Living in a foreign country comes with its own pros and cons. While I do enjoy the various perks , a part of me misses family and friends I left behind. Talking on phone or video calls is great but it doesn’t really cut it some times, especially during the festive season when nostalgia hits hard.
While I can not recreate my childhood memories for my kids, I do want them to know about our major festivals and traditions. Diwali is the biggest and most special festival for us so I have started a tradition of making our own decorations. This way I can engage the kids in a constructive activity, prepare for the festival and teach them about India and our culture along the way. Darling daughter loves crafting and looks forward to Diwali all year. Now that she’s older (5.5 years) she and I scroll through Pinterest and pick what we want to make, then go shopping together and craft away!
This year I wanted to make something different. I noticed people decorating their houses with Fall wreaths and wanted to make one for Diwali. They look rich and elegant and can be as simple or as complex you want them to be. I gathered some supplies and this is what I came up with.
I have kept orange as the main color to celebrate fall and added traditional motif and decorations to give it an Indian look. This took me less than 30 minutes to finish.
Things you will need:
- 1 Styrofoam wreath (14 inches diameter)*
- 1 roll of Orange Burlap ribbon (5.5 inches wide)*
- Thin red ribbon (I used 1/4 inch wide)
- Red fabric flowers and traditional decorations**
- Big red stones/embellishments
- Hot glue gun/transparent tape
What to do:
- Stick one end of the burlap ribbon to the wreath using hot glue gun/tape to hold it in place. Roll the ribbon tightly and cover the wreath. One roll of 15 ft was enough to cover a 14″ wreath. Secure the loose end of the ribbon discreetly using glue/tape.
- Roll the thin red ribbon across the wreath, maintaining a gap of about 2 inches .
- Stick the decorations on the wreath in any pattern you like. If you are a beginner like me stick to symmetrical patterns.
- At the end stick stones on both side of the fabric decorations.
- Use a ribbon to hang the wreath on a the wall or door.
* All decorations are easily available at Walmart or any craft store. There is a variety of wreaths and burlap available (different sizes and colors) so be mindful of the size you need before buying. and the color scheme you are going for.
** I used an elaborate Rakhi lumba as the traditional decoration. This may not be available at any American store.
Hope you love your finished wreath as much we do ours.
Wish you and your families a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali.