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I love Pinterest.
Seriously, I could spend hours and hours on it every day. So many amazing ideas, techniques, inspiration and help for DIY and life in general. But sometimes there is a slight problem with Pinterest:
Some of those absolutely fantastic ideas are not so easy to actually re-create yourself. I’m willing to bet that you have had at least one well-intentioned Pinterest fail. A couple of years ago I totally bombed the string balloon art project like the one above, among many other projects. In fact, it’s so common that there are loads of websites, like CraftFail, and random articles full of images of Pinterest DIY fails.
This is why I decided to create a new series here on Cucicucicoo called “Pintastic!” I will take it upon myself to try out cool-looking projects that I’ve found on Pinterest and give my verdict as to how do-able it is. That way, you can find a bunch of great tested Pinterest tutorials right in one place! Just click here to skip down to the bottom of this page to find the updated list of my Pinterest tutorial reviews!
Apparently Pinterest has noticed this Pinterest Fail phenomenon and has recently introduced a new “Tried It” feature. This means that people can review Pins for DIY tutorials, recipes or anything else with instructions to say whether it worked well or not. I was thrilled to find this out, because it helps me decide which tutorials to try or not.
Here’s how the Tried It feature works:
At the top you’ll see three buttons: Edit, Send and Tried It! Edit is obviously to edit the Pin information. Send is to send the Pin to one of your Pinterest contacts via private message. And Tried It! is to leave a review.
You’ll notice that I also have a “Schedule” button next to the “Save” button. That is to schedule Pins with Tailwind. I started using Tailwind about a month ago and absolutely LOVE it. I highly suggest trying it, especially if you are growing your website, product or brand. You can try it out with a free trial, and when you see how amazing it is and decide to upgrade to a paid plan, you can get a $15 bonus by clicking on this referral link! Yah!
There are three parts to the Tried It! window. First, you can choose between “Loved it” and “Not for me,” which I guess is the tactful way of saying “Hated it.” Second, you can write a little note describing how your experience was with the tutorial. Third, you can add a photo of your own project created with that tutorial.
If you were happy with the tutorial, click “Loved it.”
If you were less than satisfied with it, click “Not for me.”
Then write in your note and upload a picture of your project, if you so desire. Then click “Done.”
Then your pin will have a little red check mark in the Tried It button, which honestly confused me at first because I thought that the red check mark would mean a negative rating, not a positive one, but it turns out that the red check just means that you’ve given it a rating.
At the bottom of the Pin it shows people who’ve tried it and the rating and any uploaded images.
When you go back to your Pinterest board, in this case my Gardening board, you’ll notice the red check mark that means that you’ve tried it. Next to the Pin description you see the total number of repins across Pinterest and also the number of people who’ve tried it.
If you want to see all the Pins that you’ve tried, or if you want to see the Pins that someone else that you follow has tried, just click on the “Tried” button on the Pinterest profile.
Easy peasy, right? And, just like product ratings on online shops, just a few clicks will help other people decide whether or not to attempt a given tutorial or recipe. I love it, because seeing tested Pinterest tutorials helps we crafty folk avoid wasting time, energy and money on projects that are most likely destined to fail, and to figure out which the best ones are! It’s also another way to get a little bit more visibility.
So next time that you’ve tried out something that you’ve found on Pinterest, make sure to click the “Tried it” button to let others know what you think about it!