Diwali is no ordinary festival. In most homes, it involves a complete overhaul, with deep cleaning and in some cases, repainting too. And then comes the decoration part!
There are so many ways to decorate your home for Diwali that you can be confused about where to start. But if you’re on a tight budget, don’t have too much time to make intricate crafts and would like to do it the green way, you’re in luck!
10 Easy Ways to Decorate your Home this Diwali
We’ve got here 10 super easy ways to decorate your Home this Diwali, that don’t require you to break the bank. We are big fans of recycling and reusing, so most of the ideas here involve using things lying around your home or things you were going to toss in the trash. The few things you can make are ones you can store and reuse again next year so you don’t have to do it all over again!
1. DIY Flowers
Want floral decorations that retain their freshness and don’t cost anything? Make your own!! My Indian Version has a tutorial for a DIY flower garland that can be reused for any Indian festival and will never wilt. Just make sure to store it in a dust proof box so they remain fresh year after year!
2. Stack Bangles
It’s amazing how something as simple as a bangle stack can look so pretty! To keep them from falling you can tie them with light string on either side so that you can take it apart as soon as the festivities are over. Another option is to stack them around a tumbler so they stay put. Or place a pillar candle inside for a lovely festive light.
3. Drape a Dupatta or Saree
Put all your dupattas, sarees and shawls to good use by draping them in strategic positions to create a lovely atmosphere all around, like this layout from Pinterest. You can either stick to light pastels or go for a grander look with rich brocades. And when you’re done, just take them down, fold and keep away!
4. Bowl Candles
Take a candle’s simple illumination to another level by placing it inside a decorative bowl. I’m sure you’ve got a collection lying somewhere which you rarely use – now’s the time to take them out! Arrange all your glass bowls on a table and place a candle in each and just watch that corner light up!
5. Floating Flowers
If you’ve got a large ‘uruli’ made of brass or copper, this is the time to make it decorative! Fill it with clean water and float flowers or flower petals in it. Place it near your entrance for a lovely welcome for all your guests. Add some essential oil to the water to make it better.
6. Fairy Lights in Glass Bottles
Stuff empty glass bottles with fairy lights for a one of a kind display! To take it up a notch, opt for colored bottles. If you can’t find them, paint the bottles in fancy designs so that the lights inside reflect the different colors outside. Check out Solaris Girls’ hand painted Snapple bottle in the picture!
7. Washi Tape Tea Lights
You can get plain tea lights anywhere but they lack a certain Oomph that Diwali decor requires. Give it that extra glam in just one step – by using Washi tape! This is so easy you can decorate an entire set in just a few minutes! Check out more details at Smitten on Paper.
8. Paper Cube String Lights
If you’d like a solution to make your string lights interesting and keep it that way till next year and after that, try making these Origami paper cube lights from Spoon Tamago. All you need is paper and with some quick folding, you can transform a boring string of lights into something awesome!
9. Mason Jar Lanterns
Everyone has empty glass jars at home, and they can turn into pretty Diwali decorations in a matter of minutes. These are great for your balcony or garden, or even your front porch. Just add lights inside the jars and hang them up. If this sounds like too much work, just hang them on tree branches – they’ll look really pretty at night!
Who needs artificial air fresheners when you can enjoy the lovely aromas of natural ingredients? Make your own pot pourri in a pretty glass bowl or a wooden box. All you need are some dried citrus, dried flowers, spices of your choice, vanilla and a combination of essential oils. Mix and match till you get that perfect scent!
With so many ideas, decorating for Diwali should now be a breeze! You don’t have to shell out big bucks or spend too much time. But at the same time your home will have a certain vintage charm of its’ own and will also smell amazing!