5 Ways to Pinterest success

by: Tierney Pomone
May 17, 2013

Are you on Pinterest? The addictive site attracted record users when it began, but it’s had its downfalls.

In fact, there is an entire blog devoted to the failures of those being a little overly ambitious on Pinterest. But while many people delight in sharing their Pinterest fails, I’ve found that many ideas I’ve lifted from the site have been quite successful from decorating ideas and especially recipes.

I’m here to reassure you that some things are incredibly doable. Here a few great incredibly easy ideas pulled straight from Pinterest that you can try at home.


chicken burgerAs far as cooking goes, some of the recipes you’ll see on Pinterest claim to have few ingredients and be quite simple when in reality some of the steps are a bit more drawn out than one would expect.

The best thing I’ve stolen from Pinterest so far is a tie between Jalapeño Chicken Burgers and Avocado Chicken Salad. Both are incredibly healthful and use chicken and several natural ingredients. The chicken burgers are incredibly easy to make and great on the grill. I chose to top mine with fresh guacamole and sliced tomatoes. The chicken salad is great as-is in a sandwich or on top of greens.

I’ve also had a lot of success with recipes that emulate ethnic foods such as Indian, Asian and Mexican cuisine. The best I’ve done is a replica Thai-peanut sauce. This sauce is incredibly easy to make but does use quite a few ingredients that you may not have on-hand. Feel free to sub in spaghetti noodles instead of soba if you feel so inclined, and I’ve found in a worst case scenario even Ramen noodles can be used.

Home Projects

The biggest Pinterest fails I’ve seen usually involve people trying to create an extravagant project for their homes that are well beyond their ability. While some of the projects look incredible, it’s important to remember that not everyone has the capability to create something from nothing. It shouldn’t take much for you to examine the step-by-step process and evaluate your own skill level, and I’ve done just that. The best project I’ve done so far has been a very simple and fast square wall hanging addition to my bedroom. All it required was a  few pieces of scrapbook paper, cork board and glue.

The result? An awesome and cheap addition. My best advice when dealing with homemade objects and decorations is that if it looks too good to be true it probably is!


This is my biggest warning of all! While most fashion projects on Pinterest recommend using old t-shirts and re-purposing older pieces you’ve been neglecting, be very careful as things may not end up as they seem. My favorite piece that I’ve made with the advice of Pinterest is this new perfectly on-trend summer sleeveless shirt. The best part is that this idea and image originated at Buzzfeed, my favorite site. I’m going to go straight up Coachella-style and wear a lace bralette underneath with some cute summer shorts.

What ideas from Pinterest have you had success with?

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One thought on “5 Ways to Pinterest success

  1. Lauren on said:

    I’m with you on the ethnic food success – my favorite dish I’ve gotten from Pinterest that I’ve made a ton of times in the past few months is a chicken/pork and/or veggie fried rice. It’s the easiest thing ever, amazing, and so much better than Chinese takeout fried rice!

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