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About Indian Floor Decorations
On festive days, almost each and every home in India is conspicuous by the presence of elaborate floor decorations. Intricate floor patterns adorn the floors of prayer rooms to honor the Hindu deities. Colorful floor patterns also decorate door-steps, stairs, home-entrances and garden patios to mark the sign of festive celebrations. Wedding halls adopt this special tradition as an auspicious symbol. Five-star hotels and resorts display pretty floor patterns to overwhelm the guests with a grand welcome.
This Indian tradition has been in practice for many centuries. Talent competitions have been conducted in schools, colleges and venues in order to preserve this key tradition. Now it is considered one of the hallmarks of Indian arts and cultural heritage.
Beliefs Behind Decorating the Floors
- To welcome the Hindu gods and goddesses, particularly Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth
- Signify the goodness for the house
- Promote the spirit of culture
Some Types of Indian Floor Decorations
Indian floor patterns are called by distinct names in each state of India. It is commonly known as rangoli in North India and kolam in South India. With each state, they differ on the basis of design, the use of materials and the way of creating them.
South-Indian Floor Patterns
These patterns are traditionally drawn in front of the entrance of the house. They are created by joining the dots through lines to form cubic and fractal patterns, using white rock powder or white rice powder.
On the day of Pongal, an important harvest festival of a South Indian state, Tamil Nadu, the floor decorations are created using liquid rice flour. The key designs are comprised of sugarcane trees, pot with overflowing rice and sun.
Onam, the famous festival of another South Indian state, Kerala, is characterized by stunning presentations of floor decorations using fresh flowers.
North-Indian Floor Patterns
These vibrant floor patterns are created in floral designs, using colored powder and decorated with oil lamps or candles.
Wall and Floor Sticker Decorations
Recently, people paste sticker floor decorations on floors as they are easy to use and maintain. In some houses, walls are also adorned with these sticker decorations.
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Trendy Floor Decorations
These fashionable floor decorations are called folding rangoli. They are embellished plates made of thin plastic sheets studded with imitation rhinestones and pearls. They appear in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They are a huge hit with Indian people.
My Experience With Floor Decorations
A few months ago, I and my parents visited one crowded shop for festive shopping and there, a vast array of pretty floor decorations attracted us. We decided to purchase one floor decoration, even though it was quite costly. My mother became fascinated by them and wished to buy more irrespective of its prices.
Suddenly, an idea hit me and I assured my mother that I will create similar floor decorations myself. My mother, having faith in my creative abilities, told me to go ahead. This is one holiday project that is not only creatively stimulating but also is gratifying.
- If you find anything made of plastic paper such as boxes, folder and wrappers that are crystal clear and sturdy, use them for creative activities.
- Pretty embellishments on invitation cards, small stones on old gift boxes and anything that caught your eye would be useful for your craft projects.
- Apart from using DVDs as templates, it can be used as ultra-bright decorations.
How to Make Reusable Floor Decorations
- Plastic paper sheets, preferably recycled ones
- Lightweight and stick-able embellishments
- Glitter-glue pens
- Glitter stickers
- A pair of scissors
- Super-strong glue
Diwali Theme Ideas
- Use brilliant and glittering colors. Glitter-glue pens and glitter stickers will do the trick. Also, use plenty of gold and silver colors in your floor decorations.
- Incorporate definite shapes such as circles, squares, triangles and rhombus along with lines, dots and zigzags. Also, draw designs resembling fireworks.
- Highlight your floor decorations with small rhinestones, pearls, mirror pieces, seashells and other stone-studded embellishments.
- Beautify your floor decorations with candles and flowers.
- Use the DVD as a template and place it on the plastic paper sheet. Draw a circle around its edges, using a sheet-cutter.
- Cut it carefully to get a circular-shaped plate.
- Decorate the plate with embellishments, glitter-stickers and glitter glue. Then leave it to dry under the fan for a few hours.
- Your decoration is ready to adorn your floor, doorstep, staircase, patio and any place of your choice.
You can create many floor decorations of different shapes, sizes, designs and colors, using your vivid imagination.
Note: Wear gloves to keep your hands from getting messy.
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Add a Touch of Diwali to Your Home
These decorations are not only for adorning the floors but also make attractive home décor accessories. They would be ideal decorations for Diwali festival and add plenty of color and shine to your rooms.
- You can make a mini wall-hanging. Make a hole on top of the plate using a perforator and make a loop, using a thick thread or fabric string. You can add trinkets, using a sturdy plier to open its loop and insert it through the hole. Then close the loop with the plier.
- These decorations would make bright magnets. You can buy magnetic buttons online or from local thrift stores and paste them on the back of these decorations. Place them on the refrigerator or wooden pillar or any place of your choice.
- You can use them as floating decorations for your bowl-vase. Add fresh flowers and floating candles to the bowl-vase and let your decoration mingle with them. Ensure that this decoration is floating evenly and lightly.
- You can create candle-holders by making a hole (depending on the size of candles) in the middle of the plate or many holes near the edges of the plate, using the sheet-cutter, scissors or perforator. Then place the candles in these holes.
- These decorations can end up being striking sun-catchers. Tie them with a brightly colored fabric-string and hang them on your terrace or in another open place of your home.
- These decorations would be eye-catching centerpieces for your tables and mantelpieces. You can decorate your living room table or dining table with these decorations as well as candles and flowers for a festive look.
More Creative Suggestions
You can experiment with these decorations as follows:
- You can create coasters with a very big hole in the middle for the glasses so as to avoid damaging the embellishments.
- Apart from typical Indian designs, you can incorporate your own designs and themes such as artsy, mosaic and vintage.
