February 5, 2013

Indian Mehandi Box

One of my favorite things about India is their tradition and art of “Mehandi” which consist in painting beautiful designs in ladies’ hands and feet with Henna Ink.   Apart from the traditional ink they also sell today readymade Henna Tattoos that will transfer the design to the skin as a regular non permanent tattoo would do.  Today I share with you one project I made using Mehandi Tattoos, here it is:

This project was very easy and using only with basic materials as paint, tattoos and varnish. It was for one of my cousins who does this art and I took the box to a local artist to write down her name in the Hindi language.

I painted the base of the box with acrylic purple color shades; once it was dry I applied the tattoos to different areas of the box and let it dry.  Then the local artist drew very beautifully her name on the box and I proceeded with the layers of varnish.

The box was originally a “Panama Hat” Box that I had bought at a local handicraft store and decided to give a makeover. 

With this box I learned how easy it is to apply simple tattoos to more than just our skin and it works out perfectly.

I hope you liked this project and for Free Vintage Images to use in your projects don't forget to visit our Retro Scraps Freebies Blog. 

Every week we have the great opportunity to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating. They are not in any particular order, just from the oldest till the most recent one I started participating on:

Newbie Graduates Party @ Debbiedoo's 
Monday Funday @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
Monday Funday @  Lines Across
Mom's Monday Mingle @ The Naptime Review
Made with love @ Colours Dekor  
Monday Funday @ Creatively Living 
Monday Funday @ That's What Che Said

Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Salt Tree Social @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home
Pretty Things Link Party @ twelveOeight 
Wow us Wednesdays @ http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @ http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild  
Wednesdays Adorned from Above Blog Hop @ Adorned from Above

Catch as Catch Can @ http://www.myrepurposedlife.net
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Share your cup Thursday @ Have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson  
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
What's Cluckin @ Chicken Scratch  
 Vintage Thingie Thursday @ The Coloradolady
100 Ideas under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence 
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party @ Homespun Happenings  
Spark Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic
Garden Fun & Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
Weekend Show off Party @ Ladybird Ln  
Feature Friday Free-for-All @  Five days Five Ways
Friday's Favorite Pin @ Decor to Adore
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog 
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Sunday Round Up @ Heather & Kayla

Have a wonderful week,



  1. Erika, Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful Indian Mehandi Box. You did a fantastic job on it! Have a wonderful week!


  2. It looks gorgeous. It looks like a thoughtful gift.

  3. That's a beautiful box and we are going to be studying India soon, so we may have to do this for a school project. It would be great if you linked up with Hobbies and Handicrafts.


  4. Very cool. I love mendhi! Now following.

  5. Show and Tell Saturday is LIVE at Sassy Little Lady! I’d love to have you come join the party!



  6. Such a lovely gift for your cousin!

  7. It is exquisite - I can imagine it taking quite a lot of time. Your boxes are gorgeous - a beautiful gift. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  8. This is very unique. I always love seeing what you create! thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  9. Just gorgeous! I always saw those mehendi stickers for temp tattoos and wondered if they could be used in crafts. Here you are doing exactly that, your box is just gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration. PS: If I may, I just want to clarify that Mehendi art on the skin is not with ink. It's mehendi plant leaves dried/crushed and made into paste. Now this paste is sold in cones with a fine tip so you can apply very intricate designs on your arms/palms/feet etc.

    1. Hi rk, thank you very much for your sweet comment, I am glad you liked the box, thank you also to clarify the Mehandi Ink, I know it is from the Henna Plant and they sell it in long tubes ready to be used, just that it was easier for me to speak of ink. Have a wonderful day. Erika.


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