2016 DIY Blunders


Valentine Advent Calendar | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

It’s the last day of the year.  A year of blunders.  We’ve all had them.

Today I’m sharing five DIY Blunders I made in 2016.

DIY projects that didn’t get comments, few pins on Pinterest, & no Facebook comments.

Projects viewers didn’t like or take notice.

There were more than five…

But at five, I stopped counting.

2016 DIY Blunders

I realize at the end of the year we should be celebrating our successes, and I do.  But it’s also fun to laugh at what failed.

I noticed most projects were holiday related.

Maybe I don’t holiday well??

The Valentine Advent Calendar above I made using things found around the house.  Maybe I should have driven to the store for supplies!

Loves Me Feature Image Valentine Advent Calendar | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

The decorated straws above solves a problem too!  They help keep droopy flowers stand straight and tall.  I published this post in March. It may do better this year during Valentines.  I hope. 🙂

Candy Dish made with light globes | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

The candy dish above was a blunder of trying to figure out what to do with light covers.  I found them at out Habitat for Humanity Restore.  I liked the shape but still haven’t found a use for them. 😕

Maybe I should use them for light covers!!

Rustic-wood-flag-with-rope | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

The wood flag above I made for a live DIY video.  It was a hit live but the post flopped.  I still have the little flag, but this year I’m planning a larger rustic wood flag.

Or, a larger blunder!!!


Outta all the DIY projects I’ve made this is one of my favorites.  The autumn table runner.  It came out just as I envisioned.  Made from dollar store florals.  Super easy to make.  The only other thing used was a glue gun to make it.  Guests loved it when they saw the table.  It’s textural and durable.  But got crickets on the post and social media.  Maybe it’s my photography skills.

2016 Blunders Pin | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

There you have it.  The top 5 2016 DIY blunders.  I know there will be more, but please hang in with me…because I did have others that were a hit!  See a few of them below.

Cotton Stems

Melted Crayon Pumpkin

Bleached Pine Cones

Let me know in comments if you agree with the list.  Here’s to a new year and more DIY blunders…and successes!

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  1. This has got me inspired. I’m a sucker for DIY projects.

    Thanks for sharing, Jeanette. Happy to find your blog 🙂


  2. Happy New Year, Jeanette! I grinned from ear-to-ear while reading this post. Not AT your blunders but WITH your blunders because we all have them but how many of us are brave enough to showcase them. Appreciate your humor, humbleness, and VERY smart choice – I like it! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2017 🙂

  3. I can tell you just from a reader perspective (I don’t have a blog) that some days you (I) just don’t have an interest in that particular something. Sometimes even if I do, I don’t comment. Doesn’t mean something is a flop!

    I follow a lot of blogs and some days it is just hard to get through all the emails and I just pick the ones that matter or interest me the most right then. I guess I’m trying to say, it probably isn’t you or your subject matter, it can also be the reader’s attention span, interest and time.

    I wouldn’t say anything here was a flop!

    1. Linda, you’re the best. I do realize commenting takes time. I also try to comment on others posts. This collection of projects didn’t get any traction from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google or anything. I don’t worry about it. It’s just fun. Plus there’s so many “Best of ____” I decided to take the low road. 😕 Just for fun.

  4. So proud you are human like the rest of us and not afraid to admit it! Keep up the great work and have a great New Year! Peg

    1. Peg, I feel we learn so much from our mistakes. I’m not a blogger that only shows the pretty. Sometimes a project goes through some ugly before finding the beautiful. Thanks for reading along with me and Happy New Year!

  5. I agree with Kathleen, I wouldn’t call any of these failures! I love them and think you are awesome how you come up with these ideas!! I notice with my blog that what I think will be a hit, flops and vise versa. Definitely a leaning curve with blog land!

    1. Cheryl, You hit the nail on the head. Blogging is a huge learning curve. And just when you think you’ve figured it out…they change the rules. But it’s fun and I love thinking outside the box and helping others. Happy New Year!

  6. Kathleen Hornbecker says:

    I wouldn’t call any of these post – failures. I’m horrible about leaving comments! This blog shows me how important it is to reply to your projects. I won’t promise to respond to all your posts, but be more attentive to giving feedback in 2017. I do enjoy your projects! Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year, Kathleen! I glad you enjoy the projects. You don’t really need to reply, just read along and always let me know if there’s something I can share that will help you in your DIY or decorating projects. Knowing I’m helping other is my main goal. 😀

  7. No problem Jeanette, life is full of blunders, you can’t win them all! Just keep on trying!

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