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Nailed It! The Great Canadian Pinterest #Fail

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The following is a hilarious guest post by my friend, Michelle, who captains the social media ship over at Great Canadian Rebates.  Thanks, Michelle, for making me laugh…and for making me feel so much better about my own crafting skills!


Being in charge of the social media for a company is a very cool job! My favorite part is the connections I get to make with people.  Sandy with @CanBlogHouse is a great example. We’ve been chatting here and there for the past year, and recently we decided to swap blog posts (Thank you Sandy!).

It’s amazing how much pressure one can suddenly feel about a blog topic when it is being posted on another site. ACK! But I did think of a fun topic, an Edible DIY Christmas Centre Piece.

This was the inspiration, found on Pinterest:



Image Courtesy of Pinterest

Step One:  Pack kids in car and make trip to Walmart to collect material needed. Foam tree-shaped cone, candy, and toothpicks.  Push buggy up and down the aisles searching for 3 items. Still pushing. Make third visit back to craft aisle because really that is the only possible aisle a foam cone shape could be. There it is, bottom shelf shoved right to the rear. Then ask yourself, who’s brilliant idea was it to bring 2 children when a trip to the candy aisle is required? Look for green gum drops. Calmly remove 4th bag of candy from child’s grasp. Can’t find gum drops, no problem, any green soft candy will work. Not so calmly remove 9th bag of candy from child’s tighter grasp. How can they NOT have green candy!?!?! Grab the first bag of red candy within reach, rip 12th bag of candy from child’s Herculeran grasp. Get out of Walmart now!


 Image courtesy of Michelle, Great Canadian Rebates

Step Two: Sit at table with materials required. With scissors snip toothpicks into 2 smaller pieces. Duck as they fling across the room. Forget about the scissors and just break the toothpicks in 2 jagged uneven pieces, nobody is going to see them anyway. Pierce candy with toothpick. OOPS, a hard-shelled candy was probably not the best choice for this project. Too bad, I’m on a deadline, pierce pierce pierce!!! Affix pierced candy in a nice straight line around the top of the cone. Stand back and admire how adorable it looks.


Step Three: Simply add candy row by neat little row. Around row 4 start to realize that the project looks little cherry tomatoes in a drunken line up. Too bad, I’m on a deadline, and the children are circling like vultures as they eye the bowl of candy. Must hurry up! OUCH….splinter. At this point start to regret the project choice, instead wishing for the one that was a bottle of wine taped with individually wrapped chocolates. At least when THAT project fails, you can drink the evidence away.


Step Four: By row 7 try to ignore the fact that there are no longer rows. Stab the final piece of candy in with cramped fingers and stand back to admire. Turn it a little to the left. Now to the right.


 Image courtesy of Michelle, Great Canadian Rebates

Come to the realization that the final result might be better suited for a “Nailed It! Pinterest Fail” blog. Let out a big sigh and think of a way to “pretty it up”.

This could work, the flicker of the candle off of the hard candy shell disguises the cracks caused by frantic piercing action.



 Image Courtesy of Michelle, Great Canadian Rebates

This is definitely better! Camouflage the entire project in a sea of red, stick it on the corner of the buffet in dining room, turn off the lights, and leave.



 Image courtesy of Michelle, Great Canadian Rebates

Now that a few hours have passed, and the cramping in my fingers has subsided enough for me to type, I can giggle at the whole thing. I’ve also come to the important realization, that as much as I love being frugal and saving money on everything including Christmas décor, sometimes, just sometimes, it is better to order online for next day delivery!

Was your last Pinterest project a success or a “Nailed It! Pinterest Fail”?

Disclosure:  Canadian Blog House did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions are that of the guest blogger.

  1. December 2, 2013


    Lol, we’d be great art partners! We’ve also had epic fails with pinterest projects, at least you can say you tried 🙂

    • December 2, 2013


      I second that, Jason. Sounds like you, me and Michelle could hold quite the Pinterest #Fail party 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    • December 3, 2013


      PHEW! So relieved to see that I’m not the only one to have a Pinterest #Fail. I know that I am not very “artistic”, but I figured I could at least master an Easy DIY Project. Guess not lol

  2. December 2, 2013


    If this was on Pinterest I could “Nail it!”. 🙂 Great post Michelle.

  3. December 2, 2013


    Too funny!!! I found it hard to read through my tears of laughter, especially the Walmart trip and candy aisle. Go for the popcorn stringing of the tree next time you are feeling creative. 🙂

    • December 2, 2013


      LOL Cruiser! Now that’s not a bad idea! Yep…I had tears of laughter too..and had to re-read the blog again for a second time as I missed some things the first read through 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

    • December 3, 2013


      POPCORN STRINGING!?!?!?!?!?!?! no thank you lol, after the toothpick injury I doubt that I am willing to attempt a project that involves a sewing needle 😉

  4. December 2, 2013

    Debbie Bashford

    I have spend hours looking and laughing at “nailed it” memes on pinterest

    • December 2, 2013


      Hi Debbie! That’s wild! Until I read Michelle’s post, I wouldn’t have even thought to look for such a thing! Bet there are lots of good ones out there 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting, Debbie!

    • December 3, 2013


      HAHAHAHAH! some of them are so awesome aren’t they? I thank all of the failed crafters before me that posted their disasters, it gave me the courage to post mine 😉

  5. December 3, 2013


    Haha! Love this post. I would have given up halfway through, grabbed the bowl of candy and ate it instead. Props for seeing the project through. Not perfect, but that’s part of its charm! 🙂

    • December 3, 2013


      You and me both, Holly. I would have thrown my arms up in the air and just given up in frustration. Well said..part of the charm 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • December 3, 2013


      Holly, I was tempted to give up, good thing I don’t really have a sweet tooth. Now, if it had been the wine bottle, there would have been NO EVIDENCE at all left behind 😉

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