Friday, November 19, 2010

Getting artsy craftsy

I'd actually been meaning to do this post on kid crafts for Diwali. I'd written part of it too then just felt too lazy and gave it up. Thanks to Mindfulmeanderer  here I am doing it finally. Thanks Shruti for the push.

Designer Diyas
What we need: Plain diyas (they come at a rupee a piece), Acrylic paints, Rangeela glitter tubes.
What we did: We began with washing off the diyas so they absorb less paint. Then I got the kids to paint them.. you'll see a lot of blues because my son was the more enthusiastic one! Then we did some simple designs with the glitter tubes. The nozzles are quite kid friendly but I did lend a hand.

We also did some diyas with sequins. The kids used toothpicks to apply fevicol and then stuck on the sequins. Kept them busy for hours while I got my cleaning done.


Diya streamers
What we need: Sheets of plain white paper, Oil pastels or water colours, Rangeela glitter tubes, Gota/ribbon
What we did: I drew a simple diya then cut it out. (I folded the paper over before cutting it out so I got multiple cutouts in one go). Then I got the kids to colour/paint them. Oil pastels work better than regular crayons. Then we outlined them with the glitter tubes and left them to dry. Finally, we punched holes and strung them out on the gota or ribbon.

Diwali cards
What we need: Paper, Oil pastels
What we did: I drew simple designs.. diyas, flowers, stars ... sometimes I threw in a basic border and got them to colour it. Simple.


  1. Like all of it. Esp the string of colourful diyas. Will you laugh if I tell you i too made something similar this Diwali. Wish I was small enough to send an entry to Mindful Meanderings :(

  2. Thanks for linking this obsessivemom. Very simple ideas that can keep kids busy for hours like you said. Welcome to the artsy-craftsy family :)

    @~G: Hey! u don't have to be small to send in ur entry.. If u feel any craft that u did can interest a kid to make it... its eligible for the artsy-craftsy. not all members of the artsy-craftsy family are mommies.. take EC / Nits or TPL .. So send me ur entry ASAP!

  3. Ohh god, Shruti of the Mindful Meanderer fame actually telling me to send my entry! Wow! :)
    I surely will! But what I meant was that I wished I was a kid cos the stuff that I make doesn't seem like adult art. :D
    It could pass of as any five year old's attempt at art. :D

  4. ~G: That's fine.. we're all in the same boat :-) Will watch out for you at Shruti's.

  5. Great ideas, Tulika.. esp loved the diyas!

  6. Really good idea, will take this up for Diwali with my daughters!

  7. @Hey Chatty Wren: Welcome here. You must, it's fun and the end product is beautiful.BTW I like your name.. kind of cute


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