15.11.12

Festivals Of India School Project - ONAM

Onam Craft
For my International friends...India is a blend of myriad religions and cultures.This time of year we have so many festivals in India and we made this ONAM chart for my 6 year old's "Festivals of India" school project.

Festivals of India school project
The kids were each assigned different festivals & given a chart paper from school to show the reason for celebrating the festival,list the special foods eaten and the festivities. The chart paper was so small & I had to rack my brain  to incorporate all the points and finally made an interactive chart with sliding & flipping  panels. Made the swinging ONAM banner using a Sizzix flower die ,brads and twine and positioned it over our "Pookallam" made of punchcraft flowers.
Punchcraft flowers
Our festival Onam is celebrated by one and all in Kerala [called God's own country because of its lush greenery and beauty] .If ever you plan to visit Kerala ...Onam is the best time to be awed as in front of each house would be flower carpets [Pookkallams]made with different flowers [to signify the harmonious blend of cultures and religions] .To hide my blunders using the MS punch around the page[I nearly always mess up], I added a punchcraft rose.
Punchcraft flower
My 6 year old proudly made the purple flowers.And I used a medium 5 petal flower punch [red rose] and the balloon punch[pink rose] to make the punchcraft flowers.
Punchcraft flowers
If you visit a Keralite's home on Onam you would be treated to a traditional feast of 15-30 dishes served on a Banana leaf...believe me food tastes so much better on it than on a plate!
Onam Craft
I cut out the banana leaf printout from the net and made it into a flip card so that we could write the names of the feast dishes underneath.
This photo shows dancers painted as Tigers..an awesome spectacle on the streets during Onam.
Onam festival
I added an accordion fold between the photos of  the Tiger dance and Masked dance so that it springs up.
Onam school project
Ladies dressed in traditional attire performing the Kaikotti kalli [such a rhythmic and mesmerizing sight] and fast paced traditional boat races are a part of Onam .
Onam school project
I added accordion folds below the photos so that they spring up easily to reveal the descriptive die cut panels underneath.
Festivals of India School project
We incorporated the story behind Onam in an interactive sliding card
Festivals of India School project
On pulling the ribbon threaded through the brad ,the image slides up to reveal the story of Onam.Here is the link to the Sliding card Tutorial.
Festivals of India School project
While making this project I kept thanking the blogging world and this crafty journey as otherwise I wouldnt have been able to churn up flipcharts ,sliders or  paper flowers!
Onam school project
Supplies: Punches: Martha Stewart double loop[the white lacey border],Jef medium leaf, 5 petal jumbo[large pink roses on border,5 petal medium [used to make the red roses],Balloon medium[Pookallam pink rose],medium daisy[white flowers],small daisy [yellow flowers].Jef starry corner punch[on Onam legend photo corner]Dies : Sizzix flower [to make ONAM tag banner and Name tag],Sizzix Bigz flourish & floral[left lower corner glittery flower and flourish],Cheery Lynn leaf [Right corner pink rose leaf],Sizzix Oval scallop [all photos and the descriptive panels] Misc: Pink center of white flower-thermocol ball! Photos courtesy: Raxa Collective ,Online Prasad,Others dont know the source to give credit as present in many sites!

66 comments:

  1. Its such an awesome project Dr. Sonia. I am awed by your detailing... No proper words really... Hats off to you..

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  2. WOW DOC ...this shows how excellent you are and your daughter-what we say"subhanallah"you both are perfect team.love you both.each and every detail on chart is eyecatching ,rolling up and down to see this and that and still not satisfied .CHEERS lovely project.
    megha

    http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

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  3. Wow! How fun and interesting. Interactive charts always draw attention and interest. Great flowers and wonderful project.

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  4. what a card, Dr Sonia!you are a great creative Mum,:) your daughter is lucky! i really liked the idea of springing up to reveal the description! well done and waiting for more of your crafty projects:) Anna

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  5. Wow... this is a very creative school project.... I bet Prisha's project will be the best project in her class... :)

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  6. nicely done sonia. our tradition is well said

    Adhiraacreations

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  7. Very nice and interactive project! Love the idea of those windows which open up for the write-up.

