Bommala Koluvu 2017

Hello Friends,

I am super excited to share Sankranthi/Pongal 2017 Bommala Koluvu/Golu pictures.

img_3736-1It is my 3rd year display and I am so happy that the dolls are increasing and the steps/padi are filling up well.

Like every year, last couple of months have been busy preparing handmade dolls.  Just not the dolls but it took a lot of thought and effort for the golu backdrop. So, this year for a change,  I used a pattu (silk) Indian dress chunni as the main backdrop and added some lights, party streamer garlandfoam leaf toram and clay mural kalash .

And on both sides I have used floor standing candle pillars and replaced the candle with a  a handmade paper lantern ( that I made for Diwali). (tutorial coming soon)img_7385Also, this year theme is 5 stories related to Krishna’s childhood.

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I already have “Krishna, balarama and friends eating butter” doll set that I made to display @ local Hindu temple on “Janmasthami 2015”.

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So, I added 4 more sets describing  some of important krishna’s stories ❤

1. Vasudeva carrying Krishna 

The basket and krishna are made of polymer clay! And the snake(vasuki) is air dry clay and painted the details with some acrylic paint.  Vasudeva is a male doll make over – added red dhoti, some brown beads. For the beard and hair used some black felt.

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2. Baby Krishna killing puthana

Baby krishna is made of polymer and I draped saree to a female doll and curled it’s hair with curling rod and added other details 🙂

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3. Krishna and twin trees ( kubera sons) 

Kubera sons are again the same male doll as vasudeva and I dressed them up as prince with   some gold lace from hobby lobby and the crown is made of gold foam sheet. The 2 trees are  made of cardstock.

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4. Krishna playing flute and mesmerizing Brindavan

Krishna and the tree backdrop is from last year Janmasthami – here is the  link to make the cardboard tree.

img_3699With these 5 stories -I have covered some of the most important events of Lord Krishna’s life and I can’t wait to add more for next year Bombala koluvu display 🙂

Hope you all enjoy this virtual display of our golu/koluvu.

Cheers!

Published by Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby and recently mother to an adorable little munchkin :-), an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and now currently @Portland, Oregan. Recently relocated from The Grand Canyon State and still adjusting to the gloomy weather here... When we first we moved to US(2012) ,our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

20 thoughts on “Bommala Koluvu 2017

  1. Wow wow and more wow!!! I really don’t have words to describe how well I like your bommala koluvu… can I use some of your ideas for my next golu???
    Thanks a ton. And happy I saw your work….

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  2. Hi Nina,

    It’s such a beautiful setup. You are so talented. Hats off for all the work you have done here. Really inspiring.

    I keep Golu every year. This year planning to showcase mini handmade dolls with air dry clay or polymer clay. I’m interested in your Krishna, Balarama and other dolls that you have made.

    Could you please share the details of how you made them and things required to create this miniature figurines. If you have a dedicated page explaining all this, kindly share it. It would be of great help.

    My email id is anu14harry@gmail.com
    Expecting your mail.

    Thanks,
    Anu

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    1. Hey thanks for the kind words !

      Foe Krishna and balarama I used little fairy dolls from a local dollar store to make them ! However, the dasavathar are made of polymer clay ! And the details with sharpie pens ( like eyes, jewelry) . They are self explanatory ! For dasavathar I used the kondapalli wood dolls as a base and made/copied them ! It is just mounding the clay and I used toothpicks and polymer clay glue to add the head, hands and other accessories before baking.

      Unfortunately I don’t have step by step tutorial/pictures ! You can add me on Facebook and we can chat on messenger for any further question !

      And the Krishna, balarama dolls are basic plastic dolls and I used felt for hair and made little fabric clothes and glued using a gorilla or quick fix glue !

      Hope this helps ! I would be happy to answer more question 😁

      Good luck!

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