I am a huge fan of bed tents, I always have been. Maybe because my mom wasn’t too keen on the moving of furniture and disrupting of bed covers that went on when I had the urge to make one? I continued to make them anyway of course.
Having children meant that I’d have a reason to make them again. Hardly a day goes by that one of these temporary structures is not put together. I don’t go for anything more permanent because my children are…let’s say more rambunctious than I ever was in my bed tent. They last about a day, two days tops before jumping causes them to fall atop the pint sized destroyer.
And I don’t leave bed tents to the children’s bed rooms either. They’ve graced my bedroom, the living room even outside. Their location should probably change their name but I call them all bed tents anyway.
I have visions of beautiful,more permanent bed tents in our future, tents that stay up for all night reading sessions or friends sleeping over, for sister secrets. Bed tents made of multiple fabrics with stars hanging from their center.
Being the youngest of four sisters meant I practically grew up as an only child. My brother was the last born before I was and he was ten years older than me. I do have hopes that my girls will be close, that their future will entail sharing and all the things I wished for when I was young. Bed tents are what frame these moments in my mind.
Today’s craft project: Stuffed Paper Bag Owls
If you have paper bags lying around, you can cut them open carefully and use the inside for this owl project. We used the my husbands left over brown mailing paper to make ours. But if I had had brown paper bags, I would’ve used those. I’ve been looking for kid’s art projects which go with Fall themes but aren’t scarey. I thought these would work well with most fall decorations but you can of course make them any time.
- I used brown mail paper (but you can use the inside of paper bag if you have that handy),and using simple owl template that I drew up, I traced out four owls in order to end up with two stuffed owls. Two of these will be going one way, the other two will be opposite. You want two mirror images, because you will staple these together and you want each side of the completed owl to be clean. (Hope that makes sense)
- After cutting the owl out and fitting the pieces together I stapled them together leaving an opening on the side to stuff the owl later.
- I then let the kids decorate the owls with paint, colors and markers. They also glued google eyes on. If your going to glue alot of things on however, you may want to stuff the owl first, staple and then glue on your decorations.
- Once the owls were dry we stuffed them with plastic bags and then finished stapling them shut. I punched a hole at the top of each owl and used a piece of ribbon for a hanger.