Puja Mandir DIY
Hello Dear Readers,
I am back with a wonderful DIY project which its not just by me but also by the men in the house (my husband and my son) helped me finish this beautiful master piece. 🙂
I am super excited to share it with you all. When we were living in one bedroom apartment, we had a built-in bookshelf to the wall and that is where we place the pictures of God and technically it was our Puja Space (Worship Space). Recently we moved to a new two bed room apartment with spacious rooms and spectacular views through the windows. We are loving the new one as much we loved our one bed room. (So many memories in that home). But here there is neither a bookshelf nor a proper facing or position to place our God to worship. I am not too religious (doesn’t mean I am atheist) I worship HIM and believe in HIM and follow festivals but don’t do too many pujas/mantras for hours and hours. Chaitanya is quite opposite to me. He do all kinds of pujas, chant mantra, hours of meditation and really follow them ritualistically. To such a man, I have no other thought but to gift him a nice puja mandir where he can sit and do his puijas peacefully and also I want to create a beautiful, peaceful home to our GOD. 🙂 Here my creative brain craved for ideas, ideas and more ideas. I want a simple, less expensive, elegant, easy to design models. The only furniture store that helped this want-to-do-something-great-desparetely woman is IKEA. It is a super saver for most of my ideas. I found a nice brown wooden storage shelf unit with doors for $49.00. It has enough storage for puja materials and books. Chaitanya assembled it and then the fun part begins.
To get that divine look to the shelf unit, I have decided to paint with muggullu (Rangoli) hence for this I need a permanent marker rather a paint, because I am not fine in painting with painters brush and it will be little clumsy if I go with that option. So I opted permanent white marker which found it in amazon for $7.05. Soon I received it I started drawing Rangoli’s (famous chukkala muggullu) on the shelf. I drew few and then look over again for updates to make the shelf more traditional and vintage look. Then I thought that it should need a gopuram on the top of the shelf. I went to Lowes (a home improvement departmental store) I walked all the aisles and looked for some wooden pieces that are only in sale. Finally I got some already done wooden crafts and also a Wall Ledge for a pretty reasonable price of $26.00. I also need wood glue which is $4.00 and then the cup hooks to hold the bells which is $3.00 and I wanted some wooden beads and gold ones also the bells. I went to Michaels and got all these for $11.00 (the beads were in sale and I always use the 40% off coupon on regular price items). I also bought the battery operated LED lights which is $13.00 and an Espresso color coat on Wood for $5.00 in Lowes. Just the pictures for you of all the material I bought.
Chaitanya and Arya helped me with drilling holes to the unit. They did a good job. You will see my final output and I bet you can’t take your eyes off from it. 😉
A picture of my “The BEST DIY” so far. I honestly fell in love with this. Chaitanya was totally mesmerized by this. (More pictures in Facebook)
Get inspired and give it a try and please drop a message on how it is….