Crafts & Creativity: Multi-Talented Preethi Venugopal

Can you make flowers from plastic bags and tulips from sock? Yes, it is possible!

Preethi Venugopal – a civil engineer from Bangalore, India inspires us with that creativity in her to make flowers from plastic bags, even tulips from nylon sock. 

Preethi is currently on a sabbatical. She was interested in crafts right from her school days. The best thing about her is she also teach crochet, crafts and arts to kids in her neighborhood for free.

She is an active on blogger ( Her talents expands beyond making crafts. She also makes pencil and charcoal portraits on demand, paints when she finds the mood for it.

She is proficient in acrylics, watercolor and oil paints, likes digital painting as well and often experiment with Adobe Photoshop.

We are happy to share a few of her tutorials here on Propel Steps,

Steps to make flowers using plastic bags:

Step (1): Cut in the indicated areas to get a rectangular sheet.

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Step (2): Cut the rectangular sheet into strips of equal width. Depending upon the width of the cover you can make different sizes of flowers. Make a minimum of 6 similar strips and stack them together

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Step (3): Make pleats on them (stacked together) of half inch wide throughout

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Step (4): Now tie a thread/ plastic strip/ in the middle. If you want the flower to have a stem tie with metal wire instead of plastic strip.

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Step (5): Now cut petal shape on both sides

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Step (6): This is how it will look

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Step (7): Now start pulling up the individual layers on both sides of the tie

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Step (8):  This is how it looks after pulling out one side completely. Continue pulling out the layers on both sides of the tie.

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Step (9): Two flowers that I made in similar fashion

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Step (10): Now add it to a bouquet or make one out of a similar bunch of flowers


Steps to make Tulips from nylon sock:

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It is pretty easy once you get the idea of how to make a single petal.

For making this, the materials we need are:

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  • Nylon sock : Cream and Green color (as you prefer)
  • Two empty bottles of slightly different diameter : ( I took 5 cm and 6cm dia bottles respectively to loop the wire around to create petals and leaves)
  • Cutting Plier
  • Scissors
  • Nylon Thread
  • Metal Wire : Gold Colour
  • Flower tape: Green
  • Anther

All these materials will be available in craft shops.

First wind the gold wire on the bottles to form loops and tie them tight using a cutting player. Make 3 smaller petals using 5 cm dia bottle and three larger petals by looping around the 6 cm dia bottle. For the 2 green leaves loop around the two bottles kept side by side together so that you get a larger loop.

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Add a central connecting wire : For the 3 bigger petals and the 2 leaves,give a central connecting wire as shown in the above picture using the cutting player. This central wire is important to give the shape to the Tulip.

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Wrap the sock around wire petal: Now wrap around the 6 petals with cream nylon sock and the 2 leaf petals with green sock and tie them up using the nylon thread.

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Anthers fixed to the stem: Now twist three 15 cm long wires and tie them together. Wind the green flower tape to create a stem. Now tie the Anthers onto the stem with nylon thread.

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Tie the petals upside down : Now tie the 3 larger petals upside down followed by the 3 smaller petals.
It will look like this after tying like this.

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Petals tied upside down : Now slowly pull them up one by one bringing the shape of the Tulip like this.

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Pull the petals up: Tie the leaves in a similar manner on the stem at different positions and gently shape the petals and leaves like this.

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Add the leaves : Now wind the flower tape around the leaves to hide the thread.
You are done!!!

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Make many to make a bouquet or give it pride of place on your dining table as a single flower arrangement…!!!

Recycling is not the only solution to reduce the adverse effect of the plastic bags, sometimes an artistic mind with little effort can help us to lengthen the usage / reuse the plastic bags. Rather ending up on garbage we can prolong their utility by making flower / crafts out of them. May be someday our technologies will find an efficient way to dispose them safely compared to now, till that we can make it decorate our home, instead of making landfills.

Please visit her blog Tulips and Me for more of her works and wonderful pencil portraits.

A sample of her work. Hindu God : Baby Krishna

A sample of her work. Hindu God : Baby Krishna


Courtesy : Preethi Venugopal , Tulips and Me and Indiblogger

Know : Long list of Petroleum based Products

plasticThe environmental impact of petroleum has been often negative because it is toxic to almost all forms of life. The possibility of climate change exists. Petroleum, commonly referred to as oil, is closely linked to virtually all aspects of present society, especially for transportation and heating for both homes and for commercial activities. 

One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline/petrol. The rest (over half) is used to make things classified as follows (This is just a few of over 6000 items that are made of petroleum based products)



 Plastic Ties
 Row Cover
 Irrigation Piping
 Bags And Packaging
 Pesticides And Herbicides
 Food Preservatives

Clothing And Textiles

 Ballet Tights
 Nylon Cord
 Everything Polyester: Blouses, Pants, Pajamas Etc.
 Everything Permanent Press: Shirts, Dresses Etc.
 Nylon Zippers
 Plastic Hangers
 Thongs And Flip Flops
 Fake Fur
 Garment Bags
 Shoe Laces
 Rain Coats
 Iron-On Patches
 Sofa Pillow Material
 Tote Bags

Infants And Children

 Acrylic Toys
 Baby Oil
 Laundry Baskets
 Waterproof Pants
 Baby Aspirin
 Bath Soap
 Baby Blankets
 Doubleknit Shirts
 Baby Bottles
 Disposable Diapers
 Baby Shoes
 Teething Rings
 Nipples And Binkies
 Stuffed Animals
 Baby Lotion


