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February 21, 2013

Fairies in a Jar...?

Ahhh, crap. Pinterest got me again. First, I swear it off. Then I morphed into a snowbound crafthound. And now this blasted craft attempt gone bad. In fact, a total Craft Fail, is what it is. And one that may or may not require therapy for a certain toddler.

Your daughter will love this, they said
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It's so easy, they said.

B to the S.

This lovely picture is what I set out to accomplish:











Pretty, right? Yea, in Photoshop Land! Psht.


So, I gathered the supplies...











I got my little one all psyched up with fairies in tow...











And I got to work...

Activate the glow sticks and cut them open







Pour into a jar over a strainer


Add glitter, seal tight and shake

 And this is what I ended up with.
Not terrible.. but certainly not floating fairies.
 

Oh, but wait! It gets WORSE. You see, I read somewhere that adding a bit of peroxide to the jar will help prolong the glow. So, I did. And we shook. A lot. And what we got is what, I'm sure, will forever traumatize my toddler.






For the next two hours, with tears in her eyes and disdain in her voice, until she hoarded her little fairy clan off to bed, The Toddler made sure I knew that I killed Tinkerbell

Noooooo!!! MOOOOMMMMM!!!! Why you do DAT?!! Where's my Tink?!

Is that BLOOD?!!! Are my fairy friends bleeding? Mama, whyyyyyy?

Mommy. Not a good choice. That was not nice. Go think about it.

Mama.. can Daddy gimme a tubby tonight and not you??

Ok, Mommy.. gimme kisses.. but not my friends. You no touch them no more.



So, like I said.. Therapy grade CRAFT FAIL..


Speaking of Craft Fail, Robyn over at Hollow Tree Ventures wrote about my miserable attempt at this putrid Pinterest pin! You can check it out here:




58 comments:

  1. Thank you. I saw that same stupid post and thought, "Oh, this looks so easy....I should do this for Tater...AT HER BIRTHDAY PARTY"! OMG, what if I had. See there, you just saved the traumatizing of 10 little girls ~ you are a goddess ~ whew, that was close.

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    1. Baahahaha! Well dang.. See that, I'm a sucky crafter but by golly if it didn't save someone else therapy money! ;)

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  2. I am dying - I laughed out loud at the first pic of your finished product, but then... "Is that BLOOD?" Bwahaha! Thank you so much for sharing this - it's perfect for CraftFail! I'll let you know when your feature's scheduled. :)

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    1. The things that kid says is mind blowing sometimes.. I just hope she doesn't go to preschool calling me a killer! Can't wait to see the CraftFail! Thanks, Robyn!

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    2. I'm so excited - your CraftFail submission runs tomorrow (3/4/13) - when it's live you can find it at http://wp.me/p1sEcb-1iB

      Thanks so much again for sharing - I loooooved writing this one up! :)

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  3. Oh no! I saw the same thing and thought, cool science project for the boys. Not any more. Thanks for saving me!

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    1. The glowy lantern part WAS pretty neat.. HOWEVER.. it was not as advertised, that's for sure!! I also re-did it in baby food jars instead of a mason jar and it was much brighter! Also, you can try glow in the dark paint instead of a glow stick because, let me tell you something, those suckers are REALLY hard to cut open!! Just remember, SAY NO TO PEROXIDE!
      Good luck :)

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  4. HILARIOUS! Probably not at the time. I'm right there with you. So many fails. So many that most of the time, I look at Pinterest and just roll my eyes. I can't even THINK ABOUT how bad that one will end!
    Quick example: Handprint craft w/my 3 yr old drama queen. The SECOND I pressed her hand into the paint, she FREAKED OUT and started scream-crying. I had no idea her worst nightmares were made of finger paint :/
    Now when I see a fingerpaint craft, my eye starts twitching.

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    1. baaahaha! My girl used to be like that with stuff on her hands.. we had lots of finger painting freak outs! I think there's a martini out there somewhere to cure that twitch!

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  5. That's hysterical! "Go think about it." LOL! Kudos to you for trying it, though, and saving the rest of us moms the therapy visits :) Found you on Honest Mom.

