Creating something from scratch is an enriching experience. Whether it’s knitting, crocheting, or getting your hands dirty while shaping a new idea out of clay, any craft-based activity serves as an antidote to the stresses of daily living. It’s amazing to see people rocking their inner craftsperson and creating whatever their minds dream up. But at the same time, every enthusiast knows how easy it is to get caught up in the joy of the process.

Like any art, you get super excited when starting a new project — burning with passion, hope, and expectation — only to see how it turns into a hilarious disaster! Yet, some people set out to go all the way and share their funny mishaps with everyone online. And here are the results — the internet has become packed with unfortunate handmade projects that probably looked great on paper but went way, way wrong.

Our craft-loving team here at Bored Panda has scoured the web to bring you a list of pictures that showcase the most memorable fails of the handmade world. So continue scrolling, upvote the best of these questionable gems, and be sure to share your own goofy blunders down below in the comments!

Then if you’re interested in even more do-it-yourself endeavors that should have never seen the light of day, check out our earlier posts here and here.

#1

Probably Should Have Said Something After The First One

Probably Should Have Said Something After The First One

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#2

The Pillow My Mom Made Me Really Ties The Room Together

The Pillow My Mom Made Me Really Ties The Room Together

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JayhawkJoey
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's a great floor pillow. Great for laying on the ground.

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#3

My Sister Legitimately Tried To Paint A Picture Of Stevie Wonder For My Dad On His Birthday

My Sister Legitimately Tried To Paint A Picture Of Stevie Wonder For My Dad On His Birthday

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Aubrie Allen
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's like is Stevie Wonder and Bill the Cat had a baby.

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First off, let’s give a big round of applause to these wholesome people who decided to entertain everyone by sharing their funny masterpieces online. Because poking fun at your blunders is an excellent way to show that humor is a powerful tool that can boost your mood in no time. And crafting is a complicated business — only dedicated crafters succeed in creating flawless objects on their first try. So seeing the funny side of the handmade world can immediately lift the weight off any enthusiast's shoulders.

To learn more about the most common crafting mistakes and how to keep the creativity flowing, we reached out to Emma Jewell, a Cricut expert and all-around craft lover who shares inspiration and knowledge to help people in their crafting journey. "A lot of common crafting mistakes I see are not having everything you need at the start of a project," Emma told Bored Panda.

After all, it’s easy to get caught up in the joy of making new objects and fail to notice you’re bound to end up with a questionable product. "I often see projects that have gone wrong because they are using the wrong type of glue for the material used or the wrong type of paint, it just ends up in a bit of a mess! Make sure to read the bottle and get clued up on what kind of materials you are working with before you start."

#4

My Husband Said: "Stay Still. I'm Going Try To Draw You." Then He Showed Me This. I Laughed So Hard I Almost Threw Up. Look At The Feet

My Husband Said: "Stay Still. I'm Going Try To Draw You." Then He Showed Me This. I Laughed So Hard I Almost Threw Up. Look At The Feet

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#5

This Clay Sculpture Fell Perfectly Flat On Its Face And Looks Not Happy About It

This Clay Sculpture Fell Perfectly Flat On Its Face And Looks Not Happy About It

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#6

My Wife Knitted A Hat For Our Bull Terrier, But I Think It Works Better On The Whippet

My Wife Knitted A Hat For Our Bull Terrier, But I Think It Works Better On The Whippet

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Judy Kolbe
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't think the bull terrier would put up with that s---!

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With so many mishaps floating around online, it’s clear that some enthusiasts bite off more than they can chew. According to Emma, people sometimes tend to overestimate their abilities.

"As crafty-minded people, our first thought is always 'I can make that!' So wading into a project that might be way above our capabilities happens a lot," she said. "But that’s also the fun of crafting — having a go, and finding out if it’s going to be a success or not!"

"I think a lot of crafters are winging it, but that’s where the joy is, in the making part — even if the finished project isn’t what you set out for it to be, you still had a lovely time making it," Emma told us.

