2. She sews conflict-resolving quilts.
In an attempt to bring together Ben Wyatt’s feuding parents, Leslie created “The Unity Quilt.”
This wasn’t the first time Leslie made a peacemaking quilt.
Leslie: Ben, on three separate occasions I have used a quilt to mend fences. In 9th grade, a quilt ended an argument between my two best friends. And a quilt settled the Donna-Jerry parking lot feud of 2006.
Ben: What was the third time?
Leslie: Right f—in’ now.
3. She handcrafts the most thoughtful gifts for her lady friends.
Every February 13th, Leslie celebrates Galentine’s Day with all of her closest female friends. In season 2, she gave them all a gift bag with a bouquet of hand-crocheted flower pens, a mosaic portrait of each of them made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda, and a personalized 5,000 word essay of why they’re all so awesome.
4. She embroiders personalized pillows.
In the second Galentine’s Day episode, Leslie presents each of her friends with a custom needlepoint pillow featuring their face and the leading newspaper headline from the day they were born.
5. She’s invented over a dozen holidays, in addition to Galentine’s Day.
These are just the ones individually created for Ben, so, realistically, she’s probably created hundreds of holidays.
6. She got married in an upcycled paper wedding dress.
The wedding dress isn’t just composed of random sheets of newspaper, but clippings of Knope’s greatest hits, including the Harvest Festival and her City Council victory. It also features portraits of her role models, like Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, and an origami flower of the Pawnee city logo. Learn more about this masterpiece here.
7. She carries a waffle-shaped purse.
It can’t seem to be found anywhere, which probably means LESLIE MADE IT HERSELF.
8. She founded an entire club for girls, devoted to pioneer living.
They’re called the Pawnee Goddesses and they’re freakin’ awesome. When they’re not busy cooking homemade Korean food or having epic pillow fights, they make amazing crafts…
9. She writes her ideas down on doilies.
Yes, this was because Ron locked her in a room without paper, but it really speaks to her crafty resourcefulness.
10. As a child, she made her own toys.
While other girls played with Barbies, Leslie Knope played with a Geraldine Ferraro action figure that she made by gluing a picture to a popsicle stick.
12. She frames her own keepsake wall art.
When April got hired, Leslie preserved her most important paperwork, like her intern application and first paycheck. She also framed her current state I.D., much to April’s dismay.
13. She’s an A+ scrapbooker.
…even when she’s commemorating Jerry.
In conclusion, Leslie Knope is the most DIY character on television.
OH LESLIE, YOU BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL FISH.