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  6. Found you through Honest Voices, this is too funny, I think I may have pinned that one too!

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  7. Found you via Honest Voices! I pinned this one too...my 2 1/2 year old is recently into fairies and the baby loves sparkles. THANK YOU for the tip!

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    1. Glad I could help save their mental status! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I love this, because this happens to me every time I try to replicate a Pinterest project. I don't get it, because while I'm not a crafty, artsy person, I do know how to follow directions! It's so frustrating :)

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    1. Agreed!! Pinterest is so.. it's just like.. GAK! It makes me feel dumb! LOL!

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  9. This is hysterical! I met someone once who bought koi fish for their pond and brought the kids with them to introduce them to their new home. She put the fish in and within minutes they turned white and died. Without her knowledge, her husband had put bleach in the pond to make sure it was clean.

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    1. O... M... G... that makes me feel like Mom of the Year!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Actually laughed at loud. Poor, poor fairies!

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    1. Haha! It seemed like a peaceful demise, at least...

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  11. Oh my gosh! shouldn't there be a rule about pinning things that will break children's hearts???? What the heck! Isn't there a "report this pin" button? You should report that pin!
    found you through YKIHAYHT :-)

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    1. Good call! I'll check for a report link somewhere.. I mean, lower expectations would have given me a chance to do this craft ALONE first! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. LMAO! I avoid crafting anything that involves fairies, glitter, holidays, and open flames. I'd hate to see what you'd do with snowmen or innocent bunnies! :)

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    1. baaahaha! that leaves you pretty limited, no? I did a snow paint craft that turned out pretty well but those lucky leprechauns might be in for it soon..

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  13. I thought that fairy bottle thingy looked too good to be true! It's not you, it them! I stink at crafts too! But KUDOS to you for attempting it!!!

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    1. Thanks!! At least we laughed.. well.. The Toddler didn't.. but the baby and I sure did! :)

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  14. Hilarious! There's one I've seen that was made outta mountain dew(?). Had me laughing at "is it blood". if you want to see some kinda cool and kinda unrealistic/bogus crafts go to "I Love Diy" on fb. It's got some good shit on it, but some...well, u can tell someone doesn't have kids.

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    1. LOL! Cool!!! I'll check that out! You can also check out CraftFail.. this will be featured there today!

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  15. I am so busted for not working - laughing. out. loud. Pinterest is such an ego-suck. I'm so sorry you had this traumatic experience and I hope your daughter forgives you soon.

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    1. Ahhh! EGO-SUCK! Best description EVER. She's totally over it since I found a Tinkerbell shirt to ease the pain ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. I'm sorry your daughter thinks you are a fairy murderer but boy did this make me laugh! RIP Tinkerbelle.

    Stopped by from the Don't Be A Bloghole hop. So glad I did! :)

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    1. LOL! Glad you laughed! I think the Toddler has forgiven me.. or else is waiting for paybacks..
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. This is hilarious but I'm curious about Peroxide. You know, clear gelatin might have been more useful. Or watered down hair gel? To make the glitter suspend? I don't know, I'm McGuyvering in my head from work. But I think it's plausible!

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    1. Hmmm.. those are plausible ideas! You try it and let me know ;) My kid has suffered enough and is now afraid of glow sticks!

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  18. Oh no! I am so sorry! Now I know to do a sample run first :) I hope your little one has recovered. They're resilient, right?! "Is that blood?"--is my favorite...in a very sad way.

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    1. Oh yea, she recovered just fine :) All it took was a new Tinkerbell shirt!

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  19. I actually saw that too and my inner Pinterest-sceptic thought it was too good to be true. thanks for your own daughters' trauma saving my kids from the same. here from Finding the Funny!

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    1. LOL! Hey, my pleasure!

      Glad you stopped by!

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  20. Found you via Finding the Funny. While Pinterest may make dreams come true for children of crafty people, I'm pretty sure it has created more than one nightmare for my kids. Hope everyone has recovered!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      Everyone has recovered, thank you :) I'm planning my next therapy inducing Mom moment..

