If you are anything like me you probably have a bin full of chudiyan/vanga (desi bangles) under your bed, or tucked into the back of your closet. Most of mine were bought to go with an Indian outfit at some point or another. The trouble is even when that outfit is donated or passed on, I tend to hold onto the chudiyan in case they match a future outfit, but they rarely do!
Earlier this week I was digging through my bangle stash looking for a set to match a light blue outfit, and was just about to take a trip to my local chudi shop when inspiration struck. Blue nailpolish + chudiyan = matching chudiyan!
So basically; better for the environment, better for my pocket book, and we get a new blog post – DIY painted chudiyan. Win, win, win!
DIY Painted Chudiyan
The process is painfully simple, and I doubt you need directions, but I do have a few tips:
Avoid the chudiyan with excessive glitter.
I painted over the glittered bangles and it kind of wrecked my blue polish. It’s now baby blue plus blobs of glitter.
Apply thin coats.
I found the black polish pretty much covered the bangle in one coat, but the lighter blue took 2 and in some cases 3 coats. Just like painting your nails – apply thin coats and let the choodiyan dry thoroughly between coats.
Choose an appropriate surface for drying.
On my first attempt at painted chudiyan I set them to dry on tissue paper meant for gift wrapping. Bad idea! They stuck to the paper an it was a big mess. Pick a thick surface like cardboard, Styrofoam, or plastic for drying.
That’s it! A quick and simple update with maximum impact for minimum effort.
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