They tend to be plain but you can paint them
There are a number of Diwali decoration ideas that will transform your home into a place to be for celebrations.
The ‘Festival of Lights’ is a highly anticipated occasion and marks one of the biggest holidays of the year.
Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and many Desi communities rejoice in this honour.
Diwali is a time for family and friends to come together.
Households tend to be brightly lit, welcoming visitors but other decorations can transform your home into a vibrant spectacle.
Not only are the ideas simple but they are relatively cheap, meaning your Diwali budget can be put elsewhere for other things like food and fireworks.
With Diwali taking place on October 24, 2022, here are seven decoration ideas for your home.
Diyas are the heart of Diwali and the shine they bring is unmatched.
It is a small clay oil lamp that is usually made of earth and have cotton wicks that sit in a pool of ghee or vegetable oil to help them burn.
They tend to be plain but you can paint them with intricate patterns and vibrant colours.
Diyas are such an important part of Diwali that its name is actually derived from these little lanterns.
Diyas are a traditional Diwali decoration to have for the home. Surround them with flowers and petals to add even more colour.
Place them around the corner of your doors or around the windows and balconies.
A rangoli is a design that is made by hand and is created on the ground using colourful materials such as dyed rice, flour, sand or flowers.
The purpose of this Diwali decoration is to welcome visitors into the home.
Traditionally, women of the household create the rangoli and the designs are passed down through families from one generation to the next.
Rangoli designs can be geometric or shaped like flowers.
During Diwali, most rangoli tend to be accompanied by diyas.
The base of the design is often made from flour to which vermilion, turmeric, and other natural colours can be added to make the background.
Once the background is complete, the design is slowly added, taking up to three hours.
It may be time-consuming but worth it as visitors will be awe-struck.
One Diwali decoration that will welcome visitors are torans.
Also known as bandanwals, they are decorative door hangings that are usually placed at the main entrance of homes.
Torans are made from marigold flowers and mango leaves and are typically green, yellow and red.
But sometimes, they are made of cloth or metal that has been cut to resemble mango leaves.
In some parts of India, peepal tree leaves are also used to make torans.
One of the main focuses of Diwali is creating light during the night and this is an ideal decoration.
Candles can be used inside and outside the home. They tend to burn for longer and are safer than oil lanterns.
To maintain cleanliness, you can opt for tea light candles while scented candles are another popular option.
You can also choose to have candles that are decorated with images of deities and they are easy to get hold of during Diwali.
Candles in the shape of roses, lotus flowers and sunflowers are other options to consider.
Lighting candles symbolises destroying the reign of darkness and ignorance.
Garlands are a very traditional item that makes for a great decoration option for Diwali.
Garlands can bring a sense of luxuriousness to the home and given that Diwali comes once a year, you should make the most of it.
When it comes to garlands, you can set a theme and decorate accordingly.
Vertically dropping the garlands go a long way in decorating your home to the best of your capabilities.
In the home, you can hang them on fans, doors and windows. You can also make a tie back for curtains.
Another thing to consider is that you can make circular bands that suit the shape of door handles.
A modern Diwali decoration for the home is string lights.
Lighting hundreds of candles or diyas for Diwali can take a lot of time so electric lights are usually a more time-efficient option.
Electric lights are also safer as they can be left on all night without worry.
The ways you can arrange string lights are limitless and look extremely beautiful no matter how they are arranged.
The best way is to make them drop down with or without the curtains but you always set them up on the linings or edges of windows or curtain holders.
With string lights, you can even make a ball out of them and place it on a table.
They can also be wrapped around most objects, whether it be a vase or a door, the possibilities are endless which is why string lights are a must-have decoration for Diwali.
Lanterns are an essential part of Diwali celebrations so it is a no-brainer when it comes to decorations for the festivities.
A cheaper alternative is to make paper lanterns. Not only will it save money but it will make for a fun family activity.
All you need is coloured paper, sticks and glue.
Once done, hang them horizontally on rope or string and tie them onto balconies and windows. You can also add a cardboard base below the lantern to make it sturdy and then place an artificial diya into the lantern.
Alternatively, you can buy paper lanterns online or at local markets.
Diwali is a time to look forward to and incorporating these decorations into your home will make for a more authentic experience.
Not only will they brighten up the home but they will make it more inviting for family members and friends.
The simplicity of them means you will be able to spruce up your home in a matter of minutes, just in time for the ocassion.