DIY Ganesha Idol:
With Ganesh Chaturthi just a few days away, the festive season has already begun. Every year we take a pledge that we will not use Ganesh idols that are not environment friendly. Every year the rivers, lakes and the seas are choked by idols after immersion, which are not eco friendly. This year let us resolve to make a DIY Ganesha idol that is not only environment friendly but also can be made easily at home.
Here is how you can make a DIY Ganesh idol:
DIY Playdough Ganesh idol
- Playdough in different colors or as you please.
- Ear buds
- Paper towel/soft cloth to wipe hands
- Color pens/ markers.
- Make a large ball with the color of your choice. This large ball will constitute the body.
- Make the legs with the choice of your color by making 2 cylindrical oblongs, preferably narrower on one end and wider on the other side.
- Place the broader ends on 2 opposite sides of the body. Press the legs lightly behind the main body and merge the two. Ensure it is fixed firmly.
- Using your thumb and index finger lightly press on the narrower side of the violet piece to represent the feet of Ganesh.
- Make arms with the play dough. Take 2 cylindrical pieces, shorter than the ones used for the legs. Press on the top to the body and let the other end rest on the leg. Lightly press along the length of the arm to the body so that it joins well.
- Make the necklace and the janeu with some more playdough. You can use different colors for making this.
- Make the head with playdough. Take a ball of playdough and mould it in the shape of a trapezoid. Work on the broader end by lightly pressing it to flatten it a bit. At the narrower end, thin down the playdough to give the shape of a trunk.
- Take a small piece of clay and place it on the top of the body. Press it lightly and attach the head to the body gently.
- Take a little bit of clay and make an egg shape of it. Flatten it out to an oval disc. Slightly curve the lengthier side of the disc inwards to get the ear shape. Attach it to both ends of the head by slightly overlapping the clay from the head and the ears from the back side.
- Take an ear bud and lightly press on the head in the place to keep the tusks. This will create a small indent to hold the tusks. Make 2 conical shaped tusks with clay and just lightly press inside the indent.
- Make a crown with a conical shaped playdough. Carve with a spoon or a knife to get the desired design.
- Use red clay to make the tilak. Again using ear bud I slightly pressed on the head in place of the eyes. Draw the eyes with a color pen or marker.
- You can embellish your Ganesh with beads, zardosis etc or just leave it simple.
Your DIY Ganesh idol is ready in a matter of minutes!! You can use playdough to make small palm leaves and modak too if you want.