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5 Fun, innovative and eco-friendly ways to make Ganpati idol with your kids at home

Siddiqha Naseem Siddiqha Naseem 5 Mins Read

Siddiqha Naseem Siddiqha Naseem


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It's time to show your love for Ganapati Bappa! Get your family together to create your own elephant-headed idol. Here are some new and interesting ideas to make Ganesh idols at home

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 5 Fun, innovative and eco-friendly ways to make Ganpati idol with your kids at home

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavith, is one of India's favorite festivals that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesh. The elephant-headed god is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. His childhood tales are stories of wisdom that most Indian's have grown up listening to. And this is the reason why most kids consider him a friend rather than a god.

"My son considers Lord Ganesh as his best friend ever since he saw the movie My friend Ganesha. He insists we purchase an idol every year during this festive time, and we do," says Chandhini, mother of a 7-year-old.

Not just kids, but even adults adore this lord of wisdom.

"I am a 26-year-old and I love my elephant-headed god. Even people around me can tell you about my love for Ganesha by the many small idols I have arranged in my workspace," says Suchitra, a working mom from Chennai.

So, both young and old alike, cherish Ganesh Chaturthi and celebrate it with great delight and grandeur.

It is celebrated across the country with music, dance, colors and loads of fun. Decorating the house and making it colorful and festive-y to welcome the lord, and sitting together with family to make sweet treats are part and parcel of this festival making you love it more.

Apart from these traditional festival activities, one can go a little out of the box and create his/her own unique Ganesha Idol in a fun and creative way.

Here are some ideas to get you started and think on these lines. We hope these stir up your creativity to make interesting Ganesh idols this year along with your kids.

1. Ganesha made out of almonds

How to get started

  • Draw a rough outline of the elephant-headed god on a piece of paper
  • Then quickly fill the insides with some almonds. That is how simple it is!

You can either eat them later or stick the almonds on the paper using some glue, and frame it as your DIY Ganesh idol. You can even use shells, beads, lentils and other similar items instead of almonds. Go creative!

2. Ganesha made out of marigold flowers

Rangoli is one of the few things that instantly brings a festive mood to any household. Make interesting Ganesh rangoli using flower petals. While you are free to use any flowers of your choice, we personally like the combination of yellow and orange marigolds.

How to get started

  • Make an outline of Lord Ganesha using yellow marigolds
  • Now fill in the using he petals of orange marigold
  • You can also light diyas around the rangoli to give it an ethereal look!

3. Ganesha made out of clay

For making a Ganesha idol you don't need fancy terracotta clay or other expensive clays. Simple art supplies like kids' neon or glittered play dough can be transformed into an adorable idol of Lord Ganesh.

How to get started

  • Take a play dough and divide it into portions to form different body parts of the elephant-headed god
  • Now take one portion of the clay and fatten it out
  • Roll out another portion of the dough into a ball shape (resembling the stomach) and place it over the fattened base.
  • Insert a small piece of toothpick into one end of the base and fix the stomach onto that
  • Similarly roll out other portions of the dough to make the remaining parts of the idol like legs, ears, hands, tusk and a trunk
  • Fix the legs to the stomach and the base
  • Add hands and gently press them to join it with the stomach
  • Now insert a toothpick into the body to fix the head
  • In a similar way fix the ears
  • Add the trunk by bending it in the desired shape and fix it to the head.
  • Then with the help of a toothpick fix both the tusk's opposite to one another supporting the trunk
  • Finally use a toothpick and draw the final details like eyes and jewelry pieces.

4. Ganesha made out of seashells

How to get started

  • Putt your Child's seashell collection to good use by picking out some beautiful big and small seashells and put them together to make the different parts of the elephant god
  • Stick the shells and paint them too if you like, to add some color and make it more beautiful
  • You can even use some tiny beads to add to the detailing!

5. Ganesha made out of leaves

Talking about eco-friendly Ganesha's, here is an actual green Ganesha made from fresh leaves.

How to get started

  • Grab some leaves of different sizes. Paan (betel) leaves and Peepal (sacred fig) leaves makes a great choice as they are big in size and can easily  make the curves of the Lord Ganesh
  • Use these combination leaves to outline the shape of Lord Ganesha
  • Make sure you choose the leaves wisely to resemble different body parts of this elephant-headed god

This idea is one of our favorites! You can make the leaf Ganesh, a unique eco-friendly tradition in your home.

Guess we got you thinking in a whole new direction, so be creative and create some fun Ganesha's this year! And now that you know some of the most innovative ways to make Ganesh idols at home, grab all the things you can find in your house and whip up some more creativity. You can even use newspapers, fruits, vegetables, vessels to shape them innovatively into Lord Ganesh. Your kids will love it too! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family!

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