By Kristine Laco of Mum Revised
Everyone’s favorite food to hate is now a popular new craft medium.
“I was tired of putting kale on snookum’s plate and then throwing it away uneaten. Even the dog wouldn’t go near it,” crafty entrepreneur Mrs. Marge Tempura told us.
“So, I came up with some ideas to keep kale in our lives without having to ingest it,” added the professional homemaker. “I’ve always been crafty, but now I have a new muse,” she continued, never putting down her glue gun.
Mrs. Tempura’s craft ideas have spawned an Etsy store and a #1 Bestselling book in the Food as Craft section of the New York Times list. “I am grateful for the wonder food that is making our lives so full of folate,” as stated by an online reviewer named “Anon E. Mouse.”
In addition to solving the problem of having to throw away perfectly good food that some people in Africa are starving for, Mrs. Tempura has also solved the “What the fuck do I do with my kid’s plethora of lousy art?” problem.
“The advantage to kale crafting is that it deteriorates over time and starts to smell,” Mrs. Tempura explained. “The kids are voluntarily throwing away their projects, sometimes even after an hour. It has been a godsend really,” Mrs. Tempura added.
One of the crafts Mrs. Tempura is most proud of is the wallpaper art for the bathroom. The project requires soaking the kale in bathwater and gluing it to the glass enclosure. The craft gives the kids much needed extra kale privacy, and when it falls off into the tub, they learn to use the plunger effectively.
“I think they all have a future in plumbing!” Mrs. Tempura added with a little tear of pride about the new skill they have acquired.
“The craft I get the most requests to YouTube though is the kale-mache face masks.” Mrs. Tempura showed us the process:
Prepare a shallow bin of one part white glue and four parts warm water. Soak the kale for approximately 2 minutes or until pliable. Apply wet kale to your child’s face ensuring you work around the nose holes.
“They make the funniest faces during the process,” Mrs. Tempura added. “The bonus is that it is a family craft with everyone participating by holding the model down,” Mrs. Tempura noted. “We’ve had many laughs with that one.”
It takes hours to dry properly. Once it dries, the model is usually fast asleep. Place the finished product on your kids’ walls within eyesight of their bed. “That way, when your cherub wakes up, they are reminded of the fun they had with kale,” Mrs. Tempura gushed.
When this reporter asked the Tempura family why they just didn’t stop serving kale, there was no response.
You can find 25 Crafts Using Kale at Amazon.com and in better grocery stores in the kale aisle. “That was my idea,” added Mr. Tempura. It really is a family affair.
A version of this post was first published on Mum Revised
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Kristine Laco shares her stories at MumRevised.com with a splash of sarcasm and a pinch of bitch. She is a mother of two kids aged 16 and 14 and a fur-baby. Her middle finger is her favorite. She is currently undergoing a midlife crisis and filming the whole experience for a laugh. You can find more from her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.