Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dressing up switch boards

Summer holidays are here and C is feeling hot. Generally he keeps busy doing stuff he loves (playing, watching TV) but sometimes gets bored for not being able to go out of house. It is soo hot here that I can not think of taking him out during day. Even evening breeze feels like coming out of some hot blower.

One such day we decided to do something crafty. I zeroed in on some thermocol craft since we had not done any thing this month (I submitted an old work). I wanted to do a mobile but could not cut proper shapes from thermocol which we had. C proposed a robot which can fly but i'm no tech geek so we settled down for a very simple robot.

Took a rectangular thermocol plate and cut one rectangle from it. Cut four other pieces from it for making hands and legs. Then this idea of transforming the swithboard popped up and we did a dry run by pasting all the pieces on the switch board and decided to keep it like that. Cut two more smaller pieces and made them its antenna. C painted them all by using black acrylic color mixed with white glue. Finally we pasted them on the board by using transparent tape. For mouth used a small piece from plate again. Eyes were made using thermocol balls. Here is the end result.

C is really happy about having a robot in the house. He proudly told his father and friend that buttons are making its body.

This is suitable for kids in the age group 7-10 years. Because it involves handling paper cutter and scissors.

I'm going to submit this to artsy-Craftsy. One day is left, gear up guys and submit what you have made.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Handmade Hair Clips

For C's birthday I made few hair clips for giving away as return gifts. I used basic lock pins and added felt, white stones, lace trims and some craft stones. As usual, Fevicol worked as the glue.

I also reused brown paper bags and newspapers to make bags for keeping return gifts and candies. I added some colour by scribbling with colored pens and stamp markers.

Sorry for bad pic but I clicked only one to share.

So do you plan return gifts like I did or do you have some better ideas?


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thermocol Board and A Pipe Vase

Some time back I made this Thermocol board for hanging some paintings and craft actiivties done by C(Shreyash) in school. Since Shruti's artsy-craftsy theme for this month is Thermocol, I decided to submit it as my entry (I could not think of any thing else actually).

Suitable for kids aged 7-10 years under parental supervision.

Materials Used:
Thermocol Sheet: 2 (1 inch width)
One cotton Fabric for covering sheets
Satin Ribbon
Fevicol or fabric glue
Few straight Pins
Transparent tape

First I joined both sheets using tape. Then spread cloth on one side. Used pins to fix it in place stretching it tightly. Glued Satin ribbon on all four sides. Attached Ribbon loops on top back side to hang it down. I also glued the board to the wall so that it does not move if fan is switched on (for gluing I put Fevicol on the cloth not on the Thermocol, Fevicol burns thermocol if used directly on it).

Now some work for you. We made this vase by coloring a pipe piece. Green was done by C and I just tried to emphasize that curve on it by putting black. I'm not able to figure out how it looks, is it good, bad or ugly. Your comments are welcome.


Monday, May 3, 2010

We Won............

again in Artsy-Craftsy April @ mindful Meanderings. Here is my entry- papermache Elephant.

This months theme is Thermocol. Just hop over to Shruti's place and participate.