Good Pins Gone Bad: The Milk Jug Igloo


 
 

By Samantha Schultz

Pin It!

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 1Pin 2; and Pin 3.

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 opening gifts.

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? Check out our boards and more.

 

 
 





 
 
 
Copyright 2014 Wednesday Journal Inc. All rights reserved. Chicago web development by liQuidprint