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DIY Diwali Decoration Ideas

DIY Diwali Decoration Ideas

If you’ve ever been to India during the festival of lights, then you know how the celebrations can be dazzling. However, because of the pandemic, the festivities are now limited. If you don’t want to miss out on the experience, you can make some homemade Diwali crafts in your free time.

To help you out, we’ve made a list of many elegant and sparkling DIY Diwali decoration ideas that you can try out. So grab your joyful spirit and crafting talents, and jump in!

Paper Lotus Tealight Holder

The lotus flower is among the many symbols of Diwali celebrations. If you want to grace your house with both light and a lotus-inspired decoration, you can attempt this elegant paper lotus tealight holder. You’ll only need colored paper, scissors, glue, and a pencil.

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Painted Clay Flower Tealight Holder

If you want your Diwali decorations to last all year long, you can make those beautifully painted clay tealight holders. You can create as many candle holders as you wish and decorate each one using different colors.

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Kids’ Easy Paper Diya

If you want to introduce your kids to the festival of lights, there isn’t a better way than making this cute paper Diya together. It’s pretty easy to make, and your kids will have a field day making many Diyas in various bright colors.

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DIY Paper Lantern

Paper lanterns, also commonly known as kandeel in India, are among the most beautiful Diwali decorations for your house. In addition, they’re pretty easy to make, so you can let your kids join in on the fun. And because they shine elegantly in the dark, you’ll end up brightening up your house with those colorful paper lanterns.

Also, you can hang them indoors, outdoors, or in the doorway.

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Diwali Paper Fans

Most people know how to make paper fans since they’re pretty straightforward. However, the main artistic aspect lies in choosing colors that contrast nicely and look elegant when shaped into a fan. There are endless color ideas that you can try, and all of them will make an excellent decoration for your wall.

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Paper Lotus Wall Decor

If you have a bare wall in your house, it’s time to decorate it with some colorful paper lotus crafts. You can choose the colors that go best with the rest of your home decor. And although you’ll cut many petals in different colors, this art project won’t take much of your time to finish.

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Paper Marigold Flowers

Marigold flowers are famous throughout Indian celebrations, and as a bonus point, they’re utterly beautiful. So you can incorporate them in your Diwali decorations this year by creating those cute paper Marigold flowers. After you finish, you can either use them as table decorations or string them together and hang them on the wall.

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Cut-Paper Lanterns

As Diwali is the festival of lights, any homemade craft that includes lighting will suffice. You can create those cut-paper lanterns as decor for your room. That said, it’d be best if you used LED lights instead of fairy lights to avoid fire hazards.

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Easy Diwali Candle Holders

If you have kids, there’s a high chance you have glass bangles lying all over the house. You can finally put them to use and make those easy candle holders. Since this craft is relatively simple, you can let your kids join in on the fun. After making it, put a candle in the middle and enjoy the shimmering lights.

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Salt Dough Diva Lamps

Playing around with salt dough is fun for kids, especially when creating something as beautiful as those diva lamps. If your kids are too young to manipulate the dough, you can do it yourself and let them decorate the lamps with colors and glitter.

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DIY Diwali Diya

Instead of purchasing Diyas for your house, you can make one that matches your place’s interior. You can either use air-dry clay or playdough for this project. After you finish, you can put a candle in your Diya and light up your house.

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Paper Diya Diwali Garland

This project is suitable for little kids who are enthusiastic about the festival of lights. It’s pretty simple and will look beautiful enough to hang on your walls. First, they’ll make separate Diyas in different colors. Then, they’ll attach them to a long yarn strand to form a garland.

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Rangoli Craft for Kids

Rangoli crafts made from sugar or rice flour are often used in India to decorate house entries. They also have an attractive, colorful design that kids love. That’s why they’ll have tremendous fun playing around with this project.

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Pretty Diwali Popsicle Stick Lantern

If you have leftover popsicle sticks, get some glue, and you’re good to go for this project. It requires only minimum effort and time, and it’ll look lovely by the time you’re done with it. But note that you should only use battery-operated candles with this lantern to avoid fire hazards.

