Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tutorial to make houseboat - for school projects (Continued from last post)

In the last post I have shared the tutorial to make house boat model for school projects. As its  quite a lengthy process , I could only share about making of the boat. I this post sharing about how to make the house and fix it to the boat.
Already the boat is made with carton box, now cut the thermocol in the shapes shown below.
 Then using fevicol attach the pieces to make it in the form of a cubicle:
Now to cut the left out of the carton box, in the form of a roof:
Then attach the roof to the thermocol cubicle:
To give the texture of the wood, take the ice cream sticks and attach to the walls of the house one by one.
Now paint the boat and the house with light brown color:
 Now it is almost complete. Attach the house inside the boat:

Now the house boat is ready :)

You can use it for you kid's school project. If you have any other method of making the houseboat do share it. That will help many moms like you.
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tutorial to make houseboat - for school projects

The school projects for our kids are really fun to the crafty moms, but it gives lots of stress also sometimes. Normally in schools ask for making either working models or demo models . When my son was in lower classes I used to make the models for exhibition in his schools.Once I had made model depicting deforestation and  model of  houses. Now he is grown up doesn't need my help  :).

I get many emails regarding school projects, inquiring how to make models. Thought in in some of posts if I write about the tutorial to make some school projects and models, it may be helpful to some moms of school going kids.
In this post sharing about steps to make model of house-boat. As this is quite a long procedure, I will be sharing it in two consecutive posts. 

The materials needed to make the model are:

model of house boat
 1. A small carton box
 2. A thermacol sheet
 3. Ice-cream sticks
 4. Fevicol
 5. Brown colors of 2 shades
 and  a paper gum tape.
model of house boat

Procedure :

 Select any one corner of the carton box. 
model of house boat
Cut it on both the sides, so that you get a piece like shown below:
model of house boat

Both the sides cut to form a piece as shown :
model of house boat
Fold both the ends and fix it with paper tape, so that it forms a boat like shown in the below image:
model of house boat
The boat is ready! Its very easy and made with whatever available waste materials at home. Making house and attaching is quite a  lengthy procedure, so sharing in the next post.
For rest of the tutorial visit the link here.

Until then,
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Use Of Paper Mache Craft For Daily Use And House Decoration



(Guest post by : Ashutosh- Owner  of online handicraft store  www.CraftsandLooms.com)
Paper mache or papier mache is an easy to make art that is used for creating daily utility products and for house decoration as well. Paper mache is created with a combination of paper, water and some other products and it is used for making various objects like house decoration products, key holders, trays, ornaments etc. Paper mache products are designed by skilled artisans with the utilization of waste paper. Vibrant colors are applied to these objects and various shapes are given. Paper mache items look beautiful and they are considered to be great gifting options. 
Some of the products which are too good for gifting :
Buddha statue made of Paper Mache

Jewellery Box made of Paper mache

Jewellery box made of Paper Mache
The artisans make sure that every paper mache item has a great finish, it looks attractive and it comprises of creative use of waste paper. The best way of buying paper mache items is buying them online.  Beautiful key holders and showpieces are available that can serve the utility purpose and they also look great in your house. Paper mache is also an environmentally friendly option for your house instead of using house decoration products made from plastics and composites.
All the paper mache products are delicate and decorative and they depict the artistic zeal and craftsmanship of the artisans. These products can also be used for house decoration for various festivals. 

The Making of Paper Mache products

 The process of making paper mache products is simple but it involves a lot of time because detailed work has to be done on these products to make them durable and beautiful. Creation of paper mache products involves two important steps : ‘sakhtsazi’ (actual production of the products) and ‘naqashi’ (the process of painting the product). The traditional Kashmiri method of making paper mache products starts with soaking waste paper in water for many days until it is disintegrated. After some days, the excess water is drained out from the soaked paper and it is mixed with rice straw, cloth and bonding agents in order to create a pulp. This mixture is then poured into a mould and it is left to set for two or three days. When the mixture is ready, it is cut into two halves and it is glued back again. After this, the base color is applied and it is ready for the artist to paint.

The designs on the paper mache products are printed with a free hand and this is the main reason why they look so explicit. Vibrant colors add to the beauty of the product. At times, metallic paint is used on the paper mache products that provides with an illuminated feel. 

The paper mache artisans transform a wide range of utility articles into beautiful and magnificent pieces of art. You will be amazed with the way even a simple paper mache key holder adds glory to your house. Paper mache is a unique handmade product that is available at cheap prices and that provides an authentic look to your house. 
 Any handicraft lover would own at least one paper-mache product. You can buy these  online store :


Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana


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