Monday, September 7, 2009

DIY Diwali Diyas

I love all things creative and the energy that comes from being in the company of creative people.

Diwali, diyas, decor and I thought all this was still a few months away until I read Rajee Sood's post on Diwali decor and realised it isn't as far as I had imagined.

Coming back to this post: Two years back, I was sitting with a couple of my creative friends and we thought it would be a good idea to come together and make some diyas at home. For a change the idea led to something productive :) and below are the results.

If one is in India then these efforts are probably not needed for the sheer variety on offer, but when you're living abroad, where you don't have a lot to choose from or have some time to spare or just want to feel close to home, I think it's a really good activity to get involved in.

Diya Exhibit 017

These hand-decorated diyas make for really nice Diwali gifts for friends and families and can be stuffed with sweets, chocolates or dry fruits.  One could even come together to make and then sell these with all proceeds going to charity. 

Here are quick steps to decorate diyas at home:

  1. Buy earthen diyas from the market
  2. Soak them in water for a couple of hours
  3. Dry them for a good few hours and once completely dried, paint in bright colours
  4. Decorate with embellishments using gun glue to stick and these could even come from your home: beads, pearls, small mirrors, coloured stones, etc.

Diya Exhibit 019  

If you do get inspired to make some, do share them with me too.

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