Kids have a way of making the best out of any situation. At least my kids do...case in point, every one
of our endless trips to home improvement stores over the last decade. We dragged our kids to virtually every box store, lumber yard and garden center within a twenty five mile radius of our home, as we renovated every square inch of the property. They never complained.
They would make a game out of the trips and collect souvenirs along the way. Stores that had paint samples, especially the ones shaped like Mickey Mouse, were their favorites. They'd come home with tons of color cards and spend the next several days cutting and pasting, enjoying their collection.
Recently, one of my teens developed a renewed interest in paint swatches. She saw a few white board calendars on Pinterest and decided she wanted to make one. Dad took her to the craft store, armed with 40% off coupons, and picked up a large picture frame.
She layered the cardboard backing with craft paper and paint swatches, which created the boxes for each day of the month. When she was done, she took an old plastic bin and covered it with scrapbook paper and some rhinestone roping to store her makers and a rag. When she showed it to me, I was really impressed. I am constantly in awe of how little my children seem to need me lately...except when it comes to laundry, or rides...or money!
About a week later, I walked into her room and noticed that her sparkly picture frame had also been turned into a whiteboard, as well. She even hung a necklace on it to add a little embellishment and camouflage a brand marking on the swatch . When I asked her about it and she told me that she had a few samples left, one fit perfectly in the empty frame and, "Mom, you know how I like to write things."
I have to hand it to her, it looks amazing, it's functional and it cost absolutely nothing to make! It's exquisitely unremarkable and I am really impressed!
How about you? Do you know any crafty kids?
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