Let’s Talk About Crafts, Baby

Let’s talk about you [hive] and me, let’s talk about all the [not] good things and [definitely] all the bad things that may be*…I would keep going but really this isn’t working out as I hoped since I have to keep adding words. ;) I think you get my point though, hive. Today, we’re veering into Crazyland, AKA the world in which Miss Otter thinks she can conquer a craft.

I make the comparison here to Alice in the meadow, right before she sees the white rabbit. In a world of my own, I’d be able to do crafts and they’d be Pinterest worthy—of course—and they’d be beautiful and perfect (or at least close to it) and that would be a wonderland.

Before you scroll down, you must look at the inspiration photos I shared. So now after seeing the inspiration photos, I give you these. The table numbers. If they’re even worthy of being called table numbers, given the outcome.



After taking these first few photos, I realized that the red paper I had used to Mod Podge the numbers on might make it difficult to judge the quality of the numbers.



These two still aren’t quite the right color of paint, but I think you get the idea. Giant craft fail.

What was your worst craft fail? (Make me feel better please!?)

*For those of you who guessed that I was referencing Pitch Perfect when I said hard pass, you were right! I was also watching it while “crafting,” hence my lame introduction.


Mrs. Otter

Indianapolis, IN
Wedding Date:
April 2013

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    Lynn, Guest @ 6:58 am

    Just cover them entirely in gold glitter to save your craft. It will still be nice even if it’s not what you pictured.

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    seabeeny 203 posts, Helper bee @ 7:06 am

    I don’t think they’re that bad a fail at all! I agree with the PP, if you make the whole things glitter, they’re totally salvageable (sp?), and you can work in a glitter ombre somewhere else.

    My worst craft fail was trying to DIY wraparound labels on vellum paper. I don’t know if it was the humidity (I was doing these in the summer) or if I just hadn’t bought the right kind of glue or if vellum is just not meant to be glued on to paper as seamlessly as I wanted but the only way I could get them to NOT curl up or fall off was to make them gross goopy messes. I gave up, bought new envelopes, and just used my ugly chicken scratch handwriting. Oh well.

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    seabeeny 203 posts, Helper bee @ 7:07 am

    And FWIW now I’m going to have “Let’s Talk About Sex” stuck in my head all day long. ;)

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    beeberonibri 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:15 am

    Ahh I’m about to try to gold glitter-ize my table numbers too! I’m going to try to use spray paint glitter (which I’m hoping exists) and I’m hoping that will be more consistent and also will help the glitter not fall off an coat our guests! Good luck saving yours!

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    bnsp09 208 posts, Helper bee @ 7:39 am

    I agree just cover them in the glitter and they will look awesome! That’s what I’m doing with mine as well. I painted them silver and then I’ll have ivory glitter on top of them to cover it & incorporate both colors if the silver happens to show through.

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 7:57 am

    LOL! Hey, at least you tried and the hive can help you salvage them! :)

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    texasaggiemom 594 posts, Busy bee @ 8:13 am

    Check out this Bee’s post on glitter numbers: http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/11/15/table-numbers-diy/

    She used Krylon Glitter Blast, which comes in the glitter formula and also a clear coat to keep it where it belongs. Hope that helps!

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    lealorali 4393 posts, Honey bee @ 8:41 am

    They’re not terrible!! Yeah I be a coat of gloss glaze/ shellac will make them look awesome!

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    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 10:12 am

    @beeberonibri: it does! Michaelse has it! I just bought it in silver a few weeks ago!

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    Mrs. Blue Whale 633 posts, Busy bee @ 10:16 am

    This post made me smile. Pinterest makes every glitter craft seem like the easiest thing ever. But glitter never works the way you expect!! I’m about to try the Krylon glitter spray, because I’ve tried everything else, and it’s all an epic fail…

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:15 am

    Could you do ombre with the color of the glitter instead so that the whole table number is covered? I think there’s definitely a way to salvage them!

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    jilleeann 407 posts, Helper bee @ 11:40 am

    I did ombre glitter nails this week, took a while and then yesterday I looked down to find I’d knocked the glitter tips off my nails. Sigh, time to get the polish remover.

    I think your numbers are totally salvageable. Remember, the pretty pinterest images are a final result, after many possible false starts and bad endings. The photos are also done by people who are pretty much pros at photoing their projects. Find a backdrop that you like for you numbers that are similar to where they will be when you us them, take a look at them in that situation and go from there. A project isn’t complete until you put it in the proper setting.

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    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 12:05 pm

    I agree with what everyone else said. Not a craft fail… totally salvageable.

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 12:35 pm

    I agree with everyone above, just cover them all in glitter :) My biggest fail so far has been my ring bearer pillow.. it is so bad that I gave it to my Mom to try and fix.. otherwise I am going to ditch it completely and just break down and buy one.

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    bellefille 232 posts, Helper bee @ 2:51 pm

    They’re not bad at all! Just need a little more work. I would try to ombre the glitter and if that doesn’t work then just cover the whole number.

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    Miss Manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 12:24 pm

    I agree with everyone else, you can still save it! P.s, where did you get those numbers?

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