A very warm hello and a Happy Diwali to all the readers! I hope this festive time is real fun for all of you and the New Year brings in loads of joy and success to all of you! Diwali, my favourite festival, is a time to rejoice and spread love and happiness. I totally love the bright faces and bright lights all around. Every year people find out newer ways to decorate and light up their homes! I always wanted to make a nice kandil (paper lantern) of my own, since childhood. Most of the houses in our locality used to have this quintessential star lantern at the entrance ...Read More »
A very warm hello and a Happy Diwali to all the readers! I hope this festive time is real fun for al...
For a few years now, we have been seeing interesting ways to decorate diyas to deck up your home dur...
Here is a set of brightly colored clay diyas for Karthigai. This is yet another diya decoration proj...
Have you seen the traditional silk sarees of Kancheepuram? If yes, you would have seen the famous te...
Diwali is the time when we get to exchange sweets and gifts with our close ones… Here is a tha...
A semi-circular kundan rangoli mat is made using white and red rhinestones, some paisley shaped embe...
Hello Craft enthusiasts!! Festive season is here and it is time to indulge in revelry and it is time for gold and some bling. The markets are already adorned with festive décor and the retail stores are trying to woo the customers with new designs and finery. Houses are being cleaned and sweets being made and then people like us are thinking of newer ideas to make this festival a special one. In India, festivities mean a lot of shopping and gifting. Half of the jewellery trade happens during the festive season in India. Whilst nobody can take the sheen off gold and diamond jewellery, terracotta jewellery, handmade silver jewellery ...Read More »
It has been sort of slack for a couple of weeks now but guess not for long now as we are almost into the festive season. Come August and there is little respite till the New Year. I was reading an article on how more and more people in urban India are getting into the DIY mode. DIYs or ‘Do it yourself’ has been very popular these days and it has become a part of our culture. There is an introduction of an unheard product, concept or hobby almost every month. Like the other day I came to know about milk paint which is made from milk products and is ...Read More »
Hello Crafters! How are things with you? Are you doing some summer workshops for kiddos? Then I have just the project for you. An ideal paper craft project, this one is so much fun to do. Paper crafting has come back with a vengeance. Be it origami or paper collage or paper cutting, all have varying degrees of difficulty and intricacy. Here is a paper craft idea using paper punches and quilling. A craft punch is a hybrid of the 2 holes punch we all have come across, with which we use to punch holes on paper to file them. With a paper punch we can make beautiful and uniform ...Read More »
I made this simple floral birthday wreath for my little one a month ago when she turned 2. This is an oval wreath and is made of cloth and cardboard. Here is the tutorial to make the floral wreath.Read More »
Have you ever thought that this table or chest needs a makeover, but well, you don’t have the time or the patience to call the carpenter to do the needful and then some more? There is a perfect solution to alleviate all these concerns of a bit lazy and then a wee bit creative folks, decoupage! A rage in the art and craft world, ’Decoupage’ is an easy way to beautify or upcycle the article you are ready to throw away. It is a great craft and anyone in the family can have a go at it. You can pretty much decoupage anything from heels of shoes to tired ...Read More »
Hi guys! How is this year treating you? One quarter gone already in a jiffy and there is so much to do and learn. I happened to learn a new craft last month called ‘Kirigami’. It is cutting of the paper in intricate patterns and shapes. It is a variation of ‘Origami’ and dear ol’ Origami needs no introduction. The appearance of ‘kaagaz ki kashtis’ in the aftermath of torrential rains and the subsequent fun is still as fresh as yesterday. Origami the simplest and at the same time the most complicated of the crafts. Avoided till recently as not complicated craft enough for serious crafters, it has come back ...Read More »
It is quite natural for a person with a slight inclination towards making their own products to want to come up with different ways to achieve it. One of the ways to achieve it is by hand painting. It can be done using paints that have been made for this exact purpose. With some amazing ideas and innovative thinking, fabric painting can be done by just about anyone. Technically speaking Fabric Painting is the application of specialized paints to fabric. It is possible to paint any fabric, but tightly woven natural fabrics like cotton and silk are easiest to paint on. Some people use paint on fabrics for effects, such ...Read More »
You can make your own flower barrettes for you or your little ones with simple supplies. Supplies needed Step 1 Draw the desired outline on a felt piece. I have chosen a floral pattern for this. Step 2 Cut out along the outline drawn. Cut out fully and snip off any uneven edges. Step 3 Cut another piece of felt. Step 4 Apply fabric glue on the back of the smaller piece of felt. Step 5 Glue the two pieces together and allow the glue to dry for some time. Step 6 You can use decorative buttons and smaller pieces of felt to create a pattern of your choice. After ...Read More »
Derived from the French word ‘découper’ which means to cut out, decoupage refers to the art of layering cutouts of pictures onto an object. The process is completed by coating the object with multiple layers of varnish. Paper-mâché items, glass, wood, and vases can be enhanced using this technique. The winning quality of this art is how the varnish causes the end product to look like it has been meticulously painted upon. What could you decorate? A wide variety of household items may be decorated, including boxes, flower pots, mirrors, photo frames, trays, lamps, and furniture pieces. You may either choose to revamp the existing objects, or buy plain items ...Read More »
Glass painting is a fun & an interesting hobby. There are several creative glass painting designs of flowers you can try after a glass painting tutorial. Glass painting is also great for revamping old and simple items. With new techniques it’s become easy to glass paint. Even if your hands are not steady, you can create beautiful things. Glass painting is also a fun way to be creative with your kids. Try these 10 easy to execute glass painting ideas now! Glass painting on bottles is a great place to start because used glass bottles are free available. Paint a flowery design or a bouquet of flowers on an old ...Read More »
We often invest in expensive antiques and handicrafts to add to the vibrancy of our living space. But, did you know that this could also be done by paper craft creations made by you? You can achieve the desired look for your home with simple yet beautiful paper craft items that you can make on your own with nothing but scissors, paper and glue! This not only adds to the aesthetic value of your home, but also saves you from spending money on expensive artifacts. Wall art using paper quilling Paper quilling is a resourceful yet simple way of converting paper strips into intricate and elegant designs. Pinching the paper ...Read More »
Every few years some new style of art comes up, most of these have been existent for years but then suddenly it becomes the ‘in thing’. Zentangle for some time now has been something that is seen everywhere. So I wanted to try a little of this beautiful art too. No where close to the masters, but hey, it’s a start right?!Read More »
A Beginner’s Guide To Paper Quilling Tools The thought of starting a new craft seems to be quite intimidating for most of us. It is not the fear of whether you will be able to excel in it or not, but the fear of lack of right tools to get started. Thankfully, it is not the case with paper quilling. To begin with this fantastic paper craft, you simply need a quilling tool, glue, and quilling strips. But as you proceed further, you need to invest in quilling tools to excel in this craft to complete some fantastic projects like wall art, home décor, jewelry, painting, photo frames and more. ...Read More »
For a few years now, we have been seeing interesting ways to decorate diyas to deck up your home during the Diwali season. This time, we have a tutorial that shows how pots can be converted into colorful diyas for the festive season. Let’s head over to the tutorial on making pot diyas!Read More »