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Upcycle Pizza Box

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Pizza Hut take away boxes are one of my favorite materials to use as canvases and shadow box frames.

Here are some of my other takes on the previous pizza box projects :

https://doodlebuddies.net/2014/06/17/upcycled-pizza-box-into-mixed-media-canvas/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/10/25/pizza-box-canvas/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/07/17/recycle-pizza-box-and-toilet-rolls-tutorial/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/07/05/pizza-box-turned-to-shadow-box/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2011/06/15/gift-box-pizza-box-recycled/

Today, I have used ring-pulls to design a heart shape on a pizza box. I love playing with texture and these ring pulls add a unique texture to the project.  I have used a gold matt spray paint finish to subdue the rings.

The process was longer than expected but the end result was well-worth it.

* I did not have to go scavenging for ring pulls since I already collect them and have a huge pile of ring pulls and lids so they come in handy, for such projects.

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I continue to share projects that can inspire my friends and readers with ways to reuse/recycle/repurpose/upcycle household items.

Every decision starts with a very small but firm, first step. I hope you embrace the idea of recycling or repurposing this year.

If you have been recycling already,  I would love to read some of your ideas for eco friendly crafts too.

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Canvas from Cardboard Container

Hello friends. How have the first 11 days of 2019 been ?

Are the resolutions going strong ?

I hope one of the resolutions is to lead a more sustainable existence – Recycle, reuse, repurpose.

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We have been rescuing and fostering cats for alittle over 14 years. Presently we have 11 cats. One of the things you’ll find in abundance at my home are ‘cans’.  Your right, cat food cans.

Most of my cats love tuna.  We generally buy bulk cat food when there are some promotions running.  These cans come in packs of three’s within a cardboard packaging.

I have used 3 such Tuna cans cardboard packaging as my canvas.

I gave the cardboard 2 coats of gesso. With sharpie, I outlined the house and colored it with acrylic paints.

I topped it off with a final coat of modge podge.

I love quirky prim houses and tried to give them a cartoonish look.

One of the mistakes, I made was I did not leave too much time for drying between the two gesso coats.  When I began the final acrylic paint, I got a smudge at one of the houses.

The other mistake was that I did not continue the house colors on the side of the cardboard.

Still, I like how it turned out.

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So how did you like this innovative canvas ?

Have you ever attempted using anything other than a canvas to paint on ?

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DIY Tutorial – Upcycle Broken Frame

I love to salvage ‘stuff’.  I, almost always find inspiration ‘especially’ in broken items.  Unfortunately that also means, that alot of broken items don’t land up in the rubbish bin immediately in my home. (as they should) eg Broken mugs are stored to be used as mosaic material

Would you believe this frame was an empty shell with no base/back or glass infront and now — Ta da !!

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This frame was found in one of my frame piles and I decided to FINALLY work some of my magic on it.

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I absolutely love the HOPE sign below, but one of our new fosters (kitten) jumped high enough, to break it.

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Like I said, its not THAT EASY for things to be chugged in the bin – – –   at my place !!

(the fact that my husband and sons are fed up of my habit is another story for another day though  )

Long story short –

I decided somehow the HOPE sign and the frame would look good together. Here’s a simple tutorial of what followed.

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The frame did not need to be sanding, so I proceeded with two coats of acrylic paint.
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Found this light weight, foam backing for the base/back. The frame had hooks intact on the back so I measured the black foam and cut to fit in the back of the frame.
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For the background, I got some cardboard and painted colors – colors that are generally out of my comfort zone eg yellow, purple, blue !
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I applied some DAP instant Grab adhesive to glue the two broken spaces on the HOPE letters.
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Let it rest for atleast 12 -14 hours.
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Having painted stripes of cardboard, I went on to roughly place the stripes on the black base foam board to see how the pattern looked.
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I decided, I did not want a symmetrical pattern and wanted a random distressed look . I snipped the excess cardboard which had exceeded the black foam’s border.
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I measured and placed smaller pieces of cardboard on the empty edges
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Then I hot glued all the pieces along with regular PVA glue for additional strength.
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Finally I placed the frame over and adhered it from behind.

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  • I wanted to give a 3D effect to the sign hence I added a piece of cardboard on the back of the HOPE sign at two places and hot glued the sign to the colorful background.   That way, it gives a popping out impression.
  • I have added random thin golden paint strokes to conceal the spots where it had broken – in turn giving it a more marble-like effect.
  • It is necessary to give one coat of modge podge or varnish on the entire frame and background – so as to make it more durable and it will be easy to clean it in future too (from dust etc since it does not have a glass covering)

I absolutely love how this turned out.  Did you like it too ??

