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Day six:: from the kitchen

It's bitterly cold here today. The smalls are tired, adjusting to daylight savings and both suffering colds. Time for a cozy inside pajama day in front of the fire. The perfect opportunity to try one of Amanda's projects from her new book :: Calvin's papier-mâché bowls. Easily made with stuff we already have, they are just the ticket to store all the treasures the children collect, leaves, rocks, shells, pine cones etc.

This activity kept them amused for some time, from tearing the newspaper while I cooked up the glue, to smoothing the final layer was almost an hour!
Now we just have to be patient and wait for them to dry so we can paint them. But I fear this will take some time in this weather.

Note to self: please remember not to leave these outside overnight. My last papier-mache attempt, a pinata, was left outside and entirely eaten by hungry possums. Oops! Fresh from the city, I had to chalk that one up to a foolish, city-slicker mistake at Elsa's third birthday party.

from the kitchen :: from the garden :: from the valley.
My theme for this month's Blogtoberfest :: a post a day in October.


  1. What a great kiddie project. Our last paper mache got eaten by mice. We have plans for a cupcake pinata for a party this weekend.

  2. Can't wait to see what they look like painted. Great project...

  3. I love these! They look so fabulous - all the potential of decorating and making into something new... *sigh* craft heaven :) K

    p.s. it's so hot here! strange to think we're in the same country! Kx

  4. Oh no! Possums eat paper mache?! Good to know!

    I love Amanda's book and this is one cute project. I hope they dry soon so you get to paint them. Might be another hours worth! :)

  5. What a great idea.....I had a Dah moment!!

  6. They look great.
    Totally relate to leaving things outside... hope you remembered to get those great bowls in though.