Amazing DIY Ideas for Navratri

Making handmade things with help from your children enhances the beauty of festival celebrations at home. These super-easy craft ideas will add dazzle to your Golu and Dussehra festivities

By Pavithra Sriram

Amazing DIY Ideas for Navratri

The best thing about the festive season that the little members of the family like the most is the thrill of making things at home that are creative and awe-inspiring. Children love being involved in the preparation process and to be helpful around the house, as it makes them feel important.

The Navratri and Dussehra celebrations are already upon us and families are busy shopping and decorating their homes. Some will be involved in fasting and will make offerings to the Gods. Others will be busy going around the city with children in tow, to witness the Dussehra festivities. In southern India, it is that time of the year when households are busy preparing for the Golu display, while in western India, youngsters are gearing up for Dandiya. In the North, Dussehra sees the celebration of Ramlila, when the effigy of Ravana is burnt on Vijayadashami day. Adults and children both dress in their fineries and love to visit family and friends.

At home, parents design crafts to bring in the festivities. During Navratri, it is always a good idea to involve children, notwithstanding the mess they might make, because it also gives parents a good opportunity to bond with the children.

Here are five lovely DIY craft ideas that you can try with your children this Navratri/Dussehra: 

Decoration for Golu doll

Amazing DIY Ideas for Navratri

We have used a beautiful Murugan doll for the decoration. You could use any doll of your choice.

You will need:

  • Craft pearls and sequins
  • Golden coloured craft paper
  • One small stick
  • Glitter/glitter pen

Method:

  1. Line the peacock feather background with sequins and add some pearls.
  2. For Murugan's weapon, cover the stick with gold paper using glue. Cut out a leaf shape from the gold chart paper, for the top of the weapon. You can make an attractive design on this paper and line it with sequins.
  3. Use glitter to enhance the stick. Use some sequins to line Murugan’s neck for a bejewelled effect.   

Elephant Wall Hanging

Amazing DIY Ideas for Navratri

Most children love elephants and that is why they will enjoy making this fun craft. You can use this as a decoration at your door entrance or to enhance your Golu display.

You will need:

  • Three sheets of coloured (orange, red, green) chart paper
  • Golden coloured craft paper
  • Glitter pen or regular glitter (golden)
  • Sequins, pearls and shiny stick-ons
  • A strip of satin ribbon
  • Craft glue
  • Black sketch pen

Method:

  1. Make an outline of an elephant on a coloured chart paper. Neatly draw the shape of the animal, if you or your child are good at drawing. Otherwise, download an online template, and cut three elephant shapes in three different colours.
  2. Cut the golden/shiny craft paper in squares, to correctly fit the middle of the elephant’s body. Stick with glue.
  3. Decorate the elephant’s legs and head with glitter. Add pearls, sequins and shiny stick-ons of your choice on the elephant’s head to make it look festive.
  4. Outline the golden paper on the body with sequins and draw the elephants eyes with a black sketch pen.
  5. Take a satin ribbon and make a loop at the top and staple it, so you can hang it.
  6. Stick the elephants, one below the other, to the ribbon.

Festive Painted Diya

Amazing DIY Ideas for Navratri

This is specifically for children to do, as it is extremely easy and looks beautiful. It can be used to decorate your rangoli or placed all around the Golu display for a dramatic effect.

You will need:

  • Terracotta diyas/lamps
  • Acrylic paint (in various colours of your choice)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pearls and glitter to decorate

Method:

1.Immerse the diyas in water for some time and dry them. This is to prevent the diya from absorbing too much paint.

2.Once dried, paint them in your favourite colour.

3.You can paint the lamps in different colours and decorate them according to your choice.

4.Ask your children to use their imagination to decorate the lamps with pearls and sequins.

5.Create a nice design with the lamps to enhance your rangoli.

Paper flower garlands

These will look amazing when hung on the doorway in layers or as a decoration for the puja room.

You will need:

  • Few sheets of coloured crepe paper (red, yellow, orange, green)
  • Pipe cleaners or rubber band
  • Craft clue
  • A long, sturdy string
  • Glitter pen (optional)

Method:

  1. Cut five rectangular shaped crepe paper pieces in orange and place them on top of each other.
  2. Neatly hold them together and fold in a zig-zag pattern. You have to do this carefully so that it doesn’t slip. It is better if a parent does this step.
  3. Once you have folded the whole stack of papers, secure the middle with a rubber band or pipe cleaner. You can also use a string to tie it.
  4. Then, cut the sharp outer edges of the paper to make it rounded.
  5. Carefully spread out the folds on both to resemble a flower.
  6. With green crepe paper, make leaf shapes and use them in sets of two.
  7. String the flowers and the leaves alternately, with the help of a needle. You could use a glitter pen to coat the string so that it looks festive. Use craft glue to secure the flowers.
  8. Let it dry. Then tie on the doorway or display it anywhere you want. You can many garlands in a plethora of colours.

Thermocol plate rangoli

Amazing DIY Ideas for Navratri

This comes out beautifully and children can try their hand at this. It will be a sparkling addition to your decorations. 

You will need:

10-inch thermocol plate

Glitter paper

1/2 a cup sabudana seeds

Turmeric powder (haldi)

Kumkum powder

Method:

  1. Take a 10-inch thermocol plate and stick a colourful glitter paper to the inner circle
  2. Draw a rangoli of your choice
  3. Stick sabudana for the outline
  4. Alternatively, fill it with haldi and kumkum. 

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