By April Vomfell

The do-it-yourself nirvana pictured on Pinterest doesn’t always pan out. The instructions look easy, but the result is, well, not amazing?

Take heart! There is a whole world built around such failures.

Pinterest Fail is a website that celebrates contributors’ botched attempts at being crafty. The site’s tagline: “Where good intentions come to die.”

Some great examples: a rainbow layer cake that turns out as a collapsing pile of colored frosting and sprinkles; a newborn baby posed with big geeky glasses and a stack of books that turns out as a wailing baby falling face-first on the glasses and books; a glowing bouncy ball that turns out as a lumpy cornstarch rock.

It can be enjoyable, or at least reassuring, to admire such failures.

For more – yes, more! – get an eyeful of these. They’re like the blooper reel on an already funny movie.

Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Horribly, Hilariously Wrong. It’s a bonanza of sugary messes and witty commentary. For example, plastic babies riding frosting carrots.

Awkward Family Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos. Be prepared for extremely awkward maternity photos, brides with guns, mullets, and families posing with pet raccoons, squirrels, possums, goats and heaps of rabbits.

However, on a more serious note, failure is actually a necessary part of success. If you don’t believe me, try reading “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success” by Megan McArdle.

And then go look at more hilarious photos of other people’s mistakes.


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