15 DIY Diwali Craft Ideas for Kids

15 DIY Diwali Craft Ideas for Kids

As Diwali approaches closer, you start preparing for it. You buy diyas, rangolis, decorative items, rice lights, etc. This festival brings all the members of the family together and that’s why kids enjoy this festival the most. Re-decorating your house becomes your goal in life and you look for new ideas to deck up your house. However, you don’t have to do it all alone. You can delegate some easy tasks to your kids as well. There are multiple Diwali craft ideas for preschool kids as well as grown-up children that they will enjoy indulging in & what’s more – it will make your home look prettier during the festival.



15 Fun and Creative Diwali Crafts for Children

Simplicity is key to engage your kids in craft activities. Using this as a principle, here is a list of some interesting Diwali crafts for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids that can help them get together in sprucing up the home.





1. Diya Painting

Kids love to colour. So, hand them some diyas and let them paint those with the colour of their liking.

A painted diya

Materials You Will Need




How To Make

  • Use a marker or a pencil to make light patterns on the surface of the diya to make it easier to paint later.
  • Once the pattern is in place, use different sized brushes to paint each section with different colours.
  • Older kids can make intricate designs, but it will require a lot of patience on their part.
  • Once the diyas are painted, let them stay in the sun to dry properly.

2. Diwali Hanging Decorations

Almost everyone uses the same old ribbons and strings for making hanging decorations during Diwali, you try something new. Bring a novelty to your decorations by using everyday material and turning it into beauty.





Materials You Will Need

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Various patterned papers
  • Glue
  • Colourful threads

How To Make




  • Apply glue on the rolls and cover them with different types of patterned papers.
  • Take the threads and intertwine them in numerous ways to create colourful braids. Spread out the strands at the end to give a bushy hairy look to it.
  • Glue these threads to one end of the roll.
  • On the other end of the roll make a whole on one side and tie a small thread to it.
  • Ask your kid to hang it by your door or inside the house.

3. Diwali Greeting Cards

Let go of the readymade greeting cards from the market and teach your kids to make some personalised ones for each relative.

Diwali greeting card

Materials You Will Need





How To Make

  • Use crayons to colour the cards and create a base shade for different cards. Then, use paints or other crayons to start illustrating diyas on the front side. You can choose to unleash your creativity by drawing fireworks, sweets, or anything else at all.
  • If your child is too young, you can also take a print of his palm on each card and wish Diwali to everyone. Do clean your baby’s palms later!
  • Write personalized wishes for your relatives and wait for their response.

4. Decorative Diwali CDs

If you stumble across some old CDs while you clean your house before Diwali, don’t throw them away. Use them for decorating your house.




Materials You Will Need

How To Make





  • Flip the CDs so that the shiny end is in front.
  • Now make use of sketch pens, glue, nail polish, and any other items to decorate the CDs in a wonderful manner. You can reflect on rangoli designs or any firework patterns on it as well.
  • Once done, mount it as a wall decoration or hang it by a thread to reflect wonderful light patterns all around.

5. Lentils/Rice Rangoli

This Diwali use lentils or rice to make rangoli and say goodbye to those old rangoli designs and powder.

Rice rangoli

Materials You Will Need




  • Various lentils
  • Rice
  • Food colour

How To Make

  • Separate all lentils according to their colour. Pair them with rice or other household items that can add some variety.
  • Alternatively, you can use rice and pour food colours on it separately.
  • Use a little powder if needed to make the initial pattern. Cover it with lentil seeds or rice thereafter. Place a nice flower in the centre.

6. Diwali Lamp Shades

Kids can make simple lampshades for the diyas using easily available material right at home. These are not only quick but can look extremely beautiful when arranged effectively.





Materials You Will Need

  • Cardboard papers of various colours
  • Scissors

How To Make




  • Fold the cardboard paper in half.
  • Now, make cuts on the paper from the folded end to the open in the form of strips. Make sure you don’t cut all the way to the end. Leave a good amount of space.
  • Once done, unfold the paper. Now roll it lengthwise such that the strips are all long and visible.
  • Glue the ends of the paper together and press on the top to make the strips poke out. Place this shade on any diya.

7. Bangle Lamp Holder

If you have some old bangles at home, you don’t need to invest in those lovely lamp holders available in the market. With colourful bangles, you can make lamp holders at home.

Bangle lamp holder

Materials You Will Need


  • Old bangles
  • Glue
  • An old tea coaster

How To Make

  • Pick out the bangles from the collection that you think would work. Choose the ones that will reflect the light as well as those that have intricate designs on them.
  • Glue the bangles together, one above the other to create a small tower that is about 6-8 bangles high. Any higher and they will cover the flame of the diya completely.
  • Glue this entire tower on a tea coaster. You can now place a diya on it and not worry about the wind defusing it.

