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8 Affordable DIY Diwali Decoration Ideas

By Deepika Mehra

Updated - Nov. 6, 2023 6 min read

Diwali 2023 is almost here and we can’t keep calm. If you're looking for DIY Diwali decor ideas, look no further! This list of easy and affordable projects will have you up and running in no time.

From lanterns to garlands, there's something for everyone on this list. Plus, they're all easy enough to do on your own, so you can customise them to fit your own personal style. Happy Diwali everyone!


1. Paper Lanterns

Lanterns and candles add that element of festivities in the air. Even as simple as being hung from balconies, windows and verandahs on Diwali give a very warm and welcoming feeling. Paper lanterns are a great way for home decoration for Diwali, and can also be used as part of a house cleaning routine. Simply hang paper lanterns near any dirty areas to liven them up. All you need is some paper, a pair of scissors and tape. After selecting the paper of your choice, fold it lengthwise and cut along the folded edges, but not till the end. Now unfold the paper and simply make a tube shape and glue it using a tape. For the handle, cut another piece of paper and attach it from one end to another end. 


2. DIY Diwali Light Jars

DIY Diwali light jars are a beautiful way to add some fun and lightness to your home. They're easy to make, and you can customize them as you like. You just need some supplies, including a jar, Diwali lights, and some adhesive.

Here's how it works: First, choose a jar that you like, then stick the Diwali lights onto the outside of the jar using the adhesive. Be sure to place them in such a way that they diffuse light throughout the jar. Finally, put whatever else you'd like inside your DIY Diwali light jar...perhaps some fresh flowers, candles, etc. Now sit back and enjoy your lovely little piece of lighting!



3. DIY Paper Cup Garland

Looking to add a little DIY home decoration cheer to your home this season? Why not make a DIY paper cup garland! This project is simple and can be completed in just a few hours. All you need are some cups, some ribbon, and decorative material. First, cut the ribbon into equal lengths, then tie one end of the ribbons around each cup on either side. Make sure that the knots are evenly distributed throughout the garland. Now take a larger ribbon and tie all the paper cups together in a circular fashion, and your paper cup garland is ready.



4. Diwali Lights And Photos

Don't let Diwali pass you by without enjoying some easy and evergreen DIY Diwali lighting. Not only do they add a touch of magic to any room, but they can also be turned into a beautiful photo display. All you need are a few meters of Diwali light, paper clips and photos of your best family memories. Simply take the photos you want to hang and put them between lights using paper clips and that’s it! This is the perfect home decoration idea for capturing all those happy family moments together!



5. Paper Bag Luminaries

Paper bag luminaries are a fun and easy way to add some extra light to your Diwali home decorations. They're also great for making festive centerpieces ornaments. All you need to do is simply punch your paper bag with a decorative hole punch, or cut a simple design on the paper bag and put a battery operated diya or candle inside. Now, just enjoy watching it shine brightly during Diwali season!



6. Rangoli

No Diwali home decoration is incomplete without Rangolis. Not only does a DIY Rangoli look beautiful they also possess an aura of positivity and good cheer. Unleash the inner artist in you and bring it out in your rangoli designs. You can make rangoli using rangoli colours, water colours, pulses, rice, and flowers. You can otherwise also buy some stencils, trace beautiful designs around your candles, diyas, and along the walls in and around your house. Get creative with your decoration scheme! Some people choose to make elaborate patterns while others opt for simpler designs that will look great no matter where they are displayed. 



7. Decorative Diwali Tealights

Coloured and decorative tape has become an increasingly popular way to spruce up any space and nothing screams Diwali more than tealights. So, what if we say, we can combine these both in a simple DIY to spruce up your home decoration. Tealights can look rather boring in their silver metal holders. The answer to liven them up is coloured and decorative tape as it gives each candle its own unique personality - no two candles will ever be quite identical! Plus, these tapes are easy to find and use and allow you to get creative with their decorating skills. Whether you're looking for something subtle and elegant or want something outrageous and eye-catching - this home decoration style can work wonders!



8. Floating Candles

What’s not to love about floating candles? Floating candles are a part of modern decoration that looks very fresh when used as a centerpiece or as accent decor. You'll just have to fill decorated bowls with water and put some floating candles in them. You can also put flower petals and/ or glitter in them to enhance the look. Keep such water bowls at different places in your house like on center tables, house entrance, and other corners of this house. This is a simple DIY hack that also looks great and is true to the Diwali spirit.



When it comes to Diwali decorations, you don’t need to worry about the budget. All that you need is some creativity and DIY skills to lighten and brighten up any space during the Diwali season.


Q1: What are some easy DIY Diwali decoration ideas for beginners?

A1: Try paper lanterns, rangoli made with colored rice, or decorative clay diyas.


Q2: How can I make my own eco-friendly Diwali decorations?

A2: Use recycled materials like glass bottles, old CDs, or cloth scraps to create beautiful and sustainable decor items.


Q3: What are some budget-friendly DIY Diwali decoration options?

A3: Opt for homemade paper flowers, candle-lit mason jars, or simple origami garlands to save on costs.


Q4: How can I make my rangoli stand out during Diwali celebrations?

A4: Use vibrant colored powders, flower petals, and add intricate designs or diyas within the rangoli for an eye-catching display.


Q5: Are there any easy DIY crafts for kids to make Diwali decorations?

A5: Yes, kids can make paper lanterns, clay diyas, or painted candle holders to actively participate in Diwali preparations.


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