Indians celebrate Diwali every year in the fall, surrounded by dazzling lights and festive vibes. If you’ve ever been lucky to witness such celebrations, you know how monumental the festival of lights is for them.
Whether you have Indian relatives or you’re a cultural enthusiast, you can participate in this year’s celebrations by crafting handmade Diwali decorations. And we’ll help you!
We’ve created a list of 30 DIY Diwali decoration ideas you can try out in your free time, some of which are kid-friendly. So manifest your crafting power, prepare your tools, and hop in!
1. Fairy Light Wall
Twinkling lights are the main theme of Diwali celebrations, and you can use them to add heartwarming vibes to your house. You’ll need fairy lights, nails, a hammer, and some memorable photos with your loved ones. Using these tools, you’ll make a wall decoration.
The tiny lamps will shine light over your cherished memories, and you’ll have taken part in the festive season.
Get the instructions for the fairy light wall on Lights 4 Fun.
2. Paper Marigold Flowers
Marigold flowers have long served as religious symbols in India and are an irreplaceable part of Diwali celebrations. With the help of your little ones, you can craft paper Marigold flowers. They’ll look like fresh flowers just plucked from the garden, and you can use them as a centerpiece on your table.
Check the tutorial for these beautiful Marigold flowers on Artsy Craftsy Mom.
3. Clay Flower Lanterns
When it comes to DIY Diwali decor ideas, clay lanterns should be number one on your to-do list. They’re easy to craft, look elegant, and can take fake or real candles. You can also get creative and use different colors and embellishments to decorate the lanterns.
Learn how to make clay flower lanterns on Baker Ross.
4. Papercut Lamp
Here’s an idea you can craft with the help of your kids. First, you’ll make a festive papercut lamp using colorful paper, scissors, and a dash of creativity. Then, you can hang it in your kids’ room as Diwali decor.
Head to Make ZineÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ to get the tutorial video for the papercut lamp.
5. Macrame-Covered Candle Holder
Macrame decor pieces have a unique charm that adds to the aesthetic of any room. This charm, combined with a light source, will give you an enchanting Diwali decoration piece. We won’t deny that working with Macrame strings is time-consuming, but we guarantee you the result will be worth every second.
Find out more about the Macrame-covered candle holder on Crafting on the Fly.
6. Stained Glass Jars and Vases
You can make stained glass jars or vases in your house in a few simple steps. You’ll only need mason jars, glass vases, and glass paint. After you finish, you can put real candles inside them for a lovely picture and shimmering effect. You can get more stained glass ideas on craftwhack.com.
Learn more about stained jars and vases on Color Made Happy.
7. Colorful Paper Fans
Paper fans are extremely easy to make, but the trick here isn’t in crafting them. Instead, it’s in choosing complementing and glimmering colors that’ll make them look like Diwali decor pieces. So, if you don’t have enough time for a challenging project, try this one. When you’re done, you can use the fans to make a Diwali backdrop.
Take a look at the colorful paper fans on Bright Kid Fun.
8. Glitter Lanterns
Introduce your kids to the festivities of Diwali with this easy project. They’ll make shimmering lanterns out of glitter paper and shiny embellishments. However, let us warn you that you shouldn’t use real candles with them. Instead, use LED lights.
Get the tutorial for glitter lanterns on Artsy Craftsy Mom.
9. DIY Diwali Elephants
Elephants are only another cultural icon of India, and you can use them as inspiration for your upcoming Diwali decoration project. This idea includes making elephant shapes using modeling clay and decorating them with glitter and shimmery sequins.
Check the instructions for DIY Diwali elephants on Baker Ross.
10. Yarn Tea Light Holder
Using yarn and twigs, you can craft beautiful tea light holders that look like teepees. They’ll add festive vibes to your place and won’t take much time to make.
Learn how to make a yarn tea light holder on Blue Bear Wood.
11. Glass Bangles Candle Holder
We’ve all been through those teenage years when glass bangles were the go-to trend, and melty beads were the real deal. If you still have glass bangles from your childhood, you can use them to craft elegant candle holders. All you’ll have to do is stack the bangles and glue them together. Then, place a candle inside and enjoy the glimmering lights.
Head to Red Ted ArtÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ to learn more about the glass bangles candle holder.
12. DIY Diwali Flower Rangoli
Are you looking for easy Diwali decoration ideas that’ll cost you nothing? Pluck some fresh flowers from your garden and make this beautiful Rangoli. You can let your children join in the fun, and you’ll end up with a beautiful, colorful Diwali decor.
Check the DIY Diwali flower Rangoli on The Educator’s Spin on It.
