What’s there to love about buntings or Torans (as we call in Hindi)? I’d ask is there *anything* not to love about buntings? :-)
Really – a bunting just brings so much good cheer, beauty and joy to the home and hearts, I could make one everyday, if I had the time and energy.
But, we try to make one whenever we can – for a birthday, Diwali, or New Year. Or, just to renovate a room when the mood strikes.
That’s what we did recently. Pari had a gorgeous bed sheet for her room from her Mama (her Uncle; my bro) and Mami (Aunt, my sis-in-law) which inspired her to make something special to decorate the room.
So, when I suggested that she can make a bunting, she jumped at the idea – trying to first figure out where she would display it. And then we measured to see how long we’d need to make.
Once we determined the length, she decided that she’ll cut out hearts rather than triangles (that make a traditional bunting/toran) and stick them on a ribbon.
I decided that we could make with the stack of used papers that were once part of a research report – from 7 years back! Yes, that long! I can never have the heart to chuck things like these that can be potentially put to use.
So, Pari drew out a free-hand heart. I placed 4-5 papers underneath it so she could cut together – saving time and energy.
She went on to draw more hearts and eventually cut out 12 hearts. I helped with some of the scissor work once her fingers started aching.
We discussed many ideas to decorate them – painting, pasting pressed leaves, collaging.
Pari decided to go with the idea of using scraps of colorful crepe paper.
We both worked together – tearing crepe papers of green, pink and magenta (she chose these clours) and sticking them onto the paper hearts. (She wanted me to help with the tearing and sticking as it involved plenty of work).
After doing a few of these, she wanted to paint the remaining hearts using pearl acrylic colours. I wasn’t sure about spending those pricey acrylic colours on paper when we could use them on other surfaces that they are meant for.
But, Pari insisted, so I let her do…
I’m glad she did that, for the idea turned out brilliantly. Using acrylic colours on paper transformed those ordinary used papers.
You can see the effect yourself!
Some cone liners to add final touches….
The hearts lay on the table for couple of days.
And the third day, Pari got back to sticking her hearts on a broad pink ribbon that I found for her in my craft stash.
She was joined by a friend in sticking the hearts to the ribbon.
I helped them with laying the hearts equi-distant. It was a little fun game of Math by itself!
Doesn’t it look cheerful and vibrant?
Not to mention, the pride and satisfaction Pari felt by making something with her own hands for her room.
Recently, my Uncle and Aunt visited from Mumbai and she invited them to her room to show her handmade bunting and the fairy bedsheet.
Designed this bookmark today by heat-mapping a picture.
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Looking at these piles of crepe paper collage hearts, I was wondering what else could we make with them, besides a bunting….
Suggest any ideas that come to your mind.… :-)
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