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How to Create Easy Handmade and Reusable Diwali Floor Decorations

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

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 as one of the hallmarks of Indian arts and cultural heritage.

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 comprise 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.

  • 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.

How I came to know of these latest 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.

Upcycling Tips

  • 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

Materials required:

  • Plastic paper sheets, preferably recycled ones
  • Lightweight and stick-able embellishments
  • Glitter-glue pens
  • Glitter stickers
  • DVD
  • A pair of scissors
  • Sheet-cutter
  • 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.

Instructions

1. Use DVD as a template and place it on the plastic paper sheet. Draw a circle around its edges, using a sheet-cutter.

2. Cut it carefully to get a circular-shaped plate.

3. Decorate the plate with embellishments, glitter-stickers and glitter-glue. Then leave it to dry under the fan for a few hours.

4. Your decoration is ready to adorn your floor, door-step, stair-case, 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.

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 in your terrace or in other 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.

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Diwali Calendar 2013 - 2016

Unlike Christmas, Halloween and other celebrations, the date of Diwali varies from year to year according to the lunar cycle.

Diwali falls on

  • 2013 - Sunday, November 3
  • 2014 - Thursday, October 23
  • 2015 - Wednesday, November 11
  • 2016 - Sunday, October 30


Every now and then

Every year, we look forward to Diwali which is the festival of fireworks, oil-lamps, sweets, prayers and family get-together. 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

  • Anti-pollution
  • Convenient
  • Re-usable
  • Re-arrangeable

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 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!


Copyrights © 2012 by Ishwaryaa Dhandapani




Happy Diwali

Comments

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:

Hi ishwaryaa22,

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!

Sasha 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:

Thanks for comment ishwarya. pls keep in touch.also the list of food with letter d never ends :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 18, 2012:

@ prasetico: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Please let me know after you created them. I am very sure that you make fine-looking decorations. Happy hubbing! Take care

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 18, 2012:

Very inspiring hub and you are creative person. I know about Diwali celebration. Thanks for share beautiful idea about handmade creation. Voted up!

Prasetio

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 18, 2012:

@ radhikasree: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & congrats but also for being encouraging to me. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Diwali. Happy hubbing! Take care

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on November 17, 2012:

Hi ish,

Today only I came back from my native place and seeing that this hub had been one of the hub of the days, I was too happy. Once again, your creativity and imagination glitters gloriously and these Diwali decorations are very useful and economic.

Belated Diwali wishes and belated congratulations for "Hub of the day!"

Up and useful, awesome and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ coffeegginmyrice: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments+ Diwali wishes. Please let me know after you created them and hope you have fun making them with your daughters. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on November 14, 2012:

It is a very interesting hub, ishwaryaa. I like the white designs on floors or on cemented surfaces from rock or rice powder. You also have beautiful, interesting, intricate shiny designing there that adds glow to a home. The floral and candle floats in a bowl are very pretty!

Happy Diwali!!!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ dghbrh: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments+congrats. Hope you had a wonderful Diwali with your family. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ Denise Handlon: Hi, thank you not only for the congrats but also for being so encouraging to me. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ lorimoonpie: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Hope you give this craft project a try. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ anuramkumar: Thank you for reading and commenting. Also thank you for the suggestion about posting videos and I decided to post videos in my future hubs. Take care.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@tammyswallow: Hi, thank you not only for the congrats but also for being encouraging to me. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ Night Magic: Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Hope you give this craft project a try and enjoy. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ mary615: Thank you not only for the congrats but also for being encouraging to me. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ pstraubie48: Thank you for the read & for your very encouraging comments. Hope you enjoy doing this craft project like I did. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ Sherry Hewins: Your comments always encourage me. Thank you for the congrats. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ vespawoolf: Thank you not only for the congrats but also for being supportive & encouraging to me. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ ignugent17: Thank you for being encouraging to me. Happy hubbing. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ MarleneB: Thank you for the read & for your very encouraging comments. Hope you get to try this holiday project and please let me know after you tried it. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 14, 2012:

@ Melovy: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & congrats but also for being encouraging to me. Hope you get to try this craft project with your kids and enjoy. Take care

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on November 14, 2012:

Well job done, very innovative indeed. keep it coming .....Congratulations as well on the hub of the day.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 13, 2012:

Hello Ishwaryaa22-I'm so pleased to see this beautiful hub was selected for the HOTD award. It is well deserved. Many blessings...