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Flower Rangoli Craft for Kids

If you have a garden in your house, you can pluck out some colorful flowers and make this beautiful Rangoli craft. In addition to its simplicity, it’ll be enjoyable for little kids who are too young for challenging art projects.

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Glitter Paper Table Lanterns

A little bling won’t hurt for this year’s Diwali decorations. Those glitter lanterns will look stunning as they glimmer and shine with a candle in the middle. And as a bonus point, they’re pretty easy to make. You can even let your kids make them.

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Diwali Door Hanging

If you like working with beads, you’ll love this project. It consists of making a traditional Indian door hanging to welcome guests during celebrations. By the time you’re done with it, it’ll look so professional. You can also choose the colors that go best with your house.

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DIY Accordion Fold Diyas

You can make those accordion fold Diyas with minimum effort and materials. They’re an ideal Diwali decoration for your house because they’re versatile and small. For example, you can either hang them vertically on a bare wall in your home or string them together and hang them on the door.

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Sparkler Firework Crafts for Kids

Fireworks are a must-have at any light celebrations, but they pose many safety risks, especially to kids. So as an alternative, you can let your kids make those real-looking firework crafts. They’re easy, inexpensive, and fun to make.

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DIY Diwali Wreath

If you want to hang a colorful, bright wreath on your door for Diwali, you’ll love this project. It’s easy enough for kids to make it under adult supervision, and it takes no more than an hour. After the glue dries, you can add many decorations to the wreath.

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Clay Elephant Ornaments

Elephants aren’t specifically a part of Diwali celebrations, but they’re a renowned symbol throughout India. Those clay elephant ornaments are durable so that you can hang them in your house all year long. Also, they’re fun to decorate.

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Funky Polymer Clay Candle Holder

If you know how to manipulate polymer clay into different shapes, you’ll enjoy making this funky candle holder. It consists of bright colors to go with the Indian culture symbols. Also, using regular tealight candles doesn’t pose a fire hazard.

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Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging

Flower torans are pretty famous in India during various celebrations, and as a bonus point, they look beautiful. You can make this petals wall hanging and showcase it on your door or inside the house. It might take some effort and time on your side, but the result will be worth it.

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Butterfly Diwali Lantern

This lantern will look magical as a table decoration during this year’s Diwali celebrations, with butterflies coming out of it. You can also give the butterflies a decorative sparkle by gluing glitter on their wings. All in all, you’ll have fun with this project.

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Painted Paper Lanterns

Those lanterns are easy to make and will brighten up your house decor. And for the best part, you don’t have to remove them after Diwali celebrations are over. Instead, you can leave them up as spring decor because of their bright colors.

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Diwali Candle Holder

This air-dry clay candle holder is easy enough for kids to do it. After shaping it, they can decorate it with sparkly gems and glitter for an attractive, Diwali-worthy shimmering effect. Finally, you can put a candle in the middle and enjoy the warm vibes.

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Diwali Diya Wall Hanging

Instead of hanging Diyas like a horizontal banner, you’ll attach them vertically to a string this time. The project is pretty easy if you know how to cut paper into specific shapes. Also, these Diyas will add color to your house interior.

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Magical Hanging Mason Jar Lights

Diwali decorations aren’t limited to the interiors of your house; you should also add light and sparkle to your backyard. After you’re done with this project, your garden will look like a fairy wonderland. And you don’t even have to remove them after the celebrations are over.

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Diwali Candle Holders With Washi Tape

This project might be the easiest one on our list. You’ll only need glass candle holders and washi tape to decorate them. But the highlight is that you can use standard candles, not battery-operated ones, as there are no fire risks.

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Decorative Candle Holders

If you don’t mind going extra with decorations, you’ll love those embellishing candle holders. They’ll add festive vibes to your place, and you’ll have fun decorating them. Also, since they’re durable, you can use them all year long.

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Now that you have many ideas to try out, you can welcome this year’s Diwali with many DIY decorations!

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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