Tuesday, 29 October 2013

DIY: Painting Your Own Diwali Diyas

Festive season is here. Decorations are all around. Diwali is also around the corner. What are your plans for this Diwali?
Diwali is celebrated for 5 days all over India with great pomp and show. The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi. The third day of Diwali, Amavasya marks the worship of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth. The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. The fifth day is known as Yama Dvitiya/ Bhaiduj and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.
Diwali is a festival of lights and we use different sort of lights to decorate our home. Most common are the different types of clay diyas available in market. The decorated diya's available in the market are very pricey compared to the plain ones. So why not this time buy plain diyas and paint it our own way and make them beautiful.

These are few of the things that you will need to paint your own diyas:
1) Plain diya (available in market)
2) Acrylic Paint
3) Paint brushes
4) Colour Palette
5) Coloured Glitter (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, etc..)
6) Fevicol
7) Water in a bowl
8) Old cloth (to wipe excess colour from your hand/diyas)

Soak the diyas in water, clean them and dry them properly before you paint them, as these clay diyas tend to soak in a lot of paint or oil when used new.
Then paint the diyas as you want using different colours.

This is a plain diya that I got from the market.

This is how the Diya looks after colouring:
Flowery Diya

For small clay diyas, I first painted these diyas. When the colour dried off, I applied fevicol wherever required and then sprinkled coloured glitter onto it.
Glitter and Gum
Small clay diyas that I brought from the market:

This is how the Diyas looks after completion:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

I tried to make my Diwali little creative and colourful. Do try it out and make your Diwali more colourful too..
Have a Happy and Safe Diwali.
And if you have other creative ideas do share in the comments section below. 


  1. Wow nice pics Nithi :) Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali...

    1. Thanks Achin.. Hope u had a grt Diwali too :)

  2. Really creative of you Nithi. Hope you had a lovely Diwali! May your life be filled with happiness and prosperity :D

    1. Thank you so much Karishma. Hope u liked the post..
      Hope u too had a great Diwali and good luck to you too :)

  3. These diyas look super beautiful :)