Taiyari Diwali Ki – Diwali Cleaning Tips & Decoration Ideas
Are you looking for Diwali decoration ideas? Are you looking for the DIY ideas and hacks on “how to start Diwali cleaning and decoration“? If yes, then this blog post is specially written for you.
This year Diwali will fall on 4th November 2021. You might have planning to clean and decorate your home this Diwali.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited Hindu festivals for Indians. Everyone celebrates this festival with great zeal and enthusiasm. The festival focuses on the cleaning and beautification of homes where we live. It brightens up every dark corner of our life that we dwell in.
The multi-hued lamp shades reflect the different emotions that we savour. The sparkling lights symbolize goodness, positivity, and newness, while the scrumptious sweets give a topping of sweetness to our bitter bits. We celebrate it to rejoice, revive, and rejuvenate our souls.
Table of Contents
- Importance of Diwali in Our Lives
- Easy Diwali House Cleaning Tips and Hacks
- Important Diwali Decoration Tips
- DIY Diwali Decoration Hacks and Ideas
- Over to you
Importance of Diwali in Our Lives
Hindu Diwali: The spirit of Diwali soars high with its different religion-specific significance. The Hindus recognize this day for the homecoming of Ramayana, Rama, and Sita protagonists, to Ayodhya after the exile of 14 years. They light up their homes just the way Ayodhya was illuminated upon the epic characters’ arrival.
South India Diwali: 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.
Jain Diwali: 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.
Sikh Diwali: 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 reason for the Diwali celebration for different people may be different, but the idea is to Light up the Dark.
So, when the occasion is this super special, why not jazz it up with unique ways. How about trying some exclusive Diwali decoration DIY ideas?
Well, this piece of writing will get you to the most enthralling Diwali decoration ideas that will stun every guest visiting your home. But before that, let’s give you some Diwali cleaning hacks to prepare your home for decoration further.
Easy Diwali House Cleaning Tips and Hacks
How can you start Diwali decoration without cleaning your home correctly? It would be best if you began decoration for Diwali only after cleaning your home thoroughly. It does not make sense to decorate a home if it is messy and dirty. To help you with cleaning, here are some accessible Diwali house cleaning hacks and tips. Have a look at these DIY Diwali cleaning ideas.
Glass Windows Cleaning
Is that white vinegar resting safely in your fridge for a long time? Take it out now. White vinegar will help you in perfectly cleaning all your glass windows. It requires mixing one part of white vinegar with one part of water and filling the solution in a spray bottle. You then need to spray it on the glass and leave it for at least 30 seconds before wiping it with a soft cloth. I prefer to take a microfiber cloth and ensure that the surface is arid. Try it! It will make your glass shinier like never before.
Microwave Oven Cleaning
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 odour 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 with a soft cloth or tissue paper. Your microwave will be cleaned perfectly.
Floor Tiles Cleaning
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 toothpaste. You need to take an old toothbrush, dip it in the paste, and scrub the tiles. All that grime and grout will be cleaned in no time.
Bathroom Fittings Cleaning
It would be best if you cleaned the washbasin, taps, and other sanitary ware to get a sparkling bathroom. You better use baking soda to unclog and clean your washbasin by sprinkling soda on it and then wiping 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.
Cleaning of Linens and Drapes
If cleaning curtains just skipped your mind, then do it now. Having two different curtains sets can ease your task, as you can replace the dirty curtains with fresh ones. However, if you don’t have this option, it would be better to clean the curtains room-wise. Like, you can first take up the living room curtains to clean and then move ahead to the other rooms. Wash all your pillowcases, bed sheets, kitchen towels, bed-covers, and other linens in a stain remover mixed with a fabric softener. It will tidy your linens and drapes, keeping them smell-free.
This Diwali, clean your mattress thoroughly. You need to take baking soda & vinegar for it. Spray vinegar on the mattress and then sprinkle some soda, leaving it there for a few hours. You can then use a vacuum or clean it with a soft brush. It will not only help you get rid of dirt and dust but also the foul odour. When you have cleaned your home, it’s time to get your hands on the decorations and other adornments. Indeed, these cleaning hacks will help you significantly even if you are running out of time and Diwali is just two days after. So, read the blog further to get the most attractive DIY decoration ideas.
Important Diwali Decoration Tips
After cleaning your home thoroughly, proceed with Diwali decoration. Here are some awesome decoration hacks that will jazz up your home outstandingly.
Main Gate Decoration
The decoration of the main gate or entrance of a home on Diwali is imperative. It should be done beautifully. There are so many things that you can do to decorate the entrance of your home. Here are some tips and hacks for you.
- Decorate with toran: You can buy or make a beautiful toran for the purpose. You can use fresh flowers to make toran at your home. In addition, you can purchase fresh flower toran or toran made with artificial flowers, beads, and pearls.
- Make rangoli: Rangoli is one of the main parts of Diwali decoration. It is often drawn at the entrance of the gate. So, decorate your home entrance by drawing beautiful & colourful rangoli. You can easily purchase rangoli colours during the Diwali season.
