Fun and Interesting Diwali Activities and Crafts for Kids – Free printables, DIY, Decor, Crafts & Home Decor

Check out these interesting Diwali Activities and crafts for kids. Some of these are easy enough to be made by preschoolers and toddlers while others are good Diwali crafts ideas for adults or tweens and teens as well.  Free Diwali activities printables included.

Encourage your kids to be involved in festivities and help them learn about our culture. Involving kids also gives them a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.

Diwali is the festival of love, care and happiness. It is the festival of light and colours. We all happily decorate our home with lights, diyas and rangoli etc.

When we parents are busy with these preparations, our little ones may feel left out and they also want to contribute in Diwali preparations. We should let them feel the joy and happiness of celebrating Diwali in the most beautiful way.

Specially when they are growing in every aspect emotionally, physically and mentally – It is very much necessary to make them aware of our rituals, festivals, and culture so they can understand our Sanskriti (culture) of love, care and share.

So this year I decided to do some Diwali art and craft with my kid so he can learn about this festival and contribute his share in Diwali celebrations. Through this way, I can teach him about being responsible and he was happy to create some cute handmade pieces for Diwali decorations.

So below are the Diwali activities for kids and crafts ideas that you can easily do at home. These are also good ideas for school or for Diwali projects. These can also be used as Diwali decoration ideas for school. 

These crafts and activities can be used as DIY home decor or handmade Diwali gifts for loved ones.

Apart from the above crafts and hand-on activities – You can also use printables as an opportunity to talk to your kids about our festivals and work on various educational concepts simultaneously. Here are some worksheets to help you get started with the conversation.

diwali Activities for kids free diwali printables for kids

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Diwali crafts and activities for kids, teens, tweens and adults

Diwali Activities for kids at home

Involve kids in Diwali Cleaning

Usually, we clean our home before Diwali and remove unused and unwanted things.

We can involve our kids in the cleaning and ask them to sort their toys by removing the unused toys which they don’t play with anymore and they can be donated. This way we can teach the child about cleanliness and gratitude and introduce them to the joy of giving

Involve kids in Diwali decorations

We decorate our home for Diwali. We can use lamps, lighting and beautiful flowers and other home decor objects in decorating our homes.

Rather than buying everything we can teach our kid to make DIY decorative crafts, wall hangings, Paper Kandils and paper flowers. Not only do kids learn a new skill but also learn to reuse and recycle what we have.

This way they kids will enjoy the joy of festival decors in a meaningful way.

Make or paint your own Diyas

Nowadays people usually buy candles and electric lights for Diwali which are even harmful to the environment. Instead we can buy earthen diya from market and decorate the diya with paints, glitters and sticks along with our kid.

The earthen diyas are easy to dispose and also help local artisans in earning their livelihood.

I am sure your child will definitely love decorating his/her own diya and light it during Diwali.

Related – Easy ways on How to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali

Involve kids in making homemade sweets

Sweets are a must during Diwali festivals and the celebration is incomplete without sweets. Most people buy sweets from sweet shops these days.

To make the festival memorable for your kid we can involve them in preparing sweets. There are many simple easy to make sweet ideas available on YouTube. The easiest to make our laddoos 🙂

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Make Rangoli on paper – easy Diwali craft for kids

One of the most colorful and beautiful aspects of Diwali is the bright and eye-catching Rangoli drawn in every corner of the home.

While your child may not be old enough to help out with the real Rangoli, he can spend some quiet time coloring a Rangoli design on paper.

This is a good Diwali craft idea for school projects and preschool board decorations as well 🙂

Materials required to make Rangoli on paper

  • A 4 sheet
  • Fevicol
  • Rangoli Colours
  • Sieve

How to make Rangoli on paper

  1. Draw a design of your choice on paper. You can draw proper rangoli design or draw something simple your child can enjoy to colour. My kid is familiar with diya design so I made a diya on a paper
  2. Now you need to apply fevicol on your design. If you want to fill different colours in your rangoli design then you can apply the fevicol accordingly. I want to make my diya colourful so I applied fevicol in very small part of diya.
    Note :  If you want, you can spread the Fevicol with the help of finger evenly or simply apply it and don’t make it even, it will give your design a different texture.
  3. As you have applied the fevicol on your design the colour you will apply will be pasted with fevicol so now take the sieve put some colour in it and then shake it gently to spread colour on you design.

After you are done with third step above remove the extra colour from the paper and then start from step  1 again.

Your colourful and beautiful rangoli on paper is ready. This is a very simple and quick activity loved by kids.

You can use this design in making proper Rangoli just cut the extra paper from the design and use it as center of rangoli and let your child know that you have used his design to make the complete rangoli. Don’t forget to acknowledge his efforts.

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Colour the Diyas

This Diwali activity was most enjoyed by my kid. He just wanted to colour the diyas for whole day and did not want to do anything else..  🙂

As diwali is the festival of lights and it is incomplete without diyas. Usually we buy coloured diyas from the market and then decorate our home.

This year I am going to decorate my home with coloured diyas made by my little champ.

