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Super Bowl Decorations: Go Ravens! Garland banner



Our Family is a huge Ravens fan and we hope Ravens win the Super Bowl this Sunday.We live in the Steelers country so didn’t find many Ravens decorations in store therefore planned to make something special myself.While going through one of Parenting magazines I came across this wonderful garland making with disposable paper cups,it was beautiful and easy .


Materials Required:
Party paper disposable cups
Construction /poster paper
Craft Knife
LED lights
Insructions :
Cut out letters that spell “Go Ravens” .
Glue a letter to the front of each cup.
Using a Craft Knife, cut an X in the center of each cup bottom .
Push one light in to the bottom of each cup and hang .

I have used purple cups for Ravens team but you can cut apart a cup so it lies flat to create a template.Trace it on to decorative paper,adding an extra
1/2 inch on one end, and cut out shapes.Place a strip of double-sided tape on one end of the paper. Wrap around each cup and attach with tape.
This gives a cup patterned look instead of just one plain color.

Caution Note : LED lights are safe for small children and wont get hot.I have used the regular lights bcos it was meant for decoration purpose only and didnt intend to switch the lights for a long time .We plan to switch on the lights everytime Ravens make a Touch down !!


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)
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

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.

Handmade Sai Palki/Palaki /Palanquin

When I was shopping at Michaels for Sai bhajan , I came across a wooden bench which was kept upside down .The inverted bench looked like palki for me . So, I decided to take it home and make it sai’s paliki .
Materials required:

    • Wooden Bench (Michaels store)
    • Paper towel rolls (kitchen)
    • Red tissue paper (Dollar store)
    • Golden decorative streamers
    • Cardboard box Sheet
    • Red color cloth
    • Sponge
    • Green string
    • Baba’s photo

First put the bench upside down .
Take two paper towel roll and cover them with red tissues
Prepare the roof of the palki using cardboard .Measure the bench size to get the size of roof .
Cover the cardboard with a cloth .I used stapler b’cos I don’t know how to stich but if you are good at stitching, it would be much better.
There are two holes on either side of the bench so insert red paper towel rolls on both the sides which look like the handles to carry palki.
Now with the help of a string tie the cardboard roof on either sides of the bench.
Place a picture of Baba inside the palki.
Made Pillows using sponge- the sponge I probably got with some glassware .I saved it for any reuse.Remember my motto Reduce: Reuse: Recycle .Using scissors cut sponge into squares.
Cover them with cloth, again used stapler. Place them inside the palki .
Decorate with some real and artificial flowers.

gift tag , birthday gift tag , handmade Tag

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
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

Reuse Magnets: Turn Flat flexible magnets into Custom Photo Magnets

I have too many flat flexible magnets .Flexible magnets are popular promotional items used by business.They come in different shapes and sizes.
Here is a simple method to turn your old magnet into a personalized custom made magnet.

Reuse Flexi Magnets

Promotional flat flexible magnets

Materials required:
• Flat flexible magnet
• Photo (your favorite one)
• Color paper or cardstock
• Ribbon
• Glue
• Scissors
• Pencil

make  custom photo magnets

Custom made photo magnet

#Use scissors & cut the cardstock to the size of the magnet and then glue it to the magnet.
#Now take your favorite picture and glue it over the cardstock.
#Decorate it with ribbon.
# A beautiful handmade magnet is ready to decorate your refrigerator.
My son’s photo magnet makes me smile every time I open the fridge door.
Reusing old unwanted business magnets and turning them into something adorable.
Reduce: Reuse: Recycle……..Go Green

Personalized Simple Handmade Card

"MANSI" - Handmade Birthday Card

This Personalized Name Card was designed for my friend’s birthday.
Materials required:

  • Cardstock/poster paper
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  • Cut out any shape out of cardstock. The card I made is rectangle in shape.
  • Using pencil write the letters
  • Paste the craft sticks over lightly written letters using glue.

Personalized Name card is easy to make and could be used for any occasion . Will definitely put a smile on receiving a handmade card .