As soon as I saw the(adorable) lil’ mushroom house that I saw here I knew I had to make my own. I used empty oatmeal containers the way Valerie did but I covered ours in some of the kid’s old paintings.I sewed mushrooms caps for them out of old t-shirts that were too raggedy for the donation pile.
The girls love playing with these and I was able to make some fairies to go with them and also a few landscapes which turns this into a nice little play-set.
The landscapes also came from t-shirt scraps and were super simple to make up, I just cut the shapes I wanted and stiched them on.
I made our fairies from corks, fabric bits and paper and I wrote more about that here but it’s a pretty simple process.
I also made some little forest people from a baking soda dough recipe that I found here. I formed the bodies, dried them out in a 200 degree oven and then painted them with acrylics. They get played with a lot and have held up pretty well, we had one break but it was repaired with all-purpose glue and that’s still holding up.
Gizmo doesn’t use these the way I thought she would- she usually doesn’t use the mushroom caps as caps but prefers them as beds or doors instead. She also likes to stack the oatmeal containers on top of each other to form a tower. I’m hoping to make a few new mushroom caps with cardboard inside to make doing this easier. Right now they work okay but there is an occasional topple that can be frustrating.
I keep the play set in our kitchen drawer and Gizmo also has access to shells, marbles and play dough to further expand her play when she wants to.A good thing about this play set is that the pieces can be rearranged differently whenever it gets played with- if shells are used one day they might not be the next- sometimes there a little pond in the village,,,, sometimes there’s not. But my favorite thing is listening to Gizmo when she is playing with this set and all of the interesting stories that she gives to the fairies. It puts a really big smile on my face because the stories are her own not what she’s picked up from a television show or a movie. She’s not inhibited by what someone has told her the character has to be, she’s deciding on that herself.
lovely Friday nature table linky-hosted by The Magic Onions
- These are great to hold snacks
- Large coffee jars store grains and legumes
- I have a ton of these, and they are all being used
- Baby wipe container toy storage
I’m not really…I hope. But sometimes I worry that I have hoarder tendencies. I blame my mother, but my dad is worse then she is. My dad actually built a small building in our backyard to hold all his stuff in, my mom’s stuff just fills up two cabinets to maximum capacity. But let’s focus on mom for now anyway, yes? Yes, I think so.
She collects the cups from drive through restaurants, not the plastic kind the foam ones. When I worked at Schlotzsky’s for two years her collection was absolutely outstanding. I took to throwing these away when she didn’t notice. I threw the straws away in front of her, because reusing straws? Reusing straws is just gross, I won’t stand for it. (Although I hear they make metal straws for this purpose- plastic ones that get bit and or chewed, there’s no amount of washing to make those usable again, sorry mom)
But I have my own house now and I think I’ve become my mom, honestly. I mean I’m not reusing foam cups(for more then a day) But I made a joke on Twitter once about collecting the plastic cups from Seven Eleven…I wasn’t kidding. This bothers me too, but I like them for a lot of reasons. I like their size for when I want to drink water, I use some to rinse my kid’s hair out in the bathtub, others are used to hold water when we paint.
Baby wipe containers get a lot of use in our house. They have two maybe three drawers space in the hutch I keep in our kitchen. They organize the kid’s small figurines.
I like using ice cream containers to store food especially food that I freeze.I had started saving them to use for giving out cookies for Christmas. I planned on painting the outside of them with a cute design first. But then I started using them myself. I may use future ice cream containers the way I first planned…we eat a lot of ice cream.
You know those snack containers? I never buy them but sometimes my sister or my mom will bring my kids a few. Lots of people reuse these, they’re really convenient. I used two in our take on luggage filled with cereals and gold fish. But I keep the little cups that yogurt comes in too. These little cups are good for use with the snack containers or for when you want to give your kids an appropriate amount of candy as opposed to a huge sack to themselves.
So I maybe have hoarder tendencies but it’s not out of hand…yet. I was just brought up to reuse things if I could. I’ll probably start to worry if I start to run out of cabinet space….