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  21. OH you have made me laugh after a frustrating afternoon trying to create fairies like the first photo. I wanted to use it as part of a writing workshop for 7 year olds but my fairies turned out just like yours! I feel much better after reading your blog post and grateful I didn't try the peroxide.

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    1. Ohhhhh I'm so glad I wasn't the only loser.. So many people have said they did it and they tried this and they tried that.. and I'm all like.. well... but.. NO. LOL If you follow the link at the end of the post to Craft Fail, you might be able to pick up some different ideas there! Good luck :)

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  22. is it possible that this failed because you didn't use "diamond glitter?"

    http://www.joann.com/floracraft-diamond-dust-crystal-twinklets/prd58498/

    The secret to Diamond Dust is that it is not just "plastic" glitter, rather it is finely ground glass, that gives that extra sparkle!

    please let me know what happens with the diamond glitter!

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    1. I don't think I'll try this one again, but from what I've read, no matter the glitter it won't magically float inside the jar. I've heard adding white tulle may give a better illusion!

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  23. I laughed so hard I cried. I actually had this one pinned as well and then a friend shared your post on fb this morning. My 7, soon to be 8 year old daughter would have (still) been traumatized from something like that.

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    1. HAHA! Glad you got a laugh and it saved you from explaining life and death of fairies at an early age. And thanks to whoever your friend is for sharing!

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  24. I used to play with things called "Wonder World" as a kid...y'know, "Wonder World: A magical world in the making". Those dumb commercials actually didn't make the product suck, though...it was a gelatin kind of thing that could be super awesome with glitter.

    Hear me out here. Clear Wonder World water, iridescent (and glow-in-the-dark) glitter, and a sealed-tight jar. Like the gel candles type. Seal the jar closed with clear epoxy after you fill it to the top with the liquid and glitter. During the day, kidlet will see amazing rainbowy sparkles. If she leaves it in a sunny window during the day, at night the glow-in-the-dark glitter will light up.

    Dually cool, and easier to keep than the other stuff (since glow sticks don't work well for anything for long). You could even place a couple of those water beads, the kind used in decorative vases, to make "baby fairy" eggs.

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    1. I have no idea what Wonder World is but I will be spending the next hour figuring out how to make what you just described! Better yet, how about you do it and let me know if it sucks or not first. Then I'll try it ;)

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  25. Oh my gosh that was horribly hilarious XD

    It's probably best not to use glow-stick stuff in crafts, honestly. They can have tiny pieces of glass (that's how it's activated) in the tubes and I'm pretty sure the gunk isn't the best for your skin, honestly. Skin irration and stuff.

    You know what might work? Get a jar, fill it water and glitter glue. Or even cheap shampoo (clear) and a ton of glitter. But the water and glitter glue one will probably be pretty close to this. Search "calming jar" on Pinterest. That might make your therapy bills lesser :P

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    1. Thanks for the tips, Laina! I used a strainer to catch the glass and made sure the toddler wasn't around for the glow stick portion!

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  27. You should try this instead: http://thebusinessofbeingmommy.blogspot.com/2012/02/rainbow-glow-jars.html

    I have another tutorial on the blog, a few posts later, titled Glowstick Lanterns. It was an earlier try that wasn't quite as successful. Not officially a fail, but it has some helpful do's and don'ts.

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  28. Jeanette. I think the original photo looks more like the "Soothing Jar" I saw in another crafts idea. In that one you fill the jar with a liquid, put in your fav glitter and shook it up. The idea is to used when your child gets out of sorts. You sit them down with the jar and have them shake it up. Then you place it on a table where they can watch it settle. They get to watch the glitter settle down as their emotions get settled. I haven't done this one yet for my Grandboys, but I fully intend to make one with them.

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  29. There is one that works really well, here is the link.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OJb6IxVYZrU

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  30. I tried them as well as well as the glow in the dark paint. What I did find that worked was from "the gold jelly bean" she filled it with water added a piece of white toole and broke the glow stick inside that. Way prettier. Hope this one works for you :)

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