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  8. superb Sonia..very colorful

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  9. Fantastic project Sonia..Loz

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  10. This is beautiful the layout is gorgeous. Caroline xxx

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  11. Loved it. If everything was taught in such a beautiful way, the kids would find the fun in it. Keep up the good work and keep posting. I am hardly finding time from my day to day : ( but, Its a treat to see what others have done :)So always waiting for your email.

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  12. So beautiful, Sonia - all of the elements are gorgeous!

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  13. Wonderful project! Beauty of the Festivals of India in miniature. Little lesson for us from the rest of the world.

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  14. stunning project Sonia - how you have managed to pack in so much in a small space without looking cluttered is an art in itself. Your festival looks so inviting and colourful especially as we are in a pretty dull time of year just now - grey skies.

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  15. Like the animal images on the people & the layers that open up.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Melissa seeing those dancers in person is a sight to behold!! I do miss Kerala!!

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  16. Oh wow! What an amazing project! I can see the effort that was put into this project!

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    1. Thank you Yvonne...yes I did put my heart and soul into it!

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  17. Sonia!! I would nt have imagined making a school project like this!!! so detailed, even a foreigner would understand ONAM!! Good work!! coz of my bad time management, I missed posting in my blog.. will do it soon!!

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    1. The toughest part was figuring out printing from microsoft word...fortunatley my hubby rescued me there!

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  18. Wao!...Your daughter's project is simply awesome!....You have added such amazing details to it & to top it off you have kept it interactive..This must have been a huge hit among your daughters class!....I am so going to borrow some of these ideas for my son's project as well! :)

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    1. Hussena I would be delighted if you use any idea...that is the whole point of sharing!!

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  19. Woow awesome project...loved it dear

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  20. Awesome and the plantain leaf and dishes look so real!

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  21. Wow, what a fantastic project. How much fun the two of you must have had creating. I am sure the children in the class will love it, with the bright colors and it be interactive!!

    Thanks for the awesome history lesson as well!!!

    Laurie
    serenityscrappers

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  22. Great project.Really like how you applied all your crafty techniques in there.Glad to know so much about Onam too.Didn't know that much about the festival.

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  23. A very detailed project and one I bet your daughter learned a lot from making.

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  24. Superb! so informative. Flip open info is great idea.

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  25. Wow Sonia I've never seen anything like this before, and I'm sure in real everything must be a real eye opener.. Love all your details to this terrific project that you created for your daughter's school project. Love how you can open up each picture and it has a little saying to it.. Wow you should be given some type of award for this presentation. It is just mouth dropping!
    Awesome creativity my friend - you have some real talent in your crafting...

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  26. Such a pretty project!!! Its truly wonderful and no doubt the teacher must have been amazed!!

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  27. What a marvelous job on this project. I bet her teacher was completely floored.
    Blessing hugs,
    Teresa

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  28. Fabulous creation!
    Thanks for sharing at Craft-Room Punches and Die-cuts Challenge, good luck;-))m

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  29. Sonia
    Amazing project and thank you for a wonderful lesson on culture.
    Myrna

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  30. wow what a gorgeous layout, love it !!!!
    Paula

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  31. I never imagined a chart could be made this interactive. The sliding pop-up is wonderful.I had been in kerala for a month for training and since then I have fallen in love with this beautiful state.clever idea to use punched flowers for pokkalam and onam sadya looks yummy.

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  32. Oh wow, this is amazing, Sonia!! What a beautiful project!! The layout is fabulous and the design is gorgeous!! I loved reading about all the festivals!! You are so creative and talented - this is stunning!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  33. OMGoodness thanks so much for sharing this project with us. It is so interesting to see what each event is. The flowers are stunning. I'm sure her teacher was happy to see how good she did on her project.
    Hugs, Patricia

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  34. That is some school projects. I don't think mine ever came out so good. Very elaborate and detailed

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  35. Wow.. such an amazing project.. I bet her teacher n friends must have been bowled at ur creativity :-) :-)

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  36. Doc !!!!!!!!Wat a creativity...Loved the project totally!!! Very very interactive project!

