10 Simple and Recycling Ideas for DIY Diwali Decor

Longtime readers of the blog will know that I am a bit of a DIY junkie i.e. I love handmade and homemade decor items. Thanks to the beautiful comments from our wonderful and the many, many emails I received after our post on Decorating your home for Diwali on a budget, I decided to do a DIY Diwali Decor special for all you awesome people.

One of my pet peeves with doing a DIY Decor project is to start a project with a beautiful pinterest inspired image which needs lots of crafty material (most of it not available in India), is complicated,tedious and which eventually ends up costing more than if it were to be bought. This is why for this DIY Diwali Decor extravaganza we have brought for you 10 simple projects which don’t need you to bust the bank and which you can do with recyclable material available at your home right now. Read on for some awesomeness!!

DIY Diwali Toran

Torans or buntings as they are called are usually placed at the entrance of a house to welcome the guests and set the festive mood. Traditionally the torans are created with mango or coconut leaves but nowadays the market is full of cheap, plastic junk. Do yourself a favor and create your own Toran like Rashmi from Ochre Elephant. While she used paint samples and veneer to create her Toran, you can easily use cardboard and handmade paper to make your own toran.

{Tip: This being the wedding season and all, you will have tons of wedding cards at home, use those papers with cardboards to create these torans}

DIY Diwali Rangoli

Okay Rangoli with colors has become an easy affair now thanks to the ready made kits and stencils available in the Market. But if you want to create a portable, recycled and simple rangoli design idea then Bhupali, a reader of Patty’s blog has this awesome idea for you. Made by using cardboard packaging this rangoli design can be used over and over again.


DIY Diwali Candles

Diwali is a festival of lights and how can it be complete without some gorgeous homemade candles. There are a lot of materials you can use to make your own candles, from Orange peels, salt dough to even egg shells. Here are my favorite two

Seashell Candles

Remember all those seashells you have been collecting from your trips to Goa, it is the time to put them to some beautiful use with these candles. For the tutorial head over to the Domestic Diva incarnated Martha Stewart.

Cinnamon Stick Candles

What if you could create awesome rustic looking candles which also smelled heavenly? Then this delicious tutorial is just for you, all you need are unscented candles, cinnamon sticks and some twine. Placed single or grouped together these will be the highlight of your Diwali decor.

{Tip: If Cinnamon is not your flavor, go for candle holders or glass bowls, fill them with your favorite coffee beans and place a tealight in the middle}

DIY Diwali Lights

 I absolutely love Diwali lights, they create a magical ambience and make your Diwali fabulous and grand. While the market is flooded with Diwali lights of all shapes and sizes, there is something special about creating your own Diwali fairy lights.

Egg Carton Fairy Lights

Red Ted Art used painted egg carton cutouts to create their own fairy lights which can be easily used for decorating your house. Aren’t these so pretty!! We have already started making ours and kids love helping out in making these. Looking for more? Head over to our Diwali craft ideas for kids for some awesome ideas.

Rosebud Lights

Use some old organza ribbons to create these cute and angelic fairy lights. These will surely light up your world! Head over to this pretty blog to learn more now.

DIY Diwali Lanterns 

Lanterns or Kandeels as they are called in India add a special touch to Diwali. While you can find umpteen number of tutorials for making paper lanterns, here are two ideas which will promote recycling and create a pretty decor.

Recycled Glass Jar Lanterns

Use old sauce, jam, spaghetti jars and gold dimensional puffy paint to create these morocco inspired lanterns which will definitely create a focal piece for your Diwali decor.

Paper Bag Lanterns

Thankfully with Govt taking strict measures against plastic bags, most of us come home from shopping with a lot of paper bags. Now you can recycle those paper bags too with this simple and crafty tutorial.

DIY Diwali Diya Platter

Got a wooden board at home? Decorate it with ribbons, lace, mirrors, pearls etc. to create this gorgeous diya platter. While you are at it, put some bling on your diyas too to create a nice effect. Head over to Art platter for the tutorial.

DIY Diwali Gift Bowls

This Diwali gift some sweetness packed in these recycled papier mache bowls made out of scraps of newspaper, handmade paper and fabric scraps. Rashmie and her daughter Pari from one of our favorite blogs ever-Mommy Labs created these wonderful papier mache bowls for gifting goodies this diwali season.

I hope you will love these simple and recycling ideas for Diwali decor. If you are creating or have a mind blowing DIY Diwali Decor idea, don’t forget to share it with us and we will show it off to the rest of the world.

Here’s wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Diwali from The Mom Views. 

Swapna Thomas is the editor and founder at TheMomViews.com, an award winning Parenting blog. She quit the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom and in the process, discovered a whole new career. She truly believes that happy moms = happy world. She also coaches moms to start their online business. She loves sufi music and spends way more time daydreaming than one should.

Related posts:




  1. Swapna.. loved this post… dunno how many of these I’ll be able to try out but these surely are great ideas.
    Surabhi @ Womanatics’s recent fabulous post…You Complete Me: Need Based Relationships Are Not About True LoveMy Profile

  2. Swapna I am so inspired by all these DIY that sure I am going to try out. Thanks for sharing. Though lantern ,Diya & Rangoli I already have tried :)
    Disha’s recent fabulous post…Indian Art: Pattachitra (Odisha Art)My Profile

  3. Hey awesome post… I love the Cinnamon one. Going to try this for sure.
    Thanks for sharing. :)
    Khushbu’s recent fabulous post…Red LipstickMy Profile

    • Hey Khushbu thanks!! Cinnamon is one of my fav smells ever and this craft is so easy to do, it would be a crime not to try it once, right?

  4. Great ideas, Swapna!!
    Fab’s recent fabulous post…The ‘Liebster’ Award!!My Profile

  5. great post! very doable ideas…
    come and check out our diwali inspiration post this weekend at aalayam!



  6. Stumbling this — great ideas!
    Damyanti’s recent fabulous post…Have You Heard of the Economy of Trash?My Profile

  7. The cinnamon sticks idea sounds superb, Swapna.
    dNambiar’s recent fabulous post…A home in a tree-trunkMy Profile

  8. Wonderful ideas Swapna! I wish I was as creative. :-)
    Upasana Sharma’s recent fabulous post…My dignity and pride…My Profile

    • Thanks a ton Upasana! I wish I was so creative toilet but for now I am happy to curate all this creative genius and sharing it with my awesome readers. :)

  9. Swapna, those are some fantastic ideas. You have given me some great tips. I look forward to doing the rangoli and diyas with my kids :).
    Rachna Parmar’s recent fabulous post…Are you Overworked?My Profile

    • Hey Rachna, always glad to give new ideas to our readers. I hope you will share the pics of the rangoli and diyas with us too. :)

  10. Oh my.. what a wonderful way to do things.. Lovely ideas here.. I like the paper lanterns.. Have tried those before.. and its super easy as well.. :)

    Thank you for having me in the list too.. :)
    Patricia Torres’s recent fabulous post…Happy HalloweenMy Profile

  11. wow that was a gr8 idea
    http://crafthaaven.blogspot.in/ just check my blog too

  12. Lovely post, I am glad I read it today, as Diwali is around the corner
    Mousume’s recent fabulous post…No Place for WalkerMy Profile


  1. […] it’s a good idea to make your own or reuse last years’. Check out this our post on DIY and recycle decor for diwali and another post on budget DIY Diwali […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge