Why Do We Celebrate Diwali?
Diwali is a festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India. It is rightly called the festival of lights and is celebrated to honour Lord Ram. It is believed that Lord Rama returned to his empire after 14 years of exile. The festival Diwali is associated with Goddess Lakshmi who symbolizes wealth and prosperity. People prepare for Diwali by cleaning and decorating their homes with lanterns, diyas, and offer puja to Goddess Lakshmi. Diwali is not complete without sweets, bursting crackers, and visiting family members.
The Grand Festival of Diwali and Its Celebration!
The lighting of lanterns and diyas is synonymous with Diwali as it signifies the triumph of good over evil. People from all religions come together to celebrate this festival by bursting crackers and sweets. Diwali is celebrated after Dussehra and is celebrated in honour of Lord Ram return to his home after fourteen years of exile. It is celebrated for five days.
- Naraka Chaturdasi – the first day of Diwali, marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama.
- Amavasya – the second day of Diwali, marks the worship of Lakshmi and seek her blessings for prosperity.
- Kartika Shudda Padyami – the third day of Diwali, King Bali returns from Hell to rule Earth.
- Bhai Dooj – the fourth day of Diwali, sisters invite their brother home to seek their blessings.
- Dhanteras - the final day of Diwali, a celebration of wealth and prosperity.
Decorate Your Home for Diwali with Handmade Decorations
Diwali is celebrated at home by lighting lamps and decorating the house. Rather than spending money on designer lamps and wall hangings you can make them at the comfort of the home. Go eco-friendly this Diwali by making your decorations from plastic bottles, plastic spoons, candles, paper lanterns, and glitter hangings. Here is a list of home decorations that you can make at home and impress your guests.
Top 8 DIY Home Decorations to Glam up Your Home This Diwali
1. Diwali Water Candles
Make elegant and beautiful water candles and adorn your home with these beauties this Diwali.
- Small plastic cups
- Synthetic flower/real flowers
- Food colours
- Plastic stirrer
- Lamp oil
- Plastic lids
- Step – 1: Assemble the paper cups and make sure they are clean and do not contain any holes.
- Step – 2: Take the first four cups and place any flower of your choice such as jasmine, hibiscus, daisy and rose into the cups.
- Step – 3: Once the flowers are placed into the cup, pour water into the cup until the flowers are immersed.
- Step – 4: Take the next four cups and just pour water into them.
- Step – 5: Mix your favourite food colour into the cups so that they look colourful.
- Step – 6: Take a plastic lid and punch a hole in the middle with a ballpoint pen.
- Step – 7: Insert a lamp thread through the hole in the lid and secure it tightly.
- Step – 8: Repeat the same process for all the cups.
- Step – 9: now pour a spoon of lamp oil on top of the water into the cups. Since oil is lighter, it tends to float on top of the water.
- Step – 10: Place the lid on top of the cups and light it. The lamp tends to burn until the oil is exhausted.
2. Plastic Bottle Hangings
Go eco-friendly this Diwali by reusing the plastic bottles in your home to make lovely hanging decorations for your home.
- Plastic bottle
- Glitter foam
- Led light holder
- Colored lace
- Metal bangle
- Beads for decoration
- Step – 1: Take an empty plastic bottle and cut it in the middle. Trim the end of the bottle such that you get a double side empty middle piece.
- Step – 2: Take the top half of the bottle and trim the lower end such that the bottleneck along with the cap is intact.
- Step – 3: Place the bottle on empty cardboard and trace its edges. Cut along the edges to obtain two circular cardboard pieces.
- Step – 4: Apply glue over the cardboard piece and stick glitter foam on both sides.
- Step – 5: Take single cardboard and cut a small hole in the middle and place the LED light holder into it with the help of glue and mask the edges with coloured lace.
- Step – 6: Take the plastic bottle and paint it along the edges to resemble a lantern. Allow the paint to dry.
- Step – 7: Once the paint is dry, stick the cardboard with an LED light holder at the bottle and the plain cardboard on the top end.
- Step – 8: Take the top part of the bottle and decorate it with coloured thread and lace.
- Step – 9: Now stick the decorated top part of the top of the upper side of the cardboard.