- They would make vibrant decorations for Christmas and other important celebrations. You can customize your decorations according to the celebration and season. For example, for Christmas, you can use red and green colors, and for the winter season, you can use white and silver colors.
- You can string these decorations and use them for birthday parties and other special occasions.
- Other than plastic paper, you can use any type of paper and other base materials.
The list of creative suggestions is limitless. It is up to you to conjure up your own creative ideas.
Every Now and Then
Every year, we look forward to Diwali, which is the festival of fireworks, oil-lamps, sweets, prayers and family get-togethers. I and my family love decorating our home with many oil-lamps, candles and flowers. Now these handmade decorations joined the medley of Diwali decorations.
As for me, it was overwhelming to see my mother's face lit up with happiness at her acquisition of floor decorations that she deeply desired. I found this holiday project so delightful that I decided to create some more for my relatives.
The reasons attributed to the recent popularity of these trendy floor decorations are
This is a simple and fun holiday project for kids and adults alike. Small kids can undertake this holiday project, provided they do only harmless decorative work and the rest will be done with the complete help of grown-ups. Not only do these decorations enhance your home but also would make wonderful gifts for your friends and loved ones.
Note: Remember not to keep candles or oil lamps too close to the decorations.
Now put on your creative cap and enjoy!
© 2012 Ishwaryaa Dhandapani
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 08, 2013:
@ Cyndi10: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. I had a good time on Diwali this year. Hope you have fun making these decorations. Happy Hubbing! Take care
Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on November 01, 2013:
It looks as if Diwali has come around again. I am sure you are busy with your decorations for this year. You have certainly provided us with a look into an age old custom in India and one way that your family has adapted to make the decorations for it. Your pictures are beautiful and your subsequent creations are lovely. Your mother was right to let your creativity reign.
This is such an instructive article for anyone who decides to make floor decorations in time for Diwali this year. Voted up and useful.
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on September 27, 2013:
@ Eileen Hughes: Thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm to create new things. Good Luck! Please let me know after creating floor decorations. Happy Hubbing! Take care
Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on September 20, 2013:
These are so beautiful especially your great pictures. I had never heard of these before. I love making things with shells. So now have something new to try.
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on August 22, 2013:
@ mary615: Hi, thank you for visiting again. You are really talented & can create stunning floor decorations. Happy Hubbing! Take care
Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 22, 2013:
I love crafting! This is a beautiful idea. Congrats on this winning HOTD. I have painted floors before; now I want to try your method.
Voted UP and will share.
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 28, 2013:
@ vespawoolf: Hi, thank you for the second visit & read. Please do let me know after you created floor decorations. Good Luck! Happy hubbing! Take care
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 27, 2013:
I came by to take another peek at this beautiful Hub about handmade floor decorations. Our new apartment has tile floors, so this would be a practical way to dress things up. I'll have to start looking for materials so I can make a really pretty one. Thank you for all your instructions!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 15, 2013:
@ Indian Chef: Thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm to try this fun craft. Please let me know after you created them. Happy Hubbing!
Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 14, 2013:
Hi ishwaryaa, it was very nice rangoli pics that you have posted here. They are very beautiful and though we do not make any Rangoli during Diwali but this year I would like to have one in my house. Voting up and sharing on twitter.
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 11, 2013:
@ lindacee: Hi, thank you for the visit and very encouraging comments. Please let me know after you created them. Happy Hubbing! Take care
Linda Chechar from Arizona on May 11, 2013:
These Diwali floor, table and wall decorations are simply beautiful. You are so smart to reuse and upcycle -- it saves money and gives you the opportunity to revisit the items you really love year after year. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Cheers! :)
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on February 18, 2013:
@ Suzie HQ: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Indulging in handicrafts is one of my favorite hobbies. Please let me know after you created them and I am sure that you create pretty decorations. All the best! Happy hubbing! Take care
Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on February 18, 2013:
How did i miss this!! WOW, stunning absolutely gorgeous. I loved all the designs you showed here and learning about this age old tradition. I agree with Sharkye they are too nice to keep for special occasions. so many wonderful ideas here and loved all your info and pictures, well deserved HOTD. Congrats again a superb in depth article bringing your great culture to the forefront!
Vote up, interesting, useful, awesome, shared and pinned!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 25, 2013:
@ Sharkye11: Thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm to try this fun craft. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Happy hubbing!
Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on January 25, 2013:
Beautiful hub! Those are too gorgeous to be only used for a holiday...I am looking forward to trying some for permanent decorations. Thanks for all the inspirational photos and the wonderful knowledge about these customs. Voting and sharing!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 17, 2013:
@ Mama Kim 8: Hi, thank you a lot for telling me that you adopted this craft for Christmas. I am very sure that you created beautiful decorations. I would like to see your creations. Happy Hubbing!
Aloe Kim on January 17, 2013:
I used your idea and made these!! Only I made them hangable as christmas tree decorations ^_^ Thank you so much for the fantastic craft idea!!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on December 05, 2012:
@ Brett.Tesol: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments. Hope you give this craft project a try and enjoy like I did. Happy hubbing. Take care
Brett C from Asia on December 04, 2012:
A very unique idea!! I think that these would get a lot of attention at parties.
Shared, up, useful, awesome, pinned, tweeted.
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 25, 2012:
@ DeborahNeyens: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your engaging comments. Hope you get to try these decorations - you can make Christmas tree ornaments out of them. Happy hubbing! Take care
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on November 25, 2012:
I enjoyed this look into the customs of another culture. The floor decorations you created are beautiful!
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 19, 2012:
@ lifetips123: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read and yes, I remember your list of foods that begin with the letter D in the questions and answers section. Take care!
Praveen P.V. Nair from Trivandrum on November 19, 2012: