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

Goddess Durga Stand Up Card

© 2008 This project is dedicated to Gurudev.
For use in Balavihar classrooms (or personal use) only.
Click on image to view enlarged.

Red posterboard
Black cardstock
Beige (or tan) cardstock
Gold foil
Sequins and/or rhinestones
Glue stick*
Elmer's Glue
Black fine point marker

Print diagram below. Cut out pieces and use for templates. Trace the templates onto the colored cardstock, as indicated. Cut out.

*Use glue stick as much as possible. Elmer's glue will cause the card to "buckle" as it dries, because of the high water content.

1. Draw Mother Durga's face with a fine marker. Glue the face on the hair.
2. Decorate her face with jewels, rhinestones, etc.
3. Glue the gold band onto the red posterboard.
4. Glue the hair and head onto the posterboard.

Click on diagram for full-page view. Print.