This page is to add fun spiritual activities. Take what you like, leave what you don't, and tweak what you feel needs tweaking for you as an individual..
PAINT a Terracotta flower pot with a Jagannatha face, then plant either Tulasi devi in there, or just a regular plant. Krishna is nondifferent than his form, so keep as clean as humanly possible. Like a picture..
TEA CUP GARDEN -
So sweet. Easy to do. Create them, next place directly in front of your Deities/ Pics, for Their pleasure. [I wouldn't place on the altar due to dirt maybe spilling or water splashing; plus hard care for there.] You'll like it too.
All it mostly requires - soil, seeds, sun, water, probably a few pebbles in the soil for air circulation - and attention. Part of that attention is to chant to them while giving care. Of course details on growing, can tweak it. Feel free too google "tea cup gardens."
Make CLAY VASES - easy peasy::
Clay INCENSE HOLDERS:
[Wish blogspot let ya put pics across and next to each other, but they don't. sigh Oh well, it's still nice. ]
Step 1: Can cut strong paper to size OR use a cardboard Tube.
Step 2: If paper, toll together and tape or glue it.
Step 3: Another sheet of paper. Cut many small slits, like a comb, & leave some uncut above the slits..
Step 4: Crease slit paper in middle, then open, and glue it's tops around both ends of tube:
The finished product is the 1st pic above. Add string or ribbon and tie it where you want it tied. Where Krishna can see it. :)
Hey Mr TAMBOURINE Man - chant a song for me - wait, for Krishna! :) We'll both like it.
OK, this admittedly is for or kids but adults could use it too. :) Fun for the whole family. So bright and pretty, what's the harm? Made from 2 sturdy paper or plastic plates.
Paint [however you wish],
Add bells with eyelet fasteners:
Bells are easily found at Christmas OR in the scrapbook / craft isle in many stores. Simply put it all together, and use to a fun family kirtan..
Tho best to offer real flowers, or else leaves if not available, it's nice to "also" offer art work of flowers..
Sorry, no instructions, tho you can google it. To me looks like a long, wide piece of colored paper - twirled from small to large, around a stick or pipe-cleaner, making sure it takes the rose shape. UPDATE, here is a tutorial for 20 different types of paper flowers to make.
And here are some others, from simple, to medium, to fancy. Take your pick, mix em up.
And here are some easy video's to follow. Make Hyacinth paper flowers.
Oragami rose with Card - write something sweet to Krishna. Gently, meditatively focus on what you wish to say. [Veda recommends, and all scriptures really, to "glorify" god. Even, just tell Him what you find attractive. Is it His blueness? His pink Feet. His mercy? Etc Then follow up with Thank You. Of course if you need to ask for help that can be done, but better to do that thru prayer.] Make sue to read the card to Him as well. He IS there. :)
Use tissue paper and create this lovely CARNATION.
Reminder: Paper flowers are not for offering, but for decorating! :) Real flowers, or when they are not available then even leaves - are for offering.
Make a paper flower picture FRAME. Pretty!
How to make a WALL HANGING paper flower [rose] decoration. Personally, I'd paint the background paper-plate, but aside from that, this is very nice!
Butterflies from the sky! Video. Make with paper, a little light wire - so lovely.
Wall butterflies without wire, just string, video right here folks.
PROTECT altar naturally, from bugs::
Keep spiders and other bugs at bay, by growing certain plants that repel them. Mint is one.Tho I have had spiders creep across my mint. lol Will add, they did not hang out there. Personal experience has shown me that Mexican Tarragon seems to be the plant on my windowsill spiders avoid like the plague. ha Yet, its nice to mix it up for good measure, and for fun. So Lavender is another. They seemed to especially dislike my Rosemary. Any plant that has a powerful citrus fragrance works. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Pennyroyal's very helpful. It's good to co-plant, so if one doesn't resolve an issue, the other may. Decorate your spiritual spot where you connect with Krishna - with nice scented bug repellent plants. Krishna can enjoy them. :)
Either collect or buy some rocks. Clean them. Then paint inspiring quotes. "Joy" "Bliss," etc. Even, "Don't worry - Be happy" is a nice reminder. Can place around temple room or Meditation area to inspire yourself.
TOWER OF FLOWERS::
OK, in the above case, it's herbs. But you can grow anything you want in there, including flowers for Krishna! :)
I've yet to get this together but do dream of it. So am sharing with others. Here's the basics how to make your own multi-planter. Then you can grow even more plants in front of the altar.
SKETCH or DRAW::
This is the type of thing I like to do. Simple and sweet. The following is a pic by a devotees mom [MomJi] after she learned of the story where Prabhupada said 2 birds were actually sharing Krishna Katha to each other! Use your art to meditate on things that inspires.:
To see more of Momji's artwork, go here.
Not so artistic? Most will tell ya, many artists started out poorly and got better with practice. Here is a place for beginners - learn free! A small step up may be here. And if you want a bit more challenge with muscles and such, check out this site.
SIMPLE ART: For those like myself, ha, without the talent but oh so much the desire - keep it simple. Plus, a little cut & paste is helpful to keep all of us meditating on Krsna - even those of us grown-ups who are not as artistically inclined.
Ever hear of a VISION BOARD?
