Door/wall hangings with homemade clay…

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My favorite of all wall hangings is traditional Rajasthani ones. Specially, the string decorations are absolutely beautiful and comes in various designs and sizes. They add so much warmth, color and most important festive feel🙂

Well, it is easy buy stuff from India, but I was itching for a project and decided to “DIY” and here is the result – a cute and traditional flower string door/wall hanging🙂

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Aren’t they cute and colorful. They are about 24 inches (2ft) in length and add color and style to any room.

Well, before initiating this project,  I was looking at clay options to make the flowers. The ideal pick was polymer clay as it is light and break resistant. This time I wanted to go for an inexpensive option.

After some search, I found this recipe to make clay at home. That was super exciting.  It is easy-to- make, easy- to-work, inexpensive and can be used in variety of projects.

Here are is a video tutorial from youtube.

I couldn’t wait to get started and bought glue from dollar tree and corn starch from local grocery store for less than $3.

Homemade clay is ready and the other supplies you need are –

wooden beads (hobby lobby)

Cookie or fondant cutter

decorative mirrors (hobby lobby)

Bells (optional)

Lace or string of your choice 

Super Glue 

Step 1 : Condition the clay and roll it out until it is 1/8th inch thick approx. Here i used a fondant cutter for flowers. Choose a cutter of your choice and make 10-12 flowers.

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Step 2 : Let the flowers dry overnight. Once dry they are very light, unbreakable and almost look like resin. Color the flowers with acrylic paint and glue a decorative mirror in the center.

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Step 3: Take a string or decorative lace and few wooden beads. I added random and used multi colored beads. Once you add couple of beads glue the painted flower like shown above.

Once you string beads and glue flowers add a decorative bell and you have beautiful string wall hanging decor ready to use🙂

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Incense Holder – Upcycle Pistachio Shells

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Burning incense is very relaxing and my favorite are the “Padmini Dhoop sticks”.

Incense sticks are a part of the Indian heritage and are associated with spirituality. That’s the reason most of the Indian Hindu household has it burning in the prayer room.

All these days I have been burning them in the small metal eyelet that is designed to hold the stick on the Padmini dhoop sticks box.

But now I have this cutest custom incense stick holder and it is the easiest and most practical thing to do out of waste🙂 img_5834 Yep these are pistachio shells upcycled to make a pretty floral incense holder  <3.

Lets see what you need –

Pista shells

Glue gun

Cardboard for base

Air dry clay 

Spray paint 

Step 1 : Take a sturdy cardboard as a base. Here i used the base of empty salt carton.

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Step 2: Start from the outer layer. Glue the shells upside down to the cardboard circle.

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Step 3: Glue the second layer. Use a dab of hot glue to the pista shell and stick it on to the cardboard like shown below.

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Step 4: Continue to glue towards the center.

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Step 5: Fill the center with a piece of air dry clay and create a hole with the incense stick.

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Step 6: Leave the clay to dry for couple of hours and use spray paint of your choice and you have the incense holder ready to use🙂

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Pretty, Isn’t it !!

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These make cute home decor or Diwali gifts to friends and family.

Hope you save some shells next time and enjoy making this project🙂

Cheers!

Clay Mural Art on Cardboard

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I was introduced to clay mural art by Fevicryl Hobby Ideas (FHI) page from Facebook and since then I was looking for an opportunity to try my hands. There are many tutorials available on youtube on how to make beautiful piece of art using this technique.

After watching couple of videos I learnt that this can be done on almost any surface. Of course, in India it is easy to find the traditional MDF cutouts. Also, this tutorial on  Kalash clay mural art on cardboard helped me to take up a project for Sankranthi Bommala Koluvu 2016.

It is my first time so picked a kalash image from web as a reference.

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What you need is –

Print of an image on A4

Cardboard

Air dry clay (crayola)

Elmer’s Glue

Acrylic paints

Decorative rhinestones and lace/bead ball chain

Step 1: Trace the image on to a cardboard and cut it along the outline .

Take some air dry clay and start filling the details . For 3D effect – the thickness of the clay shouldn’t be consistent. Also, use glue to make sure it bonds well to the cardboard.

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Step 2: Let it dry overnight. Paint the kalash base, leaves and coconut. Get creative and add decorative rhinestones/fancy beads. Regular glue works well to stick the rhinestones.

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Soda can tab can be used as a picture hanger. Use hot glue or super glue to add the pop to the cardboard like here.

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Isn’t that pretty? You can make almost anything and this kalash wall art can be used in multiple ways for multiple occasions. I can’t wait to try more projects on mural art and share it with you all🙂

Happy Monday!

Ganesh pooja 2016 !

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Yesterday we celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi – one of the most important and biggest festivals celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha (the God with the head of an elephant). I can’t wait to share some pictures.

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Hope you all had wonderful time too celebrating the first biggest festival after new year (as per Hindu Calendar). And the best part is, this time it is over the weekend.

