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Making Holi Cards with Leaf and Petal Printing and Decoupage

Written on Friday, March 18 (update at the bottom)

Today, Pari and I were immersed in the fervor and colours of our favourite festival. Holi, ofcourse!

Yes, folks, I know Holi is on Sunday but the mood and ambience over here is all set! The ‘pichkaris’ are in action, the organic colours are ready (some we’ve made and some we bought).

Ready to wish “Happy Holi” with some gorgeous handmade cards…

Pari wants to greet her teachers (there’s a PTM tomorrow) and friends with these colourful cards that she’s made by doing leaf and petal printing as well as leaf decoupage. Pretty creative, colourful and thoughtful way of celebrating Holi – the festival that rejoices brotherhood, love and peace. No?

As you can see from the pictures, we collected all the spring/summer colours in our Daisies, the Gerberas and the Dahlias.

I cut out some big and small rectangular cards (with middle fold) from chart paper. I then lay out a big smooth plate and a white-board to mix water colors (tube form) and gave her plenty of paint brushes.

After this, with a few tips and instructions, Pari was on her own.



A combination of petals and leaves printing >>>

A closer view. Overlapping brighter colours (Orange) with Lighter ones (Yellow) gives great results

A bunch of cards – some very big, some small

Decoupage with leaves and Poppy petals.

For this, we mixed water and PVA glue (fevicol) in 1:1 ratio, brushed it over the leaves and petals and let it dry. What do you think? Don’t you think these have turned out beautiful? And so organic! Once dry, there will be no trace of the whiteness of the glue. Rather, it dries to leave a glossy finish.

Thanks to the passion for writing this little girl has….

She finished off this fun project by writing Holi and thank-you messages for her teachers as well as for friends.

Considering that today was her last day in Kindergarden (she goes to Class 1 this April) and in this school as well (we are shifting to another location), I understood her feelings all too well and felt terribly sad and nostalgic in spite of the euphoric mood we started off with…

It was a really touching and poignant moment – for her as well as me. She was going to leave behind those friends with whom she’s shared the most cherished milestones of her life  – the first ride together on tricycle, the first day at preschool, giggling over their dance moves, and more giggles without any rhyme or a reason, sharing girlie secrets and stories and songs, sulking after a silly fight and coming back to mamma with the sulk story, playing “doctor doctor” and “kitchen kitchen” and “boss boss"…

The magic of childhood is beyond words and the innocence – heart melting. No wonder, our eyes glow like a thousand stars when we meet childhood friends or even get a random phone call – years after we’ve grown apart due to time and distance….

But, then, such is life.

Update on Saturday, March 19

Pari with her teachers at the Parent-Teacher-Meeting, today. They were really touched with the gesture. 

Finally, wishing each of you a loving, fun-filled and safe Holi, dear readers.

And, I hope you will be using natural colours too.

PS: I cannot let you go without you sharing with me your ALL-TIME FAVOURITE Holi song. (winks)

So, come on. Make this post more colourful and musical by sharing the Holi song that you love most.

I really like this song  – "piya sang kheloon Holi" from the 1973 classic – Phagun.

To me, this is a song of joy as well as sweet sadness. The music composition by S.D Burman, the words, the voice of none other than – Lata Mangeshkar, the picturization and finally – the eternal beauty and grace of Waheeda Rehman makes this a timeless piece…

Next – your turn to take this medley forward. :)

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  • Kiran March 19, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Dear Pari, Lovely, Beautiful and Colourful Holi cards … Rashimie, really nice to see u encourage Pari designing her own cards and writing a beautiful message for her teachers too !! Yes, I am sure her teachers are gonna preserve her cards and miss
    their sweet and creative angel :)

    My all time favourite is the Holi song from Navrang…. Ja re hat natkhat…
    Happy Holi !!

  • monisha March 19, 2011, 11:22 pm

    Very nicely done!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 22, 2011, 3:02 am

      Thanks, Monisha. Good to see you here :)

  • Roopa March 20, 2011, 3:48 am

    Love the cards!! Happy holi to you both:) We made a colorful banner for holi.

