DIY Crafts

Indian Wedding Reception Peg Doll Cake Toppers by Srinithi Raghavan

Peg Dolls

After working on these "Gollu Bommai" wooden dolls, I was super inspired to do more! These teeny 2.5 inch dolls were custom painted to match the outfit we wore at our Wedding Reception. Even though these cake toppers themselves are so small, they really do take hours to complete, and I loved every minute of it. Contact me if you would like to order your own :)

Cards Cards Cards! by Srinithi Raghavan

I had an amazing time getting creative with Indian Wooden Stamps, Acrylic Paint, Beads, Gel Roller Pens and Kraft and Black Cards from Michaels! We have so many weddings & events this year, and there is nothing more special than a handmade personalized card.

This DIY video walks through the process so you can do it too! I can't wait to see your DIY cards!

Beaded Rangoli by Srinithi Raghavan

My grandmother in Mumbai is definitely my creative inspiration. At 75 she is always learning, continues to teach, and keeps herself motivated! She is a beautiful singer, an ex dancer, she does crochet, doll making, quilling, and many more. When she last visited she got me a box full of beads, plastic and art supplies to make my own Rangoli designs, and this was my attempt :)

Painted Chettiar Dolls by Srinithi Raghavan

I had such an amazing time transforming these wooden shapes from Michaels into a traditional South Indian Chettiar doll set, which we often dsiplay over Navrathri. I used e6000 glue to secure the large and small balls, and to secure the lentils and beans to the "pots". The dolls are less than 10 CM high, with the pots standing at just about 2cm.

Krishna Jayanthi Feet by Srinithi Raghavan

It is customary in South Indian culture to draw little feet leading up to an Idol or Photo of Krishna on Krishna Jayanthi (Lord Krishna's Birthday), to represent baby Krishna entering the home. We live in a really small condo and I really wanted Krishna Jayanthi Decor that we could easily store and use every year.

I decided to paint little 3.5 inch feet (I know they look a lot bigger!) and decorate them with a henna like motif. I also painted a gorgeous colourful Henna Mandala Kolam for our little Krishna Figurine. I tied the whole thing together with a 5x7 print of an old Krishna and Radha drawing and some home made Kesari.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Navrathri!

Ping Pong Ball Christmas Lights by Srinithi Raghavan

Last Christmas, we hung some old Christmas lights over our balcony doors and over our bed. We liked the warm glow so much we never ended up removing them! I got 144 ping pong balls from Amazon, and their flimsy frame was PERFECT for this project. I easily sliced a small 'X' onto each ping pong ball, attached it to the light, and it went from an Amateur light setup to a Professional one in minutes! Check out the transformation!

Trendy Tray Using Chalk Paint by Srinithi Raghavan

I had this old wooden lid that was sitting in my closet. I decided to use Folk Art Chalk paint to spruce it up and use it as a tray. You can see the full video HERE!

  1. I lightly dusted the tray and used Painters Tape to mark off the bottom. I didn't want to paint the bottom, because I liked the original wood grain.
  2. I painted the entire lid with a layer of Matte Folk Art Chalk Paint in Sheepskin
  3. After drying for two hours I painted another coat
  4. After drying for another two hours I sanded down the entire thing to get a warm rustic effect. I then applied a coat of Folk Art Wax.
  5. While the wax was drying I used scissors to cut some great Scrap Book paper to fit on the bottom of the tray.
  6. After drying for 8 hours (or overnight) I used a lint free cloth to buff the entire lid to a shine.
  7. I placed the paper inside, and it was ready to display!