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DIY of the Week – Indian Flag Paper Chain

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Republic Day is here, and we’ve got the perfect little projects for the young ones in the house to keep busy and create some decorations for the occasion. And the best part is that they’re super easy to do, and require very little supervision.

 

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What You Need:

1. Construction paper sheets (in orange, white, and green, to match the colors of the flag)

2. Scissors

3. Blue marker

4. Glue stick or stapler

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Cut the papers in horizontal lengths (giving you strips of about two inches thickness) for each color.

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Image Source – Putti’s World

 

Step 2

At the center of each white strip, draw a circle with the blue marker, and then create lines going across diagonally within the circle, in the design of the Ashok Chakra.

Image Source - Putti's World

Image Source – Putti’s World

 

Step 3

Taking an orange strip, bring both ends together to create a loop with the strip and glue  or staple the ends together. Then, taking a white strip, pull it through the orange loop, and create and seal the white loop so that they are intertwined. Now take a green strip, and pulling it through the white loop, create and close the loop. Keep doing this (in the correct color sequence to mimic the flag) until you have the desired length of chain to hang up.

 

Happy Crafting and Happy Republic Day!

DIY of the Week – Paper Snowflakes

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

It’s almost Christmas, it’s definitely December, but cold weather doesn’t even seem to be on the calendar. Those of us in Mumbai are caught in heat, with an extra special dose of heightened humidity (WHY??). So we’re going to be a bit rebellious and just make our own snow to help put us in the mood. Don’t worry, we’re not at the “stick our head inside our refrigerators” stage (yet). We’re talking about paper snowflakes, of course. Of course. So let’s get started.

 

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What You Need:

1. Paper (white, if you’re going for the pure snow look, or whatever else from wrapping paper, handmade paper, to even newspaper, if you’re going for a different vibe)

2. Scissors (small craft scissors would be better for intricate design cuts)

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Take your paper and fold over a corner to help you mark out an exact square, then cut off the extra paper, if any.

Image Source - Martha Stewart

Image Source – Martha Stewart

 

Step 2

Take the folded square, and fold over again, creating a smaller triangle.

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Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 3

Imagine the twice-folded paper being in thirds, and fold one third to the front across the middle third, and the other end across the back of the middle third as shown in the picture below.

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Image Source – Old Farmer’s Almanac

 

Step 4

Trim the extra edges across the top of the folds. You can cut it straight across, at an angle, or in a circular cut, each type giving you a different general shape for your snowflake.

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Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 5

Now comes the part for your creativity. Snip out little cuts here and there, creating your own design. Just make sure not to cut entire across. (To make it easier, you can trace out a design onto the paper before you cut, especially if you’re doing it for the first few times).

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 6

Open open the paper folds to reveal your snowflake design. You’ll probably need to keep the opened snowflake under a heavy book initially to press out the fold, but once that’s done, you’re good to go.

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Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

These are great for decorating on windows and walls, or you could even hang them on floss string with a bit of glue at the tip. And they’re great alternatives to bows on your Christmas gifts too!

 

Happy Decorating!

DIY of the Week – Pistachio Shell Candle Holder

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

It’s celebration time, as the festival of lights is upon us! And we’ve figured out a great way to decorate your home, and the best part is – the main ingredient is pistachio shells! So all those dry fruit packets rolling in at home will actually serve to help you make this week’s pretty awesome (if we may say so ourselves) great DIY!

So why don’t you read on for the instructions while we go much on some more pista.

 

What You Need:

1. Pistachio shells (the more, the merrier)

2. Hot glue gun

3. Spray paint or acrylic paint

4. Piece of cardboard for base, or an old CD

5. Tealight candles

Image Source - Etsy

Image Source – Etsy

 

What To Do:

Step 1

If you’re using a CD for the base, then great, otherwise cut out a circular piece of cardboard to stick the shells onto. Find the center of your base and trace out the tealight candle size so that you can make the right size frame for it.

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Image Source – Instructables

 

Step 2 

Prep your pistachio shells by making sure to remove all flakes from inside. Ensure there are no broken or ill-shaped pieces.

 

Step 3

Now comes the most important part. Start with tracing the inner circle (tealight candle outline) with the hot glue, but ensure you only take 2 inches or so at a time, as the glue dries and sets pretty quick. Stand pistachio shells in the glue, with a slightly outward angle and move along, forming a border to the previously marked circle.

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Image Source – The Crafty Angels

 

Step 4

Now start with the second circle, exactly behind the already placed shells. For the second line, place shells in such a fashion that the shell covers the space between two shells in front of it, creating an alternating pattern. They might not all lineup, so don’t worry about it. Just keep creating tight concentric circles. Keep doing this for as many rounds as necessary to reach the end of the base piece.

