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An Eco-friendly, Cardboard Box Necklace Gift for Me and Some Gorgeous Mother’s Day Giveaways for YOU!

Dear readers, this post is very special and close to my heart in every possible way! But, please bear with me for the epic length, caused by the number of pictures I have today..! 

First off, let me share the reasons for my excitement about this post…

And, there are three exciting reasons!

  • Reason 1. The art/craft project I'm featuring today is part of a unique collaboration of 23 mommy bloggers – initiated and coordinated by my blogger friend Rachelle @ Tinkerlab. To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of her wonderful blog, Rachelle invited us – to have our kids make/do something creative out of a CARDBOARD BOX, and showcase them on our blogs. Besides featuring the cardboard project of our own kid, we are showcasing the hard-work of all 20 kidoos. So, scroll down to the bottom of the page to enjoy the exhibition of art by little hands! Rachelle, can't thank you enough for giving this wonderful opportunity to be part of this creative challenge and to connect with so many creative people!
  • Reason 2. Pari and I discussed tons of ideas to make from the cardboard box. One idea led to another and finally she decided to make something for ME as a Mother's day gift. And voila! We had the idea. How about a necklace? An eco-friendly, handmade necklace! I said, I'd LOVE such a gift. Over the next 3 days, she made it in parts. And yesterday, when it was all done, I was blown away! I've never had a prettier necklace, ever! And, more than that – a gift with as much love and hard-work as she'd put in it. 
  • Reason 3. It's been 6 months since I launched Mommy Labs. Before that too I was writing about kids and creativity but on my other blog named Gorgeous Karma, where I was also writing about green living, natural health etc. I started Mommy Labs to be able to write exclusively on creative and holistic parenting. And, I've got so much love and support from my readers that I wanted to do something special this Mother's Day – just for YOU. 

    And the special thing is – I am hosting a worldwide giveaway today, wherein, I am 
    giving/gifting three gorgeous handmade necklaces to three of my readers – mothers/daughters/grandmothers. Do not hesitate if you are not a mommy yet; you could win it for your own mother/grandmother. Okay? :) And hey, even guys can participate to win it for their mothers.

Before I showcase all the pictures – of Pari's handmade necklace as well as the necklaces for the giveaway, Pls read the 'How', 'When' and 'What' – to enter the giveaway.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

  • For your first entry, subscribe to Mommy Labs and leave a comment below in the comments section sharing with us – 
    What is the one thing you absolutely love to do whenever you have some free time for yourself. That is – your "my time".

  • For one extra/additional entry. (You may do all of these and the above to gain 4 entries in all)
    1. 'LIKE' Mommy Labs on facebook over here. Let me know below in the comments section that you did.
    2. Tweet about this giveaway with this message – 
      @MommyLabs Mother's Day Recycled Necklace Craft for Kids and a Worldwide Giveaway http://bit.ly/jZHPD3
    3. Blog about the giveaway and leave a link in the comments section below. Or, add a picture of the giveaway with the link in your blog side bar.

This giveaway will end on Friday, May 20 (consider End of Day Friday – whichever time zone you are in!). I'll announce the winners that weekend.

Now for the step-by-step pictures of my gift from Pari – the recycled cardboard necklace!

The best feature of the necklace – besides the fact that it's feather light and eco-friendly – is – this necklace is reversible. Each side has a unique look and theme. One side is a classy antique gold in colour with the letters "Happy Mama Day" embossed with blue glitter glue. The other side has a refreshing, flower theme with vibrant spring colours! Ah! This will complement many of my attires!

Today, after coming from school, as she tied the necklace around my neck, the moment – so nectarous, precious and melodious – will be etched in my heart, for ever. And, in her's as well – through the pictures and this story that I will keep narrating to her for ever and even to her kids! haha! 

From sketching a few designs of the necklace, to stenciling the circles with a cap, to painting and decorating them and gluing them up in a beautiful pattern – she did all by herself with some guidance and wee bit help from me. 

For the necklace, she just used one flap from this box. It's thickness and smoothness was perfect for making the necklace beads/coins.