#7

My 4 Year Old Found Permanent Markers And Is So Proud That He Is Now Darth Maul

My 4 Year Old Found Permanent Markers And Is So Proud That He Is Now Darth Maul

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#8

My Boyfriend Painted Our Dog

My Boyfriend Painted Our Dog

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#9

My Mum Tried To Make My Sister A Teddy Bear. I Present Quasimodo In Bear Form

My Mum Tried To Make My Sister A Teddy Bear. I Present Quasimodo In Bear Form

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But some people can’t help but feel discouraged if their project didn’t turn out as expected. After all, even the smallest crafts can take us hours, days, or weeks to finish, so it’s perfectly normal to get bummed out when your expectations swiftly fall apart. And the digital world doesn't make it any easier.

You rarely see the weird and the ugly side of failed attempts at making craft projects. As our Instagram feeds are filled with carefully curated and choreographed finished products, looking at these messes is a refreshing sight. Thankfully, lists like this one provide us with a slight sense of relief by reminding us that, in reality, everyone can make a mistake. Because crafting isn’t always pretty, and it’s absolutely fine.

#10

I Named Her Barry B. Benson

I Named Her Barry B. Benson

I realized 3 things while making this bee. 1) Don’t buy jumbo size yarn. 2) The magic ring is hard to do with jumbo size yarn. 3) Free-handing a project will get you drastically different results. She kinda looks like a bee and a caterpillar. 

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#11

Tried To Crochet My Mum A Frog And Everything Went Wrong

Tried To Crochet My Mum A Frog And Everything Went Wrong

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#12

After Numerous Failed Projects, Finally A Success. A Slipper That Would Fit An Elephant. Now I Just Have To Acquire An Elephant

After Numerous Failed Projects, Finally A Success. A Slipper That Would Fit An Elephant. Now I Just Have To Acquire An Elephant

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Emma pointed out that if you ever feel hesitant to continue elevating your craftwork after a hilarious disaster, just keep going. "Part of the skill in crafting is creative problem solving, so finding a way to switch up the project halfway through or finding a creative way to cover up a mistake is part of the fun!"

"A lot of the time as adults, we haven’t crafted since school, so don’t be hard on yourself. You are flexing a muscle that you haven’t used for a while," she added.

#13

Make A Beret But Fail So Marvelously It Makes You Look Like An Angry Mushroom From Mario

Make A Beret But Fail So Marvelously It Makes You Look Like An Angry Mushroom From Mario

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#14

I Took My Art Very Seriously In High School And Thought I Was Pretty Good. Looking Back At This Piece, I May Have Been In Denial

I Took My Art Very Seriously In High School And Thought I Was Pretty Good. Looking Back At This Piece, I May Have Been In Denial

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JayhawkJoey
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This reminds me of the Napoleon Dynamite scene about the mustache shading.

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#15

All I Know Is That Somewhere Along The Line A Mistake Might Have Been Made

All I Know Is That Somewhere Along The Line A Mistake Might Have Been Made

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Moreover, we sometimes forget that even the most minor tweaks and changes can make a huge positive impact on our projects. "I always say that there is no such thing as too many embellishments, adding a bit of sparkle has helped me disguise many a mistake," Emma told us. "There is always something small you can do to cover up a mistake or level up the finished project, be it adding a pom-pom or flipping the project over to show its good side."

Emma was kind enough to offer a few pieces of advice: "Always have fast-drying glue to hand, a glue gun is my weapon of choice as that will stop you from getting into a gluey mess. Take time to enjoy the process and the problem-solving aspect of the craft, and don’t be too hard on yourself! We all started somewhere!"

#16

The Top Is Pottery That My Mom Got In Germany, The Bottom Is My Attempt To Make It In My Ceramics Class

The Top Is Pottery That My Mom Got In Germany, The Bottom Is My Attempt To Make It In My Ceramics Class

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zxracat
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your bird is kinda cute, I’d put it in my room to be honest lol

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#17

They Stand Up On Their Own. i Have Brought Shame To My Knitting Name

They Stand Up On Their Own.
i Have Brought Shame To My Knitting Name

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#18

I Tried To Paint My Girlfriend

I Tried To Paint My Girlfriend

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NG
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Put it in the museums! All the museums!

