Here's How To NOT Fail At DIY As Hard As These 13 People Did

"Nailed" it.

Is there a better way to show someone you care about them deeply than to surprise them with a heartfelt present? We think not. 

Depending on your creativity and resources, the present might be a dozen roses, a little blue box from Tiffany's, or even something you crafted with your bare hands. Homemade gifts usually receive the most collective sighs because there are few things more heartwarming than knowing someone took the time to make you a one-of-a-kind present. 

Unfortunately, DIY projects don't always go as planned...


1. Looks so simple, doesn't it? Until you realize this clay crumbles and sticks to everything.

2. Get it together, cake! We've got a birthday party to attend.

3. So autumn. Much beauty.

4. Oh, dear.

5. Nailed it — if you were going for Sonic the Hedgehog on a regular summer day in New York.

6. Looks festive.

7. We actually tried this. It didn't go well.

8. Just a little something to spruce up your (very) modern loft's interior.

9. Vaguely reminds us of a scene from "The Office."

10. It's slime. Just not galaxy slime.

11. Better luck next time?

12. Mason jar snow globes get the best of all of us.

13. Please stop giving us unrealistic expectations, Pinterest.

So how to make sure you don't get stuck inside that DIY trap and still get "The Ultimate Gift Giver of the Year" award?


1. First of all, think about the person you are going to surprise with the gift. What is he/she like? What are their hobbies, interests, and favorite activities? Try talking to them about their life goals and dreams before the occasion — this way you'll have more time to come up with the perfect idea.

2. Once you got that down, consider your budget. You might not be able to book them a flight to Seychelles, but if your friend is into adventures, take them out for a hiking tour or a scavenger hunt across the city that culminates in a table for two. Big ideas can be scaled down and remain just as or even more exciting.

3. If it's someone you've known for a long time, consider recreating a mutual memory from your past. Take them to the place you first met, frame a picture from your childhood, spend a day doing stuff you used to do before your lives headed in different directions.

4. On the other hand, if it's someone you don't know that well, make memories together. Maybe buy a ticket to a concert, a theater play, have a meal at a fun neighborhood restaurant like TGI Fridays — any activity where you can bond and know each other better will be the perfect gift.

5. If you decide to go for a DIY gift, ask for help. We're pretty sure everyone has at least one handy friend who can make stuff. So why not consult with them before starting your own project? Their tips will probably help to avoid the disastrous consequences you've witnessed above.

Regardless of what you decide to go with, remember: IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS.

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