Image Source - The Crafty Angels

Image Source – The Crafty Angels

 

Step 5

Once you reach the last line, turn the base over and lightly put a round of glue between the edge and the last circle, for extra fastening.

Image Source - The Crafty Angels

Image Source – The Crafty Angels

 

Step 6

Once the glue is nice and dry, spray paint over the whole thing. If you don’t have spray paint, you can use regular acrylic paints with a brush as well.

 

Step 7 (Optional)

For extra shine and a longer lasting candle holder, go over the finished and dry piece with a coat of varnish.

 

Step 8

Now all you have to do is place the candle in the middle and light it!

pista finish

 

Love and light to you all! Happy Diwali!

 

 

DIY of the Week – No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

Monday, September 30th, 2019

We’re back to start your week with another little dose of (very practical) creativity. And it’s perfect for all the festival shopping that is waiting for you just around the corner! This week we’re making tote bags out of old t-shirts, and the best part is, you don’t have to sew at all!! They’re the easiest thing to make, and oh-so practical! Let’s get snipping!

 

What You Need:

1. Old T-Shirt (thicker fabric will ensure a sturdier bag)

2. Fabric scissors

3. Washable marker (optional)

Image Source - Cucicucicoo

Image Source – Cucicucicoo

 

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Cut off the sleeves. To ensure that both sides are aligned you can do this one of two ways. You can either fold the tee vertically and cut both the sleeves simultaneously, or you can cut one side, then fold the tee vertically and use the cut sleeve section as a marker as you cut the other side.

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Image Source – Sophie Benson

 

Step 2

Now you need to cut the neckline area. You can use a large bowl or container to mark it so that you cut neatly. (Don’t forget to turn the tee inside out if you are doing any marking).

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Image Source – Mommypotamus

 

Step 3

Now’s the time to mark our desired depth for the bag. This requires you to turn the tee inside out (if you haven’t already). Depending on where you want the bottom of the bag to be, trace out a straight line across the width of the tee. Don’t forget that most fabrics will stretch with the weight of whatever you keep in the bag, so it will probably get a bit longer than wherever you mark it.

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Image Source – Crafting a Green World

 

Step 4

Finally time for some fringe benefits! To make the bottom fringe section, cut slits from the bottom up to the line you’ve marked. Ideally, you can make these about one inch width each. Make sure to cut both the front and back sides of the tee simultaneously.

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Image Source – Gram Malmo

 

Step 5

Now it’s time to tie it up. This is a two step part, and though it might sound a bit complicated, it’s actually quite easy. Firstly, you have to tie the front and back sections of each fringe section you just cut.

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Image Source – YouTube

 

Step 6

Once all the front and back sections are all tied up, we move on to the second part of the fringe section, where will use one strand each from each of the already paired up fringe sections we’ve just made. Take one strand from the second-from-the-left pairs, and tie it with one of the left most pairs’ strands. Then take the second strand and tie it with one of the strands from the third pair. You should have the 1st and 2nd sets tied up to each other, and the 2nd and 3rd tied to each other now. Now taking the other strand from the 3rd pair, tie it to one of the strands from the 4th pair, and keep going down the line all the way to the other end of the tee.

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Image Source – Mommypotamus

 

Et voila! You’re ready to hit the stores! And in super eco-friendly style.

DIY of the Week – Button Cluster Key Ring

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Mondays might suck, but not here! Why not, you ask. Because we start our week with some great creativity. And because it’s Monday, we’ll even go easy on you. Check out how to make your very own customized key ring, and using things you’ll easily find around the house, stuck at the back of a random drawer.

 

What You Need:

  1. A Key ring
  2. Jump rings
  3. Small assorted buttons (ensure that the gap between the hole and the edge is smaller than your jump rings)
  4. 2 Pliers
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Image Source – Pinterest

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Using the pliers, open the jump ring and push a button through, and follow through with one chain of the key ring. Then close the jump ring.

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Image Source – Sew Very Crafty

 

Step 2

Repeat with more buttons, altering where on the chain you are placing them.

PRO TIP – You can add charms here and there for added, well, charm.

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Image Source – Button Bothy

Step 3

You’re pretty much done. No, seriously. That’s it.

 

Have a fantastically creative week!

DIY of the Week – Homemade Mosquito Repellant Candles

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The rains aren’t that great a time for everyone. While long walks in the rain, and road trips with friends are great, rushing to office in the pouring rain, mold in the house, and uninvited buzzing visitors sure do put a damper on things. And if you have “sweet” blood (like some of us), the vampires come out in droves to bleed you dry!

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Image Source – Consumer reports

But what if you could easily thwart the little monsters from eating you alive, and leaving your body looking like an alien attack? All you need are some simple ingredients and a floating candle, and you can bid those mosquitos goodbye!