Here are some close shots of post pooja. Ganesha filled with flowers, tulasi and Garikey ( Bermuda grass considered scared in India).

Ganesh chaturthi is the only time you can offer Tualsi leaves to Lord Ganesha.

And Garika ( grass with 3 blades) is always offered and it has highest ability to attract Ganesha’s energy.

img_5764This festival is incomplete for me without making my very own eco-friendly ganesha idol. It took 4 hours but totally worth it🙂

I started with Ganesha tummy, then legs. For legs, created a wavy texture for dhoti and added anklets too. Then added a small  clay ball as head, molded elephant trunk.

Before you add ears, add jewelry(if any), 2 husks and hands. This year I made sure i leave little space between shoulders and ears. I did so – it is easy to add any tiny beads jewelry to the idol. At the end added ears and other details and final touches if required.

I let it dry for 24 hours and used acrylic paints to color the idol.

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Lastly, added some rhinestones for ganesha and mushikam (mouse) and here he is sitting on the lotus throne with a paper fan backdrop🙂

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Cheers!

Lotus throne tutorial

Paper Fan backdrop tutorial

Paper fan backdrop for Ganesha..

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Friends here is another super easy decoration project to Do-it-yourself for Ganesh pooja.

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Isn’t that easy?  And also, the best time to involve your kids in festival preparations.

All you need is –

Card stock or Paper( I like the 12×12  scrapbook paper from HobbyLobby)

Hot glue gun

Scissors

Step 1 : Fold the  paper into 3 folds (length-wise) and cut it to 3 equals pieces.

Step 2: Next, you need to make folds. Take each piece and fold in accordion style or fan fold.

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Step 3: Once they are ready glue all the pieces together.

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Step 4: Glue the ends too and gently push outer edge of your fan downwards. You need to push it and hold it until you glue the center. Or you can also use a piece of paper to glue the center of the fan. Use any rhinestones/embellishments of your choice to add some bling.

Optional : Glue a soda can tab as to easily hang it on to the wall.

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And Tadahh…..you have it ready to use🙂

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HAPPY GANESH POOJA!

Lotus throne for Ganesh Idol !

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It is always exciting to make handmade decorations to Lord Ganesha on his birthday (celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi) . Every year I make a handmade idol and perform rituals with devotion and love. However, this year I didn’t want to stop just with idol and came up with few DIY decoration ideas.

Today, I am going to share one such project that is inexpensive, easy and quick too. The best part about this project is it can be done with leftover clay after making Ganesha idol.

So, here it is – a lotus shaped Ganesha throne.

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The supplies you need are –

Glass bowl

Air dry clay

Cardboard piece

Acrylic colors

Empty salt carton

Fancy fabric, lace and other embellishments

Water to shape the petals

Step 1 : Use the cardboard piece to make petal stencil. Now the stencil is ready, roll out the clay until it is thin but not too thin becoz the petals might break after the clay dries.

Cut out few petals using plastic butter knife. The petals may not look neat, so use water to give it a finished look.  Place the glass bowl upside down and start laying the petals. Use water to seal and bond the  petals.

Step 2: As you are done with the first layer, follow the same step and place few more petals to form a second layer. Now, take a piece of clay and use it to create the base like shown below.

Let it air dry 24 hours and it easily pops out of the glass bowl. I decided to paint so used orange and gold acrylic paint.

Step 3: For the inside part of the throne I used a empty salt carton. Cut it to fit into the bowl like below. Glue a fancy fabric/paper or something that matches to your idol around the carton in accordion style.

I covered the base of the salt box with red glitter foam circle and added some rhinestone lace too.

And you have a beautiful lotus shaped throne ready to place the Ganesha idol.

Cheers!

Janmasthami 2016

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Janmasthami/Krishnathami is a very popular Indian festival celebrated by Hindus with lot of devotion and enthusiasm. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna – an incarnation whom many Hindus believe to be the god Vishnu in human form.

Krishna is regarded as great philosopher, teacher, role model and friend. His teachings are found in one of the holy books of Hinduism – Bhagavad Gita(song of the Lord). 

One important ritual of this festival is small footprints are made resembling toddler Krishna’s footprints heading into your house. I wanted to make something I can use every year so made these foam and bead footprints.

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Also, Lord Krishna is decorated with beautiful flowers and his name is chanted with huge devotion and love. In popular Krishna temples in India – 108 varieties of delicious food is cooked to offer the Lord. I was very happy to offer 9 delicious varieties of food to our little Krishna.

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Also another DIY project I made for this year theme/decoration is cardboard tree and used a turf sample(already on hand) to create garden base.

Step 1 : Once you choose the krishna idol for display, take a piece of cardboard that is couple of inches longer in height than the idol.

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Step 2 : Make a free hand design of tree base with branches and leaf bunches.