Materials required to make coloured Diyas

  1. Plain diyas
  2. Fevicryl oil paints ( I was not comfortable in using the oil paints as my kid is too small to handle them. I used normal water colours to paint the diyas)
  3. Paint brush

How to colour the diyas

  1. First of all when you buy the diyas wash them gently to remove the dirt from them. Keep them aside and let them dry.
  2. With the help of thick brush apply the base colour on diyas. Keep them aside and let them dry.

Note : My kid wanted to colour the diya with orange colour and we didn’t have that colour. Thus, we made this secondary colour by mixing the red colour with yellow colour. Thus, I got the opportunity to make him aware about the secondary colour and how can we make that.

3) With the help of fine brush draw some fine designs of your choice on diyas.

While making the designs on diyas discuss the various holy sign like “Swastik” or “Om” with your kid.

Note: If your kid wants to do this fine work, let him do or ask him what design he wants to make on diyas. As my kid was super excited to colour the diyas, all the base colour was done by him.

Yes, I did some finishing work to make it look smooth. You can ask your kid to wear some old clothes or apron to avoid any colour stains on clothes.

Above coloring Diya Diwali activity was completely enjoyed by my kid. It is very good for fine motor skills and imagination of kids. All the colours were decided by my kid.

As we have made lots of coloured diyas we have decide we will gift them to our dear ones.

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Henna Art

Henna art craft for kids gives them the opportunity for pre writing skills and to improve their creativity. This is an innovative idea from our crafty mumma Shwetha Kalyan.

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DIY Directions Game

DIY directions game helps kids to improve their reasoning and problem solving ability.In this game we give the directions and they do as per our instructions to reach the object. This is again a great activity from our FB group member Shwetha Kalyan.

Diwali activities

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Make DIY Paper Kandil at home (Diwali Lantern)

Paper Kandil look beautiful no matter what the occasion is. On Diwali you would see multiple Kandils in market but making a  paper lantern on our own is much more fun.

You can make these Paper Kandils to decorate our home and do Diwali decorations in schools and offices.

Material required to make DIY Paper Kandil

  • Printed Sheet
  • Plain Paper ( preferably that can go with printed sheet)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Check out how to make a simple Paper Lamp or Paper Kandil by clicking here

DIY Paper Kandil For Diwali 13

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DIY punched paper Lantern (Diwali Lamp)

Paper Lanterns are also called paper lamps and they are great as home décor or party decorations. And these are very easy Diwali crafts to make with kids.

You can decide how can you involve your kid in this Diwali activity based on the kid’s age

If you are bored with normal paper lamps and want try something different like me, then this tutorial is for you.  This is also an easy tutorial for those who want to get started with making their own paper lamp or lanterns :-).

Material required to make DIY punched paper Lantern

  • Two sheets of colored paper (preferably of same colour or contrasted colours)
  • Punching machine
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Click here to see Step by step instructions with pictures on how to make Punched Paper Lantern for Diwali at home.

How to make DIY punched paper Lantern


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Make T Light Holders With Old CD’s (Candle holder)

We can easily make beautiful T light holders with old CDs and decoration material  available at home.

We can decorate olds CDs with quilled paper, or beads or paints or Kundan and place a T-light in center to make beautiful candle holders.

This is an excellent Diwali craft for schools and playschools as sticking beads or quilled paper rolls or pom poms in a particular pattern is great for hand eye coordination and fine motor skills as well

Click here to learn how to make beautiful T light holders with old Cds

(There are mutiple ways we can make)

CD T light candle holder craft with beads

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Incense Holder With Pistachio Shells

We can involve kids in making Incense holders from pistachio shells.

This is another easy craft that teaches kids how we can reuse and recycle objects to make beautiful home decoration items.

Click here for step by step tutorial on how to make Incense holder with Pistachio shells

How to make DIY Incense holder with Pistachio shells


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Easy candle holders with Clay (Clad Diya Holder)

We can easily make candle holders with Clay. You can also the same to hold Diyas and make Clay diya holders.

Once you go through the tutorial you would realize it is such a pretty and beautiful Diwali crafts.

These are perfect Handmade Home décor ideas to illuminate your home on Diwali. Give your home a new look with these easy home décor ideas.

Click here to learn how to make candle holder with Clay. 
Learn how to make an easy candle holder with clay

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Paper Plate Diya Craft

This quick Diwali craft is really good for toddlers and preschoolers.

You need one paper plate and cut it into half, with your kid colour it with yellow colour (or colour of your kids’s choice) and cut leaf shape cut outs from the coloured chart papers to make the flame of diya.

Paste the cut outs and your colourful diya is ready.

Note – You can make multiple coloured diyas and decorate it in your home. 

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Eco friendly Ganesha with leaves

For kids you can also involve them in making beautiful Ganesha with leaves.

This activity done by Sulbha was featured in our FB group Kids crafts, DIY, early learning, Parenting

Green leaves Ganesha Ganesha crafts for kids Diwali

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Handmade Ganesha drawings

You can also involve kids in drawing or coloring  god Ganesha. Its such a simple and beautiful activity for kids.