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New Year at the Worlds Tallest Tower.

Hello friends.

For all those of you who are celebrating New Year, I pray we all have a blessed, peaceful and creative New Year.

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I am a Muslim and we follow the Lunar calendar hence our New Year is 1st of Hijri. However, for our day to day practical purposes we refer to the Gregorian calendar.

An occasion or holiday that gives us a chance to be together is cherished.

So, How did you welcome the New Year ?

We are blessed to live in the City that houses the worlds tallest tower, so where best to be at, but The Burj Khalifa !!

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The fireworks were phenomenal, infact, Burj Khalifa also set the record for the longest LED light display on New Years eve.  Ho boy !! It was brilliant.

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Ofcourse, entry on Sheikh Zayed road and Financial center road, closed from 10:30 pm.

new year in dubai 1new year in dubai 5Cars were double parked on Al Khail road. But around 11:00 pm we realized, the authorities were moving people out from parking on the side-path of highway so we drove towards a construction site on the opposite side and had a fabulous view from there.

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Needless to say we were not the only smart ones there !!

People had come prepared with flood lights, carpets, tents etc.

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We had carried our tables, chairs, blankets and pizzas.

What absolute bliss.

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Any occasion is an opportunity to share some special moments with the people who matter the most to you, tolerate you the most and appreciate you the most.

Good health, sound mind and the bliss of a happy family – How can anything be more precious ?

1Different people celebrate in different ways. How did you welcome the New Year ?

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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 ?                

Please drop in a line to tell me if and how, you liked these easy and fun creations.

Recycled objects :-

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Newspaper

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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.

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This project is perfect to use up your stash of scrap paper.

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

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I positioned the outer hearts and then started hot gluing them.

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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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Tutorial – DIY desk organizer

Hello friends,

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Two important aspects of any crafters life is inspiration and storage !!  And somehow both these two aspects seem to go hand in hand. Although I “think’ I breeze through, even in a cluttered chaos, I know, I would be much more productive  in a more organized set up, where all my tools and supplies are easily accessible.

I am a visual person – I need my tools to be seen, so as to be able to use them. A punch which is tucked away in one of my bins, generally does NOT get played with – AT ALL 😦

So these past weeks, i used up most of my “recyclable stock pile” and made a few desk organizers.

I hope you enjoy this pictorial and find some inspiration to use up those cans lying around in the kitchen.

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Clean cans thoroughly and organize them in a rectangular or circular manner.

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Although i have brush – painted two coats of acrylic colors on these cans, I would recommend spray paint cans

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Decide in which order, you’d like to place the cans.

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Gather the cans together and glue them together on the sides where they meet each other

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The 1 kg yoghurt bucket, comes with a white handle which fit in, snugly in the middle container, so that I could be lifted.

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So as to enforce them together, I wrapped them with a large ribbon. You can use any fabric, ribbon or even jute or twine. I also adhered this lovely frill ribbon from Daiso, on the edge. 

 

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I am using the lid of the cookie box as the base of the organizer.  I used STRONG STIK glue to stick the cans to the base. It is a remarkable glue, which I bought from Creative Minds. 

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I was not quite satisfied with the ribbon, hence I added two thinner orange ribbons on the border to give it a more defined look.

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This silver stand had not been used in decades, so it was more than happy with its new found job role !!  It provided a much needed height and was quite stable. We don’t want a stand that could topple all the contents. 

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And there you have it !

I love how all my promarkers, copics and paint markers are all now easily accessible. Its such a huge relief and joy.

I’m inspired to make a few more of these to house my scissors and paintbrushes etc.

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

Recycled objects :-

  • Food cans
  • lid from cookie tin.
  • Serving stand.

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Upcycle Ideas For Photo Frame.

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Hello friends.

So, a couple of months back, when I was hosting the trunk show for my handmade jewelry, I bought a load of display stands/items from a lady who had closed down her Gold Jewelry store. ( Her friend was helping her sell her stands) You can find that collection here : An unbelievable haul.

