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National day crafts to make and decorate

December 2nd is the National Day of United Arab Emirates. 

UAE is a diverse country.  It is the central hub for people to meet, work together and develop relationships. This country offers a sense of freedom, security and respect for all beliefs and cultures.

Expats as well as the locals live in perfect harmony here, hence the expats are equally excited and participate in the celebrations, with little children dressed in flag colors and balloons and stickers, badges and sweets being distributed.

From record gathering of flags to breathtaking phenomenal fireworks to fancy luxury cars embossed in national flag colors and bling .. we will be seeing it all !!

While the country is all set for the National day celebration with full pomp and show, I decided to teach my students how to decorate with regular household items to make lovely celebratory decoration and accessories.

We used regular plastic bottles and cut out the base in the shape of a flower. We later applied acrylic paints in the colors of red, green, black and white.  These were then tied up and hung as decoration.
Younger students made these simple trees with various shapes.  The theme centered around the colors used.
We also rolled up newspaper and made these large flowers to stick on the walls.
Work still in progress.
we made the flag out of paper chains.  
We bought ribbons of the flag color and cut out “bangles” out of plastic bottle and wrapped it all around the plastic bottle – making a bangle with the flag colors.
We also used nail polish to color “washers” and tied it to these thin ribbons. The kids love accessorizing themselves with these.
How we decorated for National day.
These displayed handicrafts are a part of the UAE culture.  In the olden days, people relied on the resilient Palm tree to provide everything from shade to food to shelter material.  The branches of the palm tree were used to make these baskets, hand fans, bread serving dishes, food mats etc.   
The red siting area is just recreated here to show how, in the olden days, they would preferably sit on these hard cushions which can still be found in most homes.
Actually they are quite comfortable.

We wanted to make several more items for the National Day, but felt, slightly limited since all our projects had to have recycled material usage as well as be decorative in nature. 

How do you decorate your home, office or school for your National day ?  Do you get your kids involved in the decoration ?                

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Recycled objects :-

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Newspaper

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13 EASY AND CREATIVE cHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS – diy.

This post is in continuation with the ” Green Christmas – Zero Waste initiative” , that I am participating in.

I am sharing a dozen plus ideas  to recycle, upcycle and repurpose regular items to make Christmas tree ornaments.   Several designs were made from the humble plastic bottle.

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DIY 13 EASY AND FUN CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS
It took just a little ribbon, some fabric glue and a tiny fabric  flower to design this in under 10 minutes !  Why not make a dozen or so, with the kids ??
Although I have used my die cut machine, you can easily cut 4 circular shapes out of some fancy design paper, fold it in half and stick the other half to it and add a cord in between before you close it with the 4th side. Voila.
I’ve wrapped a jute cord around a styrofoam ball.
By far the easiest ! Two fan shapes glued together.  A wooden flower embellishment completes the look.
These wooden discs were chopped a few months back for another project but they make excellent ornaments too.. Some of them can be used as a tag, or just paint them.
These icicle shapes are made from heating plastic mountain dew bottles. Very little maneuvering is required – however please remember to carry it out the process out in the open.  
Two disc shapes from a Mountain Dew bottle were glued together here.
Three different sizes of material were cut from a plastic bottle and gently pressed together to form a teardrop shape.
I love how these are nestled into each other. Four different sizes of plastic were glued as circles and glued together at one point. How simple yet pretty this looks ! My favorite.
Several hollow circles were glued together.  I added some white dots with acrylic paint. 
I’ve adorned these with mirror embellishments. 
By far, the simplest ! Although I have used a tongue depressor, you can use any craft stick or popsicle stick. Color it as a candy cane or decorate with some glitter, buttons or even washi tape.
This one was a new experiment for me. I fused 9 plastic bottle lids together melting them on some butter paper a with a hot iron box.   I am loving it !!

Bonus :-

  • you can use lids from Pringles – cut star shapes and get the children to use sharpies to color them or even add some glitter to them.
  • Lids from mason jars, jam jars can be spray painted with merry colors to hang on the tree.
  • Glue three cotton balls to a clothespin – a black felt hat, two goggly eyes, and a tiny orange nose – and we have a snowman ready !
  • Cut a small piece of cardboard from cereal box in a triangular shape and wrap some green yarn around it ! Hang it with a bell.
  • Pipe cleaners can be tied at one end to form a wreath shape and hung on the tree.
  • Children can have hours of fun designing ornaments with ‘Salt Dough’ too.

Do you design some ornaments and Christmas decorations at home with your kids ? Or do you only buy them ?

