Diwali is the Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival of lights, which occurs between mid-October and mid-November. The idea of light, both spiritual and physical, can serve as a central theme for the DIY projects inspired by Diwali. Those hosting a Diwali celebration can make homemade decorations that display their own creativity and capture the spirit of the festival.
Items you will need
- Votive candles
- Mirrored plate
- Mason jars
- Acrylic paint
- Paper bags
- Utility knife
- Large plate or tray
- Tikka powder/colored sand
Place a large tray and a few bowls of colorful tikka powder out on a table. Tikka powder is made of ashes, finely ground clay, or sandalwood paste that has been dyed in vibrant colors. Guests can use the tikka powder to collaborate on building a Rangoli, which is like a painting made by sprinkling the powder on a flat surface to create an intricate symmetrical pattern.
Make an arrangement of votive candles on top of a mirrored plate. Add a splash of color by placing flowers on the same mirror, between the candles. The mirror will reflect the light and color to make the flowers look more plentiful.
Use acrylic paints to decorate the outside of the Mason jars with colorful patterns influenced by Rangoli designs. Place a tea light candle in the bottom of each Mason jar and light the candle. The light will splash the colors from the paint around the room.
Draw a pattern onto a paper bag -- something influenced by the elaborate patterns used in Rangoli or an image of the goddess Laxmi (goddess of wealth). Use a utility knife to carefully cut out the pattern. Place a candle inside the bag and light it. Line up bags along the edges of the patio or use them to like the way along the driveway or footpath.
Tips & Warnings
- Use the color red when possible because it's thought to be the favorite color of the gods and goddesses.
- The paper bag lanterns are highly flammable. Make sure that no part of the paper bag is touching the sides of the candle when lit, and keep a water source nearby in case a flame needs to be doused.