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Kids break things - Creative fixes

 
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Kids break things. Well, adults break things too... but kids break things frequently.

This is the second time I've fixed our shoji paper. My wife told me her mother used to use origami to patch holes when she was a kid. I found a sea creature coloring book with various sized sea creatures. Traced them, cut them out, and glued them over the holes. I could use scraps of shoji to make the repairs instead of replacing the entire paper, and it looks nice too.

I also told my son I won't make any more fish if he makes more holes... but maybe we can make more fish without making holes first!

Do you have any examples of creative fixes for broken things? especially those broken by kids?
shoji1-holes.jpg
Holes happen...
Holes happen...
shoji2-scraps.jpg
I took these off and replaced those sections before my wife gave me the idea for custom patches.
I took these off and replaced those sections before my wife gave me the idea for custom patches.
shoji3-tracefish.jpg
Took a while to find something easy to trace that would look nice, but this was perfect.
Took a while to find something easy to trace that would look nice, but this was perfect.
shoji4-aquarium.jpg
Now our room looks like an aquarium.
Now our room looks like an aquarium.
 
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“You know, the sign of a good carpenter is not one who never makes mistakes, but one who knows how to fix them.”
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi


Japan has been doing this for some time...
 
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Yeah, Kintsugi is not easy... There are workshops on it occasionally around here, but I haven't gone down that road yet.
 
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