by Aarti Kapur Singh
This Diwali get inspired by these really easy DIY decoration ideas and teach your child to make their own diyas, candles, rangolis and other festive decor items at home!
In my house the most excitement about Diwali is not about the patakhas and the crackers (thankfully!) but more to do with decor and how to make your house look really grand and Diwali-fied. It is true, home cleaning could be boring, but giving your house a makeover is the best thing. Not only will making home decor items on your own make you feel house proud, but is actually also very therapeutic. It is one of the thriftiest and most productive hobbies as well. Be different from usual way of setting it all up. We have some amazingly different ideas for Diwali decorations for you to explore and play with.
1. Punched hole tea-light decor: All you need is a small glass container to put your tea light, some colored chart paper and a sharp needle. Trace a design or motif on the card paper and make tiny holes with a needle. Fold the paper to cover the tea-light container and join the ends. There you are – your own unusual tea-light decor.
2. Henna-decorated candles: How about introducing Henna (mehndi) to your festive environment? We anyway use it to beautify our hands and feet. But when used to decorate candles and lamps, the effect is pretty alluring. See for yourself. This is one idea that would make your house stand out for sure.
3. Multi-diya floating tray: Just take a large clay sunken dish or tray from a potter and about eight diyas – depending on the diameter of the tray. Paint the tray a bright color and the diyas in a contrasting or complementary color. Use some Fewikwik to stick the diyas around the circumference of the tray. You can light the diyas and float some flower petals in the tray.
4. Paper lantern: The best thing about Diwali is the kandeels, or paper lanterns. Here is how you can make a few for yourself or for friends.
6. Mason-jar and lace candles: This one is particularly for fans of recycling. Take a mason jar and stick some broad lace to cover it fully. Light a candle (or even a few stubs) in it. That’s it! All the melted wax can be heated again in a microwave and a wick inserted to have a candle that will just never stop burning. This decor will take you right through to Christmas as well!
Some other ideas:
- Use some large shells from your beach vacation to fashion unusual candles.
- Refashion old silk sarees or bright colored dupattas with gota and sequins to make festive-special curtains
- Stack a few class bangles of the same size one on top of the other using high quality glue to make an innovative diya or tea-light shade.
- Paint some old glass bottles – and use as flower holders or put LED light strings in them.
- Decorate candles using real flower decoupage. Collect some petals and leaves from your walk in the garden. Press them in a thick book for a week. Rollover the glue on candle and paste leaves on it. You can strengthen the bond or even correct mistakes by heating the backside of a spoon and rolling it over the candle.
- Put your old keys to good use by making a wind chime out of them.
- Spoilt or scratched CDs can be used as diya or tea-light trays. Decorate a CD and stick on a tea-light or diya. Simple!
- Put chipped or damaged wine-glasses to good use by making miniature table lamps. Refer image for how to do it.
- Make a rustic-looking bowl for your dry fruits using nothing but rope. Here’s how to make it!
- Here is another idea to create a serviette bowl using origami.
- You can also use old CDs// DVDs to make wall hangings..
- While Goddess Lakshmi could be challenging, you could twist and turn some sturdy wire to create a Ganpati shape and wrap flowers around it.
- Flow the colors of rangoli on your table by baking cookies but decorating them using henna patterns
- Last-minute decoration hurry? Worry not. Simply use long flower garlands and arrange in a rangoli-like pattern. See image for reference.
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