There were various colors, and in relatively presentable state. (Not the best though)

All those of you, who have ever participated in exhibitions, fairs or small shows, must be all too aware of the importance and hassles involved in merchandising and issues with table space 😦

Most of my newly sourced display items were ‘on the table display’ hence, i had to come up with innovative ideas to display my jewelry in relation

  • with height
  • preferably stand alone pieces

A little bit of juggling, and I managed to upcycle a few things lying around in the house, like –

I love art and picture frames.  I am happy to buy them from stores like Pan Emirates, or  garage sales or Ikea as-is section or even dubizzle.  The maids rooms is choker full with large size frames ! ( luckily we don’t have a maid so that room is ‘converted’ into the art storage.

So anyways, here are how the frames looked.  They are in excellent condition. I just added a back support so that the frames would act as a shadow box without a glass in the front. A couple of nails were also gently tapped on it, so as to hang the necklaces.

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I will be sharing a post on all the trunk shows as well as exhibitions, that I participated in, where you will find these darlings displaying my handmade jewelry.

I don’t consider myself all too frugal but I love to upcycle or repurpose – passionately.  I come from a society where upcycling is frowned upon. People who upcycle are considered stingy or cheap.  But in all honesty, I find such a society, people and systems – very shallow.  One has to learn to look beyond today .. we have already flooded dear ol earth with tons of garbage with all the consumerism and commercialization. Isn’t it time, we just wake up and do something about it ??

There are some people who wish to ignore global warming and there are some people who believe its REAL and that we should’ave done something about it ALREADY a few decades back.

I just believe, that each one of us can and should, make a difference – BUT that cumulative effort CAN make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things.  We cannot exhaust our natural resources to fulfill our immediate greed and leave our future generations devoid of basic necessities.  There are places like South Africa who are suffering water shortages already !!

A few years back I was conducting “Save the Environment” workshops where I would visit local schools and educate kids with a complete presentation with facts and figures of how we are depleting our natural resources and how we can come up with simple ways to curb wastage. It was followed by crafts where we repurposed items which are generally dumped.  It was a very gratifying experience. Unfortunately, I got a full time job alittle later and I could not conduct those workshops after that 😦

I believe, positive, constructive and progressive values should be inculcated into children from a tender age.  It should not be a SUBJECT which is studied in their O’levels or A’levels.  If anything, its too late by then 😦

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An unbelievable haul !!

Hi Folks.

Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you actually hit jackpot !

I hit the jackpot with this haul – although at a certain steep price !

Jewelry making is a small endeavor, I pursued a few months back. I totally love making statement pieces of necklaces, chokers, earrings and bracelets. I especially love the leather creations.

However, I had to buy some jewelry display stands which was costing me an arm and a leg 😦

After a couple of weeks, I turned to #Dubizzle and came across this lady who was helping a friend, get rid of all her jewelry display stands, bust etc.  Her friend had closed her gold jewelry store in the Gold souk and had dumped the stands, with her friend to try and sell them.

I was happy to take it off her hands, but she wanted to make a profit and keep a cut for herself – instead of giving the amount to her friend !!!

Long story short.  We bought a couple of bags from her.  And a little dusting and polishing later, this is how they looked :-

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I will be sharing a post on all the trunk shows as well as exhibitions, that I participated in, where you will find these darlings displaying my handmade jewelry.

I am glad that I did not spend pots of money on new display stands and got to reuse old ones. It fits completely with my belief and principle of recycle and repurpose too. I

How do you think, I did ?

Do you have something like Dubizzle in your country ? A platform where you can buy/sell household/business related/ cars etc in your immediate vicinity.

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The Ultimate Art and Craft Box / Kit !

How to diy art and craft kitThis is a simple post about helping Moms, new Moms, creative and Non-creative Moms understand, how you can get alittle organized beforehand and make beautiful memories while your little one enjoys spending that special time with you.

I’ve been a craft artist for nearly two decades. I love crafting. It is not only my passion, but it also completes me.

“Crafts” is a tiny term which encompasses a whole range of activities.  Unfortunately most of us, tend to associate it with painting or drawing or probably alittle bit of cutting.  But that’s not necessarily all that there’s to it.

I’ve taught in a couple of schools but several prestigious art institutes.  I’ve held Mother & Toddler classes, Workshop for ladies and classes for youngsters as well.

Today, in this post, I will address one concern that most moms have echoed over the years to me, how they find themselves all over the place when it comes to having some craft time with the kids.

There are 4 things, I’d like for you to remember before we address the craft dilemma :-

  • Please hold your ‘fun craft time’ – as a time to explore new activities TOGETHER. It is a time when you actually MAKE MEMORIES – its supposed to be FUN. Not a task.
  • Please know, that NO ART WORK is ever “COMPLETE OR PERFECT” – it is ALL in THE PROCESS.
  • Please remember, appreciate your child’s effort, no matter how tiny. He is trying to please YOU as well.
  • Long after they have grown, they will still cherish these priceless moments. So don’t try to work on making it “Perfect”.  Remember, “its the imperfection that adds character.”