 Allergy Medication
 Cotton-Tipped Swabs
 Liquid Pepto-Bismol
 First Aid Cream
 Pill Cases
 Band Aids
 First Aid Kits
 Latex Gloves
 Prescription Bottles
 Burn Lotion
 Mosquito Spray
 Rubbing Alcohol
 Chap Stick
 Heart Valve Replacement
 Nasal Decongestant
 Surgical Tape
 Hearing Aids
 Artificial Limbs
 Eyeglasses And Sunglasses
 Denture Adhesives
 Oxygen Masks
 Prescription Glasses
 Cough Syrup
 Hearing Aids

Kitchen And Household

 Vinegar Bottles
 Egg Cartons
 Meat Trays
 Trash Bags
 Freezer Containers
 Melamine Dishware
 Cake Decorations
 Microwave Dishes
 Freezer Bags
 Milk Jugs
 Vacuum Bottles
 Gelatin Molds
 Nylon Spatulas
 Wax Paper
 Coffee Pots
 Ice Cream Scoops
 Oven Bags
 Drinking Cups
 Ice Trays
 Plastic Containers
 Fabric Softener
 Detergent Bottles
 Plastic Table Service
 Drain Stoppers
 Dish Drainers
 Lunch Boxes
 Pudding Molds
 Dish Scrubbers
 Drinking Straws
 Paper Cup Dispensers
 Measuring Cups
 Teflon Coated Pans
 Table Cloths
 Refrigerator Shelves


 Hair Brushes
 Permanent Wave Curlers
 Hair Color
 Mascara Petroleum Jelly
 Foam Rubber Curlers
 Contact Lenses And Cases
 Hair Spray
 Hand Lotion
 Shaving Foam
 Hair Dryers
 Shoe Inserts
 Body Lotion
 Face Masks
 Skin Cleanser
 Moisturizing Cream
 Soap Holders
 Disposable Razors
 Leather Conditioner
 Facial Toner
 Lens Cleanser
 Nail Polish
 Tooth Brushes
 Toothpaste Tubes
 Synthetic Wigs
 Bubble Bath
 Soap Capsules


 Carpet Padding
 Venetian Blinds
 TV Cabinets
 Extension Cords
 Picture Frames
 Flocked Wallpaper
 Shower Doors
 Refrigerator Lining
 Vinyl Wallpaper
 Kitchen Carpet
 Shag Carpet
 Welcome Mats
 Fan Blades
 Shower Curtain
 Patio Furniture

Building And Home

 Caulking Material
 Light Switch Plates
 Faucet Washers
 Measuring Tape
 Polyurethane Stain
 Water Pipes
 Electric Saws
 Propane Bottles
 Wood Floor Cleaner/Wax
 Vinyl Electrical Tape
 Plastic Pipe
 Shingles (Asphalt)
 Light Panels
 Garden Hoses
 Plastic Wood Spackling Paste
 Glazing Compound
 Spray Paint
 Epoxy Paint
 Artificial Turf
 Folding Doors
 Floor Wax
 House Paint
 Paint Rollers
 Toilet Seats
 Water Pipes
 Roofing Material
 Plywood Adhesive


 Flat Tire Fix
 Street Paving (Asphalt)
 Car Battery Cases
 Motor Oil
 Loud Speakers
 Bearing Grease
 Sports Car Bodies
 Traffic Cones
 Car Enamel
 Brake Fluid
 Windshield Wipers
 Car Sound Insulation
 Oil Filters
 Car Seats
 Convertible Tops
 Fan Belts


 Ash Trays
 Dog Food Dishes
 Cds And Dvds
 Dog Leashes
 Tape Recorders
 Synthetic Rubber
 Bubble Gum
 Dog Toys
 Nylon Ropes
 Bungee Straps
 Flight Bags
 Disposable Lighters
 Cassette Player
 Flea Collars
 Lighter Fluid
 Cigarette Cases
 Electric Blankets
 Tool Racks
 Name Tags
 Cigarette Filters
 Newspaper Tubes
 Calibrated Containers
 Insect Repellent
 Phonograph Records (Vinyl)
 Ice Buckets
 Credit Cards
 Fly Swatters
 Plastic Cup Holders
 Movie And Camera Film
 Rain Bonnets
 Video Cassettes
 Charcoal Lighter
 Safety Glasses, Gloves, Hats
 Shoe Polish
 Cassette Tapes
 Watch Bands
 Waterproof Boots
 Shopping Bags
 Tobacco Pouches
 Clothes Hangers
 Flea Collars
 Masking Tape
 Safety Flares
Around The Office
 Ball Point Pens
 Business Card Holders
 Waste Baskets
 Printer Cartridges
 Name Tags
 Scotch Tape
 Magic Markers
Sports, Hobbies And Games
 Fishing Lures
 Air Mattresses
 Beach Balls
 Fishing Poles
 Hang Gliders
 Vinyl Cases
 Glue Containers
 Golf Ball And Golf Bags
 Shotgun Shells
 Ear Plugs
 Knitting Needles
 Waterproof Clothing
 Stadium Cushions
 Tennis Racquets
 Fabric Dye
 Nylon Strings
 Face Protectors
 Volley Balls
 Model Cars
 Plastic Water Guns
 Fishing Bobbers
 Soccer Balls
 Oil Paints
 Fishing Cylume
 Light Sticks
 Playing Cards
 Monofilament Fishing Lines
 Diving Boards
 Poker Chips
 Rollerskate And Skateboard Wheels
 Guitar Strings
 Ice Chests
 Sleeping Bags
 Pole Vaulting Poles
 Motorcycle Helmets
 Skis, Water Skis
 Rubber Cement
 Plastic Flowerpots
 Hot Tub Covers
 Monkey Bars
 Photo Albums
 Wet Suits
 Tennis Balls
 Insulated Boots


Always check the ingredients and avoid them as much as possible. We will come up with more data and facts on this soon.

Courtesy and Source : Illinois Oil and Gas Association