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Recycled objects :-

  • Empty Mountain dew plastic bottle
  • Bottle lids
  • Wooden discs from a dead tree trunk.
  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper

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Green Christmas ideas – innovative flower light !!

I was thrilled when I got requested to design ornaments, decoration. gift wrapping and lights for Christmas.  As much as I enjoy the festivities involved in any occasion, I believe, the true essence of any religious festival is two folds. Not only does it bring us closer to our own Creator and but it also helps us realize the deeper values, our religion imparts.  It is the one time of the year, when we tend to feel closest to our families and loved ones.  Any occasion with out family presence is really quite a hollow shell.  Don’t you agree ?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, consumerism has diluted human emotions and human values.   Its all about brands and image.  Everyone is lining up in the express lane to be fed with Pinterest images and a glamorous instagram existence.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram.  Infact, I am a self-proclaimed, Pinterest addict.   But I don’t let these phenomenal tools take over my entire existence.  I love shabby chic and elegant home decorations but I am frugal.  If I can replicate a certain enticing design, I’ll try it out – OR  just wait for the “sale offer” or “discounted price ”

I’d rather feel overjoyed with a “white Friday” Copic Marker set  than pride myself over an exotic piece of jewelry.  But that’s just how I am and its not necessary that you find my attitude normal.  Infact, you actually might find it bizarre.

Ok, so back to today’s project which is Christmas decoration light. 

This idea was mainly possible, b’coz just lately while scavenging thru one of my craft tools, I realized I had bought a wood burning tool which had drowned in the tsunami of other craft tools.


I placed several bottles together in a flower shape to decide how many bottles could be attached easily and how much distance is needed between the bottles.  Made markings and used the wood burning tool to burn holes.
It is compulsory to carry out this process outdoors AND STILL WEAR A MASK.
The reason I use wood burning tool is becoz the plastic reacts with heat becoming hard and thick, so that squeezing the funnel mouth later, becomes very easy and the funnels don’t slip or fall off.
These are #MountainDew plastic bottles.  I cut  the bottle into three parts.   The funnel, the slim  “waist” and the base.  The maximum uses generally come from the base, however, here, I am using the “head” or “funnel” part of the bottle.
 
Finally managed to squeeze all of them on.
I bought decorative tiny lead lights from Ikea from the As Is section for dhs 8 !  I love how the wires crumpled in the center, almost give it a “Real Flower” look. 
It was quite difficult to get a “night’ shot of the lights so as to show  just how remarkably the lights lite up..
These can be hung or stuck on the wall.

So what do you think ? 

Would you attempt this project ?  I really hope you are inspired to give it a go.

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Recycled objects :-

  • Empty Mountain dew plastic bottle

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Tutorial DIY -Easy Upcycled Photo Frame

Hello friends,

Do you like to quill ?  I love quilling and I really like collecting  photo frames as well as  frames for paintings.  This project is an ideal mix of both.

Most of my picture frame collection comes from stores like Pan Emirates,  Home Center, Ikea as is section and garage sales.

I’m almost obsessed with finding potential in unexpected mundane objects which are considered trash. Some projects start immediately, while some bare bones, are stacked in the shed, on a waiting list.

The past two weeks, I have been super inspired to work with frames, so at long last, a pile of photo frames are being repurposed and dressed with some simple and easy art. This one, being the first one.

Our guests are pleasantly surprised when they find out that the creations are my own !

I believe, alittle creativity, color and innovation can transform the ugliest objects into pieces of art.

Here is one Ikea frame which I found in the ‘as is’ section which did not have a glass protection in front.  Ofcourse, I was overjoyed 🙂

It was perfect for my three dimensional quilled heart.

 DIY UPCYCLE PHOTO FRAME 91

 

quilled heart frame 1

quill heart frame diy 3
This project is perfect to use up your stash of scrap paper.

quill heart frame diy 4
One of my husband’s new shirts came wrapped in this corrugated thin cardboard . Ofcourse, I did not dump it – Would you ????

quill heart frame diy 5
I positioned the outer hearts and then started hot gluing them.

quilled heart frame diy 2

 

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I love the contrast of the white frame against a cardboard background – with pink and red flowers in the foreground.  The pearls were a last minute addition but i feel, they really enhance the look of the flowers.

Infact, I think, I will start a wall gallery for all my art frames projects.

Please drop in a line to tell me if and how, you liked this frugal simple creation.

Recycled objects :-

  • Photo frame
  • corrugate cardboard.
  • scraps of scrapbook design paper.

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