DIY Diwali Lantern:
The festival of lights is always a time for celebration and festivities. Deepawali or Diwali has a lot of historical and mythological significance in every Indian’s life. The culmination of Lord Rama’s journey from Lanka to Ayodhya, victory of good over evil is marked by the lighting of earthen lamps all around as a mark of respect to the warrior and welcoming him home. Diwali has over the years transcended all boundaries and is celebrated by one and all alike. Lighting diyas, bursting crackers, decorating the house with lights, flowers, and rangoli, eating and sharing sweets and lots of happiness. Make this Diwali even more special by making a DIY Diwali lantern to adorn your home!!
Here’s how you can spread festive cheer and light by making a DIY Diwali lantern:
- White cardstock ( preferably A4 size in white color)
- colored paper (colored vellum sheets look wonderful as it is translucent and the diffused light looks colorful)
- paper knife
- eraser and glue
- Fold the two A4 size card-stocks into halves and stick together to form a cuboid form. Cut the third card-stock into square shapes to cover the top and bottom of this cuboid. This forms the basic layout of the DIY Diwali Lantern. You can change the dimension and designs/patterns on the side panels to get a different paper lantern each time.
- Use the above diagram to make the outline of the lantern (one side panel), the dotted lines need the paper to be folded, the marked normal lines is where the paper needs to be cut, the shaded areas need to be discarded. Discard the huge rectangular shaded area that forms the window for paper weaving.
- Cut out patterns or designs, instead of cutting out plain big rectangle, to make different lanterns.
- Mark the lengths with a pencil and rules, draw out the template by hand before starting to cut them out.
- Select two shades, like red and green here for the window panel of the lantern. Cut out strips of about one inch in both the shades. At the backside of the panel (which will be the inside of the lantern), paste these strips in alternate colors on two adjacent sides of the window. First stick the strips on one side of the window and then move on to the adjacent side.
- Weave the two strips together.
- Glue the loose ends of the vellum strips to the opposite window edge and trim off any extra lengths.
- Stick both the panels’ side to the side and seal the lids. Make a hole in the top lid to drop in your bulb/light. Use twine to hang the DIY Diwali lantern.
Your DIY Diwali lantern is ready to spread some festive light into your homes.