100+ Diwali Ideas – Cards, Crafts, Decor, DIY and Food

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Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It’s the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that’s marked by four days of celebrations.

We love Diwali at home and its the time of the year when the whole family is in one place, celebrating and enjoying.

It’s also the time for activities that we do as a family. Be it decorating, cooking, shopping, or crafting. If you are a mom who is wondering how to keep kids occupied while doing some activities that bond you together as a family, then look no further. Here are

100+ Diwali Ideas – Cards, Crafts, Decor, DIY and Party Food

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Diwali Card Making Ideas for kids

Diwali is almost here and if you can’t be with loved ones,  why not make a pretty Diwali card and mail someone? To make things are easier for you, I have a few creative Diwali card ideas for kids. Handmade cards are after all everyone’s favorite and add a personalized touch that no ready-made card can convey.

Download our Free Diwali Printable Pack

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Get into the mood by sending out handmade Diwali cards to family & friends. Check out our post –

Check out our post – 15+ Diwali card making ideas 

15+ Diwali card making ideas - Diwali Dhamaka

Spread the festive spirit among your friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues and loved ones with these easy DIY cards. Here are a few from that list & more..

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Rangoli Inspired Diwali Cards to Make at Home

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Diya Inspired Kidmade Diwali Cards

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DIY Diwali Card with Glitter Paper 

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 Diwali Card made with Handmade Paper Scraps

 

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Diwali card made by stitching satin ribbon

.. String in some satin ribbons
https://www.familyholiday.net/diwali-homemade-greeting-card-ideas

Diwali Cracker card DIY

Diwali Cracker cards – Easy cards to make with paper & twine.

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DIY Diwali popup card//laxmi ji popup card

Diwali Crafts 2Diwali Popup Card/ Cascade Card for Diwali

 

Diwali Crafts 3Make a Diya Popup Card 

 

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Diwali Pataka cards using Glitter tapes & Glitter colors

https://whatscookingmom.in/handmade-cards-for-diwali/

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Diwali Diya Card using small mirrors

https://artplatter.com/2012/10/handmade-diwali-card-with-a-diya-center/

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Firecracker Themed Diwali Greeting Card for Kids

 

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Make a Quilled Diwali Card

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Try some stitched Diwali Candle Cards

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Check out the Diwali Card Making Kit by the Jaipur Craft Company


DIY Diwali Toran Ideas

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Torans or wall hangings are used to decorate the top of doors, thus indicating that the Goddess is welcome. However, even without the religious aspects, a toran can definitely brighten up any space.

Torans can be made from various objects- flowers, beads, or even from a thread. Try to incorporate the colors red, yellow, and orange to make it look more inviting. Torans are the excellent finishing touch to any Diwali decoration.

 

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DIY Kalash Door Toran for Diwali | Sonali’s Creations

 

Diwali Diya Toran

DIY Diwali Diya Decoration via Craftastic

Diwali paper Cut Toran

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Handmade Diwali door hanging / Easy paper bandarwal / DIY Diwali Toran

Diwali Rose Pattern Toran

Easy Paper Rose Toran

Diwali Toran Leaf flower

Make a paper Rose & mango leaf Toran 

Diwali Toran with paper Cup

Toran made using Wool & Paper Cup

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Paper marigold & mango Leaf Door hangings

Diwali Toran Rectangle

Make a Pattern paper Toran Craft 


DIY Diwali Decorations for your home, office & classroom

The warmth from diyas, the twinkling of fairy lights, and then the colorful rangolis. There might be many ways to celebrate Diwali, but decorating our homes, offices or classrooms must be the priority. That’s why you need to read our go-to-list for Diwali decoration ideas.

15 Easy DIY Diwali Home Decor Ideas to Try

Deck up your home this festive season with these Easy DIY Diwali Decor Ideas. Get the whole family involved for a fun celebration!

 

Crafts provide the perfect opportunity to sit and make stuff as a family.

Brighten up your Diwali with a stunning DIY Paper Lantern that brings not just light but lots of color into your life as well, this festive season!

Make a Hanging paper Lantern – Free template

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Make a Diwali Kandil Wreath for your door

We made a foam Diwali kandil for our main door https://artsycraftsymom.com/the-kandil-at-the-door/

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Little Paper DIY ornament

so pretty via redtedart

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Noise Free Foam Diwali Crackers for the walls

Go noise free with these cute foam Diwali crackers adorning your walls or stick them on a card

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Make Diwali Paper Lanterns using Glitter Paper

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Make your own Thermocol Diwali Aarthi plate 

 

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A Diwali Diya wall hanging made from a paper plate from the kiddyhouse

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Diwali Diya Mobile from the activity village

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Paper Diwali diyas  make an awesome garland!

 and can be used as a Diwali Diya wreath too.