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 22, 2011, 3:03 am

      Thanks, Roopa. I saw the Holi banner made by your lil girl and left a comment on your FB page :)

  • Pritam March 21, 2011, 4:17 am

    Beautiful holi cards made by Pari….well done Pari!!
    Specially the one with leaves is very nice…loved it…
    Teachers must be happy to see efforts by Pari.. and lovely message by her!!

    My fav holi song…of course “Rang barse bheege chunar wali..rang barse…..Holi haii”

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 22, 2011, 3:04 am

      Thanks, Pritam. The “Rang barse…” song carries the spirit of Holi like no other…! I love it too :)

  • Rashmi March 21, 2011, 5:22 am

    Really beautiful cards she has made! Lovely to see all this!

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 22, 2011, 3:07 am

      Hi Rashmi,
      Seeing you here for the first time. Welcome to MommyLabs :) and thank you for your comment.
      You and I share the first name, except the additional ‘e’ at the end in my name! :))
      Hope to see you more often….

  • Ashu March 21, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Rashmie..Lovely cards made by Pari.Loved the idea …One with petals and leaves is super cute card.Happy holi .

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 22, 2011, 3:09 am

      Thanks Ashu :) The one with petals and leaves – we gave that to my 6-month old niece.
      She was very excited to see all those colours… :)

  • Param March 21, 2011, 2:40 pm

    lovely greeting cards Pari:) Belated holi wishes dear..my fav holi song, “Holi ke din, dil khil jaate hain rangon mein
    rang mil jaate hain…

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 22, 2011, 3:15 am

      Thanks, Param. This song from Sholay is an iconic Holi song! While displaying the festivities and joy associated with this festival, it also highlights how the unfortunate widowed women, in those days, were deprived of participation in festivals due to the lopsided social norms….
      Thanks for sharing :)

  • Smitha March 21, 2011, 8:28 pm

    Lovely Greeting cards and great idea!!! I am sure its lot of fun as well!!! Hey Pari is too creative and blessed kid!!!

    Hey Rashmie, If u have any creative ideas for one year old boy, please do post them in your blog…. I need to keep my son busy a she is getting too naughty these days :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 22, 2011, 3:20 am

      Thanks, Smitha for being here :)
      Yes, I sure will share some ideas for kids in the 1-3 age group, soon. The other day, Ashita too was suggesting the same.
      Meanwhile, I think that you could try this flower printing idea with your son, too. You could give him flowers like Dahlia with long stem that he can hold, dip in colours and stamp on a big white sheet. I think this will work well for small kids too.

  • yuti March 28, 2011, 11:41 am

    its beautiful!!! i feel we learn the most from children!!! they have the freshest and the most innovative ideas!!
    lovely work!!

  • Rashmie Jaaju March 28, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Thanks, Yuti :) Yeah, agree with what you said, plus their enthusiasm is something we adults will do well to borrow… :)

  • ashita kaul June 22, 2011, 4:34 am

    gosh…i dont believe that i missed this one….it is beautiful….and i love the song too….my god rashmie….u have sme talent to keep kids busy and to bring out the creative genius in them…..kudos to u……i m MAHA impressed……

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 22, 2011, 5:56 am

      Thank you, thank you for your lovely comment :)
      Well, art and craft is my passion too, so, double whammy for us!

  • Swapna Raghu Sanand June 29, 2011, 6:11 am

    Loved the richness of color on those cards. Brilliant. Can i get one too, please?

  • Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree November 7, 2011, 4:05 am

    What a bright and beautiful post! Thanks for sharing it! All of us inspire each other! It is so fun to be in this circle of creative people like you!!!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju November 7, 2011, 7:58 am

      Thank you, Melissa. I’m ever so grateful to have found you and your blog :)

  • annapurna March 1, 2013, 5:50 pm

    it was very nice.amazing.
    i cannot say in my words ilove the card very vvvvvvvvvvvvvv much.

  • sonam April 29, 2013, 9:54 pm

    really very appreciating work done pari. i want to know one thing that after drying up does leaves live green & we can save the same color for a long time.?

  • Shruti Bhat March 22, 2016, 3:57 pm

    We are having a Holi Link party & a fun giveaway on my blog – http://artsycraftsymom.com/diy-holi-gift-tags/ and would love for you to join us. Even if you don’t want to participate in the giveaway, feel free to link up and I’d love to send some traffic your way.