Category Archives: Gifts & Favors

Hip Hip Hooray ,Its Happy Mother’s Day

Wishing all Mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day !

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                                   Ashrith made this drawing for me on easel board.Is’nt it cute.

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                        My niece Sharanya made this for her Mom.

Honoring Moms with something Handmade on Mother’s Day  is special …maybe a  drawing ,card, craft or preparing any special dish.

Please send in a picture of  your little one’s special gift  to you or write about it  . I would be happy to showcase it here for others to enjoy  too.

Ugadi Tradition: Making Garlands ( Necklaces) for Kids

It’s wonderful weather outside , after going through rough time with my eye infection for last  two weeks ,I feel happy and healthier now.Ugadi …telugu new year …a festival…a time to remember the past,celebrate the present and dream for the future.

Today ,Iam sharing a Ugadi tradition which is  followed  in most parts of telangana , Andhra pradesh .
Making Garlands(necklaces) for kids with different edible materials is a fun tradition for this festival . These garlands are generally sent by maternal Grandmother as a gift to Grandchildren.

I am going to share few garlands(necklaces) , made through the years for my son Ashrith .

Ugadi Tradition: Making Garlands ( Necklaces) for Kids

Materials needed:
Raisins/fruit loops/biscuits/Chakkara Achchulu
Thread/String
Needle
Coconut dry
Instructions:
Using a thread and needle ,tie a knot at the end and thread the edible materials u want to string and  in the center add a dry coconut with the white open side facing down.Make as many colorful patterns as you like with different materials .
Note: Double the thread for giving extra strength to the garland .As you may see in the picture above,  I made a fruit loops necklace garland for my friend’s daughter Saanvi……she looks so pretty and a perfect color match for her  traditional clothes.For the fruits loops ,I used a string  that looks  just like the one we use to tie our examination papers in India but green in color.It is very easy making garlands using a string even kids can involve.If you live in India ,you  can make garlands out of Chakkara Achchulu  (Sugar Figurines).

This garland was made using Ritz crackers …bcos they have holes which makes it very easy to thread .

Thanks to my friend Radhika who gave me this idea of adding a gold pendant to the raisins garland for a dazzling look!

ugadi traditionIf you notice this pic , it is a candy garland  bought from Easter stuff and to the center of it ,is attached a silver coconut which my mother sent for Ashrith from India

If you ask me what is the significance of this ?  I really don’t know but one thing I know for sure is its fun to make for our kids and see them smile.

Hey , do you have any Ugadi family tradition that is fun or unique ,Please share …I would love to hear about it .Also share your creative ideas for making the garlands(necklaces) if you follow this tradition .

Advance Happy Ugadi Wishes to all !!

Valentine Cards for Preschool class

Easy Preschool Valentines day cards

These mini valentine heart cards were made by Ashrith , my 4 year old son,so they may not look perfect but are definitely cute. We used heart shape cookie cutter for stamping in the white poster paint and Ashrith enjoyed stamping hearts .We made 14 cards for his preschool friends and all look a little different but with 2 hearts to say that Valentine’s Day was made for Two.

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Details to make  cute Valentine Cards for Preschool class  below

Materials Required:
White poster paint
Red and Pink color paper
Glue
Markers
Heart shape cookie cutter
Scissors
Measuring Scale

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Instructions:
Cut mini size cards out of red paper and stamp a heart.
Now stamps hearts on pink paper.
Cut and glue pink hearts on red hearts cards.
Note: This card is easy and simple for Kids to follow and they can make themselves but with a little assistance from parents. You can always do variations by adding glitter or stickers .

valentinescardspreschool   Ashrith dressed for School today ……… so excited to give cards to his friends .

Gift Idea for 7 year old Ice Cream lover

                            Ashrith’s Raksha bandhan gift for his sister Sharanya

This is a creative gift idea for someone who loves ice cream and my niece Sharanya is very fond of Ice cream .

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Materials required:
Grocery Brown Bag (Trader Joes)
Red Balloon
White Tissue
Brown T-shirt
Little gifts like ice cream clips , earrings, necklace,bubble lotion,stickers,erasers
Plastic wrapper
Ribbon for making bow
Ice cream tag
Scissors
Tape

Instructions:
First make a cone using a large grocery brown bag. Silt open the bag and start folding from one corner and overlap the edges to make a cone.Use tape to seal it .Now fill the cone with all the ice cream related gifts
Make a layer covering with brown color t-shirt to look like a chocolate scoop
Make a layer covering with white tissue to look like a vanilla scoop
Top it with a red balloon to give a cherry look
Cover the ice cream with plastic wrapper and put a bow on it.
Place a Ice cream tag on it .All ready to relish.