13. DIY Diwali Door Hanging
Let people know you’re celebrating the festival of lights with this glamorous door hanging. You can use a gold cord, beads, and decorative gems. When you’re done, you can hang your creation on your door as a Diwali decor piece. You can also add some fairy lights for more festive vibes.
Get the tutorial for the DIY Diwali door hanging on Baker Ross.
14. Funky Polymer Clay Candle Holder
Putting decorative polymer clay candle holders around your house will make you feel like you’re attending the festive season in India. You can customize your own designs or look for online ones. No matter what your choice is, you’ll have new Diwali decor pieces to showcase.
Take a look at the funky polymer clay candle holder on Crafts Beautiful.
15. Butterfly Lantern
These butterfly lanterns are one of the most elegant Diwali decoration ideas on our list. They’re also pretty easy to make out of craft paper. First, you’ll make a rectangular lantern and add a fake candle inside.
Then, you’ll cut the craft paper in the shape of butterflies and glue them on the lantern. By the end of the project, you’ll have a beautiful home decor piece.
Learn how to make a butterfly lantern on My Poppet.
16. Accordion Fold Diwali Paper Diya
Using colored paper and some sequins, you can craft many Diwali paper diyas. First, you’ll fold the paper like an accordion. Then, you’ll decorate it with sequins. In the end, you can hang them on your wall. For this project, you can use crepe paper, craft paper, or cardboard paper.
Get the tutorial for the accordion fold Diwali paper diya on Artsy Craftsy Mom.
17. DIY Diwali Wreath
If you’re looking for unconventional and simple DIY Diwali decor ideas, here’s one you’ll love. You’ll make a wreath decorated with small diyas and decorative gems. It’ll look magnificent hung up on your door, and it’ll show people that you’re celebrating the Indian festive season.
Not to mention, it’s a unique home decor piece that you can keep around for the rest of the year.
Check the instructions for the DIY Diwali wreath on Baker Ross.
18. Lotus Wall Art
Take part in the Indian festive season merriments and grace your house walls with beautiful Lotus flowers. You can craft them using cardstock paper and scissors, but choose colors that go with your interior decor.
Find out more about the Lotus wall art on Nimasonti.
19. Paper Diya Ornament
Fill your house with hanging ornaments with this easy and enjoyable project. It’s one of the easiest DIY Diwali decor ideas and doesn’t require many materials. You’ll only need craft or crepe paper, a string, and some sequins. Also, considering its simplicity, you can let your kids join you in making them.
Learn how to make a paper diya ornament on Red Ted Art.
20. DIY Salt Dough Diva Lamps
Kids love playing around with versatile materials, like salt dough. You can use this point to teach them about Diwali. First, make the dough using salt, flour, and water. Then, encourage them to shape the dough like Diva lamps. After the dough dries, give them colors and let them use their creativity to spice up the Diwali decoration pieces.
Get the DIY salt dough Diva lamps tutorial on Learning and Exploring Through Play.
21. Paper Diya Diwali Garland
Are you looking for kid-friendly DIY Diwali decor ideas? Here’s an ideal one that your little ones can craft under your supervision. They’ll make many paper diyas, then join them with a thread to make a garland. You can either hang this garland on a wall in your house or on the door.
Find out more about the paper diya Diwali garland on Red Ted Art.
22. Rangoli Craft
Indians often decorate their house entrances with Rangoli crafts made from sugar or rice flour. You can follow in their steps and make this beautiful craft. It’s easy enough for your kids to join, and you can add floral patterns, dots, or decorative gems to finish the masterpiece.
Check the instructions for the Rangoli craft on The Educators Spin on It.
23. Diwali Popsicle Stick Lanterns
If you collect popsicle sticks as many people do, it’s time to get them out and put them to good use. In this project, you’ll make festival lanterns using popsicle sticks and tracing paper. After you finish, you can put them around your house to celebrate the Indian festive season.
Learn how to make Diwali popsicle stick lanterns on Artsy Craftsy Mom.
24. Hanging Mason Jars
Diwali decoration ideas aren’t limited to house interiors; you can also spice up your garden or backyard with a few glimmering crafts. This project includes hanging mason jars and putting fake candles inside them to light up the garden. As a creative twist, you can surround them with fairy lights.
Get the tutorial for hanging mason jars on A Piece of Rainbow.
25. Decorative Candle Holders
Add shimmering vibes to your house with these decorative candle holders. You can make them using glue glitter bottles in different colors. In the end, they’ll look spectacular on your dinner table.
Check the instructions for decorative candle holders on Anujajain.
