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Int’l Bloggers Club: Epic Hits & Epic Fails

It’s time for Int’l Bloggers Club again, and this month we’re here to talk about our epic hits & epic fails! We’ve all gone through some pretty awesome projects that were maybe easy as can be or also tough as hell, but were really worth it to blog about! They might have gotten us a ton of pageviews, but did they actually end up working out great or were they just epic fails and no more? 

So today we’re here to each show you what worked and what didn’t work out at the end… Ready??


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Epic Hits & Epic Fails

Epic Hit

My absolute #1 post was and still is my Easy Pallet Shoe RackIt was so so easy and simple and has given my little blog here a ton of traffic! It was featured on a few other sites and there were lots of people questioning it’s functionality due to being outside.

Will it stand the weather?

Well, let me tell ya, after a year of using this pallet as a shoe organizer right in front of my entrance door, I can proudly say that it is still going strong, looking great and keeping our front entrance shoe-clutter-free! It is outside, yes, but partly covered, so it doesn’t get entirely wet when it rains, but is constantly exposed to all the humidity. We don’t get snow here where I live or even freezing temps, so I can’t speak for those situations. 

What about bugs nesting inside the pallet?

Some people were also concerned of bugs and such being able to hide in the pallet, inside the shoes, especially on the bottom ones. We have a lot of bugs here due to the always mild climate, cockroaches, ants and spiders are only a few of them, so I do vaccum clean the pallet and outside entrance at least twice a week to keep it clean. This is a high traffic area that we use daily and I make sure that only the shoes that we always use are out here, meaning they get moved around a lot and I even stick the vacuum cleaner inside the shoes too. So far, it has worked great and except for some spider webs and bunny fur from our bunnies that love to sit inside the pallet bottom if there are empty spots, there hasn’t been any bug incident for us. 

DIY easy pallet shoe rack kreativk.net

I added succulents to the top part which gives it a really nice look too!

DIY easy pallet shoe rack kreativk.net


Epic Fail

Ok, now to one that didn’t turn out that great after all. It happens to be my second most viewed post of all times, and it does look great, but I have to admit that it was an #epicfail! Say Hi to my DIY Terrarium using Ikea Frames!

It was easy to make and I love decorating this terrarium each season, but I won’t lie… It has turned into a nightmare of DIY’s. It keeps on falling apart. Every time I basically stand close to it and breathe on it, it collapses! Well, I did take the easy way out and glued it all together with hot glue, remember?  It lasted a bit, until I touched it to change out the inside and decorate it…and after that it just kept on falling apart. The solution is probably attaching small hinges which makes sense, I just haven’t gotten to it! 

DIY Terrarium kreativk.net


DIY Terrarium kreativk.net

So, here you have my number one hit and number one flop, the epic hit and epic fail!! Make sure to stop by the other ladies blogs and check out their posts for today’s IBC! 

Thank you for stopping by today, 



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  • Amber Harrop
    05/04/2017 at 00:37

    I loved the look of that Terrarium too Katrin lol that it falls apart I have had project like that !!

  • Leanna
    03/04/2017 at 04:56

    In my eyes I couldn’t see you having an epic fail lol. Then I read your post to see the fail was the gorgeous terrarium, that’s the Katrin I know from reading Kreativ K. This is a terrific blog and both these posts are hits.

    • Katrin
      03/04/2017 at 07:18

      Aw you gave me the chills Leanna, Thank you so much, that’s so sweet of you and made my day 🙂

  • Sandra Garth
    01/04/2017 at 18:31

    I can’t imagine you failing at anything! These are both great projects and I hope they keep bringing you lots of traffic. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

    • Katrin
      01/04/2017 at 21:24

      Aw that’s so sweet of you Sandra, Thank you 🙂

  • Lori
    30/03/2017 at 22:53

    Love this! Especially how transparent you are. 🙂 Not all projects turn out the way we hope. Have you thought of using an industrial glue like E6000?