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Turn a Paper Cup into Diwali Toran Craft – Kids Craft  Art Platter

Accordion Fold Diwali Paper Diya Craft - Easy paper folding Diwali paper craft for kids that's both easy to make and functional.

Make Accordion Fold Paper Diyas for your walls

Accordion Fold Diwali Paper Diya Craft - Easy paper folding Diwali paper craft for kids that's both easy to make and functional.

Make Accordion Fold Paper Diyas for your Table settings

 

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Make Diwali paper Marigold Garlands

 

 

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DIY Paper Diya.

I love Angela’s DIY ideas and this one is her latest offering. DIY paper diyas. Check out her post here –

https://thecraftyangels.com/diwali-craft-paper-diya-tutorial/


Beautiful Diwali Lighting Ideas

No Diwali decoration is complete without Lighting. While string or strip lights are one way to do that, I have some interesting ways in which you go light it differently this Diwali.

Paper lampshades are a novel way of decorating the house on Diwali. They can be easily made at home in amazing patterns and colors. Besides, you can make them in different sizes giving you the option of decorating the house in any way you desire. Place them on a Table, Hang them in a corner or string them up as a garland. 

10 DIY Paper Lanterns for Diwali

The festival of lights is nearly here and it's time to light up your home! Add some handmade charm to it with these easy DIY Paper Lanterns for Diwali.

 

Make Colorful Diwali Popsicle Stick Lanterns or Paper luminaries using wax paper, popsicle sticks, and some beautiful Diya art!

Make Popsicle Stick Paper Lanterns 

 

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Diwali-inspired Candle Decor 

Looking for more captivating decorations for Diwali? Then you definitely need to check the above image out. See how the candle arrangements make the decoration one of the best examples of Diwali-inspired marvelous decor. The combination of a white and red candle made the layer look like a sparkling decked decor.
Read more at https://easyday.snydle.com/diwali-decorations.html | Easyday

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Add some Moroccan lights to your table decor  

 

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DIY Paper Cube String Lights via Wit And Whistle

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Cup lights perfect for your foyer

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Make Felt Diwali votive hangers 

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Katie Steuernagle from Matsutake, was apparently huddled in her kitchen staring at some empty spaghetti jars when a brilliant thought came to mind. With a bit of gold dimensional paint and glass paint, her house was soon filled with a Moroccan summer.  Amazing!

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Form a star wreath with string lights or even shape them like diyas

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Hanging paper lanterns

How gorgeous do these paper lanterns look? Another crafting genius idea by Angela

https://thecraftyangels.com/colorful-paper-lantern-tutorial/


 

Diwali Fireworks Crafts 

Check out 15 Sparkling Firework Crafts that are fun, flame-free, kid-friendly ideas perfect for New Year’s Eve, 4th July, Diwali, or even Bonfire Night!

Check out 15 Sparkling Firework Crafts that are fun, flame-free, kid-friendly ideas perfect for Diwali & more!


 

Diwali Books & Activities for Kids

Mumma Diaries Diwali Bundle

Tot Labs Diwali Sparkle Digital Bundle for children! 

If You are in India, You should not miss this darling book by my friend & fellow Blogger Amrutha from mummadiaries.com

“All about Diwali” during a pandemic – this fun storybook gives simple facts about Diwali especially emphasizing the current pandemic (and how it should not deter our festive spirits). This eBook comes in two variants – a PDF version as well as a FlipBook version that can be viewed on all devices!

Children will have LOTS of FUN flipping the ebook pages & reading the lines! The storybook talks about the current pandemic along with the 5 days of Diwali. At the end of the storybook, the children get 5 fun tasks to do – one for each day of Diwali. Perfect for ages 2-10 years.

Buy it here

It also comes along with a 

  • Diwali Activity Bundle – This is a 50-page bundle full of fun facts & activities themed around Diwali. The bundle has two sections – a printable section as well as a non-printable, so one can enjoy the activities with or without a printer! The bundle has lots of coloring pages, activity prompts, math & sorting activities to name a few.
  • Mindfulness ToolKit for little Children – This beautiful resource has prayers, shlokas, yoga poses & mindfulness prompts. There are in total 15 rituals – each of them is simple, non-preachy & fun! Again comes in printable or non-printable version.

AMMA TELL ME ABOUT DIWALI by BHAKTI MATHUR

Amma Tell Me about Diwali

Reading Age – 6-8 Years

This book is part of the Amma, Tell me series, that includes many major Indian festivals and mythology. The Diwali version has rhyming prose and covers pretty much all aspects of Diwali – the story of Ram, the story of Lakshmi as well as how it is celebrated. This is great for little kids celebrating their first Diwali and for kids who are unfamiliar with the festival.

Buy it here –

Amazon.com https://amzn.to/3mWbTWH 
Amazon.in https://amzn.to/3p7eNJQ

 


Diwali Rangoli Ideas

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There is no Diwali without at least one rangoli design gracing the doorsteps. An integral part of Diwali, rangolis are widely considered to be auspicious. They might look complex, but you don’t need an artistic streak to make beautiful rangolis.

No festival is complete without a Rangoli! For an eco-friendly Diwali decoration, it is a good idea to use organic rangoli colors. The organic colors are widely available online and offline stores. Alternatively, you can use flower petals or leaves to make your Diwali.

You can also prepare Diwali colors by using some kitchen staples like white rice, turmeric, fennel, kumkum, and others for different colors. Here is a small tip to get your rangoli on point- Use rangoli stencils. These are readily available in various designs and sizes.

 

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Try this simple Sanskaar Rangoli

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 Lentil Rangoli for your tabletop

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Make a Play-doh Rangoli  

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 Easy Kolam Design With 9 X 5 Dots|| Diwali Special.

 

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Make Your Own Printed Glitter Decorative Rangoli

 

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or try a Rangoli with colored Rice

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Make a Flower Rangoli floating on water.

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 Use Glitter Instead of Rangoli Powder to fill your design

 


Diwali Diya Decoration Ideas 

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What is even the festival of lights without the quintessential diyas? Earthern, hand-painted, or a one having 8 wicks- we love them all. Honestly, you could remove every aspect of Diwali and celebrate it with only the diyas itself.

The bonus of having diyas is that it costs next to nothing, and is notably environment friendly. Thus, if you like to make sustainable choices, diyas are the ideal Diwali decoration item for you.

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Create your own flameless Play-Doh Diya for Diwali

 

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Cut Paper to make this gorgeous Lotus themed Tealight Holder

 

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Glitter Votives DIY 

Add gold paint and glitter to add zing to your votives

 

Candles are perfect to decorate the home or office. They can be used to decorate pretty much every nook, dark corners, and staircases. It’s unbelievable the selection of candles you can get today.

Also, can we not forget that many of them smell so incredibly good? There is also an option for people who like to avoid the waxy mess that many candles bring- electric candles. Electric candles are readily available and extremely convenient to set up.

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Bored with your tea lights, Jazz them up

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 Make your very own Salt dough Glitter Diya holder

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DIY tealight holder using pistachio shells. How clever is that? 

https://thecraftyangels.com/pistachio-shell-candle-holder-tutorial/

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Make your Diwali different, glitzy and beautiful with these bangle tea light holders via redtedart.

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Origami Diwali Box – Diya Holder

Funky Polymer Clay Candle Holder

Funky Polymer Clay Candle Holder

 


DIY Diwali Gift & Gift wrapping Ideas

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Diwali Photo Frame kit

from The Jaipur Craft Company is the perfect gift for your kid to make

Everyone loves to get gifts. Add a little love decorating the gift boxes too.

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Diwali party favors shaped like crackers

 

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Make your own gift box

Decorate a box with lentils & your child’s artwork.  

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Decorate a gift box using glitter like this craft by NovelIdeas

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Upcycle a TinBox with some new paint & sequin stickers to make and gift 

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Use coir boxes & real flowers to gift wrap

 

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DIY Diwali Gift Boxes – via Bakerross.co.uk

A lamp with a flame is a traditional symbol for Diwali, the Festival of Light. These sparkling boxes can be used as decorations or containers for small gifts.

 

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Use Gold & Silver Washi Tape or Ribbons to wrap

  This lovely idea is from Laura’s blog- Bugs and Fishes.
Bling up your Diwali gifts!!!  The golden ribbons on a brown paper wrapping make the package look so special.

 

Diwali Party Food Ideas

Throw a modern-day Diwali party with these yummy snacks

10 Cute and Easy Edible Crafts for Diwali

This Diwali, make your food look as pretty as your clothes and your home! Try out these cute & easy edible crafts for Diwali that'll be a hit with the kids!

Make a Choco Idli Diya for Diwali Party 

Pillsbury Choco Chip Idli Cake Diya for Diwali

 

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No Indian festival is complete without sweets. Try some modern desserts this year and WOW your guests.

31 Delectable Indian Fusion Desserts for the festive season!

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This Cocktail Idli Kebabs recipe is an easy way to transform mini idlis into an elegant appetizer for a party. idli chili, masala idli cocktails.

Canapes Chaat

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Indian canape recipe of healthy sprouts topped on canapes.