- Step – 10: Take a metal bangle and cut it on one side and bend the edges a little.
- Step – 11: Stick the bangle on the bottle cap such that it resembles a lantern handle.
- Step – 12: Decorate the cardboard edges with coloured lace and beads of your choice.
- Step – 13: Switch on the LED holder watch your lamps come to life.
3. Flashing Glitter Lanterns
Make flashing disco lanterns at home this Diwali and surprise your guests.
- Metallic glitter
- LED lights
- Step – 1: Blow the balloons and stop until you reach the desired size.
- Step – 2: Take glue and mix equal parts of water to get a glue mixture.
- Step – 3: Dip the thread into the glue mixture and start wrapping it on top of the balloon in a criss-cross pattern.
- Step – 4: Once all the glue-soaked thread is fastened on the balloon, allow it to dry.
- Step – 5: Once it is dry, using a pair of scissors, deflate the balloon carefully, and remove it.
- Step – 6: The thread will hold the shape of the balloon.
- Step – 7: Paint the thread with the glue mixture and apply metallic glitter on it.
- Step – 8: Place a LED light inside the balloon-shaped lamp and fasten it to your wall, ceiling, or balcony.
4. Elegant Paper Hangings
Did you know that you can make elegant paper hangings at home with simple colour papers? Follow this tutorial to create your elegant paper hangings.
- Old newspaper
- Colour paper
- Step – 1: Take a 6cm x 6cm coloured paper and roll it into a cone and stick the edges.
- Step – 2: Apply metallic glitter on the edges of the cone to decorate it.
- Step – 3: Repeat step 2 to make numerous decorated coloured cones and set them aside.
- Step – 4: Cut the newspaper into long strips and place a long stick and fasten it with the newspaper.
- Step – 5: Repeat step 4 to obtain long newspaper cover strips.
- Step – 6: Stick the individual strips together to obtain a single thick single to fasten the cones.
- Step – 7: Cover the long stick with coloured papers and fasten the small coloured cones on the stick with thread.
- Step – 8: Take long rectangle strips of coloured paper and fold them inwards and outwards continuously to form a fan-like pattern.
- Step – 9: Take a triangle-shaped coloured paper.
- Step – 10: Start folding them inwards and outwards continuously by starting from the wide base of the triangle.
- Step – 11: Pinch it in the middle to create a fan-like pattern that resembles wings.
- Step – 12: Take a cardboard strip and stick the paper designs on it to create your very own thoran pattern to adorn your doorways.
- Step – 13: Adorn the thoran with beads and coloured laces to impress your guest this Diwali.
5. DIY Paper Diyas
Make eco-friendly paper diyas at home that is safe to play with for your children and pets.
- Colored paper
- Glitter foam
- Step – 1: Take a coloured paper and divide it into three equal parts with the help of a ruler.
- Step – 2: Fold the paper inwards towards the markings to obtain a single strip.
- Step – 3: Now fold the paper into two halves and further fold it into half to obtain a squared piece of paper.
- Step – 4: With help of a compass, draw a circle inside the square paper and cut along the edges to obtain individual pieces of circles.
- Step – 5: Fold each circle to create two halves and further fold it to create another half.
- Step – 6: Stick the folded pieces on top of each other with the help of glue.
- Step – 7: Take the edge of the first folded half and the edge of the last folded half and bring them together to get a fan-like pattern. Stick the edges to retain the pattern.
- Step – 8: Take a glitter foam and draw the shape of a flame and cut it along the edges.
- Step – 9: Stick the flame-shaped glitter foam on the paper pattern to create colourful paper diyas.
6. Paper Cup Light Hangings
Did you know that you can make a bright and colourful lantern from paper cups? If no, follow these simple steps to make them easily at home.
- Paper cups
- LED light
- Step – 1: Take two paper cups adjacent to each other and staple them.
- Step – 2: Perform step 1 until you form a circle with the stapled cups.
- Step – 3: Likewise, make four such circles entirely by placing paper cups together and stapling them.
- Step – 4: Place the paper cup circles on top of each other and staple them again.
- Step – 5: Fasten them to the ceiling by attaching it with a thread.
