Fail: Soda Bottle Cherry Blossom Art

Name: Abby @ Trial & Error Creativity

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Original Inspiration:

What I Did: I had a feeling this one was too good to be true. You could just tell from the original picture that those perfect flowers did not really come from that paint-soaked bottle. But I had to try it out anyway.

I did everything the tutorial said to the T. I even went down the fancy route and got canvas for this project (as I was able to get one on sale for $2 at Michaels).

On the one hand, this was better than I expected: I was expecting a glooby, messy, unsightly mess. Instead, what I got were little circles.

I gave this project the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I wasn’t using enough paint. Or too much. Maybe the canvas was too soft. But no matter what I did, I got the same result. I even tried just stamping my plastic protection sheet, just to see if I’d get anything different. Still: the same little circles.

Blog Post Detailing The Experience:

My Result:

pinterest fail cherry blossom soda bottle art

Next Time I Will: There really is nothing that I could do differently next time. This project just doesn’t work like the website says it does.

However, this was one project that could easily be saved. I used the circles as a base and painted in the rest of the “flowers”. It’s not an authentic “soda bottle cherry blossoms” project, but it is still quite pretty!

pinterest fail cherry blossom soda bottle art



  1. Lynn

    I saw this pin on pinterest and thought the same thing…too funny that is what it ends up ACTUALLY looking like!!

  2. Courtney

    You used the wrong size bottle! The original poster used a 2 liter!

  3. Heather

    I have to agree with the above commenter on this one. The bottle you used is quite different from the original post and it seems like it might be more raised in the center.

  4. Rachelle

    I wonder if they were using plain paint or were using a thicker, fabric-style paint. Also, I imagine the type of bottle used would matter a lot.

  5. Jenn

    Definitely wrong size and type of bottle.

  6. Terra

    I have done this project with my school aged daycare kids and the type of bottle DOES matter. We just used regular washable paint. Look closely at the bottle before you use it, different soda/water brands have differently shaped bottles.

  7. kathleen

    My first attemp failed miserably. Kindergartners used chunky paintbrushes; I had them use black crayon the next time… and most were just dots; I used a little more paint in bowls and it fixed that too. It wouod also make cute fireworks!

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