making gifts with a three year old

It’s taken me forever to write this post, since the gifts that I’m mentioning here weren’t actually given until last night. But last November, when I began thinking about what gifts we could make for friends and teachers and secret squirrels (my work version of secret santa), Lucy and I had a succulent potting party. IMG_0588 IMG_0592

Our technique was to 1) find containers at goodwill, 2) fill the bottom with pebbles, 3) fill the rest with potting soil, 4) take clippings from various houseplants and… kind of half-bury them in the soil, 5) water them a bit and 6) decorate with pretty rocks, shells and DINOSAURS!

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If Lucy had her way these would be mostly dinosaurs with barely any plants, so I had to remove a few extras and balance it out a bit. Plus there were a few succulent crushing incidents when the dinos “stomped” on the plants. But when it was all sorted out we set them on a window sill and simply waited for two months to see if any plants would die. Incredibly, they didn’t!

Our other project was to make butterfly ornaments out of rice paper and wire. I cut shapes from a template, then Lucy painted the rice paper with watercolor. Then you fold and secure with wire, the ends of which become the antennae. I’m lucky to have such a willing helper. Thanks Lucy!

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