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Bommala Koluvu 2017

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Hello Friends,

I am super excited to share Sankranthi/Pongal 2017 Bommala Koluvu/Golu pictures.

img_3736-1It is my 3rd year display and I am so happy that the dolls are increasing and the steps/padi are filling up well.

Like every year, last couple of months have been busy preparing handmade dolls.  Just not the dolls but it took a lot of thought and effort for the golu backdrop. So, this year for a change,  I used a pattu (silk) Indian dress chunni as the main backdrop and added some lights, party streamer garlandfoam leaf toram and clay mural kalash .

And on both sides I have used floor standing candle pillars and replaced the candle with a  a handmade paper lantern ( that I made for Diwali). (tutorial coming soon)img_7385Also, this year theme is 5 stories related to Krishna’s childhood.

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I already have “Krishna, balarama and friends eating butter” doll set that I made to display @ local Hindu temple on “Janmasthami 2015”.

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So, I added 4 more sets describing  some of important krishna’s stories ❤

1. Vasudeva carrying Krishna 

The basket and krishna are made of polymer clay! And the snake(vasuki) is air dry clay and painted the details with some acrylic paint.  Vasudeva is a male doll make over – added red dhoti, some brown beads. For the beard and hair used some black felt.

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2. Baby Krishna killing puthana

Baby krishna is made of polymer and I draped saree to a female doll and curled it’s hair with curling rod and added other details 🙂

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3. Krishna and twin trees ( kubera sons) 

Kubera sons are again the same male doll as vasudeva and I dressed them up as prince with   some gold lace from hobby lobby and the crown is made of gold foam sheet. The 2 trees are  made of cardstock.

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4. Krishna playing flute and mesmerizing Brindavan

Krishna and the tree backdrop is from last year Janmasthami – here is the  link to make the cardboard tree.

img_3699With these 5 stories -I have covered some of the most important events of Lord Krishna’s life and I can’t wait to add more for next year Bombala koluvu display 🙂

Hope you all enjoy this virtual display of our golu/koluvu.

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!

DIY Dolls for Kolu/Bommala Koluvu

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I haven’t visited India after I started Bommala koluvu/doll display so, I don’t have many traditional dolls . That really worked well for me because it motivates me to make a new set of dolls. This is second year of display and also 2nd year of making  handmade dolls for Golu.

I am going to share tutorial of one such dolls I displayed for this year(2016) golu/kolu/Bommala Koluvu.

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These 3 little brahmins ( aprox 6 inches in height each) are loaded with cuteness and the basket of miniature Jelebi(Indian sweet) is my favorite 🙂

Well, this is not totally my idea. I made the structure of the doll and the eyes  inspired from Channapatna dolls.

It is pretty easy and self explanatory.

Material needed – Scupley white Polymer clay

Step 1: Make the base – a circle and 2 hands. Add a toothpick like shown below and bake for 45 minutes(or as per the temperature mentioned on your clay pack)

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Step 2: Then add the head and bake for another 20 minutes. Even if it is over baked and changes the color do not worry.

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Step 3 : Pick a color of your choice for skin tone. I used a basic acrylic and gave 2 coats. Sharpie marker works just fine for eyes. And for other details I used metallic acrylic paint, toothpick,  white and red nail polish.

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Step 4 : The mini basket is from Michaels and the miniature jelebi is made out of orange sculpey polymer clay 🙂

Step 5: For the base, I picked a 5X7 wooden rectangular plaque from Hobby Lobby , decorated the surface and borders and added 4 beads on to the bottom of the wood.

Finally, glued the dolls and the basket of sweets 😀  That’s it, a cute doll set is ready to set up!!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial 🙂