Friday, May 29, 2009

Review: The Double Daring Book for Girls

In 2007, I had the pleasure of reviewing The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz. I enjoyed it so much, and gave it as gifts to so many young girls, that I was thrilled when I learned they wrote a sequel! The Double-Daring Book for Girls is just as fun as the first, and jam-packed with new activities and interesting tidbits of information.

There are 275 pages to give young girls (and boys, too, although they may not want to admit to reading it - both my boys took time going through it) ideas of things to make, to learn, and to play. I had forgotten about all the recesses I played "What Time is it Mr. Wolf?" until I came across the rules in this book.

For fun, I'd like to throw out a double dare to my readers! On pages 49 & 50 of the book, the authors share information about how to make a decoupage bowl. (Did you know decoupage became popular in Venice in the 1750's? I didn't until I read it in this book!) I'll give you a brief rundown of the steps, and then I double dare you to make your own decoupage bowl!

  • A bowl (any size)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue or varnish (like Mod Podge )
  1. Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and tape if necessary. The bowl is a mold, and the plastic wrap will protect it.
  2. Cut strips of tissue paper and lay across the bottom of the bowl (the bowl should be upside down.)
  3. Cover liberally with glue / varnish. Whatever layer you put on first will be the bottom of your bowl.
  4. Let dry, then repeat as many times as desired.
  5. When complete, remove decoupage bowl from mold and varnish inside.
I would absolutely love to see what kind of bowls you create! So, I've decided to give away an Amazon gift certificate to a random reader that creates their own decoupage bowl between now and June 19, 2009.

Make your bowl, write a post on your blog sharing the picture and linking back to this post, and email me to let me know you are playing along. If you don't blog, feel free to email me a picture of your bowl!

On June 20, I'll post links to all the bowls (or the pictures), and make a random drawing for a winner. (And I'll share pictures of the bowls we've made, too!)

**Update! Due to repeated requests, I'm extending the deadline for this double dare! You have until Friday, July 10 to post about your bowls or send me pictures. I'll post the links / pictures on July 11 and draw a winner that same day!**


  1. Fun!! The boys and I will try to participate.

  2. I think I'll give this a try!

  3. This looks like a great project-and I am thinking my youngest & will try, just not by your date, lol. Getting ready for 4-H camp. It would be great for that too!


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