Happy Diwali: Try these DIY crafts with your child

Diwali 2018: Make these DIY candles. (Source: Dreamstime)

This Diwali, encourage your child to be creative and make these interesting DIY crafts for Diwali.

This Diwali let your little one indulge in some creative display. Decorating diyas, preparing wall-hangings, designing walls are some of the great ideas to keep your little one engaged. Here are some ideas for interesting DIY crafts for Diwali that you can enjoy with your child.

Decorating earthen pots

Earthen pots or diyas look extremely inviting with mirrors and glitter on them. Ornamenting your home will add an urban touch to your little paradise. Make sure your kids use organic colours and glitter which do not irritate their skin.

Wall-hangings

Decorated walls look breathtaking during Diwali and even otherwise. It adds life to the home. You can buy some decorative material to prepare wall hangings, such as glitter paper, disposable paper cups, ice-cream sticks, etc, for the same. String them up as festoons or just pin them up.

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Rangoli

Instead of pasting a paper rangoli on your doorstep, make it a fun family activity. You can ask your children to design rangoli using real flowers, lentils, organic colours, diyas, etc. There are different patterns of rangoli already available in the market or online; you can get printouts and use them as stencils. Fill it with your own colours and enjoy as the kids show off their handiwork to guests.

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Door Hangings or Bandanwar

Beautifying doors and walls to make them look lively is another name for Diwali. So, making a door-hanging or a Toran is a nice idea. You can use paper, ribbons, bells, shells, artificial flowers, etc, to make a DIY Bandanwar at home.

Embellish lampshades

Diwali is the best time to have lamps and lights all around the house. You can make your own lampshades of different shapes and patterns. All you need is some cardboard and paper to cut into various shapes. Or take an existing lampshade and cover it with fabric, felt paper, and go wild with glitter and glue! Encourage your kids to give free rein to their imagination.

Diwali greeting cards

We often exchange greeting cards on Diwali. Children need it to express their gratitude to their teachers and wish them festive greetings. Instead of buying cards, make it at home. Let them pick the material and use their imagination. One can use waste material and old greeting cards to do some patchwork on the new ones. There are also several YouTube videos that can help you learn new skills, such as paper quilling.

Diwali posters

You just need some sketch pens, chart paper and you’re set…get your kids to make some posters with a Green Diwali message. Decorate your home with these, just as you would use posters and banners on birthdays and other occasions.

Making and decorating candles

Instead of buying candles from the market, you can make them at home. Give candles any shape, colour, size and add glitter for that extra shine. You can also make aroma candles. All you need is a candle-making kit, which is easily available online, or some raw wax, moulds, wicks, etc, which can also be picked up in shops.

Imagine how lovely your home will look with so many self-crafted decorative accents. In fact, your little one will learn multiple new things while working on these crafts.