DIY Diwali Diya (best out of waste)

Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun
  • Prep Time
    30min
  • Total Time
    2 hours to dry
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Pretty and useful, you will never tire of these homemade best-out-of-waste diyas for Diwali. I use them as a part of our rangoli design in front of our door, but you can easily use them around the house as a part of the décor too -also after Diwali is over.

We have been making these “diyas on a cd” for a few years now and they remain beautiful year after year. They last better, however, if the entire surface has been filled with beads or stones. If they have been sparingly filled the beads tend to fall off easier when accidentally bumped.

I love making these diyas with my kids and they all enjoy it too. For them it’s all about finding the best combination of the beads and craft jewelsfor this year’s special design. For me, it’s more about tradition and having some happy crafting time together that will be used and later be added to our Diwali box and taken out again the year after -just like the special Christmas decorations that bring so many memories when we see them again.

It’s easy to succeed with these no matter the age or skil, because the base is sturdy and has the correct shape already without the involvement of paper and scissors. My 4-year old may not make the design symmetrical, but her diyas will still be a beautiful addition to tomorrow’s rangoli design and of course there is the fact that she enjoys making them and feels proud of her achievement. That is never to be underestimated. Her best-out-of-waste diya is the red one below with the huge beads, pom-poms and one big craft jewel 🙂

I buy the kundan craft stones and beads from the local market but they are also available in the local craft shops or on itsybitsy.com or amazon.in

Happy Diwali everyone!

Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun
Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun
Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun

Ingredients

Directions

Start by getting all your ingredients ready: the fevicryl clay, old cd, beads and kundan stones as well as the glue. Mix the two packets of fevicryl clay together (one is brown and one is grey in colour) until it is fully white. This might require the help of an adult depending on the age (and patience) of the child

Step 1
Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun

Decorate the tealight with the fevicryl clay. We like to make a rose around it by making small balls, pressing them flat and attaching them to the silver tealight tray. Make sure the clay doesn't cover the actual candle, so you can put a new tealight in when the first one has burned out.

Step 2
Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun

You can add another layer to the rose if you prefer. Finish by pressing it gently onto the cd in the middle.

Step 3
Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun

Decorate as you wish. Kids have got their own ideas (as always!) but I have started with a row of large white beads and added a small silver bead in between each. Then a row of small white beads with silver beads in between again. I have finished off by adding blue tear-shaped kundan/craft stones and even smaller white beads around the edge. As you can see from the pictures above, there are no right and wrong way to do this. My only tip is to start from the center and add one row all the way around to make it symmetrical before starting the next row.

Step 4
Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun

Let the Fevicryl clay dry for a few hours, and then paint the rose in a matching colour. I have painted the rose silver and then sprinkled some silver glitter on top to catch the light when lit. The paint dries quickly -in about 20-30min.

Step 5
Diwali Diya Best Out of Waste project for kids easy and fun

Hope you enjoyed this simple best-out-of-waste Diwali craft. Happy Diwali :-)

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