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ kelleyward: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your very encouraging comments+congrats. Please let me know after you tried this craft project with your sons and hope you all enjoy like I did. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ Cathy Fidelibus: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Hope you enjoy this craft project like I did. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ John Sarkis: Hi, thank you not only for the congrats but also for being encouraging to me. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ Thelma Alberts: Thank you for the read & for your engaging+encouraging comments. Hope you enjoy this holiday project like I did. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ Sunshine625: Hi, thank you not only for the congrats and Diwali wishes but also for being so supportive and encouraging to me. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ bridalletter: Thank you for the read and for your very encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried this craft project. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ Millionaire Tips: Hi, thank you not only for the congrats but also for being supportive and encouraging to me. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ miscellanea: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried this craft project. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ TToombs08: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried this craft project. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ remaniki: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried this craft project with your daughters. Hope you & your family had a wonderful Diwali Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ Life Iz Beautiful: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the visit, read & for your kind wishes. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Diwali. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ FolliediVetro: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Hope you get to try this craft project. Happy hubbing!

Lori Westbrook from Texas on November 13, 2012:

These are beautiful and I can't wait to make them! This hub was so well-written and colorful. I couldn't stop looking at the designs.

anuramkumar from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

I too bought one such decoration this time for navarathri golu. Your instructions are clear, but it would have been very helpful if you can post a video of it. Will you be able to do that?

Tammy from North Carolina on November 13, 2012:

Congratulations on a very beautiful and well deserved Hub of the Day! I was very excited to see that you had won! :)

Night Magic from Canada on November 13, 2012:

Good hub & great suggestions. I love the designs.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 13, 2012:

I just wanted to come back to say Congrats on this HOTD. When I first read this Hub, I thought to myself: this would be a wonderful HOTD. Glad HP thought the same way.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 13, 2012:

Congratulation on hub of the day. This is a task that I would need to undertake when I had no grandbaby visiting as I know he would want to help. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely work of art with us. ps

voted up and awesome

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 13, 2012:

Congratulations on your beautiful HOTD!! You are very deserving. Great job.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 13, 2012:

Congratulations on HOTD! I loved this hub the first time I read it!

ignugent17 on November 13, 2012:

Congratulations Hub of the day!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 13, 2012:

Oh, wow! These adornments look so intricate, but your instructions make tnem look quite easy to make. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing this lovely idea with us.

Yvonne Spence from UK on November 13, 2012:

This looks like great fun to do, and your decorations are so beautiful. Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

kelleyward on November 13, 2012:

Beautiful hub! I love the ideas you shared here! Congrats in the HOTD!!!

Ms. Immortal from NJ on November 13, 2012:

I never heard of This before. How beautiful , I love this tradition.

Thanks for sharing and teaching me something new.

voted up.

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on November 13, 2012:

Hi Ishwaryaa22, and what an exceptional hub this one is.

I clicked 'facebook like' a few days ago and, I also voted up, but I guess I didn't comment. Well, I'm commenting today to congratulate for winning HOTD and for an excellently written article!

Voted up - more!

John

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on November 13, 2012:

Beautiful! I have not heard of floor decorations like this. You´re very creative. I like this awesome design. It´s good to know other countries customs and tradition. Voted up and more. Thanks for sharing. BTW, Congrats on the HOTD.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 13, 2012:

Happy Diwali Ish! Congrats on HOTD! Enjoy the festivities! :)

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on November 13, 2012:

What a colorful and honorable craft! Truly a joy to look at the creations. Thank you for sharing such a cool DIY project.

Shasta Matova from USA on November 13, 2012:

Congratulations on HOTD. Well deserved!