Here are some of the issues  :-

  1. Insufficient tools
  2. Inadequate know-how
  3. Unaware of places to shop at for supplies
  4. lack of energy to drive around to places for supplies
  5. Packed craft kits are expensive
  6. Packed craft kits have limited supplies

So, I’ve decided to address all of these 6 issues one by one.

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Moms who have toddlers in their troublesome twos, realize that children need various activities besides toys, to keep them stimulated.  Hence in a desperate attempt to help the little one, they grab the first craft kit that they come across in the supermarket aisle.  However, I agree that most craft kits are aimed at a specific activity and supplies are really limited.

I’m going to advise you on how you can ease the process of crafting with your toddler/little one.

Please remember, children are not just visual learners. They learn by touch, feel, smell, sight, sound and THE PROCESS !

For the first 5 years of their life, they are still getting the hang of the hand and eye coordination – gross motor skills.

They are virtually charged 10 hours of the day to play, practice and have fun.  Thru it all, they are LEARNING.

Adapting to their environment and understanding their own movements.

Let us consider a routine scenario.

Our young first-time-Mum watches this youtube video about 5 easy crafts to try out with little Sarah.  (point2 addressed) [Google and Youtube videos ‘can be” a new Mom’s best friend since they can guide you tremendously around the process of crafting with kids]

She thinks its easy enough to try it out with her little one.  She rushes to the nearest Toy store and searches high & low for a craft kit for toddlers ! { point3 – this mom had the strength and enthusiasm to drive to the Toy store. Full marks to her but (point4) not all of us drive or have a store close by, hence we can buy online as well } Refer here

Realization – most crafts kits are aimed at children older than 5 years !!  Heaps of toys are available – but not craft kits !

FYI – one of the reasons for this is that alot of craft supplies have small objects which can cause choking hazard for little ones and companies do not want to risk getting into such waters.

Ofcourse you can opt out and buy one of those ridiculously expensive painting kits with sponges and fancy brushes (Point 5 is valid and real)  But then of course, Mom can splurge over little Sarah.

So Mom buys it and brings it at home – 2 days of fun and mess later, chances are a few of the brushes ‘may’ have gone missing under the sofa, the paint tub is all but nearly over and our little Sarah has decided, she’s had enough of Mona Lisa. (point6) Most little children have a short attention span. Give them easy crafts to work with. They may work with one painting but once its over, they need something different. 

This is where little Sarah is restless and Mom is getting frustrated too as her she realizes these craft activities are probably not her cup of tea !!

THIS IS WHERE I STEP IN !! Don’t fret and fume Mama.  Read on …. there is relief for you.

We’re going to assemble the ULTIMATE ART AND CRAFT BOX for you so that every time, you want to try out an activity with your child, all you have to do is, spread the ‘drip sheet’ on your table or work space and get the supplies you need, out and voila ! Start your crafting adventure !! You never know – you might discover you really like crafts 🙂

First thing –  Chances are, you might already be having a plastic box, bucket, basket or a large container at home. Its best if it could be large and preferably with a lid. In fact, the large transparent bin with wheels from IKEA is most ideal for this purpose.  Here are a few options :

Here are some of the most basic supplies :-

I highly encourage little children who are still developing their gross motor skills to use crayons or color pencils rather than colored markers.

Please remember, a scribble made by a 2 year old, might be an entire story from his imagination. Hence please appreciate it and ask him/her questions relating to that. See how his/her eyes sparkle as he describes 3 stories from one picture !!

Avoid buying large A3 size drawing books becoz children tend to use only a partial amount of space. Infact, I keep photocopier sheets handy, which can later be framed or placed in protector sleeves and hung up on the fridge or their study desks.

Don’t underestimate the importance of the humble rubberband.  Also remember to pack a few of the large black paper clips.

Alot of crafts ask for pipecleaners too. From acting as the stem of a flower, to the antenae of a butterfly, pipecleaners/chenille have plenty of uses.

Several crafts require drinking straws. They are colorful, they are easy to manipulate and children associate blowing air or making bubbles with them.

Long after the clothes have been dried, these clothespin will be super handy in the craft box. From the body of an insect to decorating a recycled jam jar, there are endless uses of this innovative creation. An absolute Must-have for our craft box.

