Conscious decorating this Diwali

The world – at least the printed world – in general, goes crazy every Diwali. The papers are chock-a-block with ads. Companies offer everything on sale from lingerie to light bulbs. And the word in the air (literally, if you brave enough to listen to the radio this season) is buy, buy, buy! Why? Because too many people are out there sell, sell, selling!

Diwali is a time for new beginnings, for many, and it does feel good to shop for new clothes, jewellery, new appliances for the home and a new look. While most of these are reasonable, the season in general urges us to spend more than we would in a calmer, saner state of mind :). Did I really need one more brass lamp, 2 more lengths of electric lights to add to the 3 at home, or more clothes than there is space for in the cupboard? I think not.

Go DIY for Diwali ideas, instead of rushing off to the stores. Diwali decor and celebrations can cost nothing!

Have old diyas? No one likes cleaning old, oily diyas. A simple cleaning with a brush and some soap water, a coat of paint with ordinary water colours and you have a new set, practically!

Paint and decorate metal lids of small jars. They make interesting temporary diyas too.

Hoarded blouse pieces (we all have some that will never be a blouse one day), old sarees, old curtains – cut and patch into new cushion covers. If you have zari or embroidery from old salwars, embellish!

Make mobiles from bits of bright cloth or coloured paper and string them up! Just small bits of cardboard, colourful cloth, and some glue are all you need to make diya mobiles. Like this one.

cardboard and silk diya mobile

No fret if you do not have a brass urli. Use a deep steel plate or shallow basin to float flowers or candles in. They look pretty in the night light, just like brass or bronze.

Paint on the outside of small pickle or dip jars and use as tea light holders, they can even be reused for storage later. Glue cutouts, even easier than painting! I had actually made these for Christmas last year, but they serve just great for Diwali too!

If the jars are a little high and you cannot get inside to light or place a candle, fill up half the jar with any rations available – rice, dal, or even sand! to raise the height of the candle and add some texture and colour.

When I mentioned having colour paper, chocolate wrappings, lids, here is what Shruthy BM from the 220 group said: Make small flowers form the choclate wrapping and stick it inside those lids and float it on the water along with the floating candles…you also decorate the lids with glitter glue to give a Diwali touch.

Do glass painting on the glass jars fill it wth water and pua a money palnt place it in bathrrom or kitchen. (Love that!)

If you have green ideas this Diwali, share them on the blog with us! Love to hear from you…