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Diwali Craft Ideas for Kids

Diwali is the perfect time for children to display their creative flair. They’re bound to love everything associated with the festival from holidays, to festivities, to good food, to family time to decorations. This festival of lights is surely incomplete without homemade Diwali decorations.

Here are some Diwali crafts for kids you can decorate your home with:

Diwali Crafts for Kids

  •  Paint diyas - The process is simple. Choose the shape of diya you desire to paint. Use a brush and water colors to paint. Begin by giving a base coat. Use bright, light shades like yellow, orange, etc. Decorate by sticking on different shaped and colourful flat stones. Give a top coat of paint after you finish your decorations!
  • Illuminate the house with floating candles - Choose wide mouth, flat base vessels either made of glass or mud. Fill with water. Add a drop of food colouring or water colour to it. Place the burning floating candles in them in the evenings. (Always supervise children around open flames.)
  • Lanterns – Buy a few packets of colored craft paper. Half fold each sheet. Now give each sheet a series of cuts approximately ½ an inch apart, ensure that you stop at 1 inch from the edge. Next unfold the sheet and stick strips of paper on one side (either top or bottom end). Stick together the open ends of the paper. Colorful lanterns are ready for hanging all around your house.
  • Rangoli – Little children can try their hands at making rangoli with rice powder paste. Allow them to create their own design either in the pooja room or at the threshold.

It will be a proud moment for you to see your kids show off their homemade Diwali decorations, so don’t let any mess they’ve created in the process lower your spirits.

As long as you have Surf excel in the house, there is nothing to worry about.

Kids learn the messy way; don’t stop them having fun because of any previous laundry nightmares!  

Diwali Recipe for Kids

While you are busy cooking away delicacies for the festive season, do not keep the kids away from the kitchen, cooking can be crafty too! It will be both a good learning experience, and a fun time for you to share together if you can encourage them to help you out with chores appropriate to their age.

Here’s a fun Diwali recipe for kids:



  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar (or sugar free, to taste)
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut (granules)
  • 3 cups rolled oats  or cornflakes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence

Method: In a saucepan heat milk, butter, sugar and cocoa. After boiling, remove from heat. Place the vanilla essence, oats and coconut in a bowl and mix in the heated ingredients. After mild cooling, drop a teaspoon of the mixture onto wax paper lined baking sheets, repeat for each cookie and allow to set. You could decorate them with slices of cherries, cashew nuts, almonds etc.  

Learning Through Making Crafts for Diwali

Throughout the whole process, be prepared for a fun-filled learning experience, an awesome bonding time together, a proud moment of tasting a dish prepared by your child, and the fun of letting them get as messy as they like! Being a Surf excel mother means you need not be worried about the last part! Check out our stain removal tips for handy advice.

During the festive atmosphere of Diwali, remember to consider the environment. Say no to smoke crackers, or crackers emitting high sound that cause noise pollution.

Do not forget, the main motive of celebration is celebrating the triumph of good over evil, so do not miss out on the opportunity to be good and kind to the less fortunate.

Have you made any Diwali decorations for kids? Let us know through your comments.

And, if you’re still feeling crafty there’s lots more Diwali craft ideas for kids in the Arts and Crafts section, like these Diwali Greetings Cards.

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