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Diwali Decorating Ideas

Updated on October 23, 2014

Diwali Festival

Diwali is just around the corner, and I’m sure most of you are as excited as I am. Many Hindus—not just in India, but all over the world—anticipate this much-awaited holiday. Diwali, known as the festival of light, is also considered to be a celebration of the new year in many regions of India. Therefore, it’s not surprising that people would want this festival to be grand and lavish. In fact, weeks before Diwali, people start sprucing up their homes to get ready.

There are so many decorating ideas that you can consider when you prep your home for Diwali. You may choose according to your budget, time frame, and creativity. Although many Hindus are willing to spend all of their money just to make their Diwali celebration as grand as possible, you really don’t have to spend much on beautiful Diwali decorations. All you need is creativity and inspiration and you will be able to do something really amazing with your home décor.

But since you must be looking for some ideas, let me give them to you!

Diwali: A Celebration of Light

The essence of Diwali is a commemoration of the triumph of light against darkness. Therefore, many of these decorating ideas will address how to illuminate your home with bright light: not just with diyas, but with other decorative items, as well.

In this article, we'll discuss:

  • Decorating with diyas
  • Rangoli designs and patterns
  • Lanterns and lights
  • Decorating with flowers
  • Decorative candles
  • Puja thalis
  • Wall hangings
  • Centerpieces

Decorating With Diyas

The diya is known as one of the most important parts of the Diwali celebration. According to the legend, people in Ayodhyaa light up their land with small earthen oil lamps to welcome Lord Rama and celebrate his rescuing his wife Sita from the custody of Ravana. Lighting diyas has long been a part of the tradition which symbolizes the defeat of darkness over light. Considering its significance, decorating with this small decorative item surely must not be overlooked.

Traditionally, diyas are brown-colored clay lamps that use cotton wicks and ghee or oil to illuminate homes in Diwali. But over time, diyas have evolved from traditional objects into works of art. Today, many different kinds of diyas are being sold in the market, in many different colors, styles, and sizes.

Here are some of the most beautiful decorating ideas for Diwali using diyas:

A beautiful ray of diya in a pre-made diya platter. This is perfect for Puja or centerpieces. You will never go wrong with this kind of decoration.
A beautiful ray of diya in a pre-made diya platter. This is perfect for Puja or centerpieces. You will never go wrong with this kind of decoration.
Simple yet elegant—a beautiful sight that will surely touch your heart. This is one of the most heartwarming diya settings I've seen.
Simple yet elegant—a beautiful sight that will surely touch your heart. This is one of the most heartwarming diya settings I've seen.
One of the most magnificent diya decorations that you could think of. It is best partnered with flowers and other ornaments.
One of the most magnificent diya decorations that you could think of. It is best partnered with flowers and other ornaments. | Source
Today, more and more people are discovering ways to improve their decorations. Before, diyas were limited to floors, tables, and platters. But now, you can make them float in a bowl filled with water, adorned with flowers.
Today, more and more people are discovering ways to improve their decorations. Before, diyas were limited to floors, tables, and platters. But now, you can make them float in a bowl filled with water, adorned with flowers.

Rangoli Designs and Patterns

Aside from diyas, another important element of Diwali that you shouldn't overlook in decorating your home is rangoli. Rangoli is one of the most intricate artworks that feature different themes and designs. Artists and designers use colored powder and other ornaments in making rangoli. From simple to the most intricate patterns, rangoli designs come in different colors, themes, and sizes.

Today, many Hindu communities hold annual rangoli-making competitions where you can see the best of the best designs. During Diwali festival, you see every home with rangoli in their entrances or porches. It is believed that the Goddess of Beauty and Wealth visits homes on Diwali. People decorate their entryways with rangoli as a gesture of welcoming to the Goddess.

The materials used for making rangoli may differ depending on the designer's desire. But the most commonly used material is colored rice flour or powder. Rangolis are often adorned with small lamps and candles.
The materials used for making rangoli may differ depending on the designer's desire. But the most commonly used material is colored rice flour or powder. Rangolis are often adorned with small lamps and candles.
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Sometimes, people use flowers in rangoli. This type of rangoli is called pookalam in Kerala.
Sometimes, people use flowers in rangoli. This type of rangoli is called pookalam in Kerala.

Lanterns and Lights

Add more lights to your home using lanterns and lamp shades. Be creative. Instead of using standard outdoor lights, you can add a personal touch. If you know how to create your own lantern, it can be a great source of light in Diwali. Use different colored shades to make the lantern look elegant and beautiful.

Outdoor lampshades can also be used to illuminate your home from the outside. You can buy many different types of outdoor lampshades in the market, so look for items that are on sale, or buy simple ones and just improve them at home by adding ornaments and additional decorations.

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If you are on a tight budget, you can make DIY lanterns. They're quite easy to find ideas for and make. All you need is paper, glue, and other materials.
If you are on a tight budget, you can make DIY lanterns. They're quite easy to find ideas for and make. All you need is paper, glue, and other materials. | Source

Decorative Candles

The sources of light in Diwali are not just limited to diyas or lanterns. Today, many people are using decorative candles in decorating their front porches and table-centers. Candles are also commonly used as floor decorations and in making the rangoli more captivating and beautiful.

Most decorative candles come with holders made of different materials, like brass or clay. In decorating with candles, you can mix different colors and sizes. You can also put a floating candle in a bowl of water. A platter filled with flowers of different colors can be made even more beautiful with candles.

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Decorating with Flowers

Flowers are some of the integral and most commonly used decorations in any festival of India. Be it regional festival or national holiday, you expect every household to use flowers to beautify and spruce up their homes.

Why not? Who wouldn't be relaxed and happy when entering a house filled with the smell of fresh flowers? Who wouldn't be delighted in seeing flowers of different colors? Nah! That's why Hindu people use flowers as Diwali decorations. It is quite a great option, right?

More Diwali Decorating Ideas

Other decorations that you can use in making your home a beautiful haven are garlands, wall hangings, thorans, and thalis. To make an extra-beautiful setting, you can combine all the above ideas into one.

  • Any good centerpiece can be improved by adding flowers and candles.
  • A platter filled with flowers can be made even more mesmerizing with diyas.
  • Instead of using lanterns alone for outdoor décor, add some garlands and wall hangings as well.
  • Diyas are often used outdoors but you can also put them inside and use them to light up one corner of the house, together with your rangoli.
  • DIY Diwali decorations are also a good idea. Here are some simple do-it-yourself ideas to consider.

DIY Paper Diwali Decorations

DIY Paper Candle Decorations

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    • Sujatha Guru profile image

      Sujatha Guruvayurappan 2 years ago from Gaithersburg, MD

      Nice articles, and pictures on Diwali decorations. I'm from South India and we say Deepawali!! Also we have a different story for Deepawali:))