BENGALURU: It’s Ugadi time, when I rejoice in the visual treat of tendrils on trees. I adore the fresh green colour of mango leaves, and the Ugadi pachadi (chutney), a special for the festival.
I love the sight of mango leaf thoranam or thoran to welcome visitors on people’s door-step tops.
As kids, we would stitch the leaves up using their stalk and create thoranam using a twine. That’s a luxury I long for.But it’s officially spring time out here, and stores are bursting with spring-summer colours for clothing, accessories and more. I decided to give the doorstep garland a twist.
This one is a super quick tutorial that does not require much time. If your child is not too young, it’s a project you can assign one of the holidays.
It’s popularly called a paper bunting. I see these extensively used for party decor.
Materials:scissors, patterned paper, craft glue, satin ribbon, marking pen or pencil, stencil
Reverse the patterned paper and draw out circles using your stencil. Depending on the thickness of the paper you can fold it to cut more than one circle at a time. I made more than 10 circles from the single sheet. You will notice some brand printing on some circles, which is fine because you can fold it to the rear and it will not be visible. Also, the number of circles depends on the size you cut out, so if one sheet is not enough, keep a couple more. You do not need the same print. Related patterns or colours would do just fine.
Fold all these circles in half.
Place the satin ribbon on the crease of the fold.
Glue the inside of the bottom half in such a way that you leave a little gap for the ribbon to move.
Fix them all in a row. You can fix large beads between each half circle if you wish.
You may apply a little glue to the cut edges of the satin ribbon for it to stay stiff instead of threading out.
Use this bunting or thoran to decorate your doorstep, a bare wall, or a table edge.
You can also embellish a plain circle with stickers. Enjoy the festival, and the new beginnings that come forth.