Diwali is a national festival celebrated by most Indians. It’s also known as the “Festival of Lights”, a name derived from the rows of lighted lamps (called diyas) that Indians set outside their homes to indicate the power of good over evil. This year, the festival is on 7th November with celebrations lasting for five days.
Rangoli designs are often seen throughout Diwali – it’s an Indian art form, traditionally laid out on the ground and made using coloured rice or sand, or flower petals. For this post, I’ve created a Diwali Tealight, which incorporates a Rangoli pattern and gives a nod to the significance of light in relation to this important annual event. I’ve included a step by step tutorial below, in case you’d like to make one too!
For this project you’ll need the following materials:
- 1 x sheet of A4 card
- Bostik White Glu
- Flat back rhinestone gems
- Tealight candle
- Cocktail stick
- Glue spreader
- Carbon transfer tracing paper
- Diwali Rangoli pattern – I used this one.
The first thing to do is draw a Rangoli pattern onto the card. I found a Diwali Rangoli pattern colouring page online (link above) and traced it onto a sheet of card using carbon transfer tracing paper. Then I cut around the edge of the pattern, as shown in the photo above.
Using the Bostik White Glu, I spread a generous amount onto the underside of the candle and stuck it to the centre of the Rangoli pattern.
I used a cocktail stick to spread the glue along the lines of the design. Only a small amount of glue is needed!
Then I began to stick the flat back rhinestone gems along the lines of the design!
This is one of those craft projects that promotes mindfulness! It’s so therapeutic and peaceful, sticking the gemstones on one by one. Just carry on doing this until you’ve completely covered the outline of the design in gemstones (see top pic)!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please take a moment to share this post online!
Before you go, why not check out some of my other craft posts:
- Halloween Sweetie Mason Jar Gift Idea
- Beaded Butterfly Garden Decor Tutorial
- Table Decor Tutorial – Removeable Coaster Covers
**All photos © Craftaholique.