Diwali Crafts

Diwali is a joyful celebration and many of its symbols - candles and lights, rangoli, flowers and fireworks - make ideal subjects for exploration with your children through crafts such as these below.

Beaded Candle Holder

Beaded Candle Holder

When you light a tea light in this pretty beaded candle holder, no-one will guess that it is a recycled glass jar! Use pretty glass or plastic beads for a lovely stained-glass effect.

Chalk Rangoli

Chalk Rangoli

Even the youngest children will enjoy creating their own chalk rangoli designs. First, use a white chalk to outline your patterns, or to draw dots to form a grid. Then use coloured chalks or poster paint to fill in the design.

Coloured Sand Rangoli

Coloured Sand Rangoli

You may be able to buy coloured rice for your rangoli projects. If not, coloured sand (available from craft stores) makes a good alternative. You can also die your own coloured salt, by simply mixing cheap table salt with food colouring and then spreading it out to dry.

Diwali Door Hanging

Diwali Door Hanging

At Diwali it is traditional to hang an embroidered door hanging, or toran, above doorways to welcome visitors and hopefully the Goddess of Fortune Lakshmi to your home. Make your own simple version from paper with the help of our printables.

Diya Collage Card

Diya Collage Card

Using simple collage techniques and bright-coloured scraps of fabric, paper and card, kids can make this beautiful Diya collage card for Diwali. Of course you could make a bigger version to display during this Hindu festival, too.

Diya Craft

Diya Craft

This is a simple clay craft idea which children enjoy because it is fast and the results can be used quickly! You could of course adapt this idea to give as a gift.

Diya Fuse Bead Pattern

Diya Fuse Bead Pattern

Choose bright pinks, purples, greens, reds, oranges and yellows for this diya design, which is fun to make for Diwali. The flame is a little fragile so be very careful when removing the finished creation from your peg board. We used a large square peg board for this design.

Diya Mobile

Diya Mobile

This simple diya mobile will look pretty hung in the entrance or window during the Diwali Festival of Lights. Use bright colours and different textures so that your mobile really catches the light!

Drawing Pin Decorative Candle

Drawing Pin Decorative Candle

Children will really enjoy creating this pretty drawing pin decorative candle - it is very satisfying to push the pins in, and even the youngest children can produce a really good effect.

Flower Garland

Flower Garland

In Hawaii they welcome visitors with a garland of fresh flowers, or a lei. And in certain parts of India it is customary to wear a necklace of fresh flowers at Diwali, the festival of lights. Why not try our paper flower garland instead?

Glass Painted Candle Holder

Glass Painted Candle Holder

Recycle some little glass jars into these sparkling glass painted candle holders! Quick and easy for kids to do - and very special.

Make a Basket

Make a Basket

This paper basket craft can be adapted and decorated for almost any occasion and made by any age of child (with help as appropriate).

Make a Rangoli 1

Make a Rangoli 1

This pretty design can be the base of a rangoli collage using rice, glitter, chalk or petals - or even a playdough mat! It might also be fun to colour it in and then embellish the design with glitter glue, gold pens etc.

Make a Rangoli 2

Make a Rangoli 2

Use coloured sand, glitter, rice, petals, confetti - whatever you have at hand - to make a pretty rangoli design using this template as inspiration. Of course you could just colour in the design and embellish as you do. You could even use playdough to make the rangoli...

Outdoor Rangoli

Outdoor Rangoli

Sarah and Jack really enjoyed this outdoor rangoli craft, and I think you will agree that the result was lovely to look at.

Painted Candle Craft

Painted Candle Craft

We made our candle to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, but you could make Christmas or Halloween candles in exactly the same way. They would also make a lovely hand made gift.

Rangoli fuse bead pattern 1

Rangoli Fuse Bead Pattern 1

Here is an original rangoli design that your children can create for your Diwali celebrations. This pretty design is intended to have a lacy effect, which is why we haven’t filled all the gaps. Be very careful when you remove it from the pegboard!

Rangoli fuse bead pattern 2

Rangoli Fuse Bead Pattern 2

Make a pretty circular rangoli for Diwali with your fuse bead collection, using your brightest and prettiest colours. We’ve put a gold star in the centre, tipped with blue jewels!

Ribbon Bangle

Ribbon Bangle

Refer to our main bangle page for instructions on making the basic bangle.

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Tea Light Holder

Tea Light Holder

This pretty little candle holder makes a sweet little gift for kids to make, and is a perfect craft for Diwali too.

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More Diwali Activities

The Story of Diwali
There's a lovely, magical story associated with Diwali. We have a range of printables and colouring pages which you can use for telling and retelling the story, including some new simpler colouring pages for younger children this year.
The Story of Diwali

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