26. DIY Washi Tape Candle Holders
If you don’t have enough time for complicated crafts but still want to decorate your place, here’s an easy project. You’ll only need glass candle holders and washi tape to make these art pieces. And as a bonus point, they won’t take you more than an hour to finish.
Learn how to make DIY Washi tape candle holders on Pink Chai Living.
27. Painted Paper Festival Lanterns
Do you want to celebrate the festival of lights by crafting homemade decorations with your friends and family? Here’s an easy idea that doesn’t require many materials and will take no time. You’ll create painted paper lanterns and hang them around your place. This way, you’ll add festive vibes with minimum effort.
Read more about painted paper festival lanterns on Handmade Charlotte.
28. Paper Lotus Tea Light Holder
If you’re skilled in cutting paper, you can put your skills to good use and make some Diwali-themed tea light holders. They’ll look gorgeous on your table, and you can put a real candle in the middle of each one for extra glam.
Check the instructions for the Lotus tea light holder on Artsy Craftsy Mom.
29. Flower Wall Hanging
Do you want to spice up your wall with some Diwali decoration ideas? If so, it’s time to work on this lovely craft. You’ll make a wall hanging out of colorful fake flowers. Although it might take some time to finish, we hope you’ll have a blast crafting it!
Learn how to make a flower wall hanging on Oh Happy Days.
30. Diwali Diya Crafts
The final idea on our list consists of crafting diya shapes out of air-dry clay or playdough and decorating them with sequins and gems. It’s a straightforward idea that you can try out with your kids. You can also put real candles inside the diyas without worrying about fire hazards.
Find out more about Diwali diya crafts on Little Passports.
31. 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.
Learn how to make a Paper Lotus Tealight Holder on artsycraftsymom.com.
32. 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.
Check the guide for Painted Clay Flower Tealight Holder on bakerross.co.uk.
33. 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.
Learn more about Kids’ Easy Paper Diya on redtedart.com.
34. 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.
Find out more about DIY Paper Lantern on artsycraftsymom.com.
35. 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.
See more instructions on Diwali Paper Fans on brightkidfun.com.
36. 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.
Learn how to make Paper Lotus Wall Decor on nimasonti.com.
37. 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.
Get the tutorial for Paper Marigold Flowers on artsycraftsymom.com.
38. 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.
Get the video tutorial for Cut-Paper Lanterns on makezine.com.
39. 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.
Find out more about Easy Diwali Candle Holders on redtedart.com.
40. 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.
Get the tutorial for Salt Dough Diva Lamps on learningandexploringthroughplay.com.
41. 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.
Learn how to make DIY Diwali Diya on littlepassports.com.
42. 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.
See more instructions for Paper Diya Diwali Garland on redtedart.com.
43. 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.
Check the guide for Rangoli Craft for Kids on theeducatorsspinonit.com.
44. 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.
Learn how to make Pretty Diwali Popsicle Stick Lantern on artsycraftsymom.com.
45. 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.
Get the tutorial for Flower Rangoli Craft for Kids on theeducatorsspinonit.com.
46. 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.
Read more about Glitter Paper Table Lanterns on artsycraftsymom.com.
47. 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.
Find out more about Diwali Door Hanging on bakerross.co.uk.
48. 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.
See more instructions for DIY Accordion Fold Diyas on artsycraftsymom.com.
49. 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.
Get the tutorial for Sparkler Firework Crafts for Kids on kidscraftroom.com.
50. 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.
Learn more about DIY Diwali Wreath on bakerross.co.uk.
51. 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.
Check the step-by-step guide for Clay Elephant Ornaments on bakerross.co.uk.
52. 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.
Find out more about Funky Polymer Clay Candle Holder on crafts-beautiful.com.
53. 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.
Get the tutorial for Crepe Paper Petals Wall Hanging on ohhappyday.com.
54. 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.
Learn how to make Butterfly Diwali Lantern on mypoppet.com.au.
55. 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.
Check the guide for Painted Paper Lanterns on handmadecharlotte.com.
56. 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.
Read more about Diwali Candle Holder on highlights.com.
57. 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.
Get the tutorial for Diwali Diya Wall Hanging on hobbyideas.in.
58. 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.
See more instructions for Magical Hanging Mason Jar Lights on apieceofrainbow.com.
59. 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.
Read more about Diwali Candle Holders With Washi Tape on pinkchailiving.com.
60. 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.
Check the guide for Decorative Candle Holders on anujajain.wordpress.com.
Now that you have many DIY Diwali decor ideas to try out, we hope you’ll have an unforgettable Indian celebration!