Paper Plate Diwali Diya Craft for Kids

The festival of lights is just around the corner, and what better way to brighten up the celebrations than with a delightful craft that lights up not just our homes but also the spark of creativity in children? This Paper Plate Diwali Diya Craft is a fantastic project that’s simple, fun, and adds a handmade touch to your festive decorations. Kids can dive into the spirit of Diwali by creating their own colorful paper plate ‘diyas’—traditional lamps lit during the holiday. This craft combines basic materials and a dash of sparkle to create something that can truly shine!

So, gather the little artists and crafters, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to transform an ordinary paper plate into a festive diya. It’s time to create a little piece of Diwali magic, complete with all the sparkle and glow that comes with one of the most cherished festivals in many cultures around the world.

List of Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Paint (preferably pink or a color of your choice)
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Yellow and orange construction paper
  • Gem stickers
  • Sparkle foam sheet
  • Scissors

Tips for Making this Craft

  • Ensure the paint is completely dry before proceeding to glue parts together.
  • When cutting the slit for the candle, adult supervision is recommended to help younger children.
  • Encourage kids to be creative with their gem sticker placement to make their diyas unique.

What is Diwali?

Diwali is a luminous festival that is most widely celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. The name ‘Diwali’ is from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’, meaning ‘row of lights’. This beautiful festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. People decorate their homes with lights and diyas, set off fireworks, share sweets, exchange gifts, and offer prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. The crafting of diyas is more than just a fun activity; it is a nod to the cultural essence of creating light in a season dedicated to celebrating brightness and joy.

Paper Plate Diwali Diya Craft for Kids Instructions

  1. Begin with a clean paper plate and have your child paint it with their chosen color. This will be the base of your diya, so make sure to cover it completely. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
  2. While the paint dries, take the yellow and orange construction papers to make the flame of the diya. Draw and cut out a flame shape from the orange paper and a slightly larger one from the yellow paper to create a layered effect. Cut a rectangle from the yellow construction paper and glue it to the bottom of the flame. You will slide this part into the middle of the paper plate to light the Diya.
  3. If you want to add an extra sparkle to your flame, cut a smaller flame shape from the sparkle foam sheet. Layer it on top of the orange flame.
  4. Once your paper plate is dry, fold it in half gently. Cut a thin slit starting from the folded edge towards the center of the plate, stopping about halfway down. This is where you’ll slide in your paper flame.
  1. Insert the layered paper flames into the slit so that they stand upright, giving the impression of a flickering flame. Secure the bottom with glue if needed.
  2. Now, let’s add some bling to your diya. Use gem stickers to decorate the edge of the paper plate. This will mimic the decorative work often found on traditional clay diyas.
  3. Your paper plate diya is almost ready! To display it, simply slide the plate’s flame through the slit you’ve made. The plate should be able to stand on its own with the flame proudly perched at the top.
  4. Find the perfect spot in your home to showcase your child’s handmade diya, and watch as it adds a personal touch to your Diwali decor.

Skills Learned

  • Hand-eye coordination through painting and sticker placement.
  • Creative decision-making in the design process.
  • Understanding of Diwali traditions through symbolic craft-making.

With every dab of paint, every chosen gem sticker, and every sparkle added, children are not just making a craft; they’re crafting a piece of tradition to light up the night sky. So let’s paint, paste, and bedazzle our way to a festive masterpiece!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 

Easy.

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Paper Plate Diwali Diya Craft for Kids

Materials

  • Paper platePaint (preferably pink or a color of your choice)
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Yellow and orange construction paper
  • Gem stickers
  • Sparkle foam sheet
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Begin with a clean paper plate and have your child paint it with their chosen color. This will be the base of your diya, so make sure to cover it completely. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
  • While the paint dries, take the yellow and orange construction papers to make the flame of the diya. Draw and cut out a flame shape from the orange paper and a slightly larger one from the yellow paper to create a layered effect. Cut a rectangle and glue it to the bottom of the flame. You will slide this part into the middle of the paper plate to light the Diya.
  • If you want to add an extra sparkle to your flame, cut a smaller flame shape from the sparkle foam sheet. Layer it on top of the orange flame.
  • Once your paper plate is dry, fold it in half gently. Cut a thin slit the same width as the rectangle in the middle of the paper plate. This is where you'll slide in your paper flame.
  • Stand the paper plate up right. Insert the layered paper flame into the slit so that they stand upright, giving the impression of a flickering flame.Now, let's add some bling to your diya. Use gem stickers to decorate the edge of the paper plate. This will mimic the decorative work often found on traditional clay diyas.
  • Now, let's add some bling to your diya. Use gem stickers to decorate the edge of the paper plate. This will mimic the decorative work often found on traditional clay diyas.
  • Your paper plate diya is almost ready! To display it, simply slide the plate's flame through the slit you've made. The plate should be able to stand on its own with the flame proudly perched at the top.
  • Find the perfect spot in your home to showcase your child's handmade diya, and watch as it adds a personal touch to your Diwali decor.

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