Handmade Paper Lamp for Diwali Decor

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The 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 festivals of lights

People worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess 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, especially for trade communities 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 ideas and making paper lamps.

So as I said, Diwali is nearing and so is festive and decor flavor. Here I am sharing few ideas to make hand made lantern. Decorating ideas and handmade lantern make your Diwali more fun, and also gives Eco-friendly and handmade touch in your house. These handmade lanterns are good as a Diwali gift too for your friends or near and dear ones if you are looking for something handmade and that too made by your kids.

Handmade Paper

Paper LanternsThis foldable paper lampshade 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

Paper LanternsAkashdiwa 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, cozy 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.




Items required

  • Hand made paper – 4 sheets of the same size, or you can cut your desired colors form a large sheet of equal size. Image result for handmade paper
  • Colored string to connect sheets, I had used red colored 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 a holder to hand in it.

Cut the handmade paper in 12 inches by 7-inch sheetImage result for handmade paper

In the same fashion/ way cut 4 sheets of the same size

I have taken 12 inches by 7-inch sheets of two colors red and orange

After that, Punch holes at equal distance on the 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 shoelace 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 another side with card cutouts.

In addition, You can decorate lamps 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 anything appealing from magazines or old marriage cards. To summarize, let your child decide what he wants to stick this way you give them decision power and helps in making choices too.

Overall, You can even keep it more simple by just connecting different colors of hand made paper sheets.

Paper Lanterns & Table Lamps


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Not just Diwali but all festivals are a great time to teach your kids some fun handmade DIY’s. Children learn a lot from these art and craft activities. After Diwali utilize Christmas vacations too and don’t forget to make DIY Christmas tree this Christmas with your kids.

And, when crafts are getting made we certainly need something to feed our tummy’s too so how about munching some healthy Diwali snacks.

Have a fun-filled, learning, experimenting and crafty time with your kids and enjoy all festivals together with family and friends.

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