Styrofoam balls come in various sizes. Apart from the easy snow man, you will find several sites full of ideas on how to use these, creatively.

Below, you will find tiny sparkling stars in packets,  pipecleaners which are plain and sparkly, styrofoam balls, childproof scissors and glitter tubes.  I would definitely include all of these EXCEPT GLITTER tubes.  They are a highly messy idea and I would prefer the children to be atleast 6 years old  before they get their hands on glitter.

I absolutely LOVE this bumper kit. You could buy the items individually or just add 2 packets of these in our craft box and Voila !  Tip – These could be included as return gifts for birthday parties too !!

If you are not able to get crepe paper, the below tissue gift wrap paper will do the trick just as well. Most crafts for tiny toddlers revolves around tearing bits of pieces of these sheets and sticking it to various items.

I don’t think, any craft kit can be complete without a Sharpie marker. Although the below marker is NOT a sharpie, I think, it might do the job ! Traditionally these are alcohol based hence you can use these to draw on plastic and metal.

The value pack with 25 pieces is ideal.  It is always advisable to use the thicker paint brushes for children.  Don’t expect little fingers to hold tiny brushes. These kits with sponge faces are also fun for little ones. Just drop alittle paint in a paper plate and dab the sponge for endless hours of fun !!

These alphabet stampers are good when you want kindergarten children to practice remembering their alphabets OR sounds. It takes the stress off, from having to write. But they are optional.

 

  • Every mothers nightmare is the aftermath of an art and craft activity – This drop sheet should be able to solve that issue, Mom !

Just spread it on the table or floor and use the spring clamp (in the below picture) to hold it tight to an object, alternatively, you can use the white and blue striped sheet rolls, available in supermarkets. They too are efficient.
One fun item I would include would have to be these Ketchup dispenser bottles.

Use ? – You can find several recipes for puffy paint and these bottles are perfect for squeezing the paint and designing with.

Here are some more tips.

  • A glue gun is a handy tool (almost an essential item for every Crafter) . However, it can be introduced to  children once they are over 10 or 11 years of age.
  • When working with little children, use only paper masking tape. Not the plastic kind.
  • Please don’t buy the plastic scissors for toddlers. It practically NEVER works.
  • If you want to know which is the best brand for erasers and sharpners, kindly subscribe to my blog for the next post which will have details on various brands.
  • Over the years, I have realized, aprons don’t help all that much. It inhibits their movement and if anything, the plastic rubbing against eachother is a bother to most kids. Just get them dressed in one of your husband’s old Tshirts !
  • Red, blue and yellow are primary colors, inorder to attain any other color, you just have to mix, any two of these two colors.  So you don’t need a dozen tubs of colors. A few will do.
  • I have compiled this list considering almost all homes have paper staplers and paper punches !

So there you have it !

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Ten places to visit in Dubai for free
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10 AMAZING PLACES TO VISIT IN DUBAI FOR FREE

 

Dubai is the hub of amazing adventures, never-ending entertainment and exciting activities to keep you and your family occupied!

However, Dubai is alot more than a desert kingdom with outrageously magnificent structures.  It is not reserved exclusively for the rich & famous, or the exuberant tourist.  It is a city which beautifully caters to the needs and aspirations of its local and expat population.

Not every family can enjoy the luxury of shopping at world class malls, cinemas, golf courses or museums.  And hence we scoured deeper to find 10 fantastic places where families can enjoy the lovely weather outdoors with some sightseeing, perhaps a barbecue or a fabulous picnic by the lake.

After enduring the sweltering summer here in the UAE, it’s finally safe to step outdoors once again !!

Here are our 10 picks of the places to visit in Dubai FOR FREE !!

