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?
Check out our boards
See more of Samantha's stories here.
Let us plan your weekend with the best family events and activities in Chicagoland.
Start the week right with deals, prizes, parent life hacks and more delivered straight to your inbox.
Need last-minute ideas for a weekend of family fun? No worries. We've got you.
Get the inside scoop on the people, places and things we are loving right now.
Resources, tips, inspiration and more for parents of children with special needs.
Score exclusive offers from our fabulous advertisers.