 

What you need:

1. Mason jars

2. Floating candles

3. Lemons

4. Limes

5. Basil

6. Lemongrass essential oil

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Image Source – Fun365

 

What to do:

Step 1

Slice one lemon and one lime. If they are large ones, you should be able to use them for two candles, if they are small ones, one each can be used for each candle.

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Image Source – One Essential Community

 

Step 2

After adding slices of each to the mason jar(s), add some sprigs of basil on top. Follow this up by filling up the jar with water up to the neck of the jar.

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Image Source – One Essential Community

 

Step 3

Now add about 10-15 drops of the lemongrass oil, and stir the jar contents lightly.

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Image Source – The Crowned Goat

 

Step 4

Add the candle to the top, and light it up.

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Image Source – PopSugar

 

Now all you have left to do is to enjoy your time free of mosquitos!

 

Have a great week!

DIY of the Week – Twine Lanterns

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The greatest way to start the week is with a dose of creativity. We firmly believe this, and we’ll keep harping on it till you do too! Why? Because getting your hands dirty and then finally enjoying something you made yourself sitting on a table, or hanging from the ceiling is totally worth it. And this next one is a great one to do too. It’s messy, but totally worth the time and effort to clean up, and if you’ve got a garden, there couldn’t be anything more perfect for it!

 

What You Need:

1. Twine rope

2. 4-5 balloons

3. Newspaper

4. School liquid glue

5. 1/4 cup warm water

6. 1/2 cup corn starch

7. Petroleum jelly

8. Fairy lights

9. Container for mixing ingredients

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Image source – Amazon

 

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Blow up the balloons to the size you want your lanterns to be.

Image source - DIY Garden

Image source – DIY Garden

 

Step 2

Lay out a thick layer of newspaper on your work space (keep in mind, it’s going to get dirty and icky). Keep in mind that it should be in a place where you can hang your lanterns to dry, without touching each other or anything else. Once done, cover the balloons with petroleum jelly (use plastic gloves to reduce mess if you want).

 

Step 3

Mix the glue, warm water and cornstarch in the container. Keep mixing till there are no lumps in the mixture. Dip the twine in the mixture till it is fully coated, then start draping it around the balloon.

Image source - DIY Garden

Image source – DIY Garden

 

Step 4

Ideally, if you work vertically, then horizontally. Once wrapped in a design and fashion you’re happy with, hang it to dry. Leave for 24 hours at least.

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Image source – Ruffled Blog

 

Step 5

Once dry, pop the balloons and your lamps are ready!

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Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 6 (optional)

You can spray paint the lamps to a color of your choice. (Don’t forget to let them dry out completely).

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Image source – Sallygoodin

 

Step 7 

Insert a string of fairy lights into the lamps, and there you go!

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Image source – Instructables

 

Happy crafting!

DIY of the Week – Easter Eggs 4 Ways!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

While Easter itself is a very important day, the crafter inside of us can’t help but love all the imagery and fantasy that is also associated with the day. The bunnies, and baskets of eggs, and all those chocolates in the perfect shapes! What’s not to love?

One of our personal favorite things to do at this time of the year while growing up was getting together in a large group to have a nice afternoon painting and decorating our eggs for the big Easter egg hunt. To commemorate the lovely memories, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to decorate your own basket of Easter eggs!

Image source - Times Higher Education

Image source – Times Higher Education

 

What you need:

1. Eggs that have been emptied (all you need is a safety pin, a YouTube tutorial, and slightly steady hands)

2. Paints (Method 1)

3. Paintbrushes (Method 1)

4. Dyes (Method 2)

5. Rubber bands (Method 2 and 4)

6. Disposable cups (Method 2 and 3)

7. Nail Paints (Method 3)

8. Toothpick (Method 3)

9. Patterned tissue papers (Method 4)

 

 

What to do:

METHOD 1 – PAINT

Take your eggs, and using your paintbrush and paints, paint freehand designs, or you can even draw eyes and a mouth, or make animal faces. The possibilities and color combinations are endless, and each egg can have its own signature style!

Image source - Crafty Morning

Image source – Crafty Morning

 

METHOD 2 – TIE-DYE

Wrap a rubber band or two around each egg (Make sure it’s not too tight, otherwise you might crack the shell). Filling each disposable cup with a different dye color concoction (halfway only), dip an egg in each different colored cup. (Your egg should be half or less than half dipped into the liquid). Once the color holds fast, switch them into different cups and colors, turning them around to get the rest of the egg. Once done and dry, just remove the rubber bands.

