Not Fancy But Fun

4 Nov

Here’s a really easy and fun project I recently did with my kiddies. It’s so quick and painless, you’ll still have these diyas ready in time for Diwali!

You will need:

  1. Different colors of play dough or plasticine (strips are easier than tubs)
  2. Tea lights
  3. Plastic flowers and buttons for decoration
  4. A rolling board or similar flat surface
  5. Your hands
  6. The willingness to get them messy

Here’s how:

  1. Tear a strip of plasticine and roll into a thickness roughly half the width of the tea light. Recommended approximate length is 5 inches. Ensure it is equally thick at every point. If a 3-year-old squeals that it reminds her of a snake, you’re on the right track.
  2. Wrap the “snake” around the tea light so that it winds twice and covers the exterior entirely. If you have plasticine left over, snip it off e-x-t-e-r-m-i-n-a-t-e.
  3. Press plastic flowers and buttons into the plasticine to decorate. About 3 of each work well.
  4. Repeat with other tea lights
  5. Light up!
  6. Happy Diwali :mrgreen:

[Credits: OJ and her Canon PowerShot SX120 IS]
P.S. The tea lights in the picture above were decorated by children, hence they aren’t technically perfect. If you’re the anal sort, you may want to do it all yourself. Lookin’ good, Ebenezer?

P.P.S. I’m adding this to the Diwali Dhamaka carnival over at The Keybunch, where all these Supernovas of Creativity conspire to make me feel like a bumbling lowlife. Yeaaah, take that, Supernovas! I can be all craftsy too! 😎

P.P.P.S. :cool:<—Notice my Tom Fords?

17 Responses to “Not Fancy But Fun”

  1. shanthi November 4, 2010 at 4:28 am #

    Just fantastisk!!!! and how fun for the kids. Great idea!!!!!

  2. sharon November 4, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    this is really creative! can i invite myself over to grab a few of them? thanks for joining in our carnival..hping to see more diwali posts from here linked up:)

  3. Emreen@LivenThingsUp November 4, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    This is sooo easy and colorful… A wonderful idea… What more better way than to involve kids in our festive preparations… 😉 😉 ….! A lovely parade of colors…..!

  4. rekha November 4, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Woo, hoo! that’s a real simple and cool idea…believe me, I am tempted to try this out ASAP. Thanks for linking in the Diwali Dhamaka Carnival. Happy Diwali!

  5. Orange Jammies November 4, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    shanthi: Thanks. 🙂

    sharon: Hon, this is the peak of my creativity, really. 😆 I haven’t a craftsy bone in my body.

    Emreen: Yup, easiest way to get them to learn. 😉 These are children I work with, by the way. Non-biological, but still my own. 😀

    rekha: Do! And let me know how they turned out. Happy Diwali, Rekha!

  6. Aunty G November 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    :-)…and, love and hugs:-)

  7. Purnima@acreativeproject November 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Fantastic project!! love so cute!! The kids can make and enjoy them!!

  8. Gayatri November 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Delurking to say thank you for the idea.
    My kid will surely enjoy it.

  9. Geeta November 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    What a simple idea. Its such ideas from people like you make us parents look cool.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it.

  10. GB November 6, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    Oooh, new blog. I love it!!

    Your diwali looks like fun…… 🙂

  11. dipali November 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh, I think I’ll make them next Diwali- they are so cute:)

  12. Shruti November 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    Ohh Thats a lovely idea. Why don’t you link it to the artsy-craftsy November

  13. Orange Jammies November 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Aunty G: And back to you! 🙂

    Purnima & dipali: 🙂

    Gayatri: Hooray for delurking!!

    Geeta: Anytime. 😉 Parents need all the help they can get.

    GB: Thanks. I had a great Diwali. 🙂

    Shruti: Will do.

  14. sheeba November 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    cute 🙂

  15. Nivedita November 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    wow thats nice and easy peasy, lemon squeezy, like my daughter says will try this out and use it for Christmas, now that Diwali is over

  16. :P November 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    LOOOOOVE the lights!! Can’t wait for an occasion to use it now.

  17. Orange Jammies November 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    sheeba: 🙂

    Nivedita: Yup, can be used anytime.

    : P: So don’t. 🙂 Use them NOW.

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