Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Brick Factory

This holiday weekend, we began a major architectural endeavor at our house.  No, we aren't knocking out any walls or building an addition.

We are making bricks.  Lots of bricks.

[caption id="attachment_51" align="aligncenter" width="451" caption="The Factory - Also known as our kitchen table"]The factory[/caption]

The girls have never done anything like this before, so I helped them quite a bit at first.

[caption id="attachment_52" align="aligncenter" width="451" caption="Claire at the Factory"]Claire at the factory[/caption]

By the time we hit our seventh batch, they were doing all the measuring, pouring, mixing and molding.  Thank goodness, too, because we aren't halfway done yet.  Right now my only job is to somehow pry all these cute little bricks out of their molds.  It is sort of like pulling 34 little gray teeth with each batch.

[caption id="attachment_61" align="aligncenter" width="346" caption="Madeline at the Factory"]Madeline at the Factory[/caption]

No, I'm not going to say what we are planning to make until I know if the project will end up in any way resembling our original goal.  I like to keep my options open!


  1. I know what you mean about not wanting to share your project until it is over. I have started quite a few science experiments taking pictures along the way for my blog only to have it not turn out as intended. Would you mind sharing where you got the brick making kit though? One of my sons would really love it.

  2. Oh definitely, if you can keep a secret! ;-)

    I got it from Rainbow Resource - here's the link:

    If you aren't making a large order from Rainbow Resource, it might be cheaper to get it from Amazon, with free shipping:

    The nice thing is, you can follow their plans, or you can build whatever you like. You can refill with any plaster of paris product, so the mold can be used over and over, even after you complete your project.

  3. Thanks so much! Your secret is safe here! ;)

  4. You got my imagination going! Been thinking about getting the kids to make their own actual size bricks. Now am thinking downsizing might be the ticket.