Nurturing Creativity

Creating something with your hand has its pleasures. I always wanted to share these creative spaces with my child. From August, we decided that once a week we will make or create some art of craft together. Inspiration struck from a very unusual object. My daughter had just finished a tin of Pediasure. As I was about to throw it away I saw some potential in that shape, it could be made into a nice pen/pencil holder. Pens and pencils have an uncanny ability to walk anywhere in our house and often sleep on our bed. This would help me kill two birds I thought. The pens and pencils would go to their home to rest for the night.



The Tin

One rainy morning we took out the box of assorted craft materials. This box stores sequins, ribbons, buttons in all shapes and size, bits of colour paper, bindis, threads, wool and other stuff.

We took a white sheet and made some designs. It was nice to see my daughter sitting with slightly bent head and concentrating on getting the design right. As she is a perfectionist, there were moments of angry tantrums. However, we finally managed to complete it. With some glue, it was neatly pasted on the tin.

Ribbons and glitter made the design shine. Here was a lovely piece.



Smart Holder

Another session saw us with few white sheets some crayons and glue. This was something I had learned as a child. On many occasions, I had successfully crafted this basket of flowers, which looked lovely. Practice had made me perfect!

You will need.

A4 size sheets (we managed to use two, economy and conservation)


Pencil and an eraser


Fold the paper and draw a basket and cut. You will have two sides of the basket. Similarly draw handles and cut.  Try to have elongated handles so that the flowers fit in properly.

Then draw few flowers in different shapes and colour. Cut strips and colour them green to make the stem. With some scraps of paper and cut strips add colour. Then cut them into 1 or 2 inch strips.


Shapes at Glance

Stick the strips to flowers. The small strips on the front of the basket will make it look like a basket. Apply glue to the basket on the three sides to make the basket. Stick the handle and arrange the flowers by adjusting the stems. A colourful basket is ready.


Basket of Blooms


By the time we finished it was about 11.30 at night. And yes we had a lovely time.

























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