Whether you’re putting together Diwali decorations or gifts, there are lots of tiny ways in which you can help reduce waste and protect our environment this festive season. Here are some easy and eco-friendly DIY children’s activities that the whole family will enjoy.
1. Painting your own Diyas
Add a touch of warmth to your home with simple, hand-painted diyas this year. Buy a bunch of plain earthen diyas from any local vendor and get the kids to add their creative touch to them. All you need is a few paintbrushes in different sizes along with acrylic paints (preferably with a pearl finish). First paint the base of the diya with a thicker brush and let it dry. Then use the smaller brushes to paint patterns and designs.
2. Handmade Paper Decorations
Use recycled coloured paper to make fun decorations like these origami stars or even cute diyas that you can then place all over your home. Check out this cute tutorial for ‘accordion paper diyas’.
3. Get Crafty with Rangoli
There are so many creative ways to make rangoli without using harsh chemical-filled colours. Show the kids how to make their own rangoli using coloured rice, grains or different types of lentils. Draw an outline for them using chalk and get them to fill it in with coloured grains. Here’s another creative way to make Rangoli using playdoh.
4. Make DIY plant gifts
Gift your loved ones potted plants this festive season and get your little ones to wrap them in a creative way. Here are some wonderful ideas to help you get started. You can even make the kids handwrite sweet notes for each of them.
5. Make your own goodie jars
Spend a day baking or cooking delicious treats with your little ones and fill them up in eco-friendly glass jars. Decorate them with ribbons and bows and hand them out to family and friends.