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!


The Hand Made Collective Exhibition, Sale

If you are in Bangalore between Nov 23 and 27th, do not miss this event. A Hundred Hands brings together artists from all over India to display and sell their beautifully crafted products – all by hand!

TempleTree – The Paper Boutique

A year has gone by. And one Christmas bazaar to another, TempleTree still enthralls. It was by far my most fave stall at this year’s OWC bazaar too! Here is my loot from today…

templetree gift tags

Gift tags, in packs of 5 and 10. I was hard pressed to pick out just 5 of the designs!

templetree gift wrap

And the gift wrap paper. You just have to firmly tell yourself to stop! They are all so fabulously colourful!

So here is a year old post, very much a post for today!


A million colours jumping out at you and whirling you away into wonderland. Reds and greens vying with each other, while the blues simply transfixed. Silver and gold motifs bouncing around. Walking past TempleTree – The Paper Boutique at the Christmas Bazaar was wondrous.

Meet Sonali Maniar, who brings colour into everything she touches. TempleTree Paper is her venture, and she designs and makes the most beautiful products with paper. A graphic designer, Sonali has had her share of working with retail giants like Fossil, Lyric (the company that produces Barney) and JC Penny. But when she had to take a break from a full time career she went back to her first love – paper. And the Mumbai TempleTree Paper store was set up.

mumbai store 2

mumbai store 1

Her studio cum store in Bangalore is a recent addition. It’s a riot of colour and it’s like festival time all year round!

Sonali started out scrapbooking for herself. Only when she started making tags and cards and expanded her range of work, did she think of going commercial. Now, her studio is set up at her home, and clients visit by appointment only. It gives her a personal sense of being in touch with clients and giving them exactly what they want, she says.

boxesDiwali gift boxes and flower boxes for Ohana

Sonali custom makes a number of personal stationery things like notes, cards, gift tags, party invitations, and box invites. Working on greeting cards where she can exercise her creativity is her favourite activity.

invites packaging

Baby shower bags, invites and matching chocolate wrapper, party invites and greeting cards (clockwise from top left)

You can also pick from her range of gift wrap paper, wine bags, and boxes in all the colours of the rainbow.

gift envelopes

Gift envelopes


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Store Locations:

Preyas, 20 Dadyseth Road, Babulnath, Mumbai 400007
Store Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Villa 319/2 Adarsh Palm Retreat, Outer Ring Road
Belandur Post, Near Intel Offices, Bangalore 560103

Call Sonali at +91-99452 77749

All pictures courtesy and copyright TempleTree Paper