Just a few hours left for the festival of lights and sweets to arrive!
Diwali brightens up every dark corner of our life that we dwell in. The multihued lamp shades reflect the different emotions that we savor; sparkling lights symbolize the goodness, positivity and newness while the scrumptious sweets give a topping of sweetness to our bitter bits. We celebrate it to rejoice, relive and to rejuvenate our souls.
The spirit of Diwali soars high with its different religion-specific significance. The Hindus recognize this day for the homecoming of protagonists of Ramayana, Rama and Sita, to Ayodhya after the exile of 14 years. They light up their homes just the way Ayodhya was illuminated upon the epic characters’ arrival. Further, the people in South India mark this day as ‘Naraka Chaturdashi’, the day when Krishna defeated the demon, Narakasura and freed around 16,000 innocent girls from his captivity.
Moving on to Jains, they refer to the day of Diwali as ‘Mahavira Nirvana Divas’ (the day of Mahavira’s liberation). According to Jain scriptures, Mahavira- the last Tirthankara attained enlightenment in the sixth century BCE i.e. more than 2,500 years ago. On this same day, Sikhs celebrate ‘Bandhi Chhor Diwas’, the day when Guru Hargobind returned to Amritsar, Punjab after he was unjustly imprisoned in Gwalior for years. It is the day of joy for Sikhs, as they celebrate the release of their guru with 52 other Hindu Princes. The significance and the reason of celebration for different people may be different, but the idea is one – To Light up the Dark.
So, when the occasion is this super special, why not jazz it up with some really unique ways. How about trying some really exclusive Do-It-Yourself (DIY) decor ideas? Well, this piece of writing will get you to the most enthralling décor ideas that will stun every guest visiting your home. But before that, let’s give you some house cleaning hacks to prepare your home for the decoration further.
Easy house cleaning hacks for Diwali
1. Glass Windows
Is that white vinegar resting safe in your fridge since long? Take it out now. White vinegar will help you in cleaning all your glass windows in the perfect way. All what it requires is mixing one part of white vinegar with one part of water and fill the solution in a spray bottle. You then need to spray it on the glass and leave it for at least 30 seconds before you wipe it with a soft cloth. Prefer to take a microfiber cloth and ensure that the surface is completely dry. Try it! It will make your glass shinier like never before.
Does your microwave smell of oil and grime? Put lemons at work. Since lemons are acidic in nature, they will make your microwave rid of any kind of smell and dirt. Just take a bowl full of water and squeeze half a lemon in it. Mix it well and boil the water in the microwave. Let it sit for around 10 minutes and then wipe the inner surface of it with a soft cloth or a tissue paper. Your microwave will be cleaned perfectly.
Cleaning the tiles and especially the in-between lines can be a nightmare. So, all you here need is a tablespoon of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mix them both to get the consistency of a toothpaste. You need to then take an old toothbrush, dip it in the paste and scrub the tiles. All that grime and grout will be cleaned in no time.
4. Bathroom fittings
To get a sparkling bathroom, you need to clean the wash basin, taps and other sanitary ware. You better use baking soda to unclog and clean your wash basin by sprinkling soda on it and then wipe it with a scrub. See the magic! All your stubborn stains will wash away with just a little effort. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the drain and then pour hot water on it. The drain will unclog completely.
5. Linens and drapes
If cleaning curtains just skipped your mind then do it now. Having two different sets of curtains can ease up your task, as you can replace the dirty curtains with the fresh ones. However, if you don’t have this option then it would be better to clean the curtains room-wise. Like, you can first take up the curtains of living room to clean and then move ahead to the other rooms. Wash all your pillow cases, bed sheets, kitchen towels, bed-covers and other linens in a stain remover mixed with fabric softener. It will tidy your linens and drapes keeping them smell-free.
This Diwali, clean your mattress thoroughly. You just need to take baking soda & vinegar for it. Spray vinegar on the mattress and then sprinkle some soda on it, leaving it there for a few hours. You can then use vacuum or clean it with a soft brush. It will not only help you to get rid of dirt and dust but also the bad odor.
It is sure that these cleaning hacks will help you greatly even if you are running out of time and Diwali is just two days after. Now when you have cleaned your home, it’s the time to get your hands on the decorations and other adornments. So, read the blog further to get the most attractive DIY decoration ideas.
