Monday, November 19, 2012

Of scavengers and hoarders

While most people are cleaning their homes during Diwali Hrit and Naisha turn into merry scavengers. They lie in wait for people putting out 'interesting' stuff. They then try to beat the cleaning lady in carrying it all home before she can carry it away with the garbage.

Here's what they brought over..
1. Empty shoe boxes, really smelly ones .. ugh!
2. An old bamboo basket.
3. Countless empty mithai boxes - some were really prettily decorated, I have to admit.
4. An empty PSP carton with a huge picture of G-One.
5. Sheets and sheets of thermacol.

Okay I have a confession - some of their finds do get me excited. Ya well genes and all.

Getting to the point, their last find - thermacol, is one of my favourite craft supplies. What with the maids playing hooky and tons of Diwali cleaning to be done I'd barely spent time with the kids over the last few weeks. So this Sunday we decided to have some fun.

I cut out some shapes from those thermacol sheets. I used a hot knife to cut through and it was really easy (That tip shared by my sister). The kids along with some friends spent a happy time painting them. Check out their creations.

I let them choose their own colours and designs, not that they would have listened to me anyway. Check out Hrit's Tigerfish. Craft is not really his forte :-).

The phones were an old idea and they got bored of them even before
they painted them. The fish and flowers.. they loved.
I have to admit it was Hrit Naisha who gave me the idea. Over the summers in Lucknow they had super fun with thermacol. They made some interesting things.

The phones were a superhit then, made with masi's help.

This was a project that took a long long afternoon.
Dreaming of rain during the summers.

..almost done.

And finally.. pride of place on nanima's wall.
For now I'm wondering how to smuggle out and throw away lights that don't work, bits of candle wax, blackened diyas and many many mithai and chocolate boxes that they are hoarding in their room.


  1. Hahaa that's kids' way of valuing things which we foolish/unfortunate grown ups won't ever understand! It reminded me how I used to collect and treasure the empty colourful agarbatti packets from my Granny in my Kindergarten days :-)

    Anunoy Samanta

  2. wow!!! What a creative bunch you guys are!

  3. Creative indeed! And a great way to keep busy rather than watching cartoons all the time!

  4. I am sure they will find use of all those boxes left over :)

    lots of creative things in there .. VERY GOOOOD ... a big hug to both of them


  5. Anunoy: Agarbatti packets.. that's a new one. Wonder when the kids'll catch on to that. ;-)

    Smita: Necessity is the mother of invention.

    Magiceye: Thanks.

    Bikram: Oh of course they will. Thanks for that compliment. :-)

  6. One more suggestion. Use a burning agarbathi, and it will simply melt away the thermocol, helping you shape the thermocol better.

  7. Thanks Khushbu.

    Sugeeth: Really. Must try it out. Thanks.

  8. Wow! Kudos to the little treasure hunters. The thermacol creations are just awesome and thanks a lot for the hot knife tip. Will try soon. :)

  9. Swapna: You're welcome. Put up pics if you do try it out.

  10. lovely creations, i am a hoarder too!

  11. Cool. pretty stuff they've made :)
    the mobile phone is a craze here too.. Ammu loves making those using the tags that come with new clothes.. has made laptops a couple of times..

  12. Cool! Its awesome what you can create from the materials given, just gotta have a little imagination! One man's trash is another man's treasure, they always say.

    -Land Source Container Service, Inc.


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