Based on the sharing done on Pongal, children observed the boiling of the Sweet Pongal in the pot made of clay. Apart from the Indian culture, these pots are also commonly used in the Malay and Chinese cultures.
Children were given opportunity to create their own pots using recycled materials such as newspaper. This process is known as Paper Mache.
White Glue (dilute with some water)
Step 1: Tear the newspapers into strips of different lengths.
Step 2: Blow a balloon to the size of vase desired and tie the end in a knot.
Step 3: Paint glue on a small area of the balloon. Then, press the newspaper on the area and paint more glue over the newspaper.
Step 4: Continue until almost the entire balloon is covered. Leave the knot area uncovered.
Step 5: Let the balloon dry. Layer the balloon with newspapers again and let it dry.
Step 6: Pop the balloon and trim the tip of the vase to desired size of opening.
Step 7: To make the mouth of the vase, roll a few pieces of newspapers and tape the ends together.
Step 8: Attach the mouth to the base using tape. Trim off excess if necessary.
Step 9: Continue to layer the newspapers for another 2 rounds. Let it dry.
Step 10: Paint the vases to desired cultural motifs. Begin with a base colour such as white before adding designs or painting with other colours.