Diwali craft for kids : Paper Diya

Happy diwali with flameless diyas ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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I had recently shared a tutorial for making diwali craft paper diyas on my blog and the response has been huge. The article was listed on artsycraftsymom and I bumped into another version of paper diyas on her blog. Of course I loved them and couldn’t wait to try them out myself. The tutorial is given on her blog but I have narrated my version of “how to make paper diya” here. Unlike the paper diya that I had shared earlier, these are really simple and perfect diwali craft for kids. Read on for tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚

Materials required to make diwail craft paper diyas :

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  • Colored/glittered papers
  • cardstock/thicker paper
  • golden shade paper
  • stapler
  • glue/hotglue

How to make paper diyas – diwali craft :

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If you are looking for diwali craft for kids, I suggest you to read through the tutorial because I have used hot glue which definitely is not kid friendly. However there are alternate ways of making these paper diyas with simple materials so read on for all the tips and tricks.

First cut out strips of colored paper from the sheet you have. I have used strips measuring about 1″ x 8″ for my paper diyas and you can change them according to how big/small you want your diyas to be.

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Start folding your papers in accordion style along the width.

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Now its most likely that your foldings have gone sideways like mine but that not an issue. Just press your accordion tight and chop off the ends to make them uniform.

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Take the cardstock or whatever thicker paper you have with you and cut out thinner pieces to fit as top part of the diya. So basically the measurements should be roughly = 2*width of accordion strip x 2*width of folds. Math I hate ! Just see the picture and understand where it has to fit in and cut out accordingly! Fold the strip to make a hinge sort of shape.

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Take the accordion shape and staplee one of its end on to the cardstock strip like in below picture. Do the same with the other end of the accordion and make sure there is no gap between the two accordion ends on the cardstock strip.

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The middle portion of the accordion might be hanging loosely so put a small drop of hot glue on to the cardstock strip ( edge perpendicular to the one with stapler pins). If this is a diwali craft for kids, you can use normal glue but be sure to hold it for a while till it dries off and sets the paper in place.

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Once this is done, take out the glitter paper you have. Don’t worry if you don’t – you can make it right away. I hate the mess glitter creates so I spray painted a cardstock with gold and cut it out into flame shape. I felt the gold was more of matte shade so painted with metallic copper shape for a little shade and detail. Add a drop of hot glue at the top and place your flame perpendicular to it.

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You will have to hold it vertical till it dries off so that it doesnt end up beaing a leaning tower of pisa! For kids, you can use normal glue and stick the flame to the backside of diya .

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Did you guys like this diwali craft? Be sure to check out this awesome diwali paper lantern tutorial and also other diwali crafts ๐Ÿ™‚ Thats a wrap for diwaliย 2016 ! Have a safe and happy diwali !!!

xoxo Angela

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