You know all those cute craft ideas you keep pinning on Pinterest? The ones when they come up on your feed you think “Oh, I should do that.”, then you keep scrolling. Right there with you. So last weekend I hosted a “Pinterest Fail Night” with my friends.
The picture at the top of this post is of my friend, Kimberly, and pretty much captures the atmosphere of the evening.
I picked two crafts and provided most of the supplies. For my friends, they were asked to bring a couple of specific items, a snack to share and their beverage of choice. Did we make a mess? Yes we did! Taylor was gracious enough to volunteer her house for this event, so pardon the interruption while I make amends.
Did our crafts turn out? That’s debatable. Did we have a fun time? Definitely!
First Craft of the Evening: Making Bowls
Using the above pin for guidance, the first craft we tackled was making bowls. The ladies were instructed to bring whatever they wanted to make their bowls from; leaves, glitter, yarn, scarves, buttons, gemstones, etc.
Steps to make bowls:
- Blow up balloon
- Place in tiny bowl to help it stand upright (I used plastic bowls made for babies)
- Using a sponge brush, cover top of balloon with a layer of Mod Podge
- Place a layer of whatever material you are using to make your bowl
- Then alternate layers of Mod Podge and material. (I made mine from glitter, so I had to allow some time in between layers for a little drying. If using yarn, you would only do one layer of yarn and cover fully with Mod Podge.)
- Make sure to end with a layer of Mod Podge
My first concern was that when you popped the balloon it would stick to the bowl. It did not. However, I definitely needed to do about 5 or 6 layers with the glitter instead of the two that I did. My bowl turned out to be very pliable and was definitely not sturdy enough to hold anything.
My friend Angela’s bowl fared much better. It was made out of yarn and cupcake holders.
Second Craft of the Evening: Sea Glass
Using the scant instructions off this pin, I had each lady bring a glass item.
Steps to make sea glass:
- Put Elmer’s glue into a bowl
- Add several drops of food coloring
- Mix together (we used wooden crafting sticks)
- Using a paint brush, apply the mixture to the glass object.
There was a heated debate about whether you should paint the inside or the outside or both sides, but I believe it depends on the item that you are painting.
It looked super sloppy and not very pretty going on (left side pic below), but my dish did achieve that sea glass affect when it dried (right side).
I would suggest striving to make sure the glue/color mixture is applied evenly. Places where the color pools shows up in the finished product.
Thinking outside of the box, Susan decided to put a pool of glue in the bottom of her vase, dropped the food coloring on top, and instead of mixing it together, she began twisting the vase around to create a beautiful streak of colors. I don’t know how this looked when it dried. I’m assuming when you set it down, the colors would start to run together, but here is how it looked in the making.
At the end of the evening, we had a huge mess but were all smiling and laughing. If you want to do some crafts, just involve your friends, that way you won’t care as much if they don’t turn out.