I cut out the cardboard circles for her as they were too hard to snip for her little hands. 

She glued the first row of the beads/coins over the beautiful handmade string. I had her use a strong transparent glue. It's available in India by the name Quickfix. The remaining coins were glued over the first row and the second row to form a pyramid-like pattern.

She didn't have this pattern in mind when she started out making the coins – 12 in number. The pattern took shape when it was time to put them all together!

Some more embellishing with the glitter glue.

And, now, let me turn the spotlight on YOU. 

Here are the pictures of the giveaway necklaces – for you! These are all handmade using gorgeous chunky faceted crystal stones. The colours are a mix of bold (greyish black) and feminine (lavendar and pink). They are long so you can wear in different styles – as a single string or double string. You can have two rows hanging parallel on top of each other or you can have one row close to your neck and the other one hanging low.

I have some nice names for each as per their colour and look. (winks)

Put on Your Dancing Shoes!


Wear the Spirit of Spring!

Blend Some Creamy Love!

And some closer views…

I hope you like them. 

Hurry and enter the giveaway. (The 'how' is mentioned at the beginning of the post).

Goodluck everyone and a gorgeous Mother's Day to all!


You may also have a look at the cardboard box creativity from the kidoos at these wonderful blogs!

What a blast this event was!

  1. Rachelle @ TinkerLab
  2. Kate @ An Amazing Child
  3. Jean @ The Artful Parent
  4. Regina @ Chalk in my Pocket
  5. Amy @ Child Central Station
  6. Christie @ Childhood 101
  7. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree
  8. Jamie @ Hands on: as we grow
  9. Anna @ The Imagination Tree
  10. Amy @ Kids in the Studio
  11. Jenny @ Let the Children Play
  12. Rachele @ Messy Kids
  13. Michelle @ Michelle's Charm World
  14. Jill @ A mom with a lesson plan
  15. Jen @ Paint Cut Paste
  16. MaryLea @ Pink and Green Mama
  17. Roopa @ Putti Prapancha
  18. Rachel @ Quirky Momma
  19. Amy @ Teach Mama
  20. Deborah @ Teach Preschool
  21. Teacher Tom
  22. Irresistible Ideas for Play based Learning

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Comments on this entry are closed.

  • miha.ela May 12, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Read a book, make some photos, see a movie ..include my time..
    mihaela.mihordea(@) gmail(.) com

  • Kim R. May 13, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I’d love a chance to enter your wonderful giveaway for the gorgeous necklaces and I know you will treasure Pari’s special necklace (will be a wonderful keepsake). I love to read, cross-stitch and knit on my extra time and I am a new subscriber :)

  • Kim R. May 13, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I am following on Facebook – Thanks!

  • Michelle Willow May 14, 2011, 4:17 am

    Love how your cardboard necklaces turned out! Featuring this post at this week’s High paw. Thanks for participating and see you again this week with more great ideas! :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju May 16, 2011, 11:00 am

      Thank you, Michelle, for featuring on High Paw :)

  • Michelle H. May 15, 2011, 1:33 am

    I subscribed. I like to read and drink gourmet coffee. It is nice to have a quiet time to myself as I have a large family. I also like to workout.

  • Sarika sharma May 15, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Loved your work. Excellent.

  • Sarika sharma May 15, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Amazing work

  • katklaw777 May 17, 2011, 6:41 am

    My time would definitely be a bubble bath with a good book and a glass of wine…take me awayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Grest giveaway, thanks.

  • katklaw777 May 17, 2011, 6:42 am
  • katklaw777 May 17, 2011, 6:51 am

    Forgot to say I am a new email subscriber, (confirmed) in the first entry…sorry.
    And your daughter made you a lovely necklace…mine made me a lovely card for Mother’s Day and she is 24yrs old! I hope she never outgrows her creativity!

  • Alessia May 19, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I love to read when I have some free time for me :)
    I subscribed via RSS feed

  • Alessia May 19, 2011, 8:34 pm

    I ‘LIKE’ Mommy Labs on facebook as Alessia Lale

  • Alessia May 19, 2011, 8:36 pm