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Best out of waste: DIY Diwali Decor

by Karan Gupta 03 Oct 2022

What is the best waste material for Diwali decor? The answer to this question is quite simple. You can use any waste material for home décor or Diwali gift items. It doesn't matter whether it is dry leaves, twigs or even garbage. All that matters is that you have to ensure that there are no sharp objects in the trash. 

Diwali is a celebration of light, love, and happiness. The best way to celebrate Diwali is to make your home look beautiful. However, not everyone can afford to purchase new decorations for their home during Diwali because they are too expensive. So, what do you do if you don't want to spend too much on decorations? You can use waste materials such as old calendars, sheets of paper, plastic bags etc. These materials can be used for making pretty Diwali decorations that will give your home an attractive look during this festive season in India.  

For example, Cotton balls are a great source of fibre for many people who spin cotton yarns or yarns used for sewing clothing or other items. But you can also use them as a resource for making your decorations! Just take some cotton fibre and tie it into knots with string or twine, then hang your creation up in front of your house or party area.  Waste Material Boxes Boxes made out of cardboard have been used as decoration since ancient times because they look nice and are lightweight so that they won't take up too much space inside your home. 

Why should you use waste material for Diwali home decoration? 

Environmentally friendly:  

This is one of the most important reasons why people prefer to use waste material for Diwali decor. We all know how much our planet is suffering due to deforestation, pollution and other issues related to nature. So, if we want our planet to survive, we should start using these alternatives instead of cutting down trees or burning garbage in the open air. 

Saves money:  

As we all know, every Indian festival involves spending money on decorations and gifts for our close ones, so you can save money from your pocket by using waste material for Diwali decor. 

Bottle craft art: 


You can always decorate your home with your glass water bottles and wine bottles. However, empty wine bottles are often thrown out; instead, you pick up some brushes and colours and do some "kalakari" on them.  

  • You can use them as a flower vase or showpiece.  
  • You can put some Mirchi lights in the bottle and use them as a fancy table lamp.  
  • You can also decorate the bottle by gluing paper cuts on the surface; this art is called "Decoupage". It will help brighten the glass. 
  • Fill the bottle with sand and colourful stones; add fairy lights for a scintillating effect. 

Try to avoid plastic sipper bottles because we are all aiming for an eco-friendly Diwali this year. Instead, switch to copper or glass bottles like The Better Home's insulated stainless steel or copper water bottles. These non-toxic bottles are leakproof, lightweight, and come with double-wall technology. 

Newspaper coaster set: 


A colourful and recycled newspaper coaster set can be a great centerpiece for your Diwali special dinner table. Cut a newspaper halfway across. Roll the pieces on a stick and glue the end. After it's dry, remove the stick. Flatten the paper tubes and form them into circles. Glue the circle with each other to form the desired shape and leave it to dry. 

Homemade bookmarks: 


Engage in some fun activities with your little ones. For example, reuse an invitation card or cardboard and make some creative bookmarks out of it. You can also use old magazines, envelopes, and cartons. Cut some rectangular shapes. Paint it with neutral colours and stick some coloured paper cut-outs. You can also try some gradient or brush paintings or recreate your kiddo's favourite superhero character. Make a small hole on the top and tie a satin ribbon. 

DIY pen holder: 


One of the simplest ways to decorate your work desk is by stacking some old bangles and creating a DIY pen holder. You can use metal, plastic, glass bangles or even thick kadas. First, make the base with cardboard and start glueing the bangles. 6-8 inches rectangular bangles will be an easier option. 

Aromatic candle holders: 

You can recycle borosil jars, tea cups and coffee mugs to make aromatic candles at home. Apply a few drops of your favourite essential oil with some wax. Melt the wax properly. Rub the fragrance on the cup and pour the wax into the cup. Insert a wick at the centre and leave it to dry for a while. You can also add some floral decoration or stones to enhance the presentation. 

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