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Step 3 : Paint the pieces and let it dry. Once dry, hot glue the green leaf bunches to the branches. If you think the tree is big for the idol you can also cut the base to match the height.

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Step 4 : To make the tree stand well make a cross cut at the base and glue a piece of cardboard. It should look like X. Or you can also glue it to a lid/round base too.

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Add some mini beads/rhinestones for the tree to add some bling.

Lastly, arrange pieces together – turf(artificial grass base), fence and the tree with idol and ofcourse Krishna is incomplete with calf/cow🙂

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This can be a great Golu/Kolu/Bommala Koluvu DIY project and best described as Krishna, the shepard boy with addition of few doll cows🙂

Cheers!

Lord Krishna’s feet – DIY for Janmasthami

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Are you looking for last minute Krishnasthami/Janmashtami projects?

Here is a tutorial that is super easy and quick to DIY lord Krishna’s feet for this year celebrations.

Traditionally, to draw the feet – rice batter is used (either rice soaked and grinded or adding water to rice flour). It is usually hand drawn. However, if you are living outside India most of homes have carpet and it might be difficult to have it in traditional way.

Also, to make it colorful and get festive feel these foam Lord’s feet or kundan feet rangoli are best alternative.

Well, this is a last minute project for me too…;-) Yesterday in my visit to Dollar Tree – I found these cute feet shaped foam cutouts. It comes in multiple colors and ofocurse blue is perfect color for this occasion.I couldn’t resist to make it and share it with you all😀

The other supplies you need are school glue, fancy rhinestones/beads/kundans.

Step 1 : Add some basic school glue all along the outline of the foam feet cutout

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Step 2: Here I added a bead ball chain and for toes a matching or contrasting glitter foam and cut into small dots and glue it. Another way is to add some fancy lace and beads. Let the glue dry.
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Step 3: Add any additional embellishments to make Lord’s feet cute and festive.

You can also use these feet as floor rangoli like here


All I added was a flute with multiple color glitter foam sheets.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and lastly, here is a picture of my handmade Krishna in Tulasi vanam from last year (2015).

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HAPPY JANMASTAMI !!

Ganesha Door Hanging/Wreath

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Ganesh Pooja/Chaturthi is fast approaching and I am sure all of us are getting ready to celebrate the festival with full gusto.

It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals of India and personally my favorite one and I don’t miss a chance in making it special every year :-) So, when it comes to decorations all of us want to have something new every year and if you are in India it is easy to go shop for festive decorations.

Staying abroad, it may not be easy…so, why not make one by yourself.

Here is an easy and quick project that you can make with very few supplies.

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This is just not a wreath or door hanging but can be used as wall decor or even prayer/puja room decorations.

Lets see what you need :

Cardboard piece (round shape)

Glitter foam sheets  from Hobby Lobby/dollar store

Scissors (foam/fine tip preferably)

cardstock or scrapbook paper

Ganesha silhouette printed on A4

Glue, carbon/transfer paper, glue gun, fancy ribbon

Step 1: Pick an image of Ganesha silhouette and flip it (mirror image). Flipping the image is necessary because when you stencil the ganesha image on to the foam sheet you will be doing on the wrong side(non-glitter) of the sheet.

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Step 2: Use a carbon/transfer paper and transfer the image on to the wrong side of the glitter sheet

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Step 3: Using fine tip scissors or foam scissors cut the foam pieces 

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Step 4: Cover the cardboard piece with matching cardstock/scrapbook paper and glue the ganesha foam pieces and add a string to hang it. I made this for last year Diwali so I  glued some foam diya cut-outs around the wreath base. 

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And you have a cute wreath/wall decor ready to use. This can be used for any festival or auspicious occasions.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

For other wreath tutorials click here , here  and here

Cheers.

Humming Bird Feeder!

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Spring is here….

I am absolutely loving Arizona’s spring weather, trying to spend as much time outside biking, walk in our neighborhood and very soon we are going to have a brand new backyard designed by S. We are super excited and can’t wait to see how beautiful it is going to be❤

Well, my most favorite part of spring is the flight of humming birds. It amazes me the way they fly up, down, forward, backward and sideways. They move their wings more like a buzzing insect and you can feel them.

Here are some pictures from our backyard🙂

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They visit 4-5 times a day – one piercing on the flowering pear tree, other on the feeder and 2 little ones chasing each other.

Hummingbirds get the energy they need to maintain their astonishing metabolism primarily from flower nectar and the sugar water they find at feeders and here is the recipe if you want to attract some into your yard.

Humming Bird Feeder

Sugar – 1/4 cup (Only White)

Water -1 cup tap/natural

The ratio of sugar to water is – 1 portion of sugar +4 portions of water

Take 1 cup of water and add 1/4 cup of sugar and dissolve. Fill the feeder and hang it in on a tree or next to flower pots.

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And enjoy the birds visiting your garden.

Happy Spring!