Welcome to a new fun feature on the Pin It! blog that I like to
call "Good Pins Gone Bad." In this feature, we'll be talking about
pins that seem like a fantastic idea, but don't end up in the "win"
column once you actually try them. A few weeks ago, I stumbled
across a set of pins that showed the construction of a child-sized
igloo out of cleaned milk gallons - Pin
1; Pin 2; and
With my birthday party theme in mind and the abundant
enthusiasm that I always feel after perusing Pinterest for an hour,
I thought the perfect addition to our Winter Wonderland would be
the creation of a Milk Jug Igloo to go along with it. So began my
quest into plastic and hot glue.
In the weeks leading up to the party, I begged, pleaded, and
encouraged family members, friends, and acquaintances on Facebook
to hand over their plastic milk jugs so that I might construct
something especially wonderful for this party. A variety of gallons
soon filled my car - former containers of orange juice, water,
chocolate milk, milk - mostly cleaned out, they were then
deposited into garbage bags to await construction.
Two weeks prior to the party, I finally decided to click through
one of the Pins and check out what was actually involved in the
construction. Imagine my surprise (and chagrin) when I discovered
that one of the igloos had been made out of 155 gallon jugs!
Despite my efforts, I was only about one-fifth of the way there and
our love of milk was just not going to carry us there. I opted
instead to create an igloo "entrance" to place outside the front
door for the kids to enter through.
Fast-forward to one day before the party and I finally decide to
construct it by myself. One bag of glue sticks, two burned fingers,
three failed attempts, and four hours later, I had finally
constructed something that resembled an entrance
- simultaneously using a vacuum cleaner to hold it up while it
solidified. I finished "caulking" it with hot glue. Realizing that
the winds would probably destroy it, I opted instead to leave it up
for the party as a cute picture backdrop and a great spot for
I put this pin in the middle column. It turned out cute (despite
not being a full igloo), but the assembly was ridiculously hard and
time consuming. I debated stopping several times and although I was
complimented on it, I'm not sure it was worth the time. This pin
gets classified as a MEH to me.
What pins have you tried lately that just didn't cut it for you?
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