Dedicated to our Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Dedicated to our Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Hari OM!

This blog is designed to serve as a library of art and craft ideas for our balavihar children. We hope that you will find this site useful. Please feel free to use any (or all) of the projects you see posted here. We ask, however, that you refrain from publishing (in any form) these templates, instructions, and photographs, unless you receive written permission. These projects are being provided for your own personal use or use in the Balavihar classroom.

All art projects are categorized by 1) material, 2) use, and 3) type. For example a Diya greeting card would be under the labels "Paper" and "Cards," while a Lord Hanumaan puppet would be found under "Paper," "Toys and Puppets" and "Gods and Goddesses." Most materials for these projects can easily be purchased from any local craft store — and some projects involve materials you already have laying around the house.

We would love to hear your suggestions and ideas about any of the information you find on this site. And, if you have any projects that you would like to share with other seviks/sevikas, please send a picture of the finished piece, as well as instructions on how to make the project – so we can post it.

Happy Creating!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ganesha Collage - Paper Weaving

© 2008 This project is dedicated to Gurudev.
For use in Balavihar classrooms (or personal use) only.

Click on image to view enlarged.

Decorative papers - a variety (for collage and weaving)
Surface paper (cardstock, or any kind of thick paper)
Glue stick
Exacto knife (adult supervisison required)
Decorating items -- ribbons, sequins, lace, etc.

1. Print diagrams below. Cut pieces out and use for template.
2. Trace template pieces onto decorative paper. Cut out.
3. Glue pieces onto surface paper.
4. With exacto knife cut lines into image (through surface paper) where you want to weave paper strips. Sturdy paper is good for weaving. If you use foil, be prepared for a bit of a struggle. Experiment with line cutting. Make some wavy, straight, thick and thin. This will create different effects in the weaving.
5. Glue ends of woven strips onto surface paper.
6. Decorate Lord Ganesha with sequins, ribbon, etc.

Here are two good sites for weaving ideas and instructions:

©jmg 2008 For personal use only
Click on image for full-page view. Print.