Post # 1
i love reading about successful DIY stories on the bee. in fact, a recent thread has inspired me to make my own card box!
But what about those projects that you couldn’t make work no matter what you did, or just got so frustrated with, you couldn’t even bear looking at any longer?
After seeing a thread about strassing, I strassed 1/3 of nude patent pumps (thats just 1/3 of one shoe) with pearls, lost patience, and gave up (plus the glue was giving me major headaches). Now they sit, ugly, and lonely, in a box in the closet. I’ll post a picture once its light out.
so tell me your story with pictures if you can 🙂
Post # 3
Cut wine bottle vases.. gave up within 15 minutes (was trying the string on fire, plunging into icy water to break off the neck.. google made it look easy, and I’ve no patience). Taking the easy way out now, a combination of complete wine bottles and jars..
Post # 4
Fake rose petal isle runner.. LOL – I bought like 100,000 petals, and a pink runner. I got about 7 feet done and stopped. It just didn’t look right to me.. I didn’t mind glueing all the petals on, but something just looked off about it.
And then I remembered that my “aisle” is brick, so I don’t really need an aisle runner.
My most recent non-wedding DIY project was a plexi glass lid for my hermit crab. I bought the “cutting” tool, and it snapped right in half. So now I just have 1 giant piece of plexi glass instead of small pieces to lift up, and holes for the heat lights cut out =/.
Post # 5
interesting thread… following!
Post # 6
I was going to make tissue paper pomanders for my aisle decor. I couldn’t get the pomander to be round, so I gave up after the first one.
I ended up doing a much easiser paper cone
Post # 7
I started making some paper flowers… but realized it would have taken me HOURS so I bailed and decided to get my flowers from the supermarket instead, hahahaha
Post # 8
Lining my invite envelopes with wrapping paper. It was so difficult to get the template right. The paper was hard to work with because it kept rolling up – cutting it correctly was difficult, getting it in the right place and gluing it was hard. It was just a huge pain. Gave up after about 10.
Post # 9
Loving these stories. Keep em coming 🙂
Post # 10
attempt at bringing this thread back from the dead. we can’t be the only ones with abandoned diy projects
Post # 11
There are many things I have thought about quitting but I can’t think of any that I actually quit right now… There are many things that I have changed though because the original was a pain or because I thought of a better idea!! Posting to follow 🙂
Post # 12
Invitations!! I gave up after making about 100 envelope liners. All the math and glue involved, ugh. Its so much easier to order.
Post # 13
I was going to make book invitations, as in actually creating and binding the books myself. I got the layout for the inside done, realized that matching the pages, printing it out, and everything else involved with making the covers, covering the covers and assembling them…yeah that was sheer insanity (‘it’s only 20 books’ I told myself, ‘but it’s 20 books’ I countered). Concept cool, execution not happening!
I also had the idea of making our wedding rings, we live in an apartment, so I’d have to find a way to build a fire and melt the gold without our landlord knowing. I’d have to make the mold, source the gold. I had images of burning down the apaertment complex while doing this. Yeah that’s not happening either!
Post # 14
@renwoman: HA!!!!!!! The “making the wedding rings” is THEE funniest s$!t I’ve ever heardddd.
Post # 15
@graste: I was inspired because apparently there’s a place here in CA where a couple can go for the day, do all sorts of romanitc outdoorsy things on a ranch and make their wedding rings. Sounds great, right?! When I told my FI he was having none of that so my thought was ‘how hard could it be? If you can do it up on some ranch why not do it here in the city?’
Post # 16
@graste: I was honestly considering this as my wedidng DIY project… you 2 are making me very afraid. Where did you buy your envelopes? Etsy?
@renwoman: You must be the single most ambitious bee on this website!! DIY wedding bands? It’s a cool idea though… very meaningful!