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DIY Kalamkari Carpet Planter Basket

DIY Make your own Kalamkari basket out of an old dhurrie

We see gorgeous dhurrie planters in images of homes around the world but they are hard to come by here in India. This 10 minute DIY is simple to make, but has tons of style. If you dint have to measure and cut, it would be a 2 minute DIY and you will be surprised at how ridiculously easy it is to make.

DIY Kalamkari Dhurrie basket

Here is what you will need.

  1. A kalamkari carpet small or any stiff carpet(i used a 2ftx4ft, this size can make 3 baskets)
  2. Good pair of scissors. (Rotary cutter if you have)
  3. A marker or marking chalk.
  4. Hot glue gun (If you are making it with a kid, please supervise the use of hot glue gun)

Here is how I made it,

  1. I cut all the tassels from the end of the carpet.
  2. I marked 1 inch from the shorter end ( 2ft side) of the carpet width, and then divided the remaining 23 inches into 4 equal parts, that was 5.75 inches each. so 1″+5.75″+5.75″+5.75″+5.75″ = 24″ (2ft)
  3.  I marked lines of 4.75″ inches long from the edge of all 4 markings.
  4. The height of the basket should be approximately same as the flap 5.75″, I did 6 inches here, allowance to fold another 3 inches, so 4.75+6+3=13.75 (no need to be this accurate) , I marked 14 inches from the edge on both sides and cut them out. So 14×24 inches made one basket for me.
  5. I cut all the lines along the 5 inch line that I had marked.
  6. I stuck the 1 inch flap to the inside of the other end of the carpet with hot glue gun all the way. Now I had a cylinder with some cut flaps at the bottom.
  7. Just like you would fold the flaps of a carton box, I folded the opposite ends and hot glued it together.
  8. Turn it over and here is your base. Now fold the top part a few times like a rice sack and you are DONE.

Here is the link to the instagram video.

DIY Kalamkari Dhurrie Basket

 

I even made a slightly bigger one with a more stiff mat and I think it looks fabulous.

Make your own Kalamkari Basket

This picture should help you figure out the math for any size of dhurrie.

DIY kalamkari Dhurrie

Make sure the mat you are using is stiff enough to hold on its own. If you make it too tall, chances are it will sag down. Hot glue holds pretty good, we put a big pot in it and lifted it and it was intact. If you want to give it extra strength, you can nail some steel tacks from the bottom.

Now go and pull out all those dhurries that are in storage for some reason or other, and put them to good use.

Festival Impressions & and a Blogging Block

Stone Urli with a musician Ganesh and some floating marigolds

When life is happening on a fast track, the online journal somehow takes a back seat. Its been dull here on my blog for a while now, thanks to the busy work schedule. While I am excited about my current projects offline, I always seem to miss the  good old days of blogging. Its like a void! Time after time, I have kept repeating here that I am going to blog more often from now on and failed at it every-time, so much so it feels like a bad joke now.

The truth is, there is so much going on in my head and I simply lack the motivation to sit down and write. There is some very exciting stuff that I am working on, some lovely people I meet and the new things I do and learn. All that would make wonderful useful content that you will love to read, but where is my focus and motivation?? As I am writing this post, I have got up and walked around for no good reason at-least five times!!!

If you can relate to what I am saying, please leave me a message or send me an email. If you have gotten out of a similar situation, I would want to know what you did. What can I do to get rid of this weird lethargy?? Do some yoga?? meditation?? Stand on my head for a new perspective? Drink some virgin due dropping from a fruit in the amazon jungles on a new moon day? What?? I need some solution PLEASE!!

Moving on, work has been busy with me setting some unrealistic targets and actually managing to achieve them! Due to which this years festivals have been a blah! (By the way, festivals are a big deal for me. so reason no 634 to be frustrated with self!) I can go on and on!

Anyway! Here are some snapshots of what I did manage to achieve during the Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali.

Ganesh Chaturthi

I displayed my Ganesh idol collection in every corner. Someday I need to keep them all together and take a count.

The Ganesh Collection

Some pictures from Diwali

Chair leg candle stands for brass diyas

The usual pillar lamp

The Diwali goodies

After all the festivals and decorating, I thing Ive got an over dose of brass. So I plan to put them all inside for a few months and do more rustic wood, cane and ceramics in my decor.

P.S. Will post pictures of new decor if I manage to get over this block.