Diwali is the perfect time of year to celebrate with family craft activities. The five-day festival, celebrated by several Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Newar Buddhists, takes place around the world every October or November – the date changes each year, as the Hindu calendar is based on the moon. This year it's taking place from 2 – 6 November, with the third day being the main day of celebrations.


The festival is associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and symbolises the power of light over darkness and good over evil. Lights are lit and doors left open to guide Lakshmi into people's homes. It's also a festival that coincides with harvest and is a time of celebrating new beginnings.

The word Diwali means "rows of lighted lamps" and is rooted in the Sanskrit word "deepavali". The event sees homes, streets and public areas decked out with oil lamps (called diyas), while family members visit each other and come together for celebratory feasts. Fireworks are lit and sweets are handed out, which are popular with children. With so many vibrant and bright traditions, Diwali is the perfect time of year to celebrate with kids crafts.

For more children's craft ideas all year round, you might also like our guide to the best craft ideas for kids.

Diwali decorations for kids
One of our favourite traditions is the making of Rangoli patterns on the floor using coloured rice powder. The designs are traditionally symmetrical, symbolising growth, prosperity and luck. While they most often are made at Diwali, you'll also find them at other special occasions such as weddings. © nanausop

Easy Diwali decorations and activities to make

In this article, we share a few of our favourite Diwali activities and crafts for kids.

Colour in Rangoli Diwali patterns

We're big fans of Twinkl for kids craft resources, and they have a great set of Rangoli printables that you can download and decorate at home.

Get the Diwali Rangoli Pattern Templates

Diwali Rangoli Patterns

Simple-make Marigold flower garland

We absolutely love this method for making tissue paper flowers and stringing them into a glorious garland to add wow-factor to your Diwali decorations. Find out how to make it over on Grateful Art's Youtube channel.

How to make diwali decorations flower garland copy

Make your own Happy Diwali cards

Diwali is such a visual festival, filled with rich and colourful symbolism, and DIY Diwali cards are a great kids Diwali activity which you can get really creative with to reflect this. We love this simple firecracker card tutorial from Shruti Acharya over at Artsy Craftsy Mom.

Firecracker Diwali Card DIY

How to make a paper Diya Diwali Garland

The chance to decorate your home with bright colours and light-inspired decorations is one of our favourite things about Diwali festivities. This cute paper Diya Diwali Garland is easy to make from coloured paper, and will keep older children entertained too as they get to try quilling! The paper diyas could also be made individually to make Diwali cards. Find out how to make this beautiful Diwali garland from paper over at Red Ted Art.

How to make Diwali decorations garland

Play dough Diwali rangoli

Get kids of all ages involved with making play dough Rangoli – it's a wonderful sensory play activity and you can decorate your mandalas and shapes with everyday household objects from your kitchen like seeds, or add glitter and sparkle with sequins and beads from your craft stash. Get a free Diwali activity sheet for your playdough Rangoli over at Maths on Toast. If you don't have play dough to hand, why not make your own with our play dough recipe?

Play dough rangali

Decorate your own Diwali candles – punched tealight holder

The Champa Tree has some brilliant articles about celebrating Diwali – they have one of our favourite round-ups of simple decoration ideas, including this punched tealight holder – read their 20 DIY Diwali ideas including this one.

Diwali Tealight holder

DIY clay table decorations

A lovely Diwali table decoration idea that kids will love helping you make, are these sweet DIY Diya tealight holders, made from clay and decorated with patterns, jewels, gems or stickers of your choice. Find the tutorial for how to make them over at Little Passports and swot up on the basics with our guide to How to use air Dry Clay.

DIY Diwali table decorations

Stitch fireworks for your walls and table

Embroidery and stitching is a great craft activity that older children especially will enjoy. Make your own embroidered fireworks with our free fireworks embroidery design.

Free hand embroidery fireworks design step 5

Make Diwali candles from paper and thread

We love these DIY Diwali cards over at Handmade with Love – younger children will find making the paper pleats fun to make while grown ups will enjoy getting creative embroidering the details.

Happy Diwali cards

Make colourful paper Diwali lanterns

One of our personal favourite family Diwali craft activities in our house is making paper lanterns using apertures covered in tissue paper around the edges that double up as sun catchers when we hang them in our windows. Here's a lovely tutorial for how to make your own by Angela Jose on www.thekeybunch.com. She uses coloured vellum in the windows but you can also do this with coloured acetate, tissue paper or even some sweet wrappers (we've personally tried and tested this with Quality Streets and the wrappers of the purple and yellow ones work especially well).

Diwali decorations DIY lanterns

We wish everyone reading this a happy Diwali and hope you enjoy making the projects in this post. Do you have a favourite Diwali family activity or tradition? Leave a comment below - we'd love to hear about it.

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We hope you enjoyed these Diwali crafts for kids. For more fun kids crafts head over to our how to make balloon animals for beginners guide here on Gathered.


Main image © Yevhenii Khil


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor, Gathered.how

Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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