- Place diyas and candles: Placing diyas and candles at the entrance of your home will add more charm to your Diwali decoration. Diyas & candles will banish darkness and make the entrance bright and attractive.
Light Decoration for Diwali Outside Your Home
Diwali is the festival of lights. Thus, you cannot imagine this festival without the use of lights, diyas, and candles. Lights are the most important decoration of a home during Diwali. Here are some tips for light decoration for Diwali for the outside of your home.
- Place diyas and candles on the wall, windows, doors, and terrace.
- Use string lights or LED diyas for making your home more bright and beautiful.
- Drape some string lights or serial lights on the trees if you have trees or a garden at your home.
- Decorate the place with fresh flowers for the day.
Light Decoration for Diwali Inside Your Home
Diwali decoration is not only about decorating home from the outside. You should also decorate inside of your home. Here are some light decoration tips for Diwali that you can use inside of your home.
- Use different colorful lighting to bring in more variety and warmth to your home.
- Make sure of diyas, candles, LED lights, lamps, floor lighting, and lanterns to decorate the inside of your home.
- Use floating diyas and t-lights to beautiful your place.
- Add more charm to Diwali decoration by fixing fancy chandeliers at your home.
DIY Diwali Decoration Hacks and Ideas
Go wild with this excellent do-it-yourself decoration for Diwali. In this section, I will share with you some interesting DIY decoration hacks and ideas that you might like. I hope you will love the below-given decor ideas.
Hula Hoop Chandeliers
Bet that you have never come across this idea before. You can now make a captivating chandelier at home only. Yes, make use of your hula hoop by winding the string of lights randomly around it. Please 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 colour of the lights according to your requirement.
Mason Jar Lights
Get all those empty mason jars out of your kitchen shelves. It’s time to dazzle them up by filling them up with the string of lights. Like the hula hoop chandeliers, they will also look fantastic when kept on a table surrounded by flowers and other decoration items. You can also hang them outside if you have an outdoor Diwali party. Choose different coloured lights for different jars to make the space more appealing.
Paper Cup Lights
It is again one of the easiest DIY decoration tricks. You can buy paper cups of different colours and styles to create paper cup lights. All you need to do here is 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 red, you may use yellow lights, while red lights will go well with the white cups.
Stop throwing the liquor bottles and those glass bottles that you have. You can turn them into fascinating bottle lights. Just remove the labels from the bottles and fill them up with the lights. You can even use a coloured bulb for each bottle and then close them with a corkscrew. To give your room elegant lighting, you better place them at the sides of your stairs or may hang them on your balcony. Here also, you better choose the right colour of light considering what colour of the bottle you have. For instance, putting in a clear bulb will look good in a green-coloured bottle and likewise. Just keep in mind that the same colour of the bottle and the bulb won’t go together with that well.
Like you used paper cups, you can use the tiny paper boxes in the same way. Get the origami sheets in different colours and patterns, and make small boxes in the origami style. Once these boxes are ready, you need to make small cuts on one side of the box and then put an individual light in through them.
Who doesn’t have dozens of bangles? Hardly anyone. We can turn glass bangles into beautiful lamps. You have to glue different colours of glass bangles one over the other and then place the lights in them. 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, we can use them on the next Diwali and other occasions.
The time is here to make the most acceptable 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 putting 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 colourful pebbles will also do wonders.
Try your hands on making fruit candles. Here are the hacks. Take oranges or sweet lemons (mousambis). Then cut them into halves and remove pulps carefully. Then place the candle in the peel. Enjoy tangy and citrus fragrance in your room within minutes.
Paper Diya Hanging
Wish to flaunt more of your creativity? You can make paper diyas. All you need to have is the different colours of sheets and fold them into the shape of diyas. Or, you can 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.
Quilling Paper Designed Thali
If you have always loved paper quilling, then exploit your talent well now. Take different colours 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.
Flowers and Garlands
It is one decorating idea that never ceases to grab attention. You can bring fresh flowers and weave them in a garland to decorate the doors, windows, walls, and other places of the house. These days, decorating homes with a floral theme has become a trend. So, you can always give this DIY a try. It’s simple and not much time-consuming!
Rangoli with Fresh Flowers
Create rangoli using a lot of fresh flowers. You can make flower rangoli at the entrance of your home. You can make it inside your home. Search online for the latest flower rangoli designs and try your hands.
If you have always used coloured powder to make rangolis, then try something new this time. You can use watercolours to paint your rangoli this year. When you use powder, it gets messed up after a while but using paint will keep your rangoli intact. Use different shades to pep up your rangoli design, just like how you have been using powder. You can clean the paint with water whenever you want to.
Over to you
Besides the above-listed Diwali decoration ideas, you can also make thread lanterns, paper coneflowers, handcrafted lampshades, wall hangers, pathway décor, flower bells, handmade wall pieces, sequin, tassel hangings, and other ideas that might come across your mind.
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!