- Step – 6: Place a colour light or an LED light in the middle and watch your paper cup light up your home this Diwali.
7. Plastic Spoon Flower Lamp
We often use plastic spoons and discard them after using them. Reuse the plastic spoons and reduce wastage by making a colourful flower lamp out of them.
- Plastic spoons
- Plastic bottle
- Paper cutter
- Glue gun
- Coloured LED bulb
- Step – 1: Cut the plastic bottle into the half with a paper cutter.
- Step – 2: Take a plastic spoon and break it at the neck such that only the wide part of the spoon remains.
- Step – 3: Take the lower part of the plastic spoon and stick the broken spoon facing inwards.
- Step – 4: Continue with step 3 until a circular layer of spoons is formed on the bottle.
- Step – 5: To create a second layer, apply glue on the spoon making the first layer and stick the next set of spoons to create a second layer.
- Step – 6: Continue with step 5 until the whole bottle is completed and resembles a flower.
- Step – 7: Make a hole at the end of the plastic bottle.
- Step – 8: Take a coloured LED light bulb and fix it at the end of the plastic bottle.
- Step – 9: Take a plastic tumbler and cut off the lower part and stick the flower lamp on top.
- Step – 10: Fix a power source to the LED under the tumbler.
- Step – 11: Switch on the power source and watch the spoon light lamp come to life.
8. Glittery Room Hangings
Make easy glittery wall hangings at home and adorn your homes with them this Diwali.
- Glitter paper
- Designer hangings
- Golden flower
- Golden beads
- White big beads
- White small beads
- Big needle
- Golden thread
- Paper cutter
- Step – 1: Take a ruler and mark the measurements.
- Step – 2: Take the glitter paper and cut them into strips measuring 8-inch x ¾ inch pieces.
- Step – 3: Take a golden-coloured thread and string a designer hanging at one end of the thread.
- Step – 4: String a needle at the other end of the thread.
- Step – 5: Stack the glitter paper on top of each other and using the needle string them together on the thread.
- Step – 6: Take the needle again and string the other end of the glitter paper by folding them inwards.
- Step – 7: Create a circular pattern by stringing the ends of the glitter paper with the needle.
- Step – 8: Secure the end of the glitter paper with small and big white beads and designer hangings.
- Step – 9: Fasten it with thread and handing it on your balcony railings or ceilings and watch them glitter.
Diwali Celebrations All Over India: Know the Many Different Variations!
- Uttar Pradesh – Believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, Diwali is celebrated extravagantly here. People celebrate Diwali by displaying the Ganga aarti in the evening. Following the aarti thousands are diyas are let to float over the River Ganges.
- Punjab – Diwali is celebrated to mark the beginning of winter and farmers prepare for the winter sowing season. The Golden temple is lit with earthen lamps and people flock to offer prayers.
- West Bengal – Diwali is celebrated in honour of Goddess Kali and pandals are elaborately decorated. People visit the Kali temple to seek her blessings.
- Gujarat – Celebrated as Lakshmi Pooja, prayers are offered to Goddess Lakshmi for seeking wealth and prosperity.
- Maharashtra – Dhanteras is celebrated as a grand affair in Maharashtra. Women observe ‘Cha Padva’ to celebrate the bond of marriage and offer pooja to Goddess Lakshmi.
- Tamilnadu – Celebrated as Deepavali, people begin their day with an oil bath and visit the temple to seek the blessings of God. Elaborate feasts are prepared and crackers are burst to celebrate Diwali.
- Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka – The victory of Goddess Sathyabama over the demon Narakasura is celebrating and people light lamps to significance triumph of good over evil.
Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights’ is celebrated with pomp and fanfare all over India.
Spell Festivities and Create an Atmosphere of Happiness in Your Home!
How easy are these ideas for homemade Diwali decoration? These will keep you occupied and bring out your inner artist while getting your kids involved in the fun too – a delightful way to celebrate Diwali, indeed! These DIY Diwali Decor items will not only encourage you to embellish your home but will also help you to recycle and prevent wastage. Why not vow this Diwali to keep our houses and buildings clean, recycle and have a safe, colourful and shimmering Diwali!