One good thing about shifting to a new place is the de-cluttering that becomes inherently a part of the process. That is, if one chooses that way. I mean, we can always carry all the stuff that’s been lying around unused – from one house to another and from one location to another. That may seem to be an easier option for lack of time and motivation to de-clutter. But, in the long term, managing all that junk eats into your space, time and energy. Hence, I have chosen to de-clutter in a big way – before I move to a new house this month-end.
But, there’s a caveat to my declutter philosophy.
Before tossing into the bin, I always pause to think if Pari and I can create something beautiful and meaningful out of it. Can we upcycle the old T shirts, the lamp shades, the crockery, the cutlery, the books, the card-board boxes, the business cards…?
Over the last few months, we had saved some card-board boxes hoping to come up with ‘some’ idea. Other projects kept happening and we never got around to using them. But, now was the time to upcycle them for, I, definitely did not want to carry those along to a new place. They must be either upcycled now or never.
So, one of these evenings, this is what Pari sat down to make –
the vista of a city skyline – complete with the evening sun as the backdrop
Acrylic paint works well for the glossy and printed surfaces of such boxes.
I had a skyline silhouette in mind when I suggested Pari to paint them black. But, child’s world is always colourful. She wanted to paint them in every colour possible!
We had some bits and pieces of colourful stock paper saved from our Space Party pace projects. As usual, I did not throw them away thinking they could be used for creating mosaics etc. Those came in handy to make this backdrop for the city scape
The background had to be a colouful evening sky rather than a monochrome afternoon or a night sky.
I have so often discussed with Pari – about the need for greenery, about aforestation Vs deforestation etc. that she's now totally sensitized to the future of our environment. No wonder, once the cityscape was done, she came up to me and suggested that she 'puts' trees around this city scape, or else, "the air will be too bad to breathe and then kids will cough."
So, next up – trees is what she’s going to add to this same project.
When writing this post, I was looking for more green projects for kids that I could share with you all here, and I found this very inspiring paper craft that kids can make and appreciate the importance of upcycling.
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