DIY: Easy Peasy Aviva Halloween Costume With Painter’s Tape to the Rescue!!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Aviva Costume. 2014.

 

What you will need:

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Scissors or Exacto Knife

Painter’s  Tape  (3/4″ – 1 1/2″ thick)

Glue Stick

Yellow Hoodie or Raincoat (we had an old raincoat)

Kid’s Lunch Bag/Messenger Bag

Creature Power Discs 2 copies each (via the generosity of  Mel and Chris Eigenheer)

Wild Kratts Logo

Kratt Brothers Logo

Leaptop or similar device w a keyboard (optional)

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How to Make the Costume:

Aviva Hoodie: Cut out logo and use painter’s tape to attach it to the hoodie. Cut about 3/4″ strips to go around. Make the stripes on the sleeves using the painter’s tape. Write out Aviva, with strips of painter’s tape. While the logo and name are not part of Aviva’s hoodie, it makes the character a little more recognizable!

Creature Power discs: Cut into circles and stick two together with glue stick, so the same creature shows on both faces. Trim any white edges that show.

Laptop bag: Use painter’s tape to stick the Kratt Brothers’ logo. Cover the entire surface of your bag with painter’s tape. Use exacto knife to trim away excess tape, if your lunch/ messenger bag has rounded corners (like mine)

L(e)aptop/computer: Use painter’s tape to stick the Wild Kratts logo. Cover the entire surface with painter’s tape. Use exacto knife to trim away excess tape, if your l(e)aptop has rounded corners (like mine)

Viola! Your girl is all set to program creature power discs for the Kratt brothers (in well under 3 hours), and let creatures “live free and in the wild!”

 

Owl Pumpkin Carving: Update!

Smita Gupta. Owl Pumpkin. 2014

Updating my earlier post on Downloadable Pumpkin Carving / Coloring template with a picture of the finished product!

Smita Gupta. Owl Pumpkin. 2014
Smita Gupta. Owl Pumpkin. 2014
Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving/Coloring Template. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving/Coloring Template. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving Guide. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving Guide. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.

Use as guide to carve your pumpkin. Refer to the color image to make carving less confusing. Orange stays. Yellow areas get cut-out. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Enjoy!

Get Your Halloween On! Downloadable Pumpkin Carving / Coloring template!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving Guide. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.

 

 Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving Guide. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving Guide. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.
 Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving/Coloring Template. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Owl Pumpkin Carving/Coloring Template. 2014. Adobe Illustrator.

Download Black and White Outline.  Print it out. Use as guide to carve your pumpkin. Refer to the color image to make carving less confusing. Orange stays. Yellow areas get cut-out. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Enjoy!

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!!!

Happy Hallmark… oops… Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day. Aditi Raychoudhury. 2014. Front. Sticker Sheet Backing, Left over Stickers, Elmer's Glue, Security Envelope, Sharpies.

And, how to make a 5 minute DIY Valentine’s day card for someone who doesn’t believe in Hallmark Holidays..

Happy Valentine's Day (Front). Aditi Raychoudhury. 2014. Sticker Sheet Backing, Left over Stickers, Elmer's Glue, Security Envelope, Sharpies.
Happy Valentine’s Day (Front). Aditi Raychoudhury. 2014. Sticker Sheet Backing, Left over Stickers, Elmer’s Glue, Security Envelope, Sharpies.
Happy Valentine's Day (Back). Aditi Raychoudhury. 2014. Sticker Sheet Backing, Left over Stickers, Elmer's Glue, Security Envelope, Sharpies.
Happy Valentine’s Day (Back). Aditi Raychoudhury. 2014. Sticker Sheet Backing, Left over Stickers, Elmer’s Glue, Security Envelope, Sharpies.
Happy Valentine's Day (Inside). Aditi Raychoudhury. 2014. Sticker Sheet Backing, Left over Stickers, Elmer's Glue, Security Envelope, Sharpies.
Happy Valentine’s Day (Inside). Aditi Raychoudhury. 2014. Sticker Sheet Backing, Left over Stickers, Elmer’s Glue, Security Envelope, Sharpies.

 

 

What you will need:

1. Sticker Paper and Any Stickers left AFTER peeling off the stickers to make Valentine’s day cards for your friends, children, teachers..

2. Security envelope that came with your bill or junk mail

3. Exacto Knife

4. Elmer’s Glue

Instructions: 

1. Glue Sticker left overs any which way you like on white side of security envelope. 

2. Trim edges with Exacto knife.

3. Inscribe your loving message on patterned side with Sharpies.

4. Don’t spend more than 5 minutes.

5. Have fun!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO!

 

 

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.