We are often told that undertaking arts and crafts will bring us a sense of fulfillment, positivity, and relaxation. And in times of the worldwide pandemic, this is all we need. So no wonder so many people have tried making something from scratch, whether baking an infamous hedgehog cake or decorating jeans with whatever they found at home.
But even if we, as a society, do encourage getting your hands on things and rocking your inner craftsperson, it doesn’t mean you should just do it. And this humorous, satirical Facebook group called “That’s it, I’m craft shaming.” is precisely an answer to why crafts isn’t for everyone.
Welcome to the not-so-pretty side of the handmade world that often remains hidden behind the tearful expectation vs reality moment. With a whopping 99.4K members, the group is both a horror chamber and a feast for your eyes that collects all the most hideous crafty items found out there.
And for understandable reasons, these questionable gems rarely get to earn a place in a camera roll. Unless it’s strictly for craft shaming purposes.
#1 Well Okay Then
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#3 Oh. …oh My
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“That’s it, I’m craft shaming.” is a relatively young private Facebook group created in July 2020, with almost 100k members. The group came about when the world was desperate to figure out where to put their hands as the coronavirus lockdown was implemented around the world.
“Honestly, at some point, we have all come across a post and just thought ‘what the actual heck.’ This is the group for all of those occurrences,” states the group’s description. It invites members to post anything from an “ugly ass wreath” to a “tumbler that looks like it went for a tumble” as long as “it’s handmade, and it’s hideous.”
#4 Button Doll
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#5 Local Playground. No Further Commentary Needed
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#6 This Makes Me Uncomfy
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So to find out more about the community firsthand, Bored Panda reached out to its moderator team, who were happy to share some insights about the craft shaming online movement.
“The craft shaming group started because a few people were tired of the craft community being dishonest about people’s crafts,” said the mod team representative. “In every crafting group, people would post something so hideous or the words are crooked and it’s for sale and people will tell them it looks nice or they like it and this person ends up selling a subpar product,” they added.
#7 My Daughter Wanted This Dog Cake For Her Birthday. I Am Not Paying $25 When I Can Do It Myself
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#8 Saw This On Marketplace. It Is Legit A Paper Boat. Lol
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#9 Found In The Wild On Market Place Handmade Sea Shell “Fountain”
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So “That’s it, I’m craft shaming.” was created as a satirical response to the overwhelming positivity that surrounds craft communities. “We created an environment where people can be honest with their opinions. It’s not just a place for bad crafts, but also a place to share craft finds that are cool but make you say WTF.”
#10 When Sewing, Always Remember Pattern Placement Is Key
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#11 $45 For Four Cinder Blocks And Two Planks Of Wood? What A Bargain. Can’t Wait To See How It Ships
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#12 My Mom And The Cake She Made For My Sister’s 21st Birthday…. It Was Supposed To Look Like The One On The Left
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When asked to explain the craftshaming term, the mod team said the word refers to the act of shaming crafts or wanting to exhibit people’s bizarre DIYs. “Some examples of our favorite posts would be the self-shaming posts, the crochet baby, and the badly done resin pieces,” the mod team said.
#13 Sigh. “Macrame”
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#14 I Think This Qualifies. On My Local Garage Sale Page
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According to the moderator team, the recent surge in very weird and often tasteless DIY experiments has to do with everyone being eager to sell homemade stuff before reflecting on how good their product is. “I think a lot of crafts from Pinterest fails and people selling their crafts as soon as they get a Cricut. Some people don’t understand that you need practice and time to improve before selling anything,” the spokesperson of the mod team concluded.
#16 I Have No Words…
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#17 No, No, No!!
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#18 Just Look At This
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#19 Found One!
