I love DIY because it tests our creativity and gets us to look at the world in new ways. When a DIYer needs something they don’t ask, “where can I get this?” They ask, “how can I make this?” Want a coffee maker and have some copper pipe lying around? No problem!
But not every homemade craft is a work of art. As satisfying as the perfect project can be, getting there is often more error than it is trial. These sometimes spectacular DIY fails have even developed an online culture around them. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Colin Furze – Assassin’s Creed Rope Launcher Fail
Colin Furze is one of the top extreme builders on YouTube – I even picked out one of his videos as one of my top DIY hacks. So when he posted a video of his Assassin’s Creed rope launcher fail, I took heart. If someone like Colin can mess up, there’s hope for the rest of us.
Simone Giertz – Lipstick Robot
Simone Giertz is another personal favorite. This YouTube star takes the DIY fail concept and gives it a brilliant twist by designing robots that are actually supposed to fail. Projects like her lipstick robot are even more hilarious to watch knowing she’s in on the joke.
ElectroBOOM – How NOT To Make An Electric Guitar
Mehdi Sadaghdar, the man behind ElectroBOOM, cautions viewers not to try his projects at home. After watching the video for his failed homemade electric guitar, I’ll definitely be leaving the heavy duty electrical work to the professionals.
Ellko – Lip Plumping Beauty Hack Fail
DIY isn’t all grappling hooks, robots, and electrical burns. The best projects are the ones that offer simple solutions to everyday problems. In her series Fail Or Holy Grail, Ellie Kodia (AKA Ellko) tries out homemade beauty hacks like this lip plumping scrub to see if they really work.
What I find amazing about this whole phenomenon is that with the help of sites like Pinterest Fail people are actually going out of their ways to show off and share their failures. I have to say, there is something very reassuring about knowing I’m not the only one who can’t bake a cake.
ABC News – 5 Pinterest Fails
The Pinterest Fail in particular, where somebody tries unsuccessfully to recreate a project they found on Pinterest, has become enough of a phenomenon that news outlets like ABC are even reporting on them. Looks like it’s time to grab a bag of flour and go get myself internet famous.
Sonja Foust – The Pintester
Another one of my favorite online personalities, Sonja Foust runs both the Pintester website and the YouTube channel, where she has been screwing up pins so you don’t have to for the last two years. I came for the fails, but I stayed for her refreshingly foul-mouthed irreverence.
Bradlee Wannemacher – DIY Chocolate Shoes!
Do you like shoes? How about chocolate? If your answer to both of those questions was “Yes!” (and of course it was), then Bradlee Wannemacher has the project for you. Or rather, he would if he could get the chocolate to melt right, or if wearing edible shoes actually made sense. I’ll probably still try it, though….
Aspyn Ovard – How To Deal With Your DIYFail
With almost 3 million subscribers on YouTube, Aspyn Ovard is a lifestyle vlogging superstar. So when even she admits to constantly messing up, it’s reassuring. I think what I really like about the DIY fail is that it encourages us to accept and even embrace when things don’t exactly right.
myWebRoom – DIY BB-8 Paper Snowflake
With that in mind, I gave a project that I’ve had my eyes on for a while now my best shot. I absolutely loved Handimania’s intricate Star Wars paper snowflakes when I originally saw them, but I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to screw up. Well, no more! So how did I do?
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