This activity done by Sulbha was featured in our FB group Kids crafts, DIY, early learning, Parenting

Ganesha drawing coloring

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Paper Rocket Firecracker craft

Kids always love to talk about rockets and love to play with them on diwali. Try this super cool rocket craft with your kids and get ready to see them giggling and playing with this.

You need some coloured chart papers and satin ribbon to make this craft. Paste the cut outs and get ready to play with it.

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Diwali Paper Luminaries – Brighten up any space

You can make these super easy DIY craft Paper Luminaries – perfect for brightening any room.

This thrifty home decor will make you think why didn’t you make one before. Perfect for Diwali or just giving a new look to you home

You can involve your kids in making these as per their age or you can make the designs of luminaries a little simpler. Or you make these paper luminaries yourself as its an easy Diwali craft for adults.

Click here to read how to make Diwali Paper Luminaries 

Step by step tutorial on how to make Diwali Luminary

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Very Easy Wall Hanging with Popsicle Sticks

This is simple Popsicle sticks craft great for adorning your walls and easy enough to be done by Kids. Till now we have seen many Diwali home decor crafts.

This is one of the most simple and easy home decor craft. So if you are looking for some easy Diwali home decor crafts for kids it can be a good idea.

Free step by step tutorial on how to make a wall hanging using popsicle sticks.

simple Popsicle stick wallhanging_pin

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Beautiful DIY Lamp with Marbles and Popsicle sticks – Diwali home decor

If you love to decorate your home with handmade home decor items you will love this.

Lamps can brighten any part of your home and since Diwali is the festival of lights – you can make this handmade lamp for your home or give to a loved one

Here are step by step instructions (with pictures) on how you can make Lamp using ice-cream Popsicle sticks and marbles.

Lamp with Popsicle Sticks and Marbles

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Lamp shade using Paper Quilling

This handmade paper quilling lamp looks so beautiful that you cannot take your eyes off from this and would love to brighten your room with the beautiful and colorful lights emitting from the beautiful lamp.

Its a great idea for easy handmade Diwali home decorations. And it is super easy.

So here are step by step instructions (with pictures) on how you can make a DIY Paper Quilling Lamp.

lamp shade with quilled papers

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Diwali Lamp with threads

Try to make this attractive Thread Lamp shade that gives a perfect look of chandelier to decorate your house, and be ready to see the WOW expression on your guests’ face when you will tell them that this Thread Lamp is made by you. This activity is so easy that is perfect to engage kids as young as toddlers.

Here are step by step instructions (with pictures) on how you can make hanging thread lampshade.  

DIY handmade thread lampshade tutorial. So here are step by step instructions (with pictures) on how you can make hanging thread lampshade

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Easy Door/wall hangings with homemade clay

You can also make these Easy Door/wall hanging with clay. This is a beautiful and easy DIY home decorations and perfect for Diwali.

Check out how to make Easy door or wall hangings with clay here

How to make clay wall hangings for Diwali

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Swastik and Om Toran (Diwali door decoration)

This diwali make this beautiful Swastik toran made with glittered foam sheets and satin ribbon. Make multiple coloured Swastik and Om and paste them on a satin ribbon and decorate your home with handmade bandhanwar this Diwali.

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Kalash Wall Hanging

Make this beautiful kalash wall hanging this diwali and decorate your walls this festive season. You can also make kalash toran with small size kalash cutouts. This is excellent idea for Diwali paper craft.

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Make Handmade flowers – Easy Diwali flower decorations

This year instead of buying artificial flowers you can make your won flowers for home decors.

You can make handmade flowers using crepe papers, or foam or satin ribbons. You can make roses or daisies or hibiscus as per your choice.

Click here to learn How to make flowers out of foam sheet step by step

How to make flowers out of foam sheet step by step

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Free Diwali Dussehra and Durga puja activities printable and Coloring sheets

Apart from the above crafts and hand-on activities – You can also use printables as an opportunity to talk to your kids about our festivals and work on various educational concepts simultaneously. Here are some worksheets to help you get started with the conversation.

Hope you have liked ideas for Diwali crafts and activities for children. Give them a try and spend some happy moments with your kids. These can be used as Diwali craft ideas for school as well.

Happy Diwali !!

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Hello, I am Shweta, mother of a 5 year old. I am a teacher and in education field since last 4 years. I truly believe, we should keep learning.. as learning is a treasure. In my beautiful journey of motherhood, with each passing day I get chances to learn many things with my kid and I truly love to share those learning with you all, through my blogs. In my spare time I Love to travel, read books and gardening. I am a great fan of Dan Brown and Sidney Sheldon novels.

  1. The crafts here is very useful and it helps in entertaining our kids in a useful way

  2. I loved both this and I too did the same this Diwali with my part is that they learn so much in fun way and our work is also done..guests also are excited to see the house decorated with the diyas coloured by this tiny hands..

    • Thank you so much dear Sulbha :-). I love all your crafts and activities. Your twins are truly talented and gifted 🙂 .. Yes I love displaying crafts at home. it gives so much pleasure in displaying hand made items 🙂

  3. Diya making is my favorite things for Diwali…i never miss a chance to do so..

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