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    Written by Pavithra Sriram and published on 06 July 2021.

    Looking for easy DIY Golu decorations? Check out these super-easy craft Dussehra and Navratri decor ideas which you can do with your child

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    Spruce up your Navratri decor at home with these interesting DIY craft ideas

    The best thing about the festive season is that everyone in the family from the youngest member to the eldest wants to get involved in the pre-festival preparations. Dussehra and Navratri are the perfect occasions to get creative and try out some easy DIY decoration ideas. Children love being involved in the preparation process and being helpful around the house, as it makes them feel important.

    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, try to 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 you a good opportunity to bond with the children.

    DIY craft ideas for Dussehra

    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 Lord Murugan doll as the centrepiece for the decoration. You can use any doll of your choice.

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

    Method 

    1. Line the peacock feather in the background with sequins and add some pearls.
    2. For Lord 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 enhance your Golu display.

    Things needed
    Chart paper
    Shiny craft paper of any color
    Glitter
    Sequins, beads and pearls
    Black sketch pen
    Satin ribbon
    Glue

    Method 

    1. Make an outline of an elephant on 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 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 a great craft 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.

    Things needed
    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.

    Things needed
    Few sheets of coloured crepe paper (red, yellow, orange, green)
    Pipe cleaners or rubber band
    Craft glue
    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.

    Things needed
    10-inch thermocol plate
    Glitter paper
    1/2 cup sabudana seeds (Sago)
    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 seeds along the outline.
    4. Alternatively, fill it with haldi and kumkum.

    Dussehra crafts for preschoolers

    Check out the easy Dussehra craft of making Ravana at home with your child.

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