This is yet another DIY costume post – this time it was Pongal pot.
The after school activity centre was conducting a fancy dress (costume) competition and initially I thought, “arrgh, ditch it! I have no ideas and no time, more importantly, no motivation”. I had to Santoshi to the dentist for her half-yearly check-up and conveniently blamed the appointment for my laziness.
But, the dental clinic called that morning and cancelled the appointment. I did not know how to react. A part of me wanted to make costumes or props and the rest of me was like, “you already made your mind up; so, no costumes”.
Somehow, I persuaded myself to go to the nearest stationery shop for ideas. A bulb went ding, glowed with all brightness – a Pongal pot for Anjana. There was not even the faintest spark for the second idea or prop. It would be absurd to send both kids as Pongal pots.
The stationery was located at a corner and when I turned, I noticed the shop which sells decorations for birthday parties, etc. That’s the shop from where I had bought Christmas decorations for Anjana’s classroom. So, Santoshi had to be the Christmas tree for the show. I bought cardboards for both, Christmas decorations for the tree and cotton for the Pongal pot (to be the pongal which boils over from the pot).
This post is only on the Pongal pot. The Christmas tree post is here.
- A sheet of cardboard
- Golden colour paper
- Stickers, satin ribbon and colour paper for decorating the pot
- Cotton roll (sorry it looks like toilet roll in the pic below)
- Brown tape (my trusted companion in making props)
- Scissors and box cutter
- A circular lid and a small plate
- Hat (fitting your child’s head) and binder clips
Step 1: Using the lid, draw the pot and the pongal on top
Step 2: Cut to shape
Step 3: Cut a circular hole (using the small plate) close to the top for the face.
Step 4: Apply glue
Step 5: Paste the colour paper and press to remove air bubbles
Step 6: Start decorating. I added a strips of paper / satin ribbon and stickers. Then, I made wavy lines and dots using glue and sprinkled white flour over it and let it dry.
Step 7: While it dried, I pasted cotton at the top as pongal. Take a small piece of cotton, fluff it and paste it on to the cardboard, making sure that the cardboard is not seen. Let try
Step 8: (sorry no pic): Using binder clips, hold the front side of the hat to the top of the circle from behind. The hat will hold the prop in place.
The finished pot:
Here is Anjana as a Pongal pot. After she put it on, I realised that her face was much smalelr than the plate. Never mind, there is always next time.
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