Diwali Craft: DIY Rainbow Diyas

Brighten up your Diwali decor with these colorful and fun-to-make clay diyas.

October 25, 2021

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DIY Rainbow Diwali Diyas
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Diwali, or Festival of Lights, is a holiday in India that celebrates the triumph of good over evil, or light over darkness. During this time, thousands of diyas — an oil lamp usually made of clay — are lit around the world to symbolize knowledge, power and wealth. This year, get the kids involved in the fun by crafting your own homemade diyas for the celebration. Instead of the traditional oil and wick, we used tea lights for an easy and mess-free alternative. These gold-accented and colorful creations are sure to light up your Diwali display.

Materials Needed

  • white polymer clay
  • colorful polymer clay
  • small rolling pin
  • gold liquid gilding
  • small paintbrush
  • baking tray
  • parchment paper

Roll Out Clay

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Using a rolling pin, roll out the white clay to create the base layer.

Photo by: Nisha Vedi Pawar

Nisha Vedi Pawar

Add Colors

Incorporate cubes of colorful clay on top of the white, using a variety of bright hues (Image 1). Next, roll together and combine the clays (Image 2). Use your hands to further incorporate the colors, and keep rolling until a 1/4-inch thickness is achieved (Image 3).

Create patterns, marbling effects and multiple variations for the diyas by combining the clay in different ways such as stacking the colors together before rolling (Images 1 & 2).

Create Shape

Once your clays are combined and rolled out, use a cookie cutter or small bowl to cut out a round shape (Image 1). Shape the round disc into a small bowl (Image 2). Pinch one tip of the bowl to create a pointed tip (Images 3 & 4). Repeat this shaping process for the remaining clay.

Bake

Arrange the diyas on the baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 265 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Photo by: Nisha Vedi Pawar

Nisha Vedi Pawar

Decorate With Gold

Let the diyas cool to room temperature, then paint the rims gold.

Photo by: Nisha Vedi Pawar

Nisha Vedi Pawar

Light

Once the gold paint is dry, add a tea light and light. Have a bright and colorful Diwali!

Photo by: Nisha Vedi Pawar

Nisha Vedi Pawar

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