BIHU CRAFTS

1. Bihu diya

You will need:

  • Air drying Clay.
  • Vegetable oil
  • Corn oil.
  • Wick.
  • Craft paints.
Procedure:
  • Make a small oval shaped bowl by molding the clay.
  • Press the clay at one side by a rounded object to form a lip.
  • Use a pencil or a skewer to press it.
  • Dry it to make it hard.
  • Paint it when it is dry. Use various colors that you feel are suitable with the festive moods of Bihu.
  • Dry the paint.
  • Place the wick right at the centre of the lamp (Diya).
  • Cut the wick according to your choice.
  • Light the wick after filling the Diya with oil.

2. Sparkler for Bihu

You will need:

  • Empty toiler paper roll.
  • Red construction paper.
  • Wick.
  • Tape.
  • Glue.

Procedure:

  • Use the red construction paper to cover the toilet paper.
  • Measure the diameter of the roll.
  • Cut two circles larger than the diameter of the roll.
  • Create a hole in one circle.
  • Make a 5 inches long cord.
  • Put the cord into the hole to pull it about an inch.
  • Use a tape to add the one inch long cord or yarn with the construction paper.
  • Stick the circle of paper at one end of the toilet paper roll.
  • Leave the longer end of the wick outside.
  • Crease over the parts of the circle that are sticking out.
  • Glue the edges of the toilet paper roll.
  • Connect the other circle of the paper at the other end but with no yarn or cord.
  • Adorn it.

3. Candy Bihu Bouquet

You will need:

  • Silk Rose Buds- 5
  • Pearly- 1 bunch
  • Thin Gauge wires- 2
  • Thick Gauge wire- 1
  • Lollipops- 9
  • Silk Leaves
  • Green or White stem tape
  • Ribbon.

Procedure:

  • Trim the lollipop stick below the wrapper.
  • Later, tape will be used to attach the sticks like flowers (Lollipops should be able to move around).
  • Clean and trim rose bus stems.
  • Tape them.
  • Put a twist in the wire around the stick to wire the lollipops.
  • Repeat the process to make sure that the wire is not loose.
  • Pearly will help you to soften the bouquet. Make it more flowery.
  • Tape and wire the pearly. The wire should be positioned alongside the white piece of the pearly stand and then stem tape in place.

4. Bihu candle

You will need:

  • Peppermint Pattie
  • Lifesavers
  • Small plastic flower
  • Bow
  • Other candies
  • Ribbon
  • Cellophane tape.
  • Glue.

Procedure:

  • Use peppermint Pattie for the base.
  • Wrap it in a foil.
  • Use tape.
  • Paste a bow at the top of the peppermint Pattie by glue.
  • Centre loop of the bow should be cut.
  • Take the outer wrapping off the Lifesavers roll.
  • The foil wrap should stay in its actual place.
  • The small plastic flower should be attached at the end of the lifesaver roll.
  • It will create a candle.
  • Other types of candies can also be used.
  • Tape the base of the candle into the bow where from the centre loop was detached.
  • Use ribbon and stickers to decorate the Bihu candle.

5. Flower broom

You will need:

  • Straw broom- 12 inches
  • Straw hat- 6 inches
  • Ruffle lace trim- 6 yards
  • Clothespins
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Brown cardboard- Lightweight.
  • Silk flowers
  • Ribbon

Procedure:

  • Use your hand to half fold the straw hat.
  • Put some weight on the straw hat as it takes proper shape.
  • Use glue along the inner brim of the hat and use clothespins to clamp it.
  • Dry it.
  • Start to apply ruffle at the bottom and repeat this way up. Overlap the trim slightly each time to cover the straw hat. It will look almost like a girl's skirt.
  • Use glue to the trim when you are wrapping it around.
  • Keep working the same way until the entire broom is covered.
  • Measure 8 inch diameter circle on the brown cardboard.
  • Fold the half circle one again but don't push or cease it too hard.
  • Use the tape at the edges to hold them together.
  • Start wrapping the ruffle lace around the cardboard. Begin it at the outer edge and continue it (as it was done previously).
  • Again glue a ruffle along the brim of the hat.
  • Decorate the hat with artificial flowers and ribbon.
  • Glue (hot) the handle at the back of the broom skirt.
  • Use lot of hot glue to attach the hat with the handle.
  • You can add a hanger to hang it and decorate your wall during Bihu.
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