Christmas Tree Prop using cardboard


I know there is already a post of DIY Christmas tree prop which was more of pin-up to the t-shirt kind of prop. That was made to fit Anjana’s t-shirt and this was for Santoshi. Read here on how I had to make one more costume this time.

Things used:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Colour paper (green and brown)
  3. Christmas decorations
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue
  6. Box cutter
  7. Marker


Step 1: Draw a Christmas tree outline on the cardboard (mine is a very rough drawing; guess that’s my signature style apart from poor finishing)


Step 2: Cut to shape.


Step 3: Using glue, paste the green paper and start decorating. Sorry, not many pics because I was running out of time.



Here is Santoshi with the prop:


Here is the rare pic of a Christmas tree sitting down and hugging a Pongal pot:


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Pongal Pot Costume

Hello there!

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.

Things used:

  1. A sheet of cardboard
  2. Golden colour paper
  3. Stickers, satin ribbon and colour paper for decorating the pot
  4. Cotton roll (sorry it looks like toilet roll in the pic below)
  5. Glue
  6. Brown tape (my trusted companion in making props)
  7. Scissors and box cutter
  8. Marker
  9. A circular lid and a small plate
  10. 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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Boardgame Storage using Cartons


I know, this is probably the fourth post on cartons, but please do bear with me, this would not be the last, sorry!

My husband bought a Mi Air Purifier which is working great. What I liked about the product was that it came packed in a sturdy carton which obviously had to be transformed in to something more useful for me.


Initially, the carton was used to store my elder daughter Santoshi’s stationery collection (paper, colour pencils, crayons, markers and what not). But, the box was way too heavy for her to use. So, the carton had to find its real purpose in life. In that process, we figured that it could be used in the closet for storing puzzles and boardgames.

Most of Santoshi’s toys, jigsaw puzzles and board games are stored in a closet in one of the bedrooms. She does not want to play with those toys anymore and she has used the board games and jogsaw puzzles enough number of times to be bored of them. But, they still need a place so that they can used when her younger sister Anjana is old enough for those.

This is what I did:

Step 1: Cut the top flaps off. That reduced a lot of weight off the box.

Step 2: Use packing tape to run around the corners and near the base of the carton.


Step 3: Wrap the carton using colourful paper.


Step 4: The carton seemed too long to be used as is. So, I inserted a piece of cardboard (from the flaps that were cut off) as a partition and used packing tape to secure it in place.


Now, all the puzzles boxes and the boardgames go right in to the box.


Finally, the Mi Air Purifier packing carton found its true purpose. Don’t you think so?

Thanks for reading the post! Will meet you again with another post on another of my wild adventures 🙂


DIY Baker Costume and Prop for pre-schooler

I got a circular from my daughter Santoshi’s school that the theme of the month (March 2015) was community helpers and the kids were to dress up as a community helper for show and tell.  Santoshi liked the idea of baking (cakes, cupcake, pizza, etc.) so it was decided that Santoshi will do the show and tell as a baker.

I wanted to use something in my stash to make an apron and a baker’s hat.  I had got a scarf from my office on the occasion of International Women’s Day.  I do not use a scarf and it was nowhere near pretty to be gifted to anyone; so, I had just dumped it in somewhere in the cupboard.  I took the scarf and my sewing machine out, determined to make an apron (even if it holds up just until end of show and tell, it would have done its job!) with the limited experience that I had gained in making an apron for myself out of my husband’s used pair of jeans.

I cut two strips for the waist band and another strip, a little shorter, for the neck strap. I made a trapezoid for the top half of the apron and a rectangle for the bottom half.  Stitched all of them together and wow, the neck strap was longer than it should have been.  I snipped it in between and brought it to the right length, yay!! There was still a good amount of fabric left in the scarf.

I googled DIY instructions for a baker’s hat.  I found this one extremely useful: http://www.greatfun4kidsblog.com/2012/07/make-easy-kids-chef-hat-apron-glue-gun.html.  The leftover fabric from the scarf didn’t seem enough for the hat, sigh!  One quick look at the bag full of junk fabric give me a light purple fabric.  I was excited because purple was Santoshi’s favourite colour!!  I learnt that something firm or stiff was needed for the bottom part of the hat.  Remember the skirt using an old pair of jeans and a shirt? The collar part of the shirt seemed to be perfect as the stiff lining.

I measured Santoshi’s head circumference and cut the scarf (approximately 6 inches in height) to this measurement plus 2 inches for seams (being an experimental amateur, I leave a lot of fabric in seams).  For the top portion of the hat, I needed to make a circle and brought out the lid of the biggest pan that I had, lol!  I traced the circle out on the light purple fabric and made another circle (with a radius of roughly 2 inches more than the first circle) and cut the piece out.  With a little pleating, the top and the bottom parts of the hat were sewn together.  The fabric used for the top portion was a lightweight one, so it stayed fluffed up very well.

Next was the prop.  Her kitchen / grocery play set already had a few slices of pizza, doughnuts, a slice of bread and croissant.  I printed images of cupcakes, pastry slices and cookies.  The lid of an empty shoebox and a piece of cardboard served as the base for holding these items.  I was sure the children would be tempted to pull the pizza/bread slices, doughnuts, etc. out of the shoebox lid; a transparent folder was used to seal the shoebox lid.

The last step was to teach her a bit about baking – flour, oven, bakery, etc.  She was not very happy to wear the apron or the hat.  But, somehow we managed the show and tell; both the items are still in the cupboard.  You never know when it might be needed again!