Diwali for most of us is the time to be super busy. The frenzy around preparing for Diwali for so many Indians is a way of life. For me personally, as the calendar ticks towards the D-day, I keep raking my mind for things I could do for my house. Once all the shopping is done I begin my Do It Yourself ‘DIY’ quest. The best thing about decking up my house the DIY Projects way is the uniqueness it renders+* to my festivities. Also the time and commitment that goes into creating various things motivates me to look forward to more and more guests because I know that my mum-in-law will very enthusiastically show off the décor inviting approving and appreciative feedback from all guests. There are a few things that are on my ‘DIY’ agenda every Diwali. Yet there are some ideas that come to me in a ‘eureka’ moment and steal me off my nights’ sleep a day or two before Diwali. Why nights? The days are already scheduled choc-o-block with sweet making, home cleaning and two hyperactive very-much-in-a-holiday-mood-at-home kids. The labor and love that goes into creating each item makes it my prized possession which I feel like holding out high like a trophy to everyone and anyone.
Everything highlighted below has been creating with my hands, individually or with the help of my mum-in-law or co-sister. Also, barring some most of the things can be made for any occasion other than Diwali. They are a good way of giving your home a new and refreshed look.
This is peek-a-boo into my home this year’s DIY waali Diwali –
Toran tops my list of must-have-a-new-one-every-Diwali list. Before I had my second son (who is blog-named ‘Lucky’) we would make atleast one Toran every Diwali. Last year, with two kids, doing any kind of art-work became almost impossible, thus we brought one from the market. But this Diwali I pulled up my socks and put together -two Torans for the house. My guiding principle while I shopped for raw material was to follow a minimalist concept that will need least effort to assemble yet look elegant and delightful. Picking up bright colors was the most important thing to achieve this goal. Also pom-pom balls are the in-trend thing this festive season. Thus has evolved the result below in the form of bright looking simple yet elegant torans.
Dresses for my Idols
This is one ritual we follow every year. Either on Janamashtmi (Lord Krishna’s Birthday) or on Diwali, we ensure that our little idols adorn dresses / costumes made by us. These dresses are hand stitched with some beads’ handwork to glaze up the bright colored look’.
Stiching my own cushion covers has been on my agenda list for years now. Cushion covers with the right fabric and color combination can go a long way in taking the look of your upholstery a notch higher. This year I picked up two different fabrics one in maroon and golden and the other in bottle green to make a total of 10 cushions. The silk and Jamawar fabric does magic to my living room and gives it the perfect Diwali look.
Like many households, Rangoli on Diwali is a must have in our house too. We previously used to create one Master Rangoli in the lobby of the house and some tiny ones on the stairs. But now with toddlers running around the house, we appreciate ourselves if we manage to keep the Master-Rangoli intact for the entire time of celebration. Rangoli is now usually a task that is parked for when the kids retire for the afternoon siesta (so that they can keep up until late at night). The Rangoli pattern ofcourse is ‘googled’ and decided on the spot. Highest return on investment i.e. a good looking saga of colors with less skill and labor is what we look for while we decide on the Rangoli design.
Fancy Lights and Lamps
The best thing I love about Diwali is ‘Lights’. Whether I am at home, out in the streets or any marketplace light bulbs in different colors and patterns lighten up my spirits like nothing else. I can spend hours just watching the dancing rice lights that my neighbors put up in their balcony. While my eyes love to feast on the lights put up by everyone around me, my hands love to use these lights with some accessories to give them an assorted look.
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