My husband and I are very lucky to have our parents help us with our kids. During summer holidays, spring breaks and any other day that our kids are off school, both our parents help us with baby-sitting. The kids love the opportunity to spend time with their grandparents, having sleepovers and getting spoiled.
During weeks that the kids aren’t in school, we drop them off at our parents and pick them up after work. Often times they sleep over, which is a nice break for my husband and I to enjoy a few days of quiet time and “me” time for each of us.
I am very happy that my kids are able to build special bonds with their grandparents and make unforgettable memories to treasure for life. I remember I used to love sleeping over at my grandparents’ house. Some of my best childhood memories are from the times spent with them.
I love how with every visit my kids learn, observe and discover something new. At their most recent visit to my husband’s parents’ home, they wondered why Aji (aka Grandma) would stick her bindis (bindi = the decorative dot that most Indian women place on their forehead) on the mirror after using them.
Both of my kids apparently were wondering why Aji did that?! I told them that a lot of times you can re-use those bindis more than once.
When I was explaining that to my kids, I remembered when we used to live in India when I was young. During our stay, we made lots of friends and met a lot of amazing families. Traveling back in time, I clearly remember seeing many women stick their bindis on the mirrors or walls more then once. Holding that memory in mind, I thought of a creative idea of making a custom bindi holder with kids. I am confident that the custom bindi holder for Aji would make a good conversation piece and a thoughtful gift that she can use for many years to come.
Things you need:
A frame or small canvas
Pictures and decorative items of your choice
Small square size plastic to place the bindis on
Your creativity and imagination:)
ps. I used the plastic from a bindi package I had at home
Coat the surface of the canvas with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Place your pictures according to your liking. With a sponge spread another thin layer of Mod Podge over the pictures and let it set to dry. Use glue gun to decorate further (eg. sequins, rhinestones).
My kids had a lot of fun making this project. It might look rough and choppy, but I know how much love and thoughtfulness went in to this little gift for Aji. We are pretty sure that she will love it. I hope this post inspire you to create something amazing for the special person in your life.
I believe, it is the little things that makes the big things go round.