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#19

Some Interesting Face Paint I Had Done As A Child

Some Interesting Face Paint I Had Done As A Child

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When you do pick up a new form of art, you’ll see the benefits in no time. Working with your hands and engaging in creative and meaningful occupations has the special power of getting your mind into the flow state. And there’s an abundance of evidence suggesting that it leads to countless physical and mental health benefits.

A worldwide online survey of over 3,500 knitters found respondents reported they derived a wide range of perceived psychological and social benefits from the practice that contributed to their quality of life. The majority said they felt relaxed, relieved from stress, and got a boost of creativity and a sense of accomplishment. Moreover, there’s a significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy.

#20

Clearing Out Some Old DVDs And Found This Custom Case I Hand-Crafted Myself

Clearing Out Some Old DVDs And Found This Custom Case I Hand-Crafted Myself

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#21

Cat Found A New Scratch Post In My Latest Portrait. Lesson Learned = Never Leave A Clay Portrait In The House With A Cat. Make A Good Horror Sculpture Though

Cat Found A New Scratch Post In My Latest Portrait. Lesson Learned = Never Leave A Clay Portrait In The House With A Cat. Make A Good Horror Sculpture Though

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"Crafting can help move people from inactivity to engagement and it tends to make them feel good," Gayle Torres, a board-certified art therapist at Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, said. "While it isn’t art therapy, crafting does offer stress reduction."

Torres explained a few physical benefits our bodies feel when we carry out activities involving repetitive, similar motions. "Crafting projects can help the brain send signals to the body that all is well. Blood pressure and tension are reduced, resulting in a sense of well-being."

#23

My Friend Got Married Yesterday And Was Gifted A Handmade Quilt

My Friend Got Married Yesterday And Was Gifted A Handmade Quilt

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Little Wonder
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg, i thought they were saying it's too small and was about to be all "Well quilts take forever!" but I see now. Oh no.

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#24

My Friend Got His Dreads Cut Off, His Mom Turned Them Into A Cat Bed

My Friend Got His Dreads Cut Off, His Mom Turned Them Into A Cat Bed

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#25

My Friend Just Knitted A Fox Cowell Hood. Expectations vs. Reality

My Friend Just Knitted A Fox Cowell Hood. Expectations vs. Reality

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The next time you feel anxious or think the world around you is too much to handle, try turning to crochet, fabric work, or any other craft you find pleasing. It’s nice to participate in activities that engage our imagination, bring us back to the present moment, and allow us to come up with something beautiful. Or utterly hilarious! Whatever makes you happy, we’re not here to judge.

#26

Failed Rug. I Did Not Sew It On A Flat Surface So I Couldn’t See I Was Wrapping Each Round Too Tight, And Now It Won’t Lay Flat. At Least The Cat Likes It

Failed Rug. I Did Not Sew It On A Flat Surface So I Couldn’t See I Was Wrapping Each Round Too Tight, And Now It Won’t Lay Flat. At Least The Cat Likes It

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Nobody
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the look on the cat's face, does not exactly suggest like

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#27

So My Girlfriend Attempted To Sew Me A Monkey

So My Girlfriend Attempted To Sew Me A Monkey

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#28

Not All My Crafts Turn Out How I Imagine Them

Not All My Crafts Turn Out How I Imagine Them

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#30

When You Find Out Yarn Weight And Needle Size Matter In A Pattern

When You Find Out Yarn Weight And Needle Size Matter In A Pattern

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Nadine
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The bigger the glasses, the smaller the hat.

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#31

The First Sweater I Ever Made

The First Sweater I Ever Made

I knew nothing about sizing and was so nervous it'd be too small so it ended up being HUGE, but also, the neck was so small I could barely squeeze my head into it. I've since taken this sweater apart and make a throw blanket I love with it. Live and learn!

