We made a recent post about simple Halloween decorations you can make if you’re behind on your decorating. This post is dedicated to the Indian festival of Diwali, which is this weekend. A lot of Indian households go all out when decorating for this holiday. But I’m sure there are some of you, like me, who don’t get to it until the last minute. If that’s the case, this post is for you.
As most of you know, Diwali is the festival of lights. Most Diwali decorations tend to revolve around this concept of light. Diyas, or lamps (usually made of clay) are placed all around the house. A common ritual is to paint these clay lamps ourselves.
Painting these lamps can be very time consuming, or you might want to do something different for a change. Here are some alternative and unusual ways to lighting up your house:
Make a simple lantern by weaving strips of paper. They don’t need to be perfect. Paper that is roughly woven can still create a beautiful pattern when you light them from within.
Punch patterns into tin cans. If you have spare cans lying around, you can make these beautiful lanterns. Create patterns or images by making holes in them. Learn how to make them here.
Make pistachio shell candle holders. These look like so great when done, it’s hard to believe they’re made of pistachio shells. Learn to make these elegant decorations here.
Place lights within stacks of bangles. This idea is so simple, it’ll take you very little time to set up. The more colourful the bangles you use, the more beautiful of an affect you will achieve.
Glow up your tealights with washi tape. Your dull tealights just require a little washi tape to make them stand apart. Shiny and bright washi tape like the ones used below will look better than matte tape.
Make use of flowers. You can place your lights on floating flowers, or put them in the centre of flower arrangements.
Make paper diyas instead. If you don’t have candles, lights or lamps, you can use craft paper to make strings of lamps, like below. Learn how to make them here.
Alternatively, you can make these standing paper diyas. Learn how here.
Decorate your door with a Diwali wreath. This is a beautiful spin on the Christmas wreath. Learn to make it here.
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