Rangolis and Diwali is synonymous. The most common practice is to make
the Rangoli at the main entrance of the home, inviting Goddess Lakshmi
for year round prosperity. However, you can also hang rangolis above
doors. Here we give you a Rangoli idea that you can hang on the walls,
by making it on a piece of large cardboard, or make it directly on the
Materials you will need:
A full size Cardboard piece, if you intend to hang it.
Black marker pen
coloring of any sort, suited to the craft.
Rangoli pattern (click here to print out a pattern of your choice)
Clean, washed and dried Sand and Glue
Print out a Rangoli pattern of your choice from our Rangoli page and
trace it onto cardboard (or the floor, as the case may be), using a
Now dye the sand by mixing it with coloring, making as many different
colors as you desire. Definitely make some of your (or your child's)
Mixing the colors will give you new colors.
Let the dyed sand dry completely.
Spread glue onto the Rangoli, section by section.
While the glue is still wet, have children carefully sprinkle the
colored sand within the Rangoli pattern. Make it a joint effort, with
kids doing the bulk of sprinkling. You can cover the undesirable areas
for a color with newspaper to avoid undesirable sprinkling.
When the Rangoli is finished, let it dry thoroughly.
If you had made it on a cardboard, make two holes on two corners, and
hang it wherever you want.
You can make this craft a month before Diwali starts, and hang it in
your balcony, to announce the advent of Diwali.
Materials You will need:
A Sheet of cardboard, cut into size 20cm X 6.5cm.
A colored paper (preferably marble paper) of your choice, cut it into
size 19cm X 8.5cm
A different colored paper, of size 19cmX19cm
White paper of size 20cmX6.5cm or water color.
A large piece of string or ribbon.
Scissors, Glue and stapler.
Paint it into a contrast color, or white, with water color, or just
stick plain white paper, throughout the cardboard.
Roll the piece of cardboard.
Take the piece of color paper of size 19cm x 8.5cm and fold it in half.
Now from the lower, closed side, make deep, straight cuts with scissors,
keeping a margin of 1cm at the top.
Now unfold the piece of paper, and stick in the upper and lower part of
the cardboard cylinder, using the margins.
Take the remaining piece of paper, cut in in the same way keeping a
margin of 1cm, but this time without folding.
Stick the paper along the lower part of the lantern, using the margin.
Make two holes in the top, and use the string/ribbon to hang your
You Diwali hanging lantern is ready. You can put in a florescent bulb
inside to light it.
Diwali bands for
your Door top/ Entrance hanging
Check out our Door hanging page, and printout three of
five door hanging
designs. You can also try combinations of different bands.
Now let them be colored by crayons or water colors, by your kids. Let
the coloring be a only kids activity.
Stick or tape the bands from behind so that the different bands together
so that they form a symmetrical chain.
Tape the chain to the top of your door frame.
Your Diwali Entrance hanging chain is ready to be flaunted, and invite
Goddess Mother Lakshmi as well.
We are purposefully not giving the craft to make Diwali candles at home,
as we feel it is too dangerous for kids, and we do not want any mishaps
to anyone before Diwali. However, kids can buy the candles (which is
much easier), and then decorate them for Diwali. The following site has
some wonderful ideas on candles decorations for Diwali. Just
click here, and use the ideas for Diwali decorations for your home.
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