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SobyKay
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was so close to making the same mistake!! I actually ripped out the whole thing from halfway done when I realized what was happening and started over 😭😭 Such a long, painful process but now I have a great sweater that fits

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#32

This Painting My Grandmother Copied

This Painting My Grandmother Copied

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#33

It Has Pockets. 38 Of Them

It Has Pockets. 38 Of Them

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Barong
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s nice to finally see women’s clothing with pockets.

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#34

My Daughter Says I Look Like I Should Be Singing In The Church Choir. My Second Attempt At A Dress, Second Fail

My Daughter Says I Look Like I Should Be Singing In The Church Choir. My Second Attempt At A Dress, Second Fail

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#35

Condom Beanie? Top Is What I Made, Bottom Is What It's Supposed To Be. Oops

Condom Beanie? Top Is What I Made, Bottom Is What It's Supposed To Be. Oops

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#36

I Made A Replica Of My Ear Out Of Boredom

I Made A Replica Of My Ear Out Of Boredom

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#37

I Tried Making My First Pair Of Pants Today. I Goofed, But The Result Was Hilarious (I Fixed Them And Finished)

I Tried Making My First Pair Of Pants Today. I Goofed, But The Result Was Hilarious (I Fixed Them And Finished)

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#38

My Grandmother Took Various Socks From My Laundry Basket And Sewed Them Into A Pair Of Tiny Rugs. I Have No Clue Why

My Grandmother Took Various Socks From My Laundry Basket And Sewed Them Into A Pair Of Tiny Rugs. I Have No Clue Why

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#39

A Friend Of Mine Tried Painting A Rock Like The One She Saw Online

A Friend Of Mine Tried Painting A Rock Like The One She Saw Online

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#40

I’m Known Far And Wide For My Incredible Sculpting Abilities. The Next Michelangelo, They Call Me. I Am A Play Dough Artiste And Joan Rivers (RIP) Is My Muse

I’m Known Far And Wide For My Incredible Sculpting Abilities. The Next Michelangelo, They Call Me. I Am A Play Dough Artiste And Joan Rivers (RIP) Is My Muse

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#41

These Blue Jeans Were My Favorite. However, Bleach Got On The Bottom Of It. Since I Had Left Over Fabric, I Got The Bright Idea To Create Bell Bottoms Out Of It

These Blue Jeans Were My Favorite. However, Bleach Got On The Bottom Of It. Since I Had Left Over Fabric, I Got The Bright Idea To Create Bell Bottoms Out Of It

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#42

My Wife Is A Talented Artist, So She Wanted To Make The White Owl Instead Of Buying It Pre-Made

My Wife Is A Talented Artist, So She Wanted To Make The White Owl Instead Of Buying It Pre-Made

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zxracat
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s a ghost(ish)! Could repurpose for Halloween?

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#43

She's Taken Up Crocheting. I Have No Words

She's Taken Up Crocheting. I Have No Words

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Deux
Community Member
3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

W***y warmer! Legit thing. Edit: seriously BP, that's also a guys name- W!lly.

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#44

First Time Trying To Make A Bunny Didn't Turn Out The Way I Expected

First Time Trying To Make A Bunny Didn't Turn Out The Way I Expected

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#45

Beanie Fail. Can You Tell This Is My First Time?

Beanie Fail. Can You Tell This Is My First Time?

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#46

What It Was Supposed To Look And What I Did Crocheted

What It Was Supposed To Look And What I Did Crocheted

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#47

Tried To Make A Hiding Place In A Book

Tried To Make A Hiding Place In A Book

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Fawminaj
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You have to glue all the pages toget..... nevermind, please just go buy a premade one

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#48

Tried A New Craft

Tried A New Craft

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Little Wonder
Community Member
3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You gotta use a glass cutter, and they take forever to sand smooth because if you sand too quickly they shatter. Basically, as much as I love craft and DIY - buy some someone else made!

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#49

Fail: Beanie I Was Making, Apparently For A Cone Head. I Started Over After Pic

Fail: Beanie I Was Making, Apparently For A Cone Head. I Started Over After Pic

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#50

Decided To Paint My PS3 Controller

Decided To Paint My PS3 Controller

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