8. Paper Plate Mandalas

Mandalas have a unique significance in the Hindu culture. You can make some of your own with simple household items too.

Materials You Will Need

  • Paper plates
  • Pasta pieces
  • Pencil shavings
  • Glue
  • Colours
  • Paints

How To Make


  • Browse the internet for a simple mandala design. Take a print of this design and let the child colour it.
  • Stick this on the inside of the paper plate.
  • Glue the pasta pieces or pencil shavings on the edge of the plate and paint it with a colour of your choice.
  • Hang this paper plate or use it as a wall decoration.

9. Foam Paper Kandil

Diwali celebration is incomplete without a wonderful kandil welcoming your guest at the door.

Diwali kandil design

Materials You Will Need

  • Foam paper of various colours
  • Paper ribbons of different shades
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How To Make

  • Start by cutting a rectangle and two squares from the foam paper.
  • Place the rectangle vertically, and glue the two squares (rotating the squares by 45 degrees so that they resemble a diamond shape) on either side of the rectangle, i.e. along its length.
  • Glue paper ribbons to the bottom of the rectangle.
  • Stick this kandil on your main door to welcome visitors.

10. Diya Collage

Diwali, the festival of lights, is incomplete if there are no diyas lighting up your home. This Diwali, let your kids make diya collage and brighten up your home.


Materials You Will Need

How To Make

  • Take one large plain cardboard sheet; it will be the base of your collage.
  • From other sheets, cut out semicircles that resemble wonderful diyas.
  • Sketch flames on the yellow cardboard and cut them out.
  • Glue the semicircles on the cardboard spreading them all around. Glue the flames above each diya, either in the centre or in one corner.
  • Apply light glue on each flame and sprinkle glitter on it to give them a shiny texture.

11. Lakshmi Footprints

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Diwali. We offer our prayers to her and take her blessings. Her footprints are also made at the door of the house. So, instead of you doing it every time, ask your child to make the footprints.

Goddess Lakshmi footprints

Materials You Will Need


  • Chart paper
  • Paints
  • Glitter
  • Glue

How To Make

  • Trace out the left and right footprints on a chart paper.
  • Paint them with a colour of your choice. Cut out the footprints and apply some glue on it and sprinkle some glitter on it.
  • Place these footprints at the door of your house.

12. Edible Diyas

Provide your kids with some simple raw material and let them shape it into diyas they can later gorge on.

Materials You Will Need

  • Sweet dough, prepared
  • Wafers

How To Make

  • Give your children some well-prepared dough and let them shape diyas out of it.
  • Bake this dough and then slice in a wafer on its tip for its flame. Let this sit out for a while before kids start gulping those.

13. Salt Firework

Indulge your kids in some fancy modern art. Here is how they can make salt pattern fireworks.

Materials You Will Need

  • Salt
  • Black paper
  • Glue
  • Droppers
  • Food colours

How To Make

  • Take different food colours in separate bowls. You can also prepare a solution of food colours by mixing them.
  • On the black paper, stick glue lightly and then pour salt on it in a way that it resembles fireworks.
  • Let your kids use the droppers to paint these salt patterns and turn them into fireworks patterns.

14. Diwali Wish Bands

Friendship day isn’t the only day to use wristbands. You can also make wish bands for Diwali as well.

A ribbon to make Diwali wish bands

Materials You Will Need

  • Ribbons in different colours
  • Markers

How To Make

  • Let your kid pick a ribbon and write a message addressing his friend.
  • Make use of markers or paints to decorate the ribbon.
  • Let him tie the ribbon to his friend when they come over to wish him a happy Diwali.

15. Diwali Banners

Banners are used on birthdays and other celebrations, and the same can be done for Diwali also. Use simple items present in your house and make your very own banner easily.

Materials You Will Need

  • Thick paper of various colours
  • A pencil
  • A pair of scissors
  • A large needle
  • Thick thread or rope
  • Markers of various colours

How To Make

  • Divide the coloured paper into numerous blocks (by drawing squares on it with a pencil) such that a letter can be easily written in large size within the block.
  • Cut out those blocks with a pair of scissors.
  • Now write one letter in each block to make your Diwali wish. If you want, you can write in your native language too.
  • Once this is done, arrange the letters in the right order. Use the needle to poke two holes on either side of the block. If you want you can cut out the letters too and then arrange them together.
  • Thread a rope or a thick ribbon through the needle and weave the letters together in the reverse order. Your banner is ready.

Putting together ideas of Deepavali crafts for preschoolers and kids is not as difficult as it seems once you have a list to work with. Make sure your kids are enjoying these activities and also learning from it. This will make him feel a part of the celebration.

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