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Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong'

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Oh, Pinterest, we have a love-hate relationship with the creative ideas from food to fashion that we see pinned on your many boards. How many times have you seen some crafting project and thought to yourself: I could do that. You gather the items you need and give it the old college try. Or most of the college try maybe you tried to cut a couple of corners. Maybe your kids started hollering at you and you missed a step. Maybe you measured once and ended up cutting two or three times.

However it happened, the product did not come out looking like something you could pin on Pinterest. Or anywhere really. Well, you're not alone. And now there's a book to prove it. 'Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong' ($12.95, Workman Publishing) by Heather Mann compiles some of the internet's biggest 'Fails' from fashion to snacks from her blog of the same name ( in book form.

The book itself is sorted into various types of fails, from fashion, holiday and food. Glitter is a reoccurring theme in the book, and there are many ways it can let you down. It's a fun way of looking at those who did their best, and created the worst and were still brave enough to memorialize it with a photo.

Despite what you think, the book manages to keep away from being snarky, and is surprising sympathetic to people's failed attempts. Clearly, Mann comes from a place of love, softening the mocking tone. It feels more like friends comparing failed crafts together than Martha Stewart sniffing at your collapsed souffl. Mann's been there, tried that and failed with you.

There are even helpful tips on how to successfully complete some of the crafting projects that brave souls have failed before you. So, you know, you can give a go yourself.

So, if you're having a dinner party and you're worried that things won't be picture perfect, just make sure this book is prominently displayed. Then you won't look nearly as bad. We hope.


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