When was the last time you greeted your loved ones on the eve of any special occasion? Be itEid, the New Year or someone’s birthday – when was the last time you made a card for someone you wanted to wish?
On top of that, it is needless to say that we have a sufficient number of gift shops across the country when we need it. However, making anything special for friends and family on any special event is exciting indeed for people of all ages. Although, picking up off the rack items is way more convenient than making it by ourselves, the younger generation should be inspired in restoring the tradition of exchanging love through giving hand-made cards to people they care about.
“If children can be nurtured with this practice at the early years of life, it not only enhances their creativity, but helps boost the bonding they share with their near and dear ones,”says Ehsan Protick one of the founders of Charu Puthi, a school of fine arts. The organization has been enriching young minds by encouraging students to find their calling in fine arts. “In the entire process of making a card and writing messages inside it, a child realizes the person’s value in his life. I think when grandchildren greets their grandparents with a card made by their or her own little hands, it is definitely a proud moment for the makers but it is the happiest moment for the grandparents,” adds Ehsan.
Eid-ul -Fitr is just a few days away, and the little fellows of Charu Puthi sat down with Avenue T to share the process of making Eid cards.
Things you’ll need
Scissors and paper cutter
Any recycled products available at home (shirt buttons, tissue, and newspaper)
Step 1: Planning the card’s outlook and finally drawing it on paper.
Mustasin Addin Afrad, a student of grade 1 at Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Public College and Anindya Dhali, a student of grade 2 at St. Paul's Mission School are busy doing the first layout of their cards.
Step 2: Take papers of your desired colours and fold them. Both parts should be equal in size. Before folding, you can draw a line in the middle to avoid asymmetry.
Anindya is showing how to fold the paper.
Step 3: Draw shapes of objects according to your layout on the glitter paper. Cut them out with scissors and paper cutting blade. In this process parental supervision is highly recommended by Ehsan Protick.
In the first image, Tanzila Hossain, a grade 4 student from Kammrunessa Government Girls’ High School is cutting square shapes with scissors.
Step 4: Pasting all the cut outs on the card’s surface as per initial layout.
Muniba Mazhar, a three and a half year old, is pasting sequins.
• To give the card perfection, you can adorn the edges with washy tape.
• You can use light weight paper like newspaper or any other coloured paper that’s available at stationery stores to make a paper hand fan or a swirl.
• Look for eye like shapes to paste, buttons are one of the best options to go for.
• All the materials used in the images are available at New Market or nearby stationery stores. Coloured paper and glitter papers cost tk 10 to tk 40 per sheet.