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Preschool Class Christmas gifts

Ashrith’s preschool is having a Christmas party and I wanted to send small gift for his preschool friends. This is his first year in school, so was not sure what other parents were doing.We made thirteen little gift bags with a Glow sticks, stickers and candy. Since the gift was Glow stick bracelets , our Message read
“Friend, Wishing you a Glowing Christmas and a bright Holiday Season !!!”

Preschool class Christmas Goody bags                                                           Christmas gifts for 13 happy kids

Preschool class Christmas Gift Treat bags

Materials Required:
Ziploc bags Snack size(missing in pic 🙁
Stapler and Scissors
Stickers (Christmas or any)
Cardstock (Christmas colors Red, white and green)
Glow sticks Bracelets (any little gift)
Candy (Hershey Kisses or any)
Instructions:
Fill the Ziploc bag with the goodies like stickers, glow bracelet and candy.
Print Christmas message on cardstock.
Cut them out, fold in half and then staple to bag.
Christmas gift bags for Preschool class                                                   Christmas Goody Bags for kids

Easy Christmas Cards for kids to make

 This is the first year my son is going to school and I wanted to make simple easy holiday cards for his preschool teachers where he can involve too .Keeping my  four year old on mind ..I came up with this cool easy Christmas Cards for kids to make .

Kids Craft : Handmade Christmas Card

Materials Required:
White Cardstock Paper
Craft sticks
Glue
Pencil/Marker
Scissors
Stars
Green Glitter
Instructions:
Glue 3 craft sticks to form a triangle …. like a christmas tree
Glue a star on top of the Christmas tree
Spread Glue in the center of the Triangle and sprinkle green glitter. When the glue dries, dust off the extra glitter unstuck to the card.
Write a personal message in the card .

Note: Some parents are happy using Glitter and some don’t like it and if u are one of them , you can always paint green color inside the triangle or add bits of green construction paper .Even Glitter Glue looks great.

Disney Vacation Handmade Card for Teacher

Next week, Ashrith’s preschool teacher is going on vacation to Disney .Wow! wish we were going too.
So excited for her and wanted to make her feel extra special .

A little handmade card wishing Happy Vacation as well as Miss u.

Stamping and Stickers inside the card was done by my 4 year old and the rest by me.
This card was basically made with the materials I readily had in hand (surprisingly didn’t shop )

Materials Required:
Pink and black card stock paper
Disney character stickers
Foam stickers
Silver color pen
Mickey and Pluto Stamps (available at dollar store)
Scissors and Glue

It was a fun project indeed! Ashrith, a huge fan of Mickey Mouse enjoyed making this card for his teacher.

Pasupu bottu Favors : Shirdi Prasad and Sai Magnet


At Shirdi ,I shopped for all my friends of sai bhajan group . I bought sai magnets for everyone .
Materials required :
Sai Magnets (from Shirdi)
Shirdi Sai Prasad (from Shirdi)
Tin m&m Boxes (Michaels store)
Fill the tins with Shirdi Prasad and place Sai magnet on the lid of the box.
The magnet stuck well to these tin boxes. It looked as if these boxes were just made to put sai magnet on them . Perfect size,Perfect colors ,Perfect Gift for all my sai devotees .
As an ardent Sai devotee I know how touching it is when u receive anything from Shirdi .
Thamboolam Gift : Shirdi prasad boxes,sai magnet, Sai photo calendar,Bananas and flowers.

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Kids Birthday Handmade Gift Tags/ Easy Tag Making

Barney birthday Handmade Gift Tag

I simply love to make tags. .Gift tags always bring me a lot of compliments, people receiving them recognize the efforts and time put in to making their occasion extra special .Tag making is easy , simple but definitely requires a little creativity .

Mickey Birthday Handmade Gift Tag
Materials required:
• Cardstock
• Scissors
• Glue
• Markers
Instructions:
First the occasion, is it a birthday, Christmas, babyshower.etc you are making the tag for.
Make any shape out of the cardstock, it could be a star, cake,flower,mickey ,heart
Decorate with any materials you have at home like stickers ribbons,feathers,shells
Write your message using color pencils, markers or paint
Beautiful personalized handmade tag is ready to stick or tie on to the gift
Minnie Birthday Gift Tag