We are just few days away from Diwali. Every few years , I try to create some ethnic crafts for Diwali décor. Just my humble effort to present Indian culture to my own kids. Being NRI is really not that easy when it comes to celebrating Indian festivals. We don’t have national holidays on Diwali, Holi etc, we don’t have malls decked up because of Diwali. We don’t see houses decorated here on Diwali. Hence, we have to make an extra effort to create that mood within our homes.
Here are few of my newest creations for Diwali. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.
It is a colorful pattern usually made by women on auspicious occasions. It is believed to bring good luck , health and prosperity.The style varies as per one’s interest, region and these days availability of time. I didn’t use any real colors as I’m not a pro. So I decided to make this one. Good for beginners like me. Learn more about rangoli here.
Materials Used : Glitter Card Stock in two contrasting colors, Real Pennies/Coins, Glue, Scissors
Time: About 45 minutes
Lord Ganesha is one of the most worshipped deities among Hindus. This elephant head Lord is believed to remove obstacles and bring wisdom and intellect. Before performing any rituals, this is the first one to be worshipped. Click here to read more about Lord Ganesha. Some of the best Rangolis are made with lord Ganesha as the central design.
This is what I did. Not using it as rangoli. Instead, it will be a wall décor.
Materials Used : Foam Sheet, Fancy Lace/ Ribbon, Almonds, Glue, Sequins
Time: 30 minutes
Kalasha typically means a pot full of water , topped with mango leaves and coconut. This kalasha is considered as a symbol of life and abundance. More details here.
Materials Used : Foam sheets – red, green and brown, scissors, glue, sequins for decoration ( optional)
Time required: 30 minutes
Torans or bandanwaars are used to decorate the main entrance door of house. Toran and all of the above decorations are mainly displayed to welcome the Goddess of wealth – Lakshmi . Typically a toran is made of a long thread with leaves attached to it. These days many contemporary Torans are also available. Here’s my contemporary touch to the traditional Toran.
Materials used: Foam, sequins, good quality metallic lace
Time required: 45 minutes
As you can see , with little effort you can create these crafts which will bring a personal touch to your diwali décor.
We are just 4 days away from Diwali. I’m sure you are busy making all the preparations. I just cleaned all the closets, cupboards and drawers of the house today. I started last weekend and slowly but steadily finished this job. But there’s lot more which needs to be done. Will catch you all later.
And all this while, don’t forget about your Diwali outfit. If you need some outfit inspiration for Diwali, check this .
Rise and Shine !!