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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?
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Holes happen...
Holes happen...
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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.
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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.
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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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I love it!

Yeah, as a mom of 5 kids (4 of which were all born within 2yrs) I relate to your sentiments. In fact, I have encountered a real live warranty note on something that said, "Warranty void in the event of shark bite, bear attack, and children under the age of 5." 😅🤣

As for repairs, hm... when one of the kids knocked my favorite coffee/tea mug from the edge of the table, I used wire and a piece of driftwood I had gathered one day to cobble together a new handle, which I wired wrapped onto the mug. 😅
It could honestly use redoing as I have gotten a little better at wire wrapping and it is not as ergonomically proportioned as it once was, but it has made an interesting conversation starter and people usually like the look of it. Haha.
 
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Mart Hale wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi


Japan has been doing this for some time...



I tried to do a kintsugi photoshoot on the gigantic scars on my stomach from my four surgeries. Didn't turn out the way I wanted it to but it was a process of convincing myself that just because my formerly flat flawless abs now look like a roadmap, I am still beautiful.
 
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Alicia Reed In fact, I have encountered a real live warranty note on something that said, "Warranty void in the event of shark bite, bear attack, and children under the age of 5." 😅🤣 [/quote wrote:
When I worked in a camera store, I think the labels for Pelican brand camera cases said something like that! It's so true: toddlers can break anything.

I work in a garage for a major privately owned nursery in my city where we fix all the trucks and heavy equipment, hand tools and mechanized hand stuff like blowers and bricksaws, etc. I swear they crews are just giant toddlers..... I say that with love, though.

 
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I saw a vehicle with this, and thought of this thread.
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disguise a dent in your car splat!
 
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Alicia Reed wrote:
As for repairs, hm... when one of the kids knocked my favorite coffee/tea mug from the edge of the table, I used wire and a piece of driftwood I had gathered one day to cobble together a new handle, which I wired wrapped onto the mug. 😅
It could honestly use redoing as I have gotten a little better at wire wrapping and it is not as ergonomically proportioned as it once was, but it has made an interesting conversation starter and people usually like the look of it. Haha.



I think I can envisage this and it sounds like a great idea. My husband's favourite mug has lost it's handle, so it would be good to try and reinstate it for him.
 
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