This Diwali, we bring you our favourite festive ideas from the colourful world of interior design bloggers

Diwali is here! And it’s that time of the year when we look for design ideas for the home. There are scores of excellent design blogs online with original and quirky ideas. From orange peel lights to glitter sheets rangoli, we fetch you some of the brightest DIY decor this year.

Lights on

www.mommygyan.com curates 11 Diwali DIY craft ideas. From egg cartons and doily lights to glass jar candle holders, it lists easy to make lighting options to brighten up every corner of your home. Blogger Poonam writes, “Get your regular Diwali lighting and give it a makeover - use sea shells to dress them up. See how fancy your Light Bunting looks. (Source – Martha Stewart).” Poonam says that if you are someone who loves frugal art, (well, who doesn’t?) you are going to love her idea using newspaper and glass jars to create a wonderful votive holder or candle holder.

For those looking to keep the little ones involved in the festivities, here’s another great idea. “Making diyas could be a fun project for kids," says Poonam. "You need to make the dough and will need craft supplies to decorate the diyas. A simple yet awesome project to make diyas that kids would love. The dough is high on salt content and is baked at a low temperature. "

Bottle it up

The folks at Zansaar.com have a few great ideas. “Make inexpensive votive holders out of old jam jars and glass bottles. All you need to do is to place a tea light inside and it’s ready to be used. You can hang them on trees or place them on your garden bench. Create a bottle full of lights by inserting twinkling lights inside a glass bottle. Place it on a mantle and switch on the lights to create a magical, glowy bottle-lamp.” If you are looking for something earthier, here's another idea: Unique bamboo lanterns made by covering bamboo sticks with kite or crepe paper of different colours and placing candles inside. "Not only will this make your outdoor lighting look impressive, it will also prevent the wind from blowing away the candles.” See more at: http://blog.zansaar.com/

Shimmer special

Celebrations décor (http://celebrationsdecor.blogspot.in) invokes the spirit of the season with bold colours and the shimmer of gold. “With the festival of lights approaching, the festive spirit was bound to catch up with me too. How different can it be from the last years? How many new lamps can we buy this time and how do we decorate the home this time? This time, for a rich background we tried colour and embossed gold paper on the tables.” Some great pointers: Place a bowl of gold polished balls (or bells from a Bharatnatyam anklet) on the centre table for that festive look. Place roses in small tea glasses and gold balls in between a floral arrangement on a thali.

Get floored

Tanya Anurag who writes at tanyaanurag.blogspot.in decorates plain, white tea-light candles and spruces them up. And offers some great advice for carpeted homes. “After a lot of thinking and market research (with a friend), I laid my hand on glitter craft sheets. I decided then and there that the craft sheets would be used to make Rangoli. I cut out the sheets in various shapes, stuck it on a paper and the rangoli was ready to be kept anywhere... just anywhere!" She placed them at the entrance to the house, and at room corners. She used coloured tea-lights as well, she writes.

Rice and shine!

Shruti’s www.artsycraftsymom.com curates 40 Diwali DIY ideas. We loved the many different rangoli ideas on her blog. From simple ones to rangolis drawn with lentils, playdough, glitter, flowers and coloured rice, there’s a whole lot of innovation. “We love Diwali at home and it’s the time of the year when the whole family is at one place and celebrating. It's also the time for activities that we do as a family… Be it decorating, cooking, shopping or crafting. If you are a mom who is wondering how to keep kids occupied while doing some activities that bond you together as a family, then look no further…” she writes. If you are looking to create some beautiful rangolis at home, look no further.

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