    • Katrin
      31/03/2017 at 06:55

      Lori, thanks for the sweet comment and great tip! I could try one more glue, right?? I haven’t thought of an industrial one, no! Great idea before trying to attach all those hinges 😉

  • nancy
    30/03/2017 at 18:32

    Thanks for your honesty inre: the fail. I’ve seen the terrarium project done so many times..mostly with Dollar Store or Thrift Store frames. You just saved me an afternoon of frustration. Love that shoe rack, tho.

    • Katrin
      31/03/2017 at 06:56

      I’m glad you liked the post Nancy, Thank you for the visit!!! 🙂

  • Keri
    28/03/2017 at 15:22

    Katrin, I’m glad to hear that the shoe rack is still working great!! I like the succulents on the top shelf. Sorry to hear that the terrarium isn’t working out so well. Like you said though the hinges will probably be just what it needs. 🙂

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:25

      Thanks Keri, it really is going great and I don’t want to not have it out there, it really works and it’s easy to grab those shoes!

  • Sarah - Craft Invaders
    27/03/2017 at 23:35

    What a great theme Katrin. I love both of your projects and am sure the pallet rack will last for years – off to check out the other ladies posts now 🙂

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:24

      Thank you so much Sarah!!

  • Michelle
    27/03/2017 at 19:15

    Oh I loved both of these posts so much Katrin. The terrarium is still so beautiful even if it does collapse every now and then and I’m sure you’ll get round to adding hinges one day. We use pallets often and I never worried about spiders or bugs, probably because we live in a thatch roof house and they’re part of our daily existence here. As far as I know most pallets are built to withstand the rigors of outdoor use and hard knocks so I didn’t even think about whether it would hold up and your epic show rack will always be one of my all time favorite pallet re-purpose ideas

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:23

      Michelle, Thank you!! You’re right, pallets are meant to be out in the storm, so yeah, it’ll be ok! And the paint helps too. It really added so much functionality to our entrance, it’s crazy. And it makes it all look really tidy and nice!

  • Naomie Moore, Castaic, CA
    27/03/2017 at 18:13

    Absolutely adore the plant / shoe rack! Great share, thank you!

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:22

      Thanks so much Naomie!

  • ana@carpe_diem
    27/03/2017 at 17:19

    I had no idea that your terrarium keeps falling apart. Looks good, anyway! Just keep your breath when in near LOL
    Now you know “pros” and “cons” for next time. It is valuable experience, too!

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:22

      Thanks Ana! I should have put hinges the first time it broke down…i just keep putting things off… but will do it, since I too like the terrarium a lot!

  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista
    27/03/2017 at 15:14

    I remember being in awe of both of these projects when you posted them, Katrin! I still have your mini terrarium on my Must Do List.

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:21

      Thanks Marie! The mini terrarium is so much fun…when it’s standing that is! But I love to redecorate it each season, so I’ll go with hinges and try to add them.

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    27/03/2017 at 12:45

    Ohhh Katrin I am in love with that Terrarium! I guess hinges are the way to go, although they are a pain to add they will also solve your problem permanently! Your pallet organizer was and is brilliant! I cannot imagine that the weather will affect it much since here in Greece I leave lots of things out on the balcony and the only things that suffer are metal which gets rusted. I think your shoe rack is beautiful and will certainly stand the test of time and you’ll be able to enjoy it for many more years.

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:20

      Thanks so much Mary! I think I will have to go with hinges…I’ve tried everything and I like it too much to just not use it anymore…

  • Pili
    27/03/2017 at 10:22

    Katrin I loved the first time I saw your pallet shoe rack and I’m happy to hear that it stands as well as the first day. Pallet wood is rather strong and you keep it shiny clean so for sure it holds well. Love the succulents on top, what did you use as pots? They seem baking pans. Sorry to hear about the terrarium, it looks nice though and those future hinges will make your life easier.

    • Katrin
      28/03/2017 at 22:19

      Thank you so much Pili! The pots for the succulents are baking pans, you’re right. They fit right into the space!