Festive season is going on and after Navratri everyone is gearing up for the next festival of Diwali. Deepawali or Diwali is The festival of lights, sweets, joy, happiness. Kids look forward to celebrating Diwali with full enthusiasm and what they love more is crackers, sweets and decor.
Diwali or Deepawali or Deepavali is one of the biggest Indian festival of lights
People worship Lord Ganesha and Godess Lakshmi for welfare, prosperity, wealth and wisdom. Hindus regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen relationships. In some parts of India, it marks the beginning of a new year specially for trade community and businesses. On the day of Deepawali, people put on their best clothes and exchange greetings, gifts and sweets with their friends and family. At night, candle-sticks and electric bulbs and earthen lamps illuminate the buildings.
This year my kids want to celebrate Eco-friendly Diwali by making Diwali decor with hands and that includes decorating diyas and making paper lamps.
So as I said, Diwali is nearing and so is festive and decor flavour. Here I am sharing few ideas to make hand made lantern. Decorating diyas and handmade lantern make your Diwali more fun, and also gives Eco-friendly and handmade touch in your house.
This foldable paper lamp shade is made of handmade paper. Handmade paper is not only Eco-friendly but is recyclable as well. On the positive side Handmade paper is made of Eco-friendly material such as cotton waste, cotton cloth rags, waste biomass like grass, jute, husk, waste wool and agro waste (such as sugarcane waste, bark fibers or jute waste). The raw materials used in handmade papers range from all manner of vegetable matter (including leaves, tree moss, potatoes, flowers), old ropes, canvas, linen, new & old cotton Rags. Hosiery & Tailor cuttings, jute waste, paper waste & Agro-waste fibers like Bagasse, Banana, Mulberry, Hemp & Remi etc. Handmade paper is completely wood-free. Given these points we decided to make our lamp with hand-paper only.
Handmade Diwali Lampshade/ Akash Diwa
Akashdiwa is a fun activity to be done with kids and I am sure you will love making them for your home this Diwali. Will share the DIY craft of foldable lamp shade.
However, The lampshade has an uneven, pleasant surface, similar to that of rice paper, which radiates a warm, cosy light due to its texture. The lampshade is approx. 17*17*30 cm and has 4 threads on the top, which converge in the middle to hang it up.
- Hand made paper – 4 sheets of same size, or you can cut your desired colours form large sheet of equal size.
- Coloured string to connect sheets, I had used red coloured macrame string I had remaining from last craft.
- punching machine to punch holes in hand made paper
- decor material to cutouts to stick on papers
- a bulb with holder to hand in it.
Cut the handmade paper in 12 inch by 7 inch sheet
In the same fashion/ way cut 4 sheets of same size
I have taken 12 inch by 7 inch sheets of two colours red and orange
After that, Punch holes at equal distance on vertical side of sheets i.e. 12 inch side
All sheets should have holes at equal intervals as we have to tie them with string like shoe lace tying.
As shown the outer sides are sewn by hand with a thin thread to form an angular lampshade.
Once done you can stick drawing or cut outs on the sheet if your kids love it or you can leave it as it is.
As can be seen, My kiddo made this lamp by decorating one side with his own drawing of Lord Ganesha and other side with card cutouts.
In addition, You can decorate lamp in whatever way you prefer, use any cutouts or beads, laces, glitter or other decorative material available with you.
Similarly, You can cut flowers or diyas or any thing appealing from magazines or old marriage cards.
To summarize, Let your child decide what he want to stick this way you give them decision power and helps in making choices too.
Overall, You can even keep it more simple my just connecting different colors of hand made paper sheets.
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