  1. Dubai Creek Harbor – The best fun-filled family destination in town, DCH features a showcase of live performances, unique food concepts, workshops, kids activities and a varied pop up market. For more : https://risedubaicreekharbour.com/  
  2. Al Qudra Lake   –  Al Qudra Lake is a man-made lake in the middle of Saih Al Salam Desert and Bab Al Shams in Dubai, UAE. It is the home of local trees and almost hundred species of migratory birds, ducks, swans and flamingoes.
  3. The Yard –                    http://www.meraas.com/news/the-yard/                                                                             An eclectic new lakefront destination in Dubai’s rapidly developing Al Khawaneej area. The suburban hideaway encompasses Last Exit D89. An exciting family-friendly destination blending rural farm environment with urban accents. The Yard has a distinctive visual identity with playful murals that provide an ideal backdrop for photographs. An 18-metre-tall windmill, a water mill, a wishing well, a Promise Bridge, decorative vintage pick-up trucks, farm animals and bird houses further augment the photogenic appeal of the destination.
  4. Al Barsha pond park      -Al Barsha Pond Park sits around the perimeter of a large 50 acre man-made pond with activities for the entire family. There is a jogging and cycling track along with beautiful play area for children.  Cycles and boats are available for rent at reasonable prices. The most ideal place for families to spend few hours in this beautiful, serene, quite park in the middle of fast paced Dubai.. Al Barsha Pond Park has all facilities such as a restaurant, clean toilets, mosque, some food and ice cream booths. Even on weekends the Park is not annoyingly crowded.  Most of all entry to the Park is absolutely FREE !!!  The evening Ripe Market makes this a top attraction with crafts and delicious foods, every Saturday.
  5. Kite Beach –                              http://www.kitebeach.ae/                                                                                         While the entire coastline between Jumeirah Open Beach and Umm Suqeim/Sunset Beach was being revamped, with the addition of new jogging and walking tracks, showers, toilets and kiosks as part of the 18km Dubai Corniche project, this particular segment got special attention. Now beach tennis, volleyball and watersports (including an inflatable assault course on the sea), plus soapy soccer are organized at intervals throughout the year. There’s a small precinct of cafés, a scattering of food trucks, Wire world adventure park and XDubai skatepark.
  6. Dubai Canal  –   With the Dubai Canal, the city has developed one of the more stunning examples of urban development–a pedestrian friendly retreat from the hot weather and the concrete jungle. Whats more ? Along its path is free WiFi, and stations with USB ports to charge smartphones. It’s as if Dubai designed a public park for the selfie-obsessed social media generation.
  7. Horse Race at Meydan – The race season will continue till 31st March 2018. It is one of the most spectacular race courses in the Gulf with exceptional dining and entertainment packages.  There is a general admission section too, which is FREE !!  This free admission area gives access to a limited section within the Meydan Grandstand with a large number of Grandstand seats available boasting excellent views. With sufficient room on the vast apron area between the track and the Grandstand, visitors on the sides of the apron can get a close view of the thoroughbreds in the Parade Ring, before and after the race. 
  8. Bird watching at Ras Al khor wild life Sanctuary –        http://wildlife-ae.herokuapp.com/            Dubai is not just a desirable hotspot for millions of tourists each year — it’s the destination of choice for tens of thousands of migrating birds. In the wetlands, just metres away from the busy city, you’ll find the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Please visit the above website and book online.
  9. Al Serkal Art Avenue –                       http://alserkalavenue.ae/en/index.php                                                        In a world obsessed with technological advancement, it’s worth making some time to simply appreciate local and regional art initiatives, artists, art galleries, creatives.  It is a place where one can engage with the cultural content.
  10. Dubai Fountain.                                                                                                                                                        Choreographed to music, the Dubai Fountain also known as the Dancing fountain, shoots water as high as 500 feet –that’s as high as a 50-story building !!   The Dancing  Fountain performances occur daily in the evening, from 6:30,  every half an hour, on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake.  The best show would have to be the 8:00 pm one. There is a light show as well. The Dancing fountains synchronize to light and music, some classical, some pop and some Arabic.  Its definitely worth watching this phenomenal event.                                                              To make the experience even better, the organizers have set up a fountain broadwalk to take you closer than ever to the fountain. A brand new floating platform located within the fountain pool area will give the audience a whole new perspective of the captivating performances. That is chargeable ofcourse.

 

So there you have it. 10 Places to visit, picnic or rest out, with your family or friends in Dubai FOR FREE !!

There are some more places where you could have long walks,  chill out over some coffee or just drive through.  However, since they are not ideal for a picnic spot, or a family gathering and are focused more on shopping, they have not been included in the above list.

Box park

City Walk

The Walk

Marina Walk

Cornish of Atlantis Hotel

I hope this list benefits you.

***  If there is one request I have, it is that we should be conscious of our environment.  Picnics and outdoor parties are great but leaving your trash behind is not. Please remember to carry a bag to collect all your trash and dispose it responsibly. ***

***  Please remember – Our children learn from us, they are watching us and will imitate us. We have to demonstrate to them how to be responsible and environmentally aware individuals. ***

*** Please adhere to notice boards that state, what is forbidden and where. eg, barbecue fires close to a pond which can damage the flora and fauna in and around the pond. ***

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