How to Decorate Your House for Diwali on a Budget

Diwali, the festival of lights is almost here and every household is gearing up for some major spring cleaning spree and Diwali decorations.   Even the most laid back of people can’t help but get into the Diwali spirit to spruce up their house with a thorough cleaning of every nook and corner. From wardrobes, kitchen cabinets to bookshelves, closets and even those forgotten lofts are touched with the magic wand of Diwali.

Diwali or Deepawali is the beginning of a long festive season in India which continues till New year and it is customary to redecorate your house during this festival. The market is choc a bloc with shimmery and glittery decorations for Diwali, which will convert your house into its dazzling best for Diwali.  It is easy to go overboard with Diwali shopping during this season with so many attractive options around you. To help you control your spending this holiday season we bring you five simple and budget friendly ideas for you to decorate your house this Diwali

Paint your colors

  Yellow Wall Image from ColoursDekor

Traditionally, people used to paint their entire houses for Diwali but with rising expenses, paucity of time and sheer inconvenience, you can choose to just paint a single wall in each room or even paint the living room in a different color. Brighten up the dark corners of your room with a fresh new color. You can either go with the festive reds, oranges, maroons or go wild with your own palettes. I love the texture or stencil paint for a focal wall which instantly gives a makeover to your room while saving expenses. You can also go for wall decals which will create a beautiful art piece on your wall without making a dent into your pocket. See how Patty from ColoursDekor brightened up her room by changing a single wall color in the above pic. 

Change up your Furnishings

Sari into curtain image from CelebrationsDecor

Drapes and furnishings are the easiest way to create a new look for your home this Diwali. Take a look at what needs to be changed or refreshed like curtains, sofa covers, table covers, bed covers etc. To stay within budget choose one item that will create the maximum impact. I find that changing the drapes creates a whole new look for any room. You can use old silk, crepe or chiffon sarees for creating new curtains, bedcovers, quilts etc. You can also use old embroidered shawls as throws. I love how even a few new colorful cushions can dramatically increase the festive quotient of any room. Check out the awesome range of cushions at

Buy a Focal piece

 If you are not big on making many small changes but still want to create an impressive Diwali look then you need to buy a statement piece for your house. Keep it in the entryway or the living room where it will garner the maximum eyeballs. Keeping with the Diwali theme you can buy an ethnic accent piece or buy an artifact which will complement your wall colors. I personally love this handmade black and beige wooden wall panel from

DIY Decor

Votives from FellowFellow

It is time to head to our trusted friend Mr Google and search out for DIY decor ideas for Diwali. You can make paper lanterns, candle votives from mason jars and even paint your own diyas. If you love candles then there are lots of ideas out there to make your own candles at home. Rangoli making is an art that most of us have dabbled in at one point or the other,it is also the perfect frugal decoration for the Diwali season. Learn how to make these beautiful votives using glass jars from FellowFellow.

Reuse, recycle and upcycle

Diwali Welcome Sign from The Ochre Elephant

Our Diwali cleaning spree usually lands us up with a lot of trash and if you think a bit creatively you can easily turn this trash into treasure. Paint old beer bottles into vases, plain glass bottles filled with fairy lights or Diwali lights make a beautiful centerpiece, big glass bowls can be used for floating candles and flowers. Repaint wooden boxes as magazine holders, make torans with flowers and leaves and use old sari borders as runners for your dining table. The ideas are endless just think out of the box. See how The Ochre Elephant converted waste yogurt cups into a gorgeous Diwali welcome sign. 

I am off in search of some cool, budget friendly and beautiful diwali decorations.

How are you going to decorate your house this Diwali? Share with me through comments below. 


Swapna Thomas is the editor and founder at, 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.

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  1. Hey WOW Swapna I really like these DIY ideas…and pricked bottles concept…very much…

  2. Such a festive post. Great ideas, Swapna.
    Can’t help saying I’m in love with those rickshaw toss pillows. They are super cool. :)
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  3. I love the recycle idea with the bottles and lights… How cool is that! will try it :)
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    • I have a lot of glass bottles crying out to made into something and now I really want to do this one for diwali. :)

  4. I agree with mewoo. The recycle idea is great and we can make anything beautiful with the bottles and lights. All other idea are also very helpful and it will surly help me to make my home beautiful this dewali..

  5. Loved the post. The votives were lovely. Give us more.

  6. Nice!! You gave me a great idea with those recycled bottles!! Thanks so much!
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    • Thanks Roshni and if you do end up making something with the bottles don’t forget to blog about it. I would love to check it out. :)

  7. very simple yet cute! inspires me to do some DIY this time!! Thankyou

  8. Great ideas. I have already started cleaning bottles for bottle lights.
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  9. wowww…… Really good idea n i made lots of beautiful bottles…

  10. Hi swapna ! what mind u are having as I am a housewife and my kiddo wanted to decorate home perfectly but u know about money and your post did it !! thnx againnn….

  11. Gloria Miranda says:

    Hello Swapna! As a mom this is what exactly I’m looking for. Less hassle and on a budget! Thanks!


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