Swiss chocolates, assorted cheese, wine baskets, or even cool gadgets have become predictable Diwali gifts. But if you want to make your gift a special memento for your loved ones, then put in a little thought and effort to create a personalised gift that they will remember for years.
We ask jewellery and accessory designers to give interesting do-it-yourself (DIY) gift ideas. What’s more? These gifts are not perishable and can be worn time and again. Besides, being one-of-a-kind, these creations carry a sentimental value that is absent in ready-made gifts. Since the gifts are also very trendy, you could design and treasure some for yourself too.
This Diwali, think different! Surprise your loved ones with personalised handmade gifts. Here are some interesting presents you can put together yourselfDangling baali earrings
Dangling baalis are a perfect festive accessory with a dash of contemporary in ethnic style. Jewellery designer Maithili Kabre Mandal of Swa Design (http://www.onlineswa.com/) shows us how to make a pair of bright-coloured earrings.
Cut about 8 cm of the brass wire. Make a closed loop on one end with the pliers. Take any hard cylindrical object, and wind this wire around it to form a circular ring.
For danglers, cut 6 lengths of wire of
8 cm each and 4 of 6 cm each. String beads in the danglers as seen. Make closed loops as in step 1 at all ends.
String three blue beads in the main loop, followed by danglers in sequence, separated by one circular bead each and end off the loop with three blue beads. Bend 5 mm of the open end of the main loop wire upwards, wear and lock into the loop.
* 20 circular or kite-shaped small crystal beads.
* 10 drop-shaped glass beads, more than the smaller beads in height.
* Small embroidery gold glass/ rice beads.
* 1 metre of brass/ gold finished wire (bendable by hand, but not very soft.)
* Metal wire cutter
* Nose pliers
* Thin gold gota border or decorative gold ribbon of 40 cm length.
* Small white pearls strand of 80 cm length.
* Thin velvet ribbon.
* Diamante chain of 10 cmlength.
* A diamante brooch or locket in a colour of your choice.
* Glue gun
* 4 cm elastic band
* 5 cm velvet ribbon in black
Fashion accessories that are festival appropriate would grab any girl’s attention. Designers Linno Jajo and Rinrin K explain steps to make the ‘phooljhadi headband’. The sparkling beads will make you look like a festive diva.
Braid gota border, double-folded pearl strand and ribbon together. Measure the length by placing the finished strand across your forehead. The length should start from behind one ear to the other. Keep both ends separate and tie them with knots.
From the centre of the braid, start to loop in the diamante chain making two loops leaving a gap of 4 cm in-between each. Glue the brooch in the middle of the loops.
Join both ends of the braid to the elastic band with glue making it a single band. Conceal the ends joined together with small strips of velvet ribbon.