This year because of lockdown Diwali is going to feel a little different to normal, but you can still celebrate the festival of lights by making your own Diya and shining your ray of light through the dark.
Follow our step by step guide, and enjoy this easy to do activity which is suitable for the whole family to get involved in!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Natural air-drying clay (we purchased ours from amazon for £6)
- An old chopping board or similar (to work the clay on)
- A knife
- Newspaper or similar (we used pizza menus!)
- Rust-Oleum Painters Touch brush paint in Yellow
- Rust-Oleum Painters Touch brush paint in Orange
- Rust-Oleum Metallic All Surface Brush Paint in Gold
- Dry leaves
- Traditional Diya wicks
- Olive oil/ vegetable oil
30 minutes to make, 1 hour to paint, 48 hours of drying time for clay and paint.
1. PREPARE YOUR SURFACE
Make sure your working surface is well covered and protected - we used pizza menu's but you can use newspaper or anything else you have to hand.
2. ROLL OUT THE CLAY
Take your clay and roll it out to create a flat surface - you may need a rolling pin or you can use your hands.
3. CUT OUT YOUR CLAY
Place the leaves on your clay and carefully cut around them. When ready peel the leaf off leaving the imprint from the leaf on the top of your clay.
4. SHAPE IT
Roll the sides of the clay leaves up to form a little dish. Then pinch one end together to create a place for the wick to lie.
5. PAINT IT
Once the clay is dry, use a paintbrush to paint each one in the orange or yellow Painters Touch Paint, and leave to dry for 3-4 hours. You may need to repeat this step to achieve a flawless finish.
Once the base coat is dry, use the gold Metallic All Surface Brush Paint to highlight the patterns of the leaves. Leave to dry for at least 12 hours.
6. ADD THE WICK
Pour a little oil in to the Diya and place the wick on to it with the end resting just off the lip you created for it to sit on
Top tip! Don’t forget to dip the end of the wick into the oil otherwise it will burn when you light it.
7. LIGHT YOUR DIYA!
Fun Fact! Traditionally you need to leave it to use up all the oil and go out naturally rather than putting it out yourself.
Remember: Never leave a naked flame unsupervised and keep out of the reach of children.
Don’t forget to share with us your finished Diya’s- we can’t wait to see how beautiful they are and enjoy the wave of light you create!