahaha, aww! I think they are cute, but I totally get how it feels when something doesn’t come out EXACTLY how you were envisioning it!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:30 pm

    I think it’s cute! I didn’t even try with our toppers and just paid to have someone make them.

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    jaguar 6491 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:41 pm

    I actually really love it! I couldn’t do that kind of a job – hence I wrote a whole blog post on my DIY-failures. 😀

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 5:03 pm

    Haha. I think some things you have to leave to the ‘professionals’. Skim off another area of the budget. :)

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    Lexsy 537 posts, Busy bee @ 5:56 pm

    Lol that’s so sweet and cute!!! I can relate, sometimes these projects look so simple but guess what, they are not!

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    CrolsGalatea 72 posts, Worker bee @ 8:17 pm

    I love the little kitties you found, so cute!
    Heh, thought I don’t think yours is bad, its cute too ^_^
    I normally going the BIY route if: 1. I catch myself buying too many things at michaels/joanns to complete the project. 2. If I start feeling really down about a project. I craft to make myself happy. If a project makes me sad or frustrates me too much its gone 😉

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:32 am

    I think its cute and I am really excited to see the successful one. 😛

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:21 pm

    I think it’s cute! But I also think it’s so important to realize when something just isn’t worth it. Can’t wait to see your DIY success!

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    7mom 565 posts, Busy bee @ 11:33 am

    I’m in the I think it looks cute boat. But if it not up to you standards I totally understand

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    Ralphs Bride 15 posts, Newbee @ 11:11 am

    I think they’re cute!!!! Have you tried using a pen to “fix” (and define for closer detail) the areas you aren’t fond of? Then you should glaze it so they are shiny not flat. I think they could really turn out well!! Worth trying around a bit more before just trashing them?

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    Frank Zweegers, Guest @ 12:01 pm

    Great dolls!

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