People ask me a lot if I ever get craft fails or if I trash a project after it goofs up too badly to be saved.
The answer is YES. But this weekend took the cake.
This past weekend I was determined. Without a doubt I was going to do several great craft ideas that I’d been putting off for weeks.
Nothing would stand in my way! Nothing!
And then the crafts laughed at me while the chanted “fail!, fail!, fail!”.
The first craft fail was just a bad decision on my part.
My plan was to use a stamp to make a template on a wooden letter of the area I wanted to do a wood burn design. But I was out of ink on my ink pad so I just watered down some paint and went for it.
But…. I added too much water and the watery paint soaked into the wood and spread everywhere. You couldn’t see the stamped template and now the wooden letter is stained so bad that I’ll probably have to paint it.
That one could happen to anyone. It was a fail but only a partial one. I just need to change my game plan and attack again.
However the second craft fail more than made up for the first one.
The second crafty idea was watermelon rice krispie treats. My kids really love rice krispie treats and they thought I was the coolest mom ever when I made neapolitan rice krispie so how much crazier would they go for watermelon ones?
The world will never know.
Here’s how the tutorial should go if I was being honest:
Step 1: Realized that you kids have raided the marshmallow bag. Add extra butter to recipe to compensate for the missing marshmallows.
Step 2: Use strawberry kiwi Kool-aide packets to flavor and dye green a fourth of the really runny rice krispie treat. Realize after you mix it together while getting your arm workout for the day that while strawberry kool-aide comes in a green package, it is in fact pink. Taste mixture to realize that it it also extremely sour and kinda gross when mixed with marshmallows.
But the show must go on so on to step 3!
Spill the remainder of the kool-aide packet all over the place with wild abandonment.
Step 4: Add green food coloring to mix and stir until you cannot feel your arm. Press this now green mix into the outer edge of a greased cake pan. Realize too late that you didn’t dye enough of the mixture green but keep going anyway because the other option is to throw the pain through the window.
Step 5: Take the remainder of the rice krispies and add a very small amount of strawberry kool-aide mix and stir until you look like Popeye the Sailorman. If it’s not pink enough for your liking (it won’t be), grab your hot pink food dye from the cabinet and add it to the mix. Stir again (yes your arm IS still there) and hopefully you won’t realize that it really was purple dye that you kids put the wrong lid on causing your watermelon to look like it is rotting in spots.
Step 6: Curse or throw a toy across the room with your now superhero powered arm muscles.
Step 7: Press the purplish pink rotting watermelon rice krispies into the middle of the cake pan and stick a few random chocolate chips on top.
Step 8: Serve to your kids and watch to see which one gags first.
Step 9: Find new unopened bag of marshmallows in the cabinet.
So this last rice krispie treat recipe had potential. It really did. But here’s how it could have worked better;
- Use jello mix to flavor the rice krispie treats like I did in the neopolitan rice krispie treats. It tasted great.
- Mix green food dye into the melted marshmallows/ butter mixture before you add the cereal for the rind portion.
- Do more green than you think you’ll need. It’s easy to eat up extra but harder to make more if you’re short.
Hopefully you crafty weekend was more successful than mine. After these two fails I gave up trying for the day.