Craft Fail!

Sometimes I get an idea for a craft project and I just know it's going to be great!

And sometimes, I turn out to be dead wrong.  

Sit down by me and let me tell you the tale of one of those times.

It all started a few weeks ago in Berkeley, California when my brother and his wife took me to Daiso, also known as "The Japanese Dollar Store."

While there, I picked up one of these:

I think it's supposed to be for sauces & condiments.  I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for, but for under $2, I knew it had to be mine.  (Yeah, that Japanese-dollar-store name is a bit of a misnomer; it's more like a Japanese-dollar-fifty-store.)

About a week later I received this for Christmas:

Unfamiliar with the Silhouette?  Think of it like a printer, but instead of printing designs on paper, it cuts them out.

And that gave me an idea.  I decided to make number stencils using my Silhouette.  Then I would stencil numbers on my new dish using a porcelain pen.  

Admittedly, I still didn't know what I'd use it for, but I did know that it would look really cool.

So I made my stencils from card stock...

And taped them to the dish with painter's tape.  I could have made the stencils from an adhesive vinyl but this is what I had around the house so I improvised.  

Then I took my porcelain pens...

...and stenciled the numbers in each little compartment.  I could already see the potential!  Do you see the potential??


But then this happened:

When I went to remove my stencils the paper stuck to the ceramic and made a huge mess.  What a disappointment!  The only thing I can think of is that the adhesive from the Silhouette's cutting mat transferred onto the card stock causing it to stick to the ceramic.

The good news is that I was able to remove the ink & paper (as seen in the first compartment) and am going to try again--this time using vinyl.

If anyone knows why this might have happened I would love to hear from you.

I'd also love to hear about your craft fails.  (Misery loves company, you know...)



  1. Oh, I've had more than my fair share of craft fails. Before blogging, I tried to make an ornament wreath using a wire hanger. I could never get that thing perfectly round, then I started attaching the ornaments to it, the tops kept popping off and the ornaments would crash to the ground and break. Then, I decided to hot glue them to each other but that was a HUGE fail. I was finally able to get it to kind of look ok, I hung it outside and within minutes, it feel off of it's hook and crashed down. I suspect it committed suicide. At least yours can be saved. I am sure round 2 will be much more successful.

  2. oh too many to mention, my favourite was a pair of shorts I was making for my baby - I could not get the crutch right and the poor kid looked like he was trying to "enhance his manhood - dismal failure

  3. Wow...that stinks. It's the worst when you have a great idea and it doesn't go well. That happens a bunch to me. I could probably have an entire blog dedicated to them. :) Good luck with round 2.

  4. Oh dear. So sad when something you're so hopeful about goes wrong! At least it looks like you can scrape it off and try again! It'll be really cool once you're done - I like the idea!! :)

  5. Bummer! That was such a cute idea. I hope you find another way to make it work :) I've seen so many cool projects with the silhouettes. It makes me want to get one!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  6. Oh no! Love the idea, though. And I have no insight into why -- I have not been blessed (or cursed) with a vinyl cutter!

    :) Linda

  7. Stuff like that happens to me all the time! I think it is going to be so cute when you are finished, though!


  8. Thanks for sharing your tale, we can all relate. I can't wait to see your victory when you tackle it again.

  9. hahah, i love a good honest fail blog! i have an "argyle nails fail" post on my own blog. btw, i'm a new subscriber! found you via muchadoaboutsomethin!

    1. Thanks, Bailey! I'm off to check out your blog now.


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