India Tea Party Crafts



PARTY CRAFTS:






Standing Indian Peacock Fortunes:


Materials:
  • Heavy drawing paper, or thin cardboard
  • White glue
  • Pencil
  • Water-based paints
  • Colored Markers
  • Glitter
  • Colored sand
  • Paintbrushes
  • Newspaper


Instructions:

  1. Fold the cardboard in half.
  2. Draw a peacock profile so that part of the tail lays on the fold.
  3. Carefully cut out the peacock silhouette. You should have a peacock pair (adjoined at the tail) that is capable of standing at this point.
  4. Lay newspaper down under your project. Flatten the cardboard peacock pair on the table.
  5. Draw bold patterns and feathers onto the peacock pair. Draw a large dramatic eye on each side, as well.
  6. Next, use water-based paints, markers and glitter to color and decorate your standing peacock.
  7. Another nice way to decorate the pecock is to use glitter, or colored sand. In this case, you cover an area of your design with glue. Then apply glitter or colored sand - gently brush off the excess sand or glitter. Then start again with the glue and glitter in another area. Do this until the design is completely filled in with color.
  8. On the other side of the cardboard write a very positive and uplifting fortune. A fortune such as, "You will have radiant future, full of happiness!". Make sure your writing is decorative and elaborate - use multicolored markers to accomplish this.

  9. You can have each person at the party make a peacock, and then exchange them at the party's end.


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Indian Costume Jewelry:


Materials:
  • Thin metallic foil sheets in assorted colors
  • Nylon fishing line
  • Length of elastic
  • Braided cotton cord, wool
  • Felt
  • Snap fastened
  • Cardboard
  • Glass beads
  • Chain, leather lacing
  • Seashells
  • Spangles
  • Earring clips
  • Glue


Instructions:

    A Necklace Possibility:

  1. Shape a rectangle of card board into an interesting symmetrical or asymmetrical curved shape.
  2. Sew large, bright-colored bead onto the bottom edge of the rectangle - evenly spaced.
  3. Decorate the cardboard with brightly colored designs made of construction paper, paint and glitter.
  4. For a finishing touch, punch one hole on each of the two side-most points of the cardboard. These holes will be for attaching the neckbands made of braided yarn, or leather stripping.

    A Bracelet Possibility:

  1. Cut a thin and long rectangle of cardboard.
  2. Paint the cardboard a single color on one side, and a different solid color on the other side.
  3. Once the paint is dry, use white crafting glue to attached glass beads to the painted cardboard. Space the beads evenly.
  4. To finish the piece, bring the two short ends together forming the bracelet ring. Either staple or glue these two ends together.


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Festival Felt Pendants:


Materials:
  • Small pieces of felt - suede or buckskin can also be used.
  • Small package of golden 8mm (3/8 in.)washers.
  • Cotton balls
  • Colorful embroidery thread
  • Sewing Needle and thimble
  • A long leather lace


Instructions:

  1. Trace a pendant-sized diamond shape onto a piece of felt or suede. Make sure that the diamond is not too small. It is a pendant you're making after all.
  2. Cut out the shape twice, so that you have two identical felt diamonds.
  3. Put the felt together back to back and sew 3.2mm (1/8 in.) from the edge. Sew the entire perimeter of the diamond shape leaving a small space for stuffing the cotton balls in the center.
  4. Stuff the diamond with cotton balls and completely finish the perimeter stitching.
  5. Decorate the pendant with the golden washers. Sew them on the a beautiful pattern. Feel free to use your imagination!
  6. To finish the pendant, sew the stuffed and decorated diamond onto a long braided cord, or a leather lace for wearing around the neck.


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