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  37. nice polkallam! the colours are in harmony.

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  38. Wow...such a fabulous project. i like this.


    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in
    crazycrafter-craftsuppliesshop.blogspot.in

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  39. I'm sure the project must have got a lot of oooh's wow's aah's :) Thats a lot of effort but the result is amazing. I am joining your blog hope to see more from a fellow banglorean

    Thanks for visiting my blog
    Evu
    amateurcrafts.blogspot.com

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  40. WOW! I love all the bright colors and as always so very beautiful!! Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic Monday!!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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  41. Such a fabulous project!! I absolutely love everything about it:) The flowers are gorgeous and how fun to have your child help~
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  42. Excellent Project... What are the flowers made of? Paper and cardboard? Or any clay flowers there? Most importantly the way you used limited space to narrate all is superb..

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    1. Thank you so much Sravani...all the flowers are made of paper.The pink center of the white flower is a thermocol ball bought from local market and the shiny center of the purple flower is a kundan bought from a local fancy store.

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  43. What an amazing Mum you are. I bet your daughter had such fun creating this with you. Each panel is so interesting. Thanks for explaining everything...it sounds like such a festive and colourful time.

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  44. Such an brilliant project Dr Sonia..so informative and interesting along with being creative..your daughter is truly lucky..I have been to Kerala and I think it is amongst the most beautiful places on earth!!

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  45. very cute!!!
    hugs,
    Nati from Brazil

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  46. Wow! Beautiful project.

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  47. You are a rockstar mom Dr Sonia. Loved the idea and the concept. I have a tiny tot and home and they grow up really fast, so by the time you realize, they are already in pre-school and then nursery! I have been following a new parenting blog Humpty Bumpty Kids and came across this read: http://www.humptybumptykids.com/tips-to-start-maths-for-kids/. Got me thinking...How will I get my child to get to do Maths? Wow...parenthood is something!!

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    1. Reshmi thank you for the rockstar compliment!! And the school curriculum is so much advanced these days..my 6 year old is already learning the multiplication table!

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  48. Wow, what a wonderful festival I can't wait to show my daughter these photos!!
    Hugs Trish xx

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  49. Your daughter must have been so thrilled with her chart:-)).
    Must have taken you quite a few days to assemble everything. Kudos!!!

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  50. Oh you are incredible where do you get these ideas? and those unique photos of vaman.Your blog is always a treat for the eyes
    anandhi

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  51. This is a fabulous project. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  52. How lucky is your daughter to have such a fantastically creative mum. Love her project and all the flowers and stuff you have on it. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of the world. Good for the world to see how many religions and ceremonies exist peacefully in India. Sometimes I wish I was a practicing journalist... I would tell the world of all the good things that happen in India.
    Much love,
    M

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  53. Hey this is really an awesome project.. Knowing the technique and implementing it are 2 different things. And u have implemented all the possible techniques beautifully in this card. LOvely!!!! Just a small doubt... What is the food that u have put on the banana leaf?....are they pictures?

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    1. Thank you Bijal...The leaf with the onasadhya is a pic from the net...I cut it in the leaf shape and stuck it. I originally thought of quilling some food but later thought it would clutter the project.

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    2. Ok..am a new follower and have used alot of ur techniques in my cards too. i do not blog....but have a small FB page www.facebook.com/PygmyArts Making flowers they using ur techniques is Super Easy!!!

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    3. Am super thrilled Bijal. Do start blogging blogland is a fab place to meet crafty bloggers from all over the world

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    4. Thanks Dr Sonia for the advice and inspiration. Started with my baby steps in blogging :) http://pygmyarts.blogspot.in/ too much to learn from u....hope to get inspired in future too! :)

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  54. wow, what a beautiful creation! So brilliant and creative design. I love it! Happy onam to you and to your family!

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  55. This is sure a beautiful Onam card! I love your creation. So lovely and creative!~

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