Here are some awe – inspiring creations from our very own team! We’re all about that upcycling life, and Do-ing It Youself truly gives you a sense of accomplishment like no other. If you’ve had a hand at your own versions of DIY projects, send it in to us and we will feature it here!

Have a look at what our in-house creators have made!

Rutuja’s Dried Fruit containers turned to adorable gift boxes!

 

Here are some common dry fruit nut cases converted into gift boxes

“I wiped the boxes clean, removed all impurities and kept them to dry. Then apply the metal primer, after which I can applied my favourite shade of chalk paint. 

Once it dried, I did some stenciling on the surface of the lid using sculpture paste.

Again I applied a coat of chalk paint, to secure in place. 

After which I made my favourite shapes using clay and pasted it onto the surface of the lid. I also pasted some other embellishments like flowers, seashells and pearls form old necklaces on the lid.

A coat of metallic paint and some distressing on the embellishments for an antique feel.

Finally I topped it all off with a coat of varnish to make it weather proof. And there you go! Perfect for gifting, even if it is to yourself!” *wink wink*

Anmol’s living Creation converted from an empty alcohol bottle!

 

“I learned to make terrariums from a dear friend; she’s got a magical green thumb and has made 50 terrariums at one go! Any glass container can be used.

I used a clear, empty alcohol bottle with flat sides (as a result of many experiments, I have also succeeded in using a green bottle as well, for another terrarium).

The process is quite simple; all you need is a container, a long stick (if you’re using a bottle), some rubble, smalls stones, gravel, coconut husk, dried sugarcane husk, shells – sea or nuts, mud basically any kind of material that sticks out to provide aeration within the terrarium to create its own climate to make it self-sustaining, and also fit through the mouth of your container.

Then is the fun bit, where you go foraging for some resilient plants. I like to use fast growing wild plants like Wood Sorrel, even if they die out initially, they tend to regenerate in a couple of months.

Layer the material, husk, shells, gravel, stones first, then mud (I mixed it with some sand, I have also used cocopeat in a few), after which you carefully insert your plants, using the long stick. Try to get hold of small plants that you can pull out with the roots. I’ve noticed they’ve had a better chance of regenerating. It’s okay if you get mud on all sides of the bottle, I used a small syringe, to clean the mud sticking to the sides I wanted to remain clear.

To be watered initially and then left in a place with good air circulation and indirect sun light and warmth. 

You can keep checking up on it. It can be watered if you feel as if the bottle is dry, but try not to over-water it. 

I have provided a link to a Youtube video for the same process below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdWsE_y7TJw&t=4s  

 

 

 

 

One more of Rutuja’s amazing Creations upcycled from an old palette and old paint brushes!

 

“An old painting palette is converted into a beautiful mixed media wall art. 

We have used old painting palette, old brushes, some small plastic containers, pearls from old necklace, the plastic leaf from the broken hair clips, some seashells, and roses, made from *drum roll*.. old zips!

First of all we pasted all embellishments on the palette using sculpture paste. 

Then we applied black gesso paint, covering all the embellishments and the palette’s surface.

Once this dried we applied some metallic paint on the embellishments to enhance the texture to give it an antique  finish. 

And at last we applied varnish to make it weather-proof!”

Viola! Can you even believe it? Old brushes and zips? Who knew!

 

 

Another one of Anmol’s Creations that truly shows the beauty in the broken!

I found this beautiful, broken figurine when I was walking my dog on the street in my neighborhood. It was discarded under a tree, covered in mud and twigs. 

I came back and picked it up, cleaned it up and dried it out. 

I got a fern from a local nursery and a jasmine plant, to plant into this. 

I had earlier on found a discarded small pot. The reason I used the pot is that the opening of the broken figurine was jagged and uneven; if I had planted it directly then the soil would constantly flow out while the plant is being watered. 

I cut a hole in the pot, filled the bottom of the figurine with layers of stone and dried twigs, for aeration, and then began layering the soil. I inserted the pot and then planted the jasmine plant, then I split the fern and covered the top of the pot with it, encircling the head of the figurine. 

Now both plants have taken root well and flourished, covering the brown pot almost entirely!

You can see beauty in the broken, all you need is a bit of creativity and effort.