(Closed) SPINOFF: DIYs that went wrong

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have any pictures from my first attempt but I decided to DIY glitter a pair of heels.  I found some instructions online that said to mix glitter with Elmer’s glue and paint the entire shoe, then spray with a finishing acrylic spray to waterproof them (or something like that).  I got them looking all pretty and put my foot in only for all the glitter on the shoe to just crack! I had to peel it all off and completely start over!  Talk about many wasted hours.  

ETA: the second time around I used glitter and Modge Podge and no finishing spray.  Works much better because the shoe is still flexible. 

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013



I’d love to hear others experiences!!! I’m sure there’s been some boo boos and some things that were done or made, that had to be fixed or replaced!

Post # 6
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My project it self didn’t go wrong, but my lack of planning def did. I kept seeing all these cute pictures of bunting hanging everywhere, so naturally I had to have bunting. I thought, ok all I need  is some fabric & quilt edging, cut and then do a simple running stitch… quick & easy….no. I originally bought 6 yards of binding, cut all my triangles and started happily sewing. Only when I finished that 6 yards did it dawn on me to measure the distance between the 2 trees I wanted it hung from. Ummm yeah, I needed over 80 feet, not including drape and tying allowances. First thought, surrender and just forget it, but my stubbornness wouldn’t let me quit. I also justified this project by saying that i could only re-use it at our daughter’s b-day. So back to the store twice, yeah the first time I did my math wrong. Luckily the fabric was on sale and I’m a fabric hoarder so I had plenty of that. Well 2 days later I finally completed my project with a total of over a 100 ft of gorgeous bunting. We ended up having a storm about a week before the wedding and there were a couple of old rotting questionable branches, so we ended up standing under a single  tree. I had asked my set-up crew aka family, to wrap it around the tree and instead someone just quickly threw the bunting in one of our apple trees not even near our ceremony.  I still don’t know where all that damn bunting went after the ceremony, which is weird because we got married on our farm. Bottom line- Carefully think out the whole project before jumping into it!! 

Post # 7
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Glow Sticks will not give wine bottles a nice glow!!

Post # 8
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@DIYtilmyfingershurt:  LOL. Sorry but I had to laugh at the glow sticks in your wine bottle.

I’m 2 years away until the “I Do’s” but I’m hoping to DIY invites, save the dates (my family is all out of state otherwise I wouldn’t do these) and a few decorations.

Our theme is rustic/fall and I’m planning on using pumpkins from my parents garden as centerpieces.  So I’m planning on working this fall and next fall to perfect my carving abilities :).

Post # 9
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Darling Husband had this plan to basically recreate this as table decorations, but with blue and clear marbles, a white silk daisy, and a navy blue floating candle:

Well, the “marbles” I bought were actually water gems, and when they are submerged, they turn into little fish eggs and float randomly around in the water. Which meant we could either have candles floating on top of a bowl of fish eggs with a flower in it … or we could drain out the water and instead put the flower on top of the pile of water gems with the floating candle right in the middle of it (not floating, of course)

They actually looked fine … but NOTHING like the original plan, haha!

Post # 10
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@iarebridezilla:  they turned into little fish eggs??  Weird!!!  What did you end up doing??

Post # 11
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When DIYing invites and deciding to personalize each RSVP card (I used sheets of business cards) don’t wait until you have finally perfected one side and then go ahead and print all 14 sheets of the other side to realize….I forgot to reverse the columns for the second side.

All 140 cards had different names on the front and back. That was a really awesome moment for me. Except for my house is 106 yrs old and the windows cost a fortune to replace I was ready to punt the printer out the window when I picked all the sheets up.


You know, because it WAS the printers fault Embarassed

Post # 12
4416 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@elysion:  Haha yeah, water gems look like this when they’re not submerged:

But if you fill that vase up with water, they become really gelatinous and start floating around! I thought they’d behave like marbles, but I WAS WRONG! Hahaha.

We basically just had to make the centerpieces without any water in them. So filled them up pretty high with the water gems, planted the silk flower in there, and plopped the candle down on top of them. And hoped the candle would end up catching the silk flower on fire when it burned down, haha.

Post # 13
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@DIYtilmyfingershurt:  Ha Ha! Sorry, but that picture in full light just looks so sad I had to laugh! But it seems like a good idea – like flameless candles or string lights in a bottle 🙂



Post # 14
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I use the “fish eggs” (actually called Water Gems) in my preschool class for sensory purposes. They love it and actually, so do we! If you submerge your hand completely in the gems, it really is a crazy feeling. Kinda relaxing.

As for bad projects….not yet, but I am adding more and more on and I don’t think I have the time. I’m def over doing it. Now…..I have to get back to my lace jars. 🙂

Post # 16
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DIYtilmyfingershurt:  Lmao!!!!!!! Poor thing.  How about tiny lights or even breaking the glow stick inside the bottle?

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