The Worst Crafts on Pinterest

I’m not a Pinterest mom. I love Pinterest for things like recipes, but that’s pretty much all I use it for. I’m not pinning items for my kids’ birthdays six months before they happen. (My kids have never even had a full-on birthday party. Worst mom ever.) I’m not plotting out home improvement projects, new ways to do my hair, or 27 uses for Styrofoam balls. With two toddlers at home, mainly I’m just trying to survive.

So when I am on Pinterest and I see these things, things you seem to have to go out of your way to make or need, I’m dumbfounded. Who has the time for this stuff? Even if you did have the time for it, why? Why not do something productive or enjoyable instead? Some things on Pinterest just baffle me. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I don’t think so. But you be the judge.

Behold—the Worst Crafts on Pinterest:

cake postcard

Cake postcard. I just don’t understand this one. Yes, that does look just like a piece of cake, but why would you send that in the mail? What does it accomplish? What is the recipient supposed to do with it? I for one would be really angry if someone went to all that effort to send me fake cake, which would just get me thinking about real cake, which I do not have and do not want to make and do want to drive to go find the good kind–which is only at that one bakery across town—but now I have to.

Fun and Games Bag

Fun and Games Bag. This does not look like a bag of fun to me. It’s crocheted, for one. Do you know how long that takes to do, relative to how very cheaply you can get a tic tac toe or checkers set for the car? Yes, it’s super thoughtful, but it just seems like either a colossal effort for an item that might get played with all of five minutes before one of the kids starts losing pieces or it gets ditched in favor of an iPhone or DVD.

cat butt coaster

Cat Butt Coasters. These are the worst. Not only do I never ever, ever want a cat, or anything that reminds me of a cat in my kitchen or near my food, here’s a cat butt complete with little pink butthole. TO SET MY DRINK ON. Pink eye, anyone?

glitter mirror

How to glitter anything. A friend of mine once said that glitter is the herpes of the art world. You just can’t keep it from spreading. Even the guy who started the glitter your enemies company hated it so much he wanted out. Glitter is awful. Glittering everything you own is ridiculous and unnecessary. Unless you are age 5 or under—in which case, knock yourself out.

mug cozy

Mug cozies/rugs. Mug rugs are kind of like baby towels. They are cute and all, but do you really need them, much less need to make them? And as for cozies, most cups are insulated, and if it’s not, well, you’re drinking a hot beverage, which my astute reasoning tells me may be because you are cold or because it is cold outside, in which case, wouldn’t the warmth be welcomed? And it’s not going to do much to keep your drink warm anyway, since all the heat is escaping from the top.

I’m sure there’s worse stuff out there. But these are the things that keep me up at night—that and children who are scared of the dark, need a drink of water, need to use the bathroom, need a snack . . .

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


7 thoughts on “The Worst Crafts on Pinterest

  1. Alyson Popa

    This post speaks to me….I too am a mom of 3 little ones – I have never been able to indulge myself in Pinterest for this exact reason, too much work!

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  2. Heather Callagan

    I am a mother of one toddler and spend most of my free time (late night, laying in bed) pinning all sorts of great ideas, that are do-able….but the free time to complete them often never appears. I do enjoy pinterest for pratical things…I am with you–who has time to even pin these ideas, let alone do them!

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  3. Carrie Marie Vaughn

    I personally love to pin things from crafts, to party ideas, to recipes & organizational ideas, although I try to keep it to a minimum because I am also a very busy, working mom and don’t have time to spend hours pinning things and no time doing anything productive. I do agree though that some things on Pinterest are a bit ridiculous and would be a complete waste of time to even attempt to do. Those cat butt coasters are hilarious… they’d be so funny to make as a gag gift for cat-lovers… I don’t think I’d ever want to use one to put my cut on… but totally funny. I have to disagree about the glitter… I love glitter. Not to the extent where I’d want to glitter everything in my house or anything, but it’s a fun way to jazz things up. My sister, on the other hand, hates glitter and was not very happy when I bought her daughter a glitter Christmas dress for her first Christmas.

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  4. Gina Collazo

    Okay, there is nothing I love in this world more than cake. Okay, maybe ice cream that tastes like cake. It might be a tie. If someone sent me cake I could not eat, I would be one sad gal.

    I mostly love Pinterest, but almost never attempt the crafts.

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  5. Jyll

    Completely agree with the author of this article.
    I don’t understand where one has time to do all these thing either, and I am not even a mother, just a busy women in her career and social life.
    I will however, note that I am planning a wedding and pinning has helped me come up with great gift ideas for bridal party and help me “pin down” the look and feel I want to create at our wedding.

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  6. Hilary Justino

    I am glad you at least took the time our out of your busy life to collect these oddities and give me a good chuckle. Cat butt coasters??? Really?! Please, don’t anybody tell my crazy cat lady aunts… especially not the one who knits!

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  7. Brenna Uline

    I’m ashamed to admit I kind of want the cat butt coasters. Whenever I’m drinking coffee it’s early in the morning and I’m angry that it’s early in the morning and I think those would never stop making me laugh.

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