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#21 The Caption Says It’s An Elephant, Handmade Out Of Sea Shells. I Thought It Was A Very Weird Raw Chicken
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#22 But Why…
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#23 Facebook Marketplace Never Disappoints. This Thing Is Clearly Haunted
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#24 Found In My Local Marketplace Group
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#25 She Painted Her Couch With House Paint
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#26 Is This A Craft? Idk. But I Hate It
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#27 Saw This In My Piercing Shaming Group
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#28 This Belongs Here. I Don’t Know The Story Behind The Picture
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#30 I Paid Real American Dollars To An Etsy “Artist” For This Homemade “Cat” Soap, Meant To Be A Gift For My Daughter. My Daughter Politely Declined. Meow?
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#31 For When You Want Strangers To Stop You And/Or Just Immediately Call The Police For Animal Abuse
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#32 I Think I Found One!
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#33 I Mean.. Im Lost For Words
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#34 An Earlier Post Reminded Me Of This Beauty My Mum Made My Nephew For His Birthday. It’s Supposed To Be Gollum With Eye Of Sauron
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#35 I Was Leaving The Outlets Here In Orlando The Other Day And Was Parked Near This…… Someone Take Her Glue Gun Away Asap!
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#36 Note Cards
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#37 Idk If This Has Made A Debut But I Feel Like This Belongs
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#38 Astroturf Heels
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#40 But Why??
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#41 So I Love Horror Movies As Much As The Next Person And I’m Sorry If This Person Is In This Group But This (Imo) Is Awful. I Don’t Even Have The Words Honestly
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#42 I Found This In A Consignment Store In Palm Springs Over A Year Ago. I’m Still Confused
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#43 I Knew My Front Yard Was Missing Something!
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#44 I’ve Never Wanted Spice Tins With Trim But… ?
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#45 Thanks, I Hate It….
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#46 “Transform The Look Of Your Party” I Mean Does This Even Count, Putting Sandwiches On A Pallet Is A Craft Right?
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#47 Door As Headboard, Found In A Sales Group/Classifieds In The Area I Live In. I Kinda Like The Idea But It Needs To Be Painted Different And More Work Done On It. Horrible Execution Of This Craft Idea. It Looks Like A Door Right Off The Hinges
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#48 I’ve Been Lurking For Awhile And I *think* I Finally Found Something! All I Wanted Was A Succulent. Is This Really A Thing That People Pay For?
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#49 Craft Shaming My Self! Who Wouldn’t Want A Great Stuff Bath Bomb!
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#50 Found On Local Marketplace. Crib Or Death Trap?
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#51 Not Sure How I Feel About These
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#52 I Found One! This Is Supposed To Be Melt And Pour Soap
“My new piece I just made today”
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#53 So Is Eomoioloy A Name Now?
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#54 Unique? Nailed It
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#55 I Finally Found One!!! Found This Beauty At The Goodwill Where One Of My Clients Works!! Reminded Me Of The Opossum Several Weeks Back
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#56 Handmade Beads Anyone? Some Of These Look Like Chewed Gum!
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#57 This Is Horrifying
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#58 Found On My Timeline. I’m So Confused
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#59 20 Bucks? Nah
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#60 Saw This In A Wedding Shaming Group. Apparently It’s Supposed To Be The Bride’s Practice Bouquet For The Rehearsal
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#61 I Don’t Hate It.. If A Kid Made It. But $24?
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#62 This Person Was Looking For Help On Our Local Town Site. I Know Some People Arent Good At Certain Things But Wouldn’t Staggering The Bricks Be The Most Logical Solution To This?? At Least That’s The Consensus Of All The Responses!!
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#63 Ok Maybe Im Just Missing The Aesthetic But Im Really Not Into It Made From Old Neck Tyes. Alot Of People In The Comments Liked It. I Wanted To Like It But… Maybe If The Colors Were Different? Idk Lol
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#64 Okay But Why?
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#65 Clay Spoon
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#66 I Had To Read Comments To Figure Out Its Actually Supposed To Be Something. An Eagle. Its Supposed To Be An Eagle
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#67 Can We As A Collective Stop Being Fake Nice To Our Friends Terrible ‘Crafts’
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#68 What Is This? Like The Bears Are Upside Down And The Mints? So Many Questions???
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#69 That Happened To The Arms/Hands?!
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#70 Wow! Only $350
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