6-7 dots rangoli step by step images


A unique and tricky kolam - step by step tutorial 

The dot pattern is 7 dots 6 rows and 6 dots 7 rows. First place the 7 dots rows and then in the gaps place the 6 dots rows

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Though it is small it is beautiful isn't it.

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The first step shows the straight lines drawn as shown in the image below starting from the centre of the dot grid
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The next step draw parallel lines to the previous lines connecting the respective dots

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The next set of parallel lines starting from the image in the previous pattern in four directions as shown in the next photo


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The next set of parallel lines in four directions perpendicular to the previous pairs of lines

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The remaining dots are connected with curved lines

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For further decoration we can draw lotuses or any other suitable patterns.  I have used lotus designs on all four sides.

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A close up of one of the lotuses being drawn to show the position of the fingers for those who may need it.

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At first sight this design may appear to be easy but it is likely that we may get stuck some where
so it is preferable to practice it a few times if possible on paper with pen or pencil and then try it on the floor with kola podi 

Coriander thokku or kothamalli thokku recipe


Kothamalli thooku - side dish for rice , idli dosa

We need coriander leaves .  I have taken four clusters of coriander leaves, tamarind , 

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Separate the leaves from the stems .  The stems interfere in grinding and some of them may not get ground properly
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Take shallots or onions an four cloves of garlic -  these are optional
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Take five or six red chillies

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Add tamarind

Add little water and wet grind them in a mixer

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Heat oil in a pan , add mustard
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Add the wet ground mixture of coriander leaves

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Add turmeric powder - two spoons ( small as shown in the photo )
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Add four spoons of dhania powder
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Add little chilly powder since we have already added red chillies.  If we want more kaaram ( hot ) we can add more chilly powder

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Heat it till the coriander leaves , onions and garlic get cooked.

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Close with a little because the thokku usually sputters.

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Once cooking is complete add salt
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I add jaggery also , it gives an excellent and different taste.  However it is option.  The quantity is as shown in the image below.
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Stir well for a few minutes and transfer to a dry container.

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How to put 4 kaal pinnal 4 kaal jadai


Naalu kaal pinnal | Naalu kaal jadai

This is a traditional hair style , beautiful and simple also.
The images below take us through the steps 

As usual take three plaits after combing the hair

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Split the right side plait into two
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Take one part to the left beside the centre plait
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Next split the plait on the left into two and take one part to the right of centre
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This process is repeated again and again till will we complete
As shown in the photo below " the two plaits on the right and left are split into two and one part taken to the other side "
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These two photos below show the side view of the plaits being made
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This shows the close up view
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After completion.  Some call it the pooran pinnal in Tamil  ( pooran is centipede which has a large number of legs ) .
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Indians traditionally wear long hair and this is one more simple hair style that can be tried.
Also as a bridal hair decoration or hair style for Seemantham or Valaikappu .

Jadi alankaram is also done for Varalakshmi Vratham and this can be one idea for Goddess's decoration

Yellow rose petal garland images


Yellow rose decoration using petals - we need yellow roses and craft thread. I have used golden colour to match with the colour of the flowers.

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Remove the petals from the flowers gently.  Take four or five petals such that the outermost is the biggest.
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Roll the petals as shown in the image
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Tie a knot  around the petals as shown in the next two pics .  Bring the thread to the left side bottom as shown in the image below.

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Using the fingers form a loop and insert the petals in the loop and pull the string to make the knot
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Take the next set of four or five petals
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Place them next to the first set of petals
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Bring the string to the left between the first and second set
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Again form a loop with string and tie both sets of petals together.  i.e the first and second.
When we place the third set of petals tie the 2nd and 3rd set of petals.
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The top view of the petals as shown.  Make it as long as possible to make a garland.  Such garlands can be used for Pooja .  We invariably use yellow flowers for Guru on Thursday.  So we can make this yellow rose garland for images of Sri Raghavendra Swamy or Sai Baba or other Gurus in our Pooja room. It can also be used for Varamahalakshmi Habba decoration

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Alternatively we can make a semicircular garland and use it for hair decoration - for bridal hair decoration for weddings or festivals like Seemantham and Valaikappu.

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Jhumka making at home step by step pics

Artificial Jhumka collection 

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Jhumka making materials

The material we need are,
jhumka base, silk thread, eye pins,  metal beads, ear stud base, fabric glue , canvas , metal spacers, stone chain and craft spring
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The advantage of using fabric glue ensures that even if we use in excess which we usually do when the excess glue becomes transparent when it becomes dry and hence it is not visible.

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Jhumka making at home step by step | Tutorial through images

The tools  are scissors, pliers and cutter.

The steps involved
a) Take ten strands of silk thread - ten is just a convenient number ,we can take more or less
b)  Cut excess length of string at both ends.
c) Apply fabric glue at both ends so that all the strands stick together
d) Apply glue to the  plastic base of the jhumka
e) Stick the silk  thread where we have applied glue
f) Allow it to dry so that is sticks  firmly
f) Insert the other end of the silk thread in the hole of the base
g) Continue this  till the entire plastic base is covered with silk thread
h) Stick stone chain to silk thread on the base
i)  Then make ear studs with canvas, mirror , chain ( follow the images below )

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Metal spacers are used to increase the length
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Stick mirror on canvas with fabric glue

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Using a craft spring cut a coil.  This is inserted in the loop formed in the jhumka and the ear ring is inserted in this for free movement of the jhumkas.
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Insert the pin in the jhumka base

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Bend the other end with pliers to form a loop

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The mirror and stone chain stuck to canvas would have dried.  Cut them with a pair of scissors

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Past the ear stud to the backside of the mirror
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Insert the ear ring in the loop formed in the jhumka
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Navratri gifts for kanya | Silk thread jhumkas

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The uses of learning this simple craft idea are many.  We can use them as matching ornaments for sarees.  We can offer them as gifts for kanya who visit our homes for Navratri golu.  We can also offer them as gifts for Varalakshmi Vratham in thamboolam or as a decoration for Goddess's Face.
I make them when ever I find time and have them ready to offer them as gifts to guests / relatives who visit our home.  

Jhumkas plus ear rings  using silk thread of different colors can be made at home during our spare time.    We can have them of many beautiful colours to match with our dresses - lehenga , blouse and of course sarees. .


.  I think you  will love these simple and beautiful ideas.