Plastic cup lamp – Booze party (Sarakku party) décor

I made this plastic cup lamp for a Sarakku party (Booze party) that we had last week-end at home. It was a barbecue cum Sarakku party that we had been planning for a very long time with friends and which finally happened last weekend. It was also the eve of my husband’s birthday. I thought it would be fitting to have a huge plastic cup lamp as the centrepiece. You see the plastic cup is synonymous with sarakku (booze) here in TamilNadu (drink, crush and throw). This lamp is super easy to make, fully functional, practical and symbolic of the Moda kudi (extreme booze if you will) that happens at such parties. Best of all, the lamp is so cheap! I bought 2 packs of 100 plastic cups each and the total cost was less than 100 rupees. You’ll need a stapler and about half a pack of stapler pins. That’s it. Staple away.  You could make these lamps in any shape you want – I made a dome shape. I actually wanted to make a spherical lamp but I used up around 130 lamps just for one half of the sphere, I knew I didn’t have enough for another half, so I let it be a dome shaped lamp. This dome shape with the underside open turned out to be more convenient to fit in the light. So being flexible like this and not having a plan is actually good. We didn’t factor in the weather while planning this outdoor party. Who does that in Chennai? How often does it rain in Chennai? But we’re notoriously unlucky in that way. It was super sultry that evening and we had to retrieve our long forgotten air-cooler to create some circulation on the terrace. We had the barbecue going and everything went along great. And then it rained. Really lucky, right! Thankfully we were almost through and only our last batch of chicken remained to be grilled. We hurriedly moved everything in. But it was a short shower. It was then nice and chill, almost like in Ooty (not that cold obviously, but how would Ooty be if Ooty was in Chennai? It was like that) – even better for boozing. The men continued un-deterred determined to out-puke each other.    We couldn’t hang the lamp in the middle as we didn’t have a near enough light socket, so we had...

Glass Bangle candle Holder

These glass bangle candle holders are pretty, thrifty and functional. They’re super easy to make and are best for kids aged 3-6. It’s fun for moms to do on their own as well as these are beautiful and are a nice alternative to expensive store-bought candle holders and you need not worry about buying the same ones that everybody else has bought (think home-centre). The best part is it’s more of a candle shade than a candle holder. So you can light the candles first and then place these candle holders around the candle. Moving them around is also just as easy, you can remove the holders and then the candles. They need not go together. Every year we receive lots of these assorted glass bangles for various occasions – Seemandham (baby shower) or Aadi Pooram and they just sit there in a box as they’re mostly too big for my hands and they’re too mixed up to go with any one saree. These candle holders make the best use of my over-sized glass bangles. I made a “Crafts” menu-tab on my blog initially hoping to post simple and pretty crafts that ordinary moms like me could do. I’ve posted 60 recipes now and not a single craft. You should know by now that I am not very crafty. I wish I was. This glass bangle candle holder is something I did with my daughter a couple of months back. I say “with my daughter” because my kids don’t generally stay till it is done. My kids are too impatient to sit for long and are more naughty than crafty. My daughter likes using scissors to cut pillow covers, barbecue brushes, books and all sorts of important stuff that’d make you scream. My son is too young to handle scissors; instead he soaks up everything in water. I usually start with the two of them seated by my side, patiently explaining what we’re going to do, how it’s going to look and how much fun it’s going to be. My son bolts within the first 5 minutes with the glue or some crucial element. My daughter stays for a little longer and is a bit more interested but she too wanders away before long and I am usually left alone to complete what we had started. Does this happen to you? My craft principles: 1.      It’s got to be simple. As simple...
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