17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is the third time in two weeks that Grandma mentioned watching the cows. I agree with Grandma that it’s getting monotonous, so decided to have a little fun today and make some paper cows.
(My husband thinks that I’ve gone a bit over the edge–especially when I posed the cows for the photo–but making the cows was relaxing and we all need to play sometimes. :) )
The June, 1913 issue of The School-Arts Magazine had a pattern for a paper cow.
If you’d like to make some cows, here is the pattern and the directions:
Click here for paper cow pattern.
Cut out the pattern pieces. On heavy cardstock trace around the pattern pieces. Cut out and decorate as desired.
Dovetail the legs and body together at the slits. The slits for the ears (see small black line between eyes and neck) can be made by an adult using a small sharp knife or very small sharp scissors.
Note: I used crayons to put the black spots on the cows. If I did it again, I might cut back spots out of construction paper.
P.S.—Previous posts with old-time paper crafts have been very popular. If you haven’t already seen them you may want to check them out: