7 DIY Diya Decor Ideas You Can Try At Home

by Ekta Poddar | February 23, 2024 | 6 mins read

DIY diwali diya decoration ideas for your home

Looking for fun DIY Diwali decor ideas for your home in 2022? These 6 DIY Diya decor ideas are perfect Diwali decor additions for all Indian homes. Check them out!

Are you in the market for some stylish Diwali decoration ideas? Have a DIY itch that you want to satisfy with handmade décor? Perhaps you want to return to your roots and are yearning for the simplicity of the good old days when earthen lamps were the norm and LED lights were a far-off dream. Or you may want to share some quality time with your children and do up the home with their help. Here are a few Diwali lighting ideas to trigger your creativity and kindle your imagination. Bring out the paint, uncap the bottle of glue, put your artist cap on and get ready to light up your home in style.

Coloured Glass DIY Diwali Decor For Your Home

There is indeed something magical about light glimmering through coloured glass. To make this a simple and beautiful Diwali light decoration, all you need are some glass bangles, pieces of cardstock or used cardboard, some heavy-duty glue and tea lights. Using one of the bangles, draw out a circular base on the cardstock. Snip away and then glue on the bangles, on top of each other, to form a glittery holder for your tea light. You can use six to seven bangles or more if you wish to build a taller cylinder. Embellish with beads, rhinestones and sequins to add sparkle or you can leave it as is.

Use glass bangles to decorate Diyas this Diwali, to know more check  Diwali Diya Decoration Ideas from Design Cafe.
Glass DIY diyas make for fun Diwali decor
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DIY Diya Decor With Miscellaneous Items At Home

Have a bunch of CDs that are taking up valuable real estate in a neglected corner? Add some pizazz to them and give them a new lease of life. Use acrylic colours to paint designs on a CD and decorate with beads and sequins. Place or glue a tea light or a clay diya in the middle of the CD for the simplest version of this Diwali decoration. 

Position a series of decorated CDs or place them at different heights for a more elaborate diya installation. A great lighting design for your home this Diwali, is it not?

Best handmade Diya decoration ideas are to use waste materials like CDs to decorate Diya in Diwali.
Use items from your home for DIY Diwali decor

Rangoli And Diya Art Are Perfect Diwali Decor Ideas For Your Home

Rangolis are known to bring good luck and are a traditional favourite home decoration idea during Diwali. With some clever placement of diyas, even the plainest of rangolis can be transformed into wonderful artwork. Put down the diyas on the outer rim of the rangoli or place them in radiating lines from the centre. Floral patterns or rangolis made of flowers can be made to look even more gorgeous when enhanced with lit diyas. Experiment with clay lamps that have multiple faces, placing them at the centre of the Rangoli to maximise their impact. They make a stunning design for Diwali lighting and you cannot go wrong!

A simple Diya decoration ideas is, place the diya next to rangoli and enhance the plainest of rangolis into wonderful artwork.
Rangoli designs sparkle up with pretty diyas

Bring The Sound of Sea

To achieve a rather charming effect, create diya decorations using that stack of seashells you gathered during your beach walk.  You can also repurpose seashells from other decorations that are no longer in use. If you have a large shell with a flat bottom, pour some melted wax and insert a wick into it for a quick and lovely candle. Placing a tealight in such a shell will also have the same effect. Style the lamp by placing it on the coffee table or side tables in your living room, preferably on a bed of flowers. Alternately, use smaller shells to decorate an old shot glass or a small bowl to result in beautiful votive holders. That is how you decorate a diya with waste material!

Beautifully decorate diyas at home using that stack of seashells you gathered during your beach walk.
String up seashells and drape them in your balcony or at the main entrance

Use Hand Painting And Rhinestones, Mirror And Pearls For Diwali Decor

Make Diwali the festival of colours by painting your diya decorations. For this activity, you will need clay diyas – with or without pre-made designs – acrylic colours and paintbrushes. Soak the diyas in water for several hours, to get rid of any residual dirt and to ensure that they soak less oil. Dry them in sunlight or naturally to remove any moisture. Turn the lamps upside down, and using a thick brush, paint their base and exterior surface. Wait for the paint to dry before flipping them around to paint their insides. Use a contrasting colour or shades of gold to pick out any existing design. Pay special attention to the rim of the lamp. Be sure to use festive colours such as orange, red, yellow and gold, the brighter the better. Once the paint dries, you can go the extra mile by glueing on mirrors, pearls, or rhinestones or use glitter pens to add a touch of glamour. This beautiful diya decoration will surely win you accolades from friends and family alike

Paint your diyas with different patterns and colours for a colourful DIY look.
Paint your diyas for a colourful DIY Diwali decor

Paper Lanterns And Paper Diyas As DIY Diwali Decor

Intricate quilling adds a touch of class that is hard to replicate and there are plenty of ways you can use this craft form for diya decorations. Arrange quilled petals in concentric circles on a base made with stiff paper to make a gorgeous diya holder. You can also attach quilled shapes directly to a tea light using a hot glue gun to achieve a similar effect. Use festive colours when selecting your quilling strips and before you know it you will be all set to light up the festival of lights in style. Diya painting designs were never simpler!

Quilling petals designs using paper crafts to decorate your Diyas.
Quilled petals are an interesting decoration idea
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Floating Tea lights And Diyas In A Copper Or Brass Bowl

Fill a large bowl with water and spread some flower petals on the surface. Take a tea light and measure out a base out of sparkly foam paper. Draw a design – such as a large flower – around the base and cut foam in that shape. Fasten the light to the paper and then push the boat out when it comes to embellishments. When done, gently lower the paper into the water such that it floats on the surface. Light the lamp and feel the magic unfold. Your very own DIY Diwali diya decor is ready!

Flower petals with floating diyas in a large bowl is a beautiful decoration you can place across the home.
Petals with floating tealight candles and diyas

And with that, we come to an end to this super fun blog on DIY diya projects as Diwali decoration ideas for your beautiful home. Looking to get started on your home’s interiors this festive season? Book a free consultation from our top designers at DesignCafe today!

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Ekta Poddar is a content writer at Design Cafe home interiors blog.

Ekta Poddar

Ekta is a freelance writer obsessed with good design and all things pretty. She is travelling, reading and eating her way through various cultures across the globe. Her inspiration comes from the great masters, Michelangelo, Anthony Bourdain, and Terry Pratchett. When not writing, she is crocheting, cooking or buying craft supplies.

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