Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And for many people, it’s the ideal time of year to try out their craft skills with a visit to the home of inspirational designs – Pinterest. Pinterest is full of amazing things that you can try to recreate in your own home, and people often do. Sometimes the results are spectacular, but mostly the results are a huge disaster that cause everyone to burst into fits of uncontrollable laughter. At this time of year, the unskilled, hopelessly out of depth amateur creative turns his or her hand to making Christmas-related stuff, and Pinterest is again on hand to provide the inspiration. And just like at any other time of year, the designs usually go horribly wrong. Here are fifteen of our favorite Christmas Pinterest fails …
These adorable little snowman cupcakes are a breeze to make. White sugar icing for the body, two little chocolate buttons for the eyes, an orange sprinkle for the nose and a chocolate coin and a peanut butter cup for a hat. What could possibly go wrong? Well, as you can see, quite a lot as it happens. We can’t imagine what got into the person’s head that green dye was the best thing to use for the cupcake, making it look like the snowman was built on the top of a toxic waste dump, nor do we think the addition of spidery little arms adds anything to the overall effect. This is not so much Frosty the Snowman as it is Frosty the NOman.
The original Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer lollipop has a charming, whimsical cartoon style that’s sure to delight any kid who’s given one for Christmas. The copy, on the other hand, looks like it’s stared into the very depths of Hell and has a ‘kill me, kill me now’ kinda vibe going on. From the look of horror in his eyes to the wide open mouth, it’s as if Rudolf’s walked in on Santa doing something unmentionable to Mrs. Claus and the memory will haunt him forever.
Ah, the gingerbread cottage. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without it. And what better way to show your skill at constructing the perfect gingerbread house than with these delightful little miniature houses that fit on the side of a coffee cup? These little gingerbread houses are a work of art. Meanwhile, the lump of reinforced concrete held together with bathroom sealant on the right looks very much like it would topple any cup that wasn’t anchored to a saucer. Not everyone has the delicate touch, it seems.
These lollipops are supposed to look like Santa Claus’s rosy, welcoming, Christmassy face. And indeed they do, if Santa had had his head shoved forcefully into a blast furnace for half an hour. Maybe there was an industrial accident in the toy factory at the North Pole this year? Who knows what health and safety rules they’ve got all the way up there? One thing’s for sure. Santa better get himself to the Emergency Room pretty quick!
Altogether, kids! “Ho! Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, had a very shiny nose! And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows. Rudolf he had an accident, that’s something we can’t deny! His nose fell off his face, and he was left with only one eye!” Poor old Rudolf. Not only are his days of having the shiniest nose in the whole North Pole well and truly behind him, but he’s also been reduced to staring remorsefully out of his plastic bag prison with his one remaining eye. Oh, and his head’s partially melted. Merry Christmas!
We can see what the owner of these two dogs was going for. Nothing says ‘cheery’ and ‘festive’ quite like fairy lights at Christmas, so why not dress up Rover and Fido in lights? That’ll look lovely, now won’t it? Unfortunately, the effect that’s actually been achieved here is to make Rover and Fido up there look positively satanic. Do they have Christmas in Hell? If they do, Rover and Felix will fit right in. Look into Rover’s eyes. Look into his soleful, miserable, Christmasless eyes!
On the left we have a charming snowman cookie. On the right we have a cold, heartless reminder of the fate that awaits all snowmen everywhere. Where once they stood proud in the yard, with their jolly smiles and carrot noses, now they have melted into a shapeless puddle of unhappiness. No point trying to keep on smiling, snowman cookie on the right. We all know you’re just a blast of sunshine away from melting away to nothingness. A lesson to us all about the fragility of existence. Or just someone who’s really, really bad at making snowman cookies.
“Hey! I saw this great design for nails on Pinterest! It’s Santa Claus’s face, and Santa Claus’s jolly red suit, and there’s glitter all over the place and it looks fabulous! I’m going to go home and do it to my nails right now!” Sadly, the person who tried copying this design didn’t have the necessary nail-painting skill to carry it off. Maybe their hands were shaking? Or maybe they’d been drinking heavily before they decided to give it a go? We’ll never know for sure, but one thing is certain – somebody needs a bottle of nail polish remover pronto!
Now here’s a twist on the traditional Christmas tree! Why not, instead of a real tree, precariously balance a series of green hardback books on top of one another, cover it with decorations and add a star on top? That’ll look cool! Of course, the grim reality for anyone foolish enough to attempt this in real life is a little thing we like to call gravity. Gravity is the enemy of this design, as the picture on the left shows. Who knew that balancing books and then piling a load of stuff on top of them was a bad idea, eh?
These delightful snowflake candies are created by delicately dragging a toothpick along the unbaked mixture to bring out elaborate snowflake designs from under the surface. Then, when the designs are in place, the mix is baked and hey presto! Wonderful Christmas candy snowflakes. Sadly, for the amateur Pinterest baker on the right, things didn’t exactly go to plan. Instead of delightful Christmas candies. They got what could best be described as something you’d scrape off the floor of an abattoir.
Ah, the before and after shot! In the first picture, the subject is full of hope and optimism. She’s carefully crafted her cookie dough into the shape of Frosty the Snowman and proudly holds it up to the camera for us all to admire. In the second, we see a woman defeated by Christmas. The dough has risen in the oven, leaving Frosty a shapeless, globular lump with bloated little arms. Is he still in there somewhere beneath all that cookie blubber? Sadly, we’ll never know. Poor old Frosty.
This Christmas, why not turn your boring old Christmas tree into this magnificent snowman! You’ll be filled with Christmas cheer every time you see his happy, smiling snowman face when you come down to the front room every morning. Well you will if you make a tree like the one on the left. If you decide to go with option B, your mornings might not be so cheerful as you stare at this stunted, short sighted snowman who looks for all the world like he’s being attacked by a giant lobster.
It seems like such a brilliant idea. Fill your balloons with different colored dyes, arrange them alongside your snowy path, wait for them to freeze, cut away the balloons and you’re left with colorful Christmas decorations that look like giant marbles. Unfortunately, the reality for most folks will most likely be the picture on the right. A series of colorful explosions on your pathway that, if you decide to plump entirely for red balloons, will make it look like your front yard was the scene of a heated gun battle the night before.
The traditional Christmas Wreath is as much a part of the holiday season as the tree, the turkey, the presents, the cards, the happy smiling faces of the children and the house full of unwelcome guests. The design on the left forgoes the usual holly design, plumping instead for a colorful material design that will brighten any door. The design on the right, on the other hand, is the same as the design on the left if the design on the left had been dragged through a series of hedges and then nailed to a door by somebody who hates Christmas.
And finally, it’s Santa Claus again! Hooray! Everybody loves Santa! The cake on the right is designed to maintain the face of Good Ol’ Saint Nick after he’s been baked in the oven for a good long while. The cake on the right is designed to look like Santa mated with an alien species or some kind of aquatic life, and the offspring that infernal union spawned is what comes down the chimney in the dead of night to scare little children. Or at least that’s what we think was the idea behind it. Whatever you do, don’t look it directly in the eyes! And have a very Merry Christmas!