DIY: A Cereal Box Violin

Aditi Raychouhdury. DIY Violin. 2014. Cereal Box, Super glue, Markers.
Aditi Raychouhdury. DIY Violin. 2014. Cereal Box, Super glue, Markers.
Aditi Raychouhdury. DIY Violin. 2014. Cereal Box, Super glue, Markers.

I have no idea why my daughter is obsessed with the violin or where she even saw one. She  has been asking for one ever since she was a two and a half years old. We ask her from time to time if she would like to play the guitar or the piano – and the answer always comes back, “Violin!”

She will pick up nearly anything and pretend to play it like its a violin. Yesterday when she started “playing” the “violin” on her umbrella, I decided that she needed one right away!

I pulled out a cereal box from the recycle bin.  Made an outline of a violin with a marker. Cut off the sides of the cereal box to make the stem. The stem has two layers, one stuck to the top of the Body and the other stuck to the bottom – for extra reinforcement.

Add a chopstick, and, ten minutes of your time later, there you have it folks, a violin!!!

A DIY Xmas Tree in the time it takes your partner to make you breakfast!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Ramble Jamble Lego Xmas Tree. 2013. Lego Duplo.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Ramble Jamble Lego Xmas Tree. 2013. Lego Duplo.

My inherited faith is Hinduism. But, I lived at a time and place, where Hindus celebrated Xmas and Eid with as much gusto as they did Holi and Diwali. While, I have always had a neutral stance towards having a Xmas tree at home, we never actually set up one after moving to the US more than 15 years ago, just as we did not observe any festival, Hindu or otherwise. However, this year, when my three-year old suddenly started coo-ing over every Xmas tree she saw, and, asking if we could add a star to our neighbor’s Xmas tree, I figured that it was time to have a tree of our own. My only criteria was that we make it out of things we already have at home. No! we were not going to join in the “buy buy buy”  spirit pushed on to us by every form of media. After, considering packing boxes, hangers, and books …(no!  I refer to most of them quite often!), we decided to make it out of the Legos we had recently acquired, from our friend’s son, who had outgrown them! While, my husband set about the task of making breakfast, my daughter and I set about the task of separating the red and green lego blocks. Much to our horror, we found that we had very few green and red blocks, and worse, they were mostly of the 2×2 kind, which, makes it really hard to cantilever blocks, or step them back in with any degree of structural stability. So, we, threw in the yellow blocks to have a tree that was at least more than 6″ tall. So, here we are, with our not very conical or leafy tree, and, a nativity scene… done, before breakfast was done! Cost of tree: 0$. Having a three-year old get involved: Priceless!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Nativity Scene. 2013. Lego Duplo.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Nativity Scene. 2013. Lego Duplo.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Nativity Scene. 2013. Lego Duplo.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Nativity Scene. 2013. Lego Duplo.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Ramble Jamble Lego Xmas Tree. 2013. Lego Duplo.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Ramble Jamble Lego Xmas Tree. 2013. Lego Duplo.