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Image source – Best Home Chef

 

METHOD 3 – MARBLED

Taking a disposable cup, fill it half with water and drop several drops of different nail polish colors. Taking a toothpick, lightly swirl the colors till they form a random mixed design. Now delicately and lightly dip the egg onto this swirl pattern, turning the egg slowly as you go along. The design will start adhering to the egg’s surface. Let dry.

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Image source – Hello Glow

 

METHOD 4 – TISSUE DYED

Cover the egg with a patterned tissue and bring it together and tie the top with a rubber band. Now cover the tissue surface with drops of the dye, alternating between colors and spaces. Leave for some time, then remove the tissue. The self pattern on the tissue will have transferred onto the egg’s shell in the various colors of the dye.

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

Happy Crafting and Happy Easter!

DIY of the Week – Chore Chart

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Kids hate chores. It is a simple fact of the universe (and of childhood). Being tasked with dusting, or taking out the trash, or cooking, or any number of other chores around the house tend to be hated (and avoided) by all children. And contrary to popular childhood beliefs, adults aren’t too wild about it either. And with work, travel, and whatnot occupying their minds, it can get hard to remember to do even the most basic things until you realize that you’ve effectively run out of toothpaste (not based on true events) before you realize you have to go to the store.

We seem to be digressing. So, basically, the point we were trying to make is that chores are a bane, and remembering to do them, even more so. And so, we’re here to save the day with this week’s DIY. A chore chart so easy to make, even kids can make it. (No, seriously, you can literally delegate it out to the kids. Lol.)

 

What you need:

1. Exam board or clip board

2. Wooden clothes’ pins

3. Permanent marker

4.  Black paint

5. White paint

6. Paint brush

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Image source – aileencooks.com

What to do:

Step 1

Make a list of all your daily and weekly chores around the house.

 

Step 2

Take a regular plain exam or clip board and paint it black (or any dark color). Let it dry completely.

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Image source – A girl and a glue gun

Step 3

Now take the white paint and divide up the board into four sections by making a large cross (one vertical line running across the center of the board, and one horizontal one). On the top half write “Daily” as a heading, and on the bottom half, write “Weekly” as a heading. Both the left hand columns will get the sub-heading “To Do”, and both the right hand columns will get the sub-heading “Done”.

 

Step 4

As you wait for the white paint to dry, take your list of chores and write each one on a wooden clothes’ pin using a permanent marker.

Image source - The Happy Housewife

Image source – The Happy Housewife

 

Step 5

Clip all the daily chore pins on the top of left side of the board, and the weekly ones on the bottom.

 

Step 6

Hang up the board in a place where your family members/roommates will all see it.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

And there you have it! Now all you have to do is move them to the right side as and when someone does them. That way, you never forget any of your chores!

 

PRO TIP:

You can use different colors of markers for each member of the household (or even make dots of different colors) so that each person’s chores are divided.

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Image source – Value seekers club

 

HAPPY CRAFTING!

DIY of the Week – CD Wall Art

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Technology has really (I mean really) changed over the last decade or two. Those born in the eighties can easily attest that they’ve seen music technology go through so many changes that it’s making our collective heads spin. From gramophones, to cassette players, boomboxes, CD players, walkmans and diskmans, to mp3 players and iPods, from mix tapes to compilation CDs, and now to online streaming apps. What a roller-coaster ride it has been!

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Image source – Boredom Therapy

One sad fallout of the quick changes has certainly been that our storage areas now have boxes full of old audio cassettes and CDs. So how about we show you how to turn those old CDs into some quick wall art!

 

What you need:

1. Old CDs

2. Black acrylic paint (or any dark color of your choice)

3. Paintbrush

4. Sharp metal object (flat screwdrivers are perfect for this)

5. Pencil

Image source - Boredom Therapy

Image source – Boredom Therapy

 

What to do:

Step 1

Paint the entirety of the bottom side of the CD with your black paint. (The bottom side has a wonderful shine that reflects well in light, and that is why we use this side). Ensure a nice and thick coat of paint. Feel free to do a second coat, as this will help later.

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Image source – DIY Ideas Craft

 

Step 2

Once the paint has completely dried, trace out designs of your choice on the paint. You can draw anything you like, including tribal designs, flowers, musical notes, or even write out a message or names of family members.

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Image source – fabartdiy

 

Step 3

Trace over your pencil design with the screwdriver, scratching off the layer of paint to reveal the shine of the CD underneath. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, otherwise you’ll damage the shine of the CD. You can play with the thickness of the scratches you make, to add dimension to your design.

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Image source – fabartdiy

 

Step 4

Stick them finished CDs on the wall directly using sticking strips or wall tac. You can even put them in frames and hung them up that way.

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Image source – Pinterest

 

Et voila! Your very own customized art piece is ready to be shown off!

 

Happy crafting!