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Vada Pav bites, a young and peppier version of traditional Vada Pav, are perfect for a fun Diwali party

Rocket Kebabs

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As colorful as real fireworks these kebabs will spark interest in any Diwali party.

Cheesy Potato Croquettes

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No fry veg hariyali kebabs

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Diyas on sticks

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Perfect digestive – paan shots

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Stuffed Mini Dosas

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Loaded Spicy Veggie Pie

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Chatpati Taco Chaat

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Paneer Bhurji Swirl Rolls

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Aloo Matar ki Potli

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Green Beans Fries

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These easy snacks are crispy, salty, delicious and melt in mouth appetizer and can be prepared in less than 20 minutes.

 

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What do you think of this collection? If you have a Diwali craft to share, mail me and I will feature it on the blog.

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  1. Very nice, Shruti! I love that most of these are very kid-friendly too! I am going to make the bangles tea light holder – what a great way to use my stash!

  2. Hi Shruti, Loved all the simple and beautiful ideas. My favorites and which I am going to try are the shubh labh CD deco and the bangle tea light holder. Happy Diwali, Poornima

  3. @archonline – Thank you 🙂 There is some amazing talent out there
    @Vidya Sury – Please do share the pics of your diwali
    @poornima – Happy Diwali to you too 🙂 Do share the pics once you make them..

  4. Hi Shruthi lovely ideas ..love the cube light string gonna make it and the crakers card cds shubh labh all are cute.. some ideas rolling in my mind.. 🙂

  5. i am going to try the toran and cards for sure. you pushed me back to the old days when kids werent around and I had all the time to make my diwali decor one month in advance and with kids around,I just forgot these. But,this time round, I am making everything all over again. kids are going to be super busy:)

  6. Hi Shruti, have featured this lovely post of yours in our web roundup here . So much inspiration!

  7. Hello,
    Awesome ideas for diwali decor 🙂 I made some colorful bangle tea light holders today and felt so good 🙂 thanks a ton!
    instead of adhesive i used thick transparent cellotape to bind the bangles together 🙂
    feeling so happy today 🙂
    thanks a ton!!

    1. Please as as possible can you tell me what kind of paint and glitter u used was just every craft paint and glitter? For the candle’s

  8. Wow! they all are beautiful! I am a big supporter of handmade items. I always think people do not understand the value of creativity. I recently found this website Back2Rootz they just sell creative stuff which is beautiful. Do check the Diwali items present.

  9. Happy Diwali to all of youCelebrate diwali with full joy and the poor and the who are inneed.

  10. awesome ideas and creativity.. i love your ideas and i also love crafting.. thanku so much for past such a nice things.

  11. heyy your ideas are awesome i hope that more people will get inspired by you and happy diwali

  12. Amazing ideas!!!!

    I was just looking for some good art and craft blogs and found your and read this post. You have given really very amazing ideas with art & craft touch.

  13. My brother recommended I would possibly like this website.
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  14. Well i came here by a suggestion of my friend through facebook he shared a this post link with me, i din thoufght that this page will be this much awsome, u made a awsome collection of photos of diwali. :F

  15. Best site visited .no words to tell how good I felt seeing all d craft works.keep going n inspiring people like me.will like to visit ur site every now n then.

  16. • I think this is a beautiful idea. Such bright pretty colors make me happy. I did have a blog .u can add me

  17. That was really wonderful. Have you ever been to CraftFurnish online store? They have a vast collection of beautiful handmade gift options available online.

  18. […] rangoli, pooja activities, decorating the house, lighting up diyas or hanging up the garlands etc. Here are 40+ activities that kids can enjoy in their Diwali break. Blasting fireworks is something some kids enjoy and others refrain from. Take enough precautions […]

  19. Thanks for the wonderful ideas Shruti. I was thinking of doing some of the activities with my students, they’ll be so excited!
    Love from Canada 🙂

  20. Thanks for the wonderful ideas Shruti. I was thinking of doing some of the activities – paper diyas, Diwali cards, glass jars with gold motifs, with my students, they’ll be so excited!

  21. I have been impressed by your idea of ​​Diwali decoration as it looks very good. I will definitely adopt some of these suggestions this year.

  22. I am thankful for this blog to gave me much knowledge regarding my area of work. I also want to make some addition on this platform which must be in knowledge of people who really in need. Thanks.

  23. I like its all imges very nice.I think may be I will use this ideas for my home decoration and rangoli.I am so happy to look this images.

  24. I was looking over your article here and found it to be very useful and informative. my daughter got a project from school on crafts on diwali project so i was very confusing regarding this but after reading this blog i got so much ideas tiny gifts boxes and decorative tea candles i found to be very useful crafts ideas. thanks for posting this stuff lots of love and happiness from india