Pin State Art and How To Do It Wrong | Another Pinterest Fail

It’s true. I like to pin things on Pinterest; and probably not unlike many women who use pinterest, I have also deluded myself in to thinking that I’m crafty. In earnest, I’m a unique hybrid of ambitious and lazy.

Allow me to explain.

The Inspiration: Delicate Artwork To Honor Your Home State

The Harpster Home wordpress blog did a post about how their heart was in Ohio and they would commemorate the state with art. Her artwork was later pinned on to, as NPR’s described Pinterest, social media’s newest darling.


That’s where I saw this image with the description, “finally a tutorial on how to do it!” Well, I can do that, I thought.

Instructions? Nah, More Like Suggestions.

Enter lazy, stage left.

I did not actually proceed to the tutorial until I had returned from the craft store with the materials I thought I would need and by then it was too late.

Materials You Should Not Buy


You will see pictured here: canvas, corkboard, hot glue gun, pins, thread and an adult beverage. Contrast that to a piece of wood that needs to be sanded down, primed and painted, a hammer, nails and string.

Step 1: [Image Not Available] Reinforcing The Canvas

I knew, but was not phased, that the pins would fall right through the canvas and so before any real work could begin I cut the corkboard to size and wedged it behind the canvas. Hot glue kept the boards from sliding around back there.

Step 2: Cut Out the State and Start Pinning

Outline the state with pins. #Pinterest #Fail

As with all my projects, this has a promising start.

Step 3: Remove The Template And Convince Yourself That This Might Still Work Out

Finished #AZ state outline #pinterest #fail

Doubt is starting to trickle in as I wonder how these crooked pins are going to affect the integrity of the artwork. Oh well. Onward!

Step 4: You’ve Got To Have Art

Now add #heart. #pinterest #fail

As Those Damn Yankees taught me, You’ve Got To Have Heart: You’ve gotta have hope/Mustn’t sit around and mope/Nothin’s half as bad as it may appear.

Step 5: Carefully Thread The Pins With, Uh, Thread

String it up. #pinterest #fail

Hey, that’s not half bad. Let’s do it two more times! – says a glutton for punishment.

Show & Tell: California, Arizona and Maryland as State Pin Art

Finished product #pinterest #fail

#MD #pinterest #fail

#az #pinterest #fail

#ca #pinterest #fail

Optional Step: Follow Me!

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58 thoughts on “Pin State Art and How To Do It Wrong | Another Pinterest Fail

  1. That looks WAY harder than uploading a Pin, plus a little more precarious in terms of potential injury and mishap.

    So far, knock on wood, I have not drawn blood with any of my Pins.
    ACTUAL pins? I’m not sure. :-)

    • Hey Matt, great questions! I tied a knot around my first pin (a pin on the state’s border) then carefully looped the thread to a “heart” pin and continued to go back and forth until I ended up where I started.
      Then I looped a pin I had already threaded and tied another knot. No glue. Just tension.

  2. Haha, your post had me cracking up because I see a lot of myself in this…..sort of flying by the seat of your pants. I already know that although this is really cool I will probably never motivate myself enough to do it but at least I can enjoy yours :)

  3. Couldn’t have been done without the adult beverage… This might be fun/horrifying for another “non-crafty/lazy but wishes she were crafty” person (me) to try!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I have wanted to try these for so LONG!!! Mine would be Ohio for me and Georgia for my boyfriend. Maybe someday I’ll get around to it! So glad I saw your post!!

  5. Pinterest addict here as well!!! I will have to find and follow you now!! How long did these take to make? And by the third did it get easier?! Love how they turned out! Great job!!

  6. oh pinterest how deceiving it can be! It makes everything look oh so easy! ha! My sister tried to do this same project with the state of Oklahoma and it was a challenge as well! Let’s just say yours look much better than hers did!

  7. I still think these are great, even if the materials weren’t suggested in the tutorial. I’ve done that too where I’ll just look at the pictures and try to wing it and it never seems to work as well. And it’s NEVER as easy as it looks.

  8. Loved this post and I’m a fan of Pinterest myself… I think you creations are way cool! Congratulations on being FP!

  9. this is too funny. I am also one to think “hey i could make that” and dive in without consulting materials lists, patterns or suggestions. however, i never end up THIS successful. What a great job you did.

  10. I kind of think you left out some expletives by not describing the task of stringing the pins. I’ve never done this before, but to me stringing would be the most difficult part to complete. Nice job, great step by step directions.

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