Because everything sounds more important if you put the word project in front of it.
I bought this origami paper months ago with the idea of folding butterflies and leaving them in random places around the city for people to find. They would be awed and humbled by my gracious offerings, lives would be changed and worlds saved. Stationery can do that.
The one obstacle to my plan was the ever obvious fact that I'm pretty useless at origami and all my butterflies came out looking like stealth fighter planes. At least the good ones did. So when I saw this pop-up box on Pinterest, I went with a new plan. They are super easy to fold, which means I only needed to get my two daughters to look at the instructions one or two times for me and interpret them into something I could understand. (Like this Mum. Well that's quite good, but no. Like this.)
Once I got the hang of it, I made dozens. I put one in each child's lunchbox this morning with a note containing the usual mother type I love yous, and firm instructions to Not Pay The Ferryman. I do what I can to pass on the kind of life skills they will need to survive in this crazy world.
The rest are destined for library books, and corners of shops, and parks, and other such like public spaces. I'll put a quote inside each one, and if they won't save the world then perhaps they will make someone's day a little brighter. You never know. It could happen.
(This one's for you, D.)