Make a Krishna Conscious one! Not everything has to be in the temple room. Make your whole house spiritual. Vision boards are often misunderstood. IMHO they have a lot in common with scrapbooking and photo albums [See below]. Ya have to look at them to get the benefit! :) And of course, making them should be a meditation in and of itself. If you don't know how to make one, here's a link.
SCRAPBOOKING has become popular. When I was a young devotee, it was common to take a regular Photo Album and put in pics of Krishna, Deities, etc. Then we'd turn the pages and "oooo and ahhh" over each divine picture. :) That can still be done! Scrapbooking is similar. Tho in this case it involves more cutting and pasting. A great meditation. Sit in your living room, at your desk, temple /meditation room, and begin this spiritual project.
Focus / meditate on the spiritual message you wish to convey thru yours, and enjoy making it. These are great in the kids play room, the living rooms, kitchens. Have fun making it together as a family! Tutorial.
NOTE: Krishna pics, etc, should not be placed in bathrooms or bedrooms or any place undressing or etc, goes on - nor anywhere regularly smelly. Other areas are fine and even a good idea. Bring Krsna or Lord Chaitanya and so on, into your home. Make Him happy, and automatically yourself as well. :)
How about decorating with POSTERS or TAPESTRIES? Either can be placed behind a glass frame to give them a classic appearance, or just as it is - according to the room and your mood. I was surprised to find posters as cheap as 19 cents! Here's the place.They also have lovely tapestries - painted on cloth!
GOT MILK errr KIDS? :) Or GRANDKIDS?
Spiritual life should be easy and enjoyable for them. Krishna Animation on DVD - just pop it into a player. Fun!
Yes, a few of the above cost money, tho most here do not. And if we have to give our money to someone, let it be a spiritual someone. :) The price is smaller than often spent on other entertainment or a pizza or ... it's worth it IMHO. Besides, I'm just trying to give the connection to make it easier to locate. What you do with that is your choice.
I do enjoy lettering, so wish to share it. Here is one example, after, that google words like 'script' and 'lettering.
[And that includes Krishna Conscious education. Many problems arise from incomplete knowledge!]
OK, One more. :)
Practice writing the Maha Mantra..... in Sanskrit! :)
Paper Bag STARS:
Decorations for your little temple room or meditation area. Pretty. Click for video here.
How to make paper bag FLOWERS, an offering of art. Please buy new paper bags for God. :) Video here
ADULT COLORING BOOKS - It's very popular now - for good reasons. Studies have shown it is extremely relaxing and healthy.
No need to buy expensive, fancy tools. Unless you want to. However, regular Crayola Crayons OR Colored Pencils work quite well.
Some like to use markers for a paint effect. The only caution there is to first test them and see if there is bleed-thru. They can still be used [if you don't mind the appearance on the back of the page] BUT it's important to remember to place a file card etc underneath the pic 'before' using those particular markers. I just kept testing markers until I found one that doesn't bleed-thru.
UPDATE: The ones I found with the least bleed-thru so far, are from CrazyArt. Did not like their crayons, only their markers. Got mine at Walmart, tho they can also be found online.
With that said, here is a link at amazon to an Adult Krishna Coloring book.
It is also perfectly fine to go to your local online [or not online] Hare Krishna store and buy a Krishna Coloring book for kids. Why? It's a meditation after all, to help transport you to a higher place.
If you own a printer, google, then click on images - and you will find free Krishna, Hanuman, etc, Coloring pages!
Have a bit of sewing talent? Make clothes for your Deities OR pictures. With pictures it's usually a skirt, but anything you can visualize, go for it.
[When sewing for God, don't spit on your fingers to moisten thread to get it thru the needles eye. :) Simply keep a spray bottle or moist clean paper towel, wet, close by. Use it for such things. Don't touch hair either, but again easy solution - spray bottle, towelettes. ]
BEADING, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, etc:
Maybe one can't sew, but most can learn how to do simple beading. It's easy. Make your Deities or Spiritual Pictures some special Jewelry just for Them. Brand new of course. Picture Tutorial. Video Tutorial.
This is a somewhat new thing, or technically anyhow, and it is a wonderful thing! While I don't know an exacting definition of it, off the top of my head I'd say: Its any combination of art, lettering, cut-outs if you want them, any media [from crayons to professional items], usually with a quote. What a great way to collect our favorite, most inspiring quotes of Srila Prabhupada, or from Krishna Book, anywhere really. We can use art to get creative and help us meditate on the bliss of Krishna, or the mercy of Lord Chaitanya, the protection of Rama or Narasimha, etc!
Technically, I do not know how to make these fancy little things. ha But I've always wanted to. Maybe one day. I found these lovely pics on a Christian site. [For those who do not know, Hare Krishna devotees believe in Jesus.] Unfortunately I lost the link that tells how to make this. sigh BUT if you can do other things on this page, try them first, then you can probably do this. Or just go to youtube and search how to make an Art Journal Booklet with Pockets or Pop-Ups, maybe Pop-Outs. I do not know the perfect key words. ha Think some up yourself.
DIARY or JOURNAL:
Here you can make all types entries. Anywhere from jotting down realization that comes to mind, to writing specific goals you wish to attain. [They are more likely to be attained after they are physically written.] Just make sure to keep the focus spiritual and on Krishna. Lord Chaitanya etc would be fine too. :)
Check back - Never know when something hits my fancy, I'll add it here. :) Bookmark this page.