Tarik Aarbaoui from Morocco on November 13, 2012:

Very useful! Thank you so much for all that. That's so creative!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on November 13, 2012:

Congratulations on your Hub Of The Day - very well deserved. Fascinating and interesting.

Rema T V from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

Great hub Ish. Beautiful decorations showing your creative talent. Enjoyed reading it and all the awesome pictures here. Cheers, Rema.

Salini from India on November 13, 2012:

Happy Deepavali to you dear. May god bless and light your life with happiness and joy.

Great hub voted.

Lily from Malta on November 13, 2012:

This Hub is very fascinating,I like the use of colors you do and the informations about traditions and design.This is a great Hub for me.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 13, 2012:

@ Dolores Monet: Thank you for the visit, read, votes and comments!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 12, 2012:

Voted up and aewesome1 I particularly loved your friend's floral design. She is so talented and creative. I can't imagine the patience it takes to create one of these intricate designs. Just beautiful!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 11, 2012:

@ learner365: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments. Please let me know after you tried this craft project and hope you enjoy like I did. Happy Diwali to you too! Take care

Saadia A on November 10, 2012:

Wow this is so creative and interesting . I especially loved your wonderful ideas of making sun catchers , centerpieces for tables as well as the coasters.

You have put great effort in assembling this Hub and that made the whole article a very nice read with amazing photos. My vote up, interesting and awesome.

and not to forget Happy Diwali to you as i can see from your Diwali calender that it will be coming up soon for you :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 10, 2012:

@ Mama Kim 8: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments. Hope you enjoy making them like I did and please let me know after you created them. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 10, 2012:

@ ignugent17: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comment. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 10, 2012:

@ shampa sadhya: Hi, thank you not only for the visit and for your encouraging comments but also sharing about your interesting Bengali culture. Happy Diwali in advance. Take care

Sasha Kim on November 10, 2012:

You are so creative and I just love your arts and crafts hubs ^_^ These are beautiful and I will just have to make them sometime... I bet they would make great christmas tree decorations. Voting a bunch and sharing!

ignugent17 on November 10, 2012:

Very interesting hub! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on November 10, 2012:

Voted up, useful and Beautiful!

Loved your article. It is actually very useful for everyone who prefer to decorate their floors.

I would like to share a piece of information regarding the floor decoration. In Bengali the floor decoration which is made of rice paste with the help of a small piece of cloth or cotton is called 'aalpana' Now a days people sometimes use zinc oxide and brush. Usually it is milky white but sometimes artists add a little bit of color especially red and yellow here and there but dominantly it's white. Various designs are drawn such as single or pair of peacocks, conch, fish, flower patterns, circular symmetrical patterns and so on.

Finally, once again I enjoyed your article thoroughly. Sharing and pinning!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 08, 2012:

@ alocsin: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your engaging comments. Happy hubbing! Take care

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 08, 2012:

Although Diwali is not a big holiday in the U.S., I can see many of your ideas applying to floor decorations for any kinds of celebration. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 07, 2012:

@ Millionaire Tips: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your engaging+encouraging comments. Hope you get this holiday project a try and please let me know after you created them. Happy Diwali!. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 07, 2012:

@ K9keystrokes: Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Hope you get to try this craft project and please let me know after you created them. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 07, 2012:

@ Lady _E: Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Hope you get to try this craft project and enjoy. Happy hubbing! Take care

Shasta Matova from USA on November 07, 2012:

Happy Diwali. These decorations are awesome! What a great way to make the holiday more festive and joyful. All the photographs are gorgeous! Voted up.

India Arnold from Northern, California on November 07, 2012:

Thank you for a lesson about your wonderful culture! It sounds amazing and looks incredibly beautiful.

Cheers~

Elena from London, UK on November 07, 2012:

Very interesting Hub. Nice to know about decorating for Diwali.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 05, 2012:

@ Sherry Hewins: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comment. Undoubtedly, you can make pretty decorations and hope you enjoy this craft project with your grandkids. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 05, 2012:

@ thumbi7: Sorry. I forgot to add that please let me know after you tried this craft project with your kids.

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