Disclosure: I received a copy of CraftFail to review from the publisher. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Are you a crafter? If you are, then you’ve probably experienced a #craftfail from time to time. I mean, how many times have you seen something on a blog or Pinterest and thought, hey I could do that! You dive in, perhaps without bothering to read the instructions or maybe doing the dreaded “Oh well I don’t have that supply so I’ll just substitute this!” Sometimes it works out but sometimes, you end up with one great big CRAFT FAIL.
When they first happened to me, I would either try to salvage them (throw a new coat of paint over top) or throw them away. I sure didn’t want anyone to see them!!! Then I saw others sharing their craft fails online and I didn’t feel quite so bad about mine. It was good to know that I wasn’t alone and even better to see crafters banding together to commiserate and even laugh over their crafting mishaps.
So I was pretty excited to receive a copy of the new book CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong
by my friend Heather Mann of Dollar Store Crafts. I remember someone once saying that looking at Pinterest was like watching Martha Stewart – but taken up a notch. There are so many perfect looking, amazing projects there that can make even the most experienced crafter feel inadequate. This book is for those of us who have failed – perhaps repeatedly – on our journeys toward Pinterest perfection.
Heather calls herself a “failure enthusiast” and says that “you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all.” As a crafter (and sometime perfectionist), it’s a refreshing outlook. Most of the craft books on my shelf are of the “how to” nature, but this book shows some definite “how not to’s”. From the Melted Crayon Canvas Rainbow that became a Melted Crayon Canvas Inferno to the Toilet Paper Tube Wreath that became a Down the Toilet Paper Tube Wreath, these aren’t just fails; they are epic fails. And they are so funny!!!
This book would make an idea gift for the crafter on your list! The side by side photographs comparing the successful project to its hilarious failure coupled with the LOL-inducing descriptions are sure to please. If they’re of a more practical sort, there are even helpful hints on what NOT to do should they decide to attempt these projects themselves. It’s a great coffee table conversation starter or perfect as a bathroom book. (What??? You don’t have bathroom books? I’m actually kind of known among my friends for the interesting and amusing reading materials I keep in my bathroom. Guests have been known to disappear into my bathroom for hours and no it’s not because of my cooking! It’s because I pick great bathroom books like this one!)
If you want to order copies of this book for yourself and your crafty friends, just click here and you’ll be taken to my Amazon link.
You can also enter my Rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win a copy! Open to US and Canada only. Winner will be posted here and notified via email. If they do not claim their prize within 72 hours of notification, a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!