When to adapt Pinterest projects, and when to run

Wine bottle craftI find a lot of crafty ideas on Pinterest as I daydream and plan my ideal home that only exists in a world of unlimited funds and a very knowledgeable handyman.

Hang a ladder from the ceiling of my laundry room to use as a drying rack? Yes, please! You know, if I had a laundry room. Or the ability to put screws in my ceiling. Or ownership of said screws… or a ladder… or a drill.

So I like to adapt my projects. Sometimes, this is awesome. Sometimes, I wake up the next morning and regret every crafty inclination I have ever had.

This past weekend, I had mixed success. My two projects were: Jazz up an old wine bottle I was using as a vase for plastic flowers (classy, I know), and sew new slipcovers for my couch’s four throw pillows.

The wine bottle looks nifty on Pinterest. But when I went to Joann’s in search of colored twine, all I found were short lengths at absurdly high prices. I briefly considered yarn, and then turned to crochet yarn. It’s thinner than twine, but it was $3 for more than 300 yards.

So I came home armed with a bottle of craft glue, my crochet yarn and my wine bottle. I sat down at my kitchen table and got started. After a bit of fumbling, I got into a nice rhythm. My fingers were smeared with glue, but I handled it (and patted myself on the back for avoiding super glue and the terror that would arise from super-gluing my fingers together).

Then an hour passed.

And I’d only covered from the bottle’s bottom to the top of the label in crochet yarn.

So I readjusted my posture and trucked on, wrapping what I was realizing was the world’s thinnest string around the bottle again and again. And again. And when I got to the top half of the bottle, I started to fumble awkwardly with the string. No more smooth rhythm for this crafty lady.

I readjusted the bottle, holding it between my legs and hunching over quite significantly to be able to see my fingers as they guided the string around the opposite side of the bottle.

And I passed another 30 minutes this way. Hunched over. Like a gargoyle.

In my delirium, I refused to take a break. I’m so close, I thought. I have to finish. I’ll never come back to it. The worst part is over. I’m more than halfway done. Shoulder rolls.

I finally finished after 90 minutes. It looks pretty good, I think.

But was it worth 90 minutes and two days’ worth of searing, terrible muscle pains in my upper back, shoulders and neck? No. Way. Unless you’re a physical therapist or a masseuse (or are married to one), find some normal-thickness twine that will wrap around more quickly. Take it from me — this was not a good Pinterest adaptation.

Yep, I mentioned I also tackled a few slipcovers this weekend. Check back for a success story (I promise, I do succeed sometimes) later this week on how adapting Pinterest projects can work.

In need of some crafty inspiration? Check out Smart magazine on Pinterest  for ideas on everything from DIY projects to special recipes for the holidays.

Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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  1. HAha, I feel your pain literally. I too often see craft ideas online and think wow thats pretty cool, and find out that it’s pretty cool but it’s pretty exhausting, time consuming, expensive, and the list goes on. So, now instead of following a craft idea step-by-step, I first analyze it and see where I can save myself some time and grief. Like my coffee-filter craft I did. Here’s link to the how-to video http://bcove.me/63i6mzz2. I saw it on Martha Stewart’s website, but she had way too many steps, so I probably eliminated half her steps to make the craft simpler for all of us non-Martha Stewarts out there.

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