DIY Akash Kandil:
Diwali is incomplete without an akash kandil or a Diwali lantern. Diwali is all about spreading the light of joy and festive splendor with diyas, colorful lights, lamps, and lanterns. A bright akash kandil hanging outside any house is visible from far away too. A DIY Akash Kandil is easy to make.
Here’s how you can make a DIY Akash Kandil:
- 4 12” x 12” orange sheets of cardstock paper
- 2 12” x 12” purple sheets of cardstock paper
- 1 12” x 18” yellow sheet of cardstock paper
- 1 brown sheet
- 1 20” x 20” pink tissue paper
- 1 20” x 20” matt-gold tissue paper
- Make a few big squares of 6” x 6”. Take a 12 by 12 sheet and divide it uniformly at 6 inches length-wise and 6 inches width-wise, to get 4 6×6 squares.
- Repeat the same procedure with three sheets of paper to get a total of 16 squares.
- Make a few small squares of 4” x 4”. Take a 12 by 12 sheet and divide it into 4 inch markers length-wise and width-wise, to get 9 4×4 squares.
- Repeat the same procedure with another sheet of paper to get 18 small squares. Though you need to use only 16 squares, keep aside the two spare squares.
- Take the small square and glue them in the middle of the big square leaving 1 inch edge on all sides.
- Now, take two diagonal corners of the big square and glue the edge together making a semi-cylinder. Repeat this for all the 16 pieces of squares you have.
- Make a diya cut out with the leftover paper to stick to the middle of the semi-cylinder. You can make any kind of decoration with the paper like a butterfly and others to glue on the semi-cylinder. This helps hide the joint in the semi-cylinder and makes it more appealing.
- Take a large sheet of yellow cardstock paper of the size 12” x 18” approximately and glue the two shorter ends together making a cylinder.
- Now paste all the 16 semi-cylinders around the big yellow cylinder.
- For danglers at the base of the lantern, take some tissue paper as it is light and flows easily. Fold the tissue paper into a small 4-inch square and carefully cut the paper into a zigzag pattern.
- Glue the zigzag danglers on the base of the lantern.
- Take a ribbon and staple it to the top of the akash kandil. You can hang the akash kandil wherever you please.
Make this easy DIY akash kandil this Deepawali and bring some festive fervor to the house.