Christmas decor with recycled paper


Came across a simple but brilliant tutorial on this blog, on how to make stars and I was hooked! The need to scratch the hand craft itch was so great I ended up making like about 20 in 2 days! The best part is, you can use ANY paper and make these look good… And there is no dearth of paper lying around!

Newspaper, paper shopping bags, pieces of your kids’ craft paper, used gift wrap, you name it! Even if you have only torn pieces, see if you can cut squares of the same size. 2 squares per star is all you need.

The full tutorial is here, neatly described. And here are the ones I made. These will be available at the Christmas Carnival on Dec 10th, that The Spastics Society of Karnataka is organizing. Come over :).

recycled paper stars 1

Left over pieces of Chumbak gift wrap (white and multi colours), TempleTree paper gift wrap (blue).

recycled paper stars 2

Pieces of a kid’s gift wrap (colourful one), Anokhi shopping bag (red and gold).

DIY Christmas stars

Ad page from a magazine

DIY Christmas stars

Son’s left over craft paper

Stars 2

Whole bunches getting ready now!

star tag

If you have odd shaped pieces of paper, punch a hole in a corner and loop through the star strings. Add a message or leave it as a gift tag for someone else

green and red stars

Pick the colours of the season…

green and red stars 2

…and string them up, or around the tree

The Spastics Society of Karnataka is here:

No. 31, 5th Cross, Off 5th Main, Indira Nagar
Bangalore – PIN 560 038

Telephone: 91 – 080 – 4074 5900

I don’t think I’m done yet :D. If there are more, will be back with another post!

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When you just can’t stop…


A lot’s been happening on the ‘hobby’ front lately! And the ‘work’ front. And the blog’s been quite neglected, I’m afraid. But I’ve had so many ideas for posts that I want to share with you… on a quaint street right behind mine here in the slightly older part of Bangalore, a unique store that retails home products, plenty of DIY ideas… but gosh, these require not just time, but a little soulful time I think. I’m finding it hard to dash off a post just because the blog needs an update.

So I’m going to talk about where my ‘hobby’ is taking me instead. Because when something’s gotten into your mind, you just can’t stop…

Just like when you don’t find that kurta with embroidered sleeves, you buy your fave colour and then embroider it yourself (and feel prettttty darn good about it!)? I looked for classic movie posters and rock music memorabilia in Bangalore to frame for my walls, didn’t find any (or found some horribly expensive ones) and decided to make some myself.

And of course, once you start, you find more than you need – so you spread the cheer around :). I’ve hunted high and low for classic, vintage movie posters, and rooted through used books and magazines stores to lay my hands on a few keepers. And since the humble abode can hold only so much, the rest are up for grabs.

And god bless events like the Soul Sante for providing just the perfect avenue to take these keepers to.

The Maltese Falcon movie poster, story by one of my fave authors. Humphrey Bogart quite the Sam Spade. In fact, the only Sam Spade. There’s also advert posters of Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Lolita, Vertigo, Metropolis, A Night at the Opera (yes! Marx brothers), The Sound of Music…and more.

Classic_moviesIn the days of pods and pads, CD album covers which were gathering dust inside cupboards look very cool on the wall now. They need just a frame’s support.

GnR_CD album_coversJimi at Woodstock. The classic white and blue look that Jimi sported while twanging out the anthem.

Hendrix_at_WoodstockNow these little beauties are miniatures of actual tour posters of the Grateful Dead. I stumbled upon quite a treasure of them! Some will be framed in groups, some made into coasters, and some bask in their own little 4 x 6s – and the best part, there’s one poster print on each side of the print, so that’s double the groove.

Miniature_rock_concert_postersIf you love the 60s you love vinyl. And also Escher.

60s fanCould this ‘hobby’ turn into something else? Yes! More on that in the next post – as I tell you about a little venture that me and my long time friends Suman and Aiyisha are starting. Very excited, yes… and hope you will be too.

Got to love the colours of the season!


Hmmm.. it’s not turning out to be best pre-holiday season with my younger one ill. Keeping fingers crossed that he will be fine soon and we can all get into the holiday mood. I’ve not been able to do much except of course, get a little tree up with Sid. He was maha excited about putting up the ornaments we made :). So here’s a quick post, this is all the time I have for a post right now! I hope all of you are swinging through this week 🙂 and getting ready for an exciting weekend ahead!  Merry Christmas!

tree1The tree with the ornaments

tree3The recycled plastic and gift wrap ones…

tree4Lit up!

Linking up to The Keybunch carnival, Patty’s Weekend Wrap Up and Liven Things Up! I hope to be back with more news from around the house very soon! ‘Til then, take care!

Recycle! DIY Christmas decor – Part III and final!


HAD to make some more ornaments. It’s just addictive, isn’t it :)? Looking at all the beautifully decorated stores over here is making me feel very festive too. Christmas is not something we celebrate as a rule but the spirit is way too infectious. So here’s the last batch of ornaments. Actually we picked up a small tree today, at the insistence of Sid, and he’s already put up the decorations we made the last time!

One very easy ornament to make is gold (or any colour you please) globes. I used bubble wrap left over from packaging we had at home. Just cut up into size, or use bits and strips, it really doesn’t matter. Shape into a small globe with your hands and tape scotch tape over them to make little globes.

bubble wrapThen I wrapped some gold tinsel paper around it, as tightly as possible and taped the ends. Stuck a silver string on. Hmmmm they’re not perfect circles, but what the heck, they still look festive :).

gold globeI’ve been thinking about using bangles that have been lying around at home. Picked up a couple of lovely blue and gold ones and stuck the globe inside them. Tied the silver string to the bangles to hang the ornament. Post Christmas, the bangles are still usable :). Use 1 thick one or many thin ones, they’ll look great!

globe with banglesThen of course, there’s plenty of shiny, coloured paper in Sid’s craft supplies. So cut some round shapes. Also had a piece of cardboard packaging that had holes punched through. They make great donut ornaments. This was fun! i cut another circle around the hole and stuck colour paper on both sides.roundSo the tree is up! This evening there’s a small celebration in our apartment complex where kids will get their gifts from a Santa! Promises to be a fun weekend!!! Hope yours is turning out great too :). More pics of our tree soooon!