Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter Crafting Fail

Last week I tried to make a papier-mache Easter basket from Country Living Magazine.  Here's a photo of their pretty baskets:
Photo by Dana Gallagher for Country Living
Here are the instructions from Country Living:

1. Tightly cover a small bowl with plastic wrap, then flip the bowl upside down on wax paper. In another container, mix equal parts water and clear glue.

2. Dip handfuls of shredded paper into the glue mixture, then immediately lay them on the bowl until it’s covered.

3. Lightly press dry paper strips along the outside to create a “nesty” look.

4. Let dry for 12 hours; carefully pull the wrap off the bowl and away from the nest.


Doesn't sound that hard, right? 

Here's my attempt.  I shredded some brown paper, and when I glued it on, it the paper slid all over the place. It was an icky, glue-y mess:

It took over over 48 hours for the whole thing to dry.  When I pried it off the bowl, there were pieces of wax paper stuck to it:

Handy Man said "It doesn't look that bad!"  He took some scissors and cut off the wax paper.
Handy Boy and Crafty Niece put plastic eggs in it, and played with it.  Of course, it doesn't look nearly as good as the Country Living basket, but I guess it's not too bad! 

I know they have a whole staff of people working on their crafts, but I can never get mine to come out as well.  I wonder how it would have come out if I used different paper.

Have you ever tried to do a craft from Country Living or any magazine?  Have you had any craft fails lately?

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20 comments:

PurpleIsMyPassion said...

Hmm, you know you bring up an interesting thought. Perhaps the magazines should start showing some real peoples projects, or even the step by step. Who knows, maybe the wax paper stuck to their nest too. It would be interesting to see their version of a craft and then have them give the directions to a real live woman and have her go at it and see how she does.

Momma Button said...

My finished project NEVER looks like the magazine picture! It doesn't even match the image in my head. But I must say, yours looks fabulous!!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I think it looks great! If you didn't tell us you had to cut the wax paper off, we would have thought you had complete success! :) I wanted to make those but didn't get to it ... next year, I guess.

I always clip craft ideas from Country Living but I've only made one thing so far - a mirror painted on a mirror: http://6dukes.blogspot.com/2010/08/mirror-mirror-on-wall.html.

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

I think yours looks great. My theory is that the magazines have a staff of highly paid experts (maybe even some design school interns, too) and they tweak and tweak these projects, maybe making a hundred, then photographing the best one. Anyway, that's what I tell myself when one of my attempts doesn't look as good.

But if they didn't do the homework, we wouldn't get the benefit of their experimentation and mistakes. I really do believe that the better magazines make an attempt to present ideas that really work. Martha's crew is good.

Fazemos de Conta said...

Hi, I love the idea! It seems to be very funny and a pleasure to make it. I'll try it.
Have a nice weekend,
Lúcia

c.w.frosting said...

I tried to make a homemade "glaze" out of water based gloss & acrylic paint. My guy & I both agreed it looks made the dresser look moldy. Good thing dresser lives in closet!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

They totally photoshopped theirs ;) Yours looks good, hardly a fail! xx

Jill @ JunkyVagabond said...

Yours looks great! My projects never look like the ones in magazines, but like Handy Man, my guy always says it's not too bad ;)

Healthy Branscoms said...

I am a new follower to your blog! :) Love it! Erin

www.healthybranscoms.com

Mary said...

Yours did turn out very close to the magazine picture even though the process was different than described. Thank you for sharing this on Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

the cape on the corner said...

that looks great! especially when handy man snipped off the wax paper.

Ispirato Design said...

I would not call that a fail. After handy mans touch-up it's as good as theirs!

nancycreative said...

I think your nest turned out nice! I saw those baskets in my Country Living magazine, too, but didn't have time to try them. Thanks for sharing about your experience–I haven't tried any of their crafts yet myself, but it's very helpful to hear about how your crafting went!

abeachcottage said...

Yours turned out great! Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and adding your link.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, girlie! I love how this turned out :) Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

bj said...

O, I think your nest is cute as can be. Get a sack of the Easter Egg Malted Milk Balls and fill it up. It will be every bit as cute as THEIRS.

i am sooo NOT crafty, I know better than to even try. :))

I'm signing up to follow so I won't miss any more of your crafts..:)

KaseyQ said...

I tried something like this with brown yarn and it was a gooey adventure! (http://thebeautifulthriftylife.blogspot.com/2011/04/music-paper-easter-eggs-mod-podge-yarn.html)

I happen to like your nest. And really, you have to admit that all that messiness is kind of fun, right? ;-)

architects buckinghamshire said...

Pretty one. Thanks for sharing this tutorial..

Darcy said...

I saw the same article and made the same thing! I used some brown paper shreds (the kind for gift bags) that I got from the dollar tree to save time. I agree - what a crafty, gluey mess! And mine took forever to dry, too!
Maybe next time I'll try it with Mod Podge. hmmm....

I love your blog!

Miss Charming said...

Your basket looks cute! Great job! You mentioned that you weren't as happy with it but it was your first try making one. (For all we know, the one in the magazine was try #20.)

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