Well, while Pinterest is deeply diverting, there is a strong element of “Buyer Beware” involved in some of the postings. Craft ideas that look awesome are evidently photographed and performed by professional artisans; it’s also possible that I am incompetent. I submit to you as evidence:
I tried this one this afternoon–we’d just bought a crate of clementine oranges at Fred Meyer and Junior Vox ate several, so I figured I’d give this a whirl. The pin would have you believe that you use one half of the orange’s peel as a candle base, fill it partway with olive oil, and light the little bit of membrane that divides the sections like a wick. Well I’ll be damned if I could get the damn thing to light. And where I thought the whole house would smell like a fresh orange, it ended up smelling like chicken. Go figure. Fail.
Another disappointment was the hair-curling method that involves making a sock bun. The sock bun itself is kind of cool–it makes a nice, big bun and it is really comfortable to wear, even to sleep in. However, the curls you see in the picture below? They totally don’t happen.
You end up with a big pouf of frizz. Instead, I prefer the no-heat method, as seen in the video below. It isn’t as comfortable as the sock bun, but you can wear the pre-curl style out of the house, and the curls turn out beautifully.
I had seen the hula hoop rug idea in the Disney Family Fun magazine (which is a GREAT magazine if you have kids under 10 in the house–lots of rainy day activities in there).
I have half a dozen hula hoops of varying sizes (because I am a badass hula hooper, believe it or not) and Mr. Vox has plenty of t-shirts to cut up for scrap, so I have made this project twice. The first time, I wove the shirts WAY too tightly, so I have a sort of Asian-inspired rice paddy hat made out of t-shirts. It’s not too useful. I made another one last week, and while it is better, it is still kind of bowl-shaped. I don’t know what you could do to fix it, frankly.
Here’s one Junior Vox and I tried this weekend: canvases “painted” by shaving crayons onto them, which are then gently ironed while protected with a sheet of wax paper.
See how the one in the picture looks like some kind of cool batik fabric? Ours don’t look anything at all like that. I have no idea how they got that effect; ours look like your seat covers after you’ve had a box of crayons sitting in the car on a hot summer day, where the greenhouse effect causes the inside temperature to get to 450 degrees. It’s a big, waxy blob.
So that’s how I’ve been livin’ with Pinterest in my life. I am still having a ball with it. It’s better to try and fail than never try at all, right? And whether anyone reads them or not, I do re-pin the projects I have tried and have given them a review. Maybe that’ll help weed out the failures–I don’t know.
What about you? If you’re on Pinterest, have you made anything you’ve found there? How’d it turn out?