Pinterest FAIL!

by Sherry
Have you ever  tried what looked like really easy project from Pinterest and it was a
total FAIL?
 Well,  I recently did attempt one of the projects and I am still shaking
my head and wondering what went wrong.
Here are the things I used for this project.
Here is what I was trying to create…..
Aren’t they pretty?
Rook No. 17  made these beautiful crystal snowflakes and was sweet enough to share a tutorial
on how to make them. I am sure her directions are right but somehow I managed to screw this up.
I bought the plastic snow flakes and Borax and followed the directions exactly.  Twelve hours later
I had NOT A SINGLE CRYSTAL!  I poured out the mixture, re-read the directions and tried
again. The next day just a few crystals have formed.  Five days later this is all I got!
Steve tried to ease my pain by saying “maybe it’s the water here”…yeah right.
Dad said  “it was just a family curse”.
That’s it for my one project this Christmas!
I hope your holidays are filled with love and happiness….
and perfect projects.

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Divine Theatre December 16, 2013 - 5:11 pm

LOL! I like the way your dad thinks!



Pinky at Designs by Pinky December 16, 2013 - 5:48 pm

That is such a shame, Sherry! Maybe if you e-mail her she can help figure out what happened??? Wishing you a Merry Christmas!!!

Linda December 16, 2013 - 7:50 pm

I tried this with my grandchildren I had the same results hers are beautiful wish ours were dont let that from trying something else that comes along Merry Christmas


Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} December 16, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Don't feel bad, we all have failed projects every now and then (okay, maybe more often than that lol). Either way, live and learn, right? Perhaps the failures make the successes that much more sweet! Yeah, that's it!:) What the heck, I'd just go out and buy them:) Happy Holidays! xoxo Kathleen

Reduce, Reuse, Renewed December 16, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Thanks for sharing your fail, been there, done that, too! I love your humor about it. 🙂

Jen Jorgensen December 16, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Perhaps, the base flake you're starting with is too smooth to allow the crystals to stick?
This usually works well with pipe cleaners, because they're rough and give the crystals something to attach to… Maybe find a different type of base flake and try again?

Dee @ A Lapin Life December 16, 2013 - 11:52 pm

Oh that's a bummer! I wish I knew how it was done to help you.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. December 17, 2013 - 3:14 am

Sorry you didn't get the pretty snowflakes you were hoping for! And you know we've all had fails along the way!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest December 17, 2013 - 5:27 am


Well, at least you TRIED!

[email protected] Charm December 17, 2013 - 5:37 am

Don't feel alone my friend. I tried to bleach some pine cones and they were a flop:(


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" December 17, 2013 - 8:45 am

What a shame that this didn't work out, Sherry. I looked at the tutorial and she says that because of the fine tinsel threads on the plastic snowflakes the crystals grew so big. I don't know but maybe that made the difference?
Have a great week and hopefully the next project will work out better.

Anonymous December 17, 2013 - 11:13 am

Awww…I'm so sorry. We had good results using crocheted snowflakes (cotton thread). The plastic kind didn't work for us because they contained some nylon. Also, on our first try we didn't get crystals because we didn't get to the saturation point of our water…very important.

Charla December 17, 2013 - 11:17 am

Do you have a water softener? I wonder if that might make a difference?

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles December 17, 2013 - 11:35 am

That's too bad, the inspiration pic is lovely. Now I want to give it a try. Maybe you should do a crystal snowflake challenge and let all your readers submit their snowflakes. 🙂

Diane D. December 17, 2013 - 12:46 pm

One of the other comments was right the surface need to shave some tooth. Also I've always done it with Epsom Salts and the same technique. Pipe cleaners and styrofoam work great. I did a snowman with 3 styrofoam balls. Hope this helps.

must love junk December 17, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Sherry, that sounds like one of my attempted projects-lol! Oh, well, at least you tried!
Hope you're having a great holiday season 🙂

Dewena Callis December 17, 2013 - 5:04 pm

It looks like Jen, above, has some knowledge on this. I would have tended to blame it on the FL water too!

Will you try again?

Trisha Flaherty December 17, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Why not just paint them with modge podge and pour epsom salts over them

Char December 17, 2013 - 6:07 pm

You made this so funny….fail or not 😄

Reply December 17, 2013 - 10:06 pm

I have had lots of Pinterest failures, recipe wise…so I have gotten a lot pickier and do more research before trying. Usually if it's on Pinterest once, others have their versions, have you tried cross referencing to check the method? It could well be the chemical make up in the water~ Too bad, I love what you were trying to achieve!

Ginger Burch December 18, 2013 - 3:33 am

She did say that the snowflakes need some texture like hers with the tinsil and the other covered in glitter. Your's look real smooth, but I can't tell for sure from the photo. They are so pretty It makes me want to try it too, but I'm afraid it would be a waist of time.

Stephanie Freeman December 20, 2013 - 11:27 pm

Hi. I would bet that the problem is what others have said, either your snowflakes were too smooth or, my personal favorite, your water has a different chemical make-up from the original maker. We are on an artisan well and I know that the taste of the town's water doesn't even compare to our water, and we don't even have a filter! (Don't need one, lots of good filtering rock under us apparently.) I also noticed a difference in how I need to clean the tub and sink from when I lived in town, so I know that there are different things in my water now. I'm almost positive that is a big part of your problem. Try it with distilled water and see if you get the same result.


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