11 DIY home decoration ideas for Diwali
1. Hula Hoop Chandeliers
Bet that you never came across this idea before. You can now make captivating chandelier at home only. Yes, make use of your hula hoop by winding the string lights randomly around it. Do not leave any space and cover it all with the lights. It will create a beautiful chandelier that can be hung in your living room. You can choose the size of the hula hoop and the color of the lights according to your requirement.
2. Mason Jar Lights
Get all those clear mason jars out of your kitchen shelves. It’s time to dazzle them up by filling them up with the string lights. Like the hula hoop chandeliers, they will also look amazing when kept on a table surrounded with flowers and other decoration items. You can also hang them outside if you are having an outdoor Diwali party. Choose different colored lights for different jars to make the space more appealing.
3. Paper Cup Lights
This is again one of the easiest DIY decoration tricks. You can buy paper cups of different colors and styles to create paper cup lights. All you need to do here is to make a little crisscross cut on the bottom of the cup and then put the light in through it. It will turn into small lamp shades. If the paper cups are of red color then you may use yellow lights while red lights will go well with the white cups.
4. Bottle Lights
Stop throwing the liquor bottles and those glass bottles that you have. You can turn them into fascinating bottle lights. Just remove the labels on the bottles and fill them up with the lights. You can even use a colored bulb for each bottle and then close them with a corkscrew. To give your room a classy lighting, you better place them at the sides of your stairs or may hang them in your balcony. Here also, you better choose the right color of light considering what color of the bottle you have. For instance, putting in a clear bulb will look good in a green colored bottle and likewise. Just keep in mind that the same color of bottle and the bulb won’t go together that well.
5. Box Lights
Like you used paper cups, you can use the tiny paper boxes in the same way. Get the origami sheets in different colors and patterns, and make small boxes in the origami style. Once these boxes are ready, you just need to make small cuts on one side of the box and then put an individual light in through them.
6. Bangle Lampshades
Who doesn’t have dozens of bangles? Hardly anyone. Glass bangles can be turned into beautiful lamps. You just have to glue different colors of glass bangles one over the other and then place the lights in it. Since the glass bangles can resist heat, lights won’t cause any harm to them. The best part is that you can reuse it as many times as you want. Once made, they can be used on next Diwali and on other occasions.
7. Wineglass Lamps
The time is here to make the finest use of your imported wine glasses. It is the easiest way to turn a wineglass into a lamp by filling the three-fourth of it with water and then put a tea light or a floating candle in it. You can put some beautiful flowers in the water, as they will look wonderful being submerged and forming the base of the tea light on the top. Well, putting crystals and colorful pebbles will also do wonders.
8. Paper Diya Hanging
Wish to flaunt more of your creativity? You can make paper diyas. All you need to have is the different colors of sheets and fold them into the shape of diyas. Or, you can simply draw the diya on the sheet and cut it in the same shape. Decorate them all with tiny mirrors and other craft materials that you have. Also, you can write Diwali wishes on these diyas and then put them in a thread and hang them wherever you want to.
9. Quilling Paper Designed Thali
If you have always loved paper quilling then exploit your talent well now. Take different colors of quilling papers and make elliptical and circular shapes out of them. You can decorate the outside of any regular plate with these quilled shapes and decorate it the way you want. You can put a diya inside the thali and place it to decorate the doorways and window too.
10. Flowers and Garlands
This is one decorating idea that never ceases to grab attention. You can bring different types of flowers and weave them in a garland to decorate the doors, windows, walls and other places of the house. These days, decorating the homes with the floral theme has become a trend. So, you can always give this DIY a try. It’s simple and not much time consuming!
11. Paint Rangoli
If you have always used colored powder to make rangolis then try something new this time. You can use water colors to paint your rangoli this year. Often when you use powder, it gets messed up after a while but using a paint will keep your rangoli intact. Use different shades to pep up your rangoli design just like the way you have been using powder. You can clean the paint with water whenever you want to.
Besides the above listed decoration ideas, you can also make thread lanterns, paper coneflowers, handcrafted lampshades, wall hangers, pathway décor, flower bells, handmade wall pieces, sequin and tassel hangings and other ideas that might come across your mind.
Over to you
So, what are you waiting for? Just get started with the house cleaning first and then the decorating part. Light up this Diwali bright and let the happiness, laughter and wealth roll in your home. Happy Diwali!
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