Diyas are an integral part of Hindu culture and the festival of Diwali is absolutely incomplete without these beautiful earthen lamps.

Diwali Diyas

Diyas are basically small earthen lamps that were used as a traditional source of lighting at night, since the ancient times in India. These traditional diyas are also known as 'deep'. Doesn't it ring a bell? Deepavali, as Diwali was originally known, means 'rows of diyas'. This, in itself, explains the significance of diyas in Diwali celebrations. Besides Diwali, the diya is a must customary item in all Hindu prayers and rituals. On Deepavali, lighting these earthen diyas is considered highly auspicious and hence, they are used for illuminating all nooks and corners of the house. Though today various variants of these traditional diyas are available in the market, which are made of metal, glass, wax etc., but none can match the charm of the traditional earthen diyas. Let's check out more about Diwali diyas in the following segment.

Making a diya with clay

Materials Required
  • Self-hardening Clay
  • Pencil
  • Paint Box
  • Paint Brushes
  • Tea Light Candle
  • Glue
  • Sequins
  • Take a two-inch ball from the self-hardening clay. Leave the rest of the clay in an airtight container, ensuring that the lid of the box is closed securely so that the clay does not dry out.
  • Roll the clay in your palms until it forms a smooth and evenly rounded ball.
  • Once this is done, push your thumb at the ball's center and while pinching the sides of the ball between your thumb and finger, make a space to fit in a candle.
  • Now, place the tea candle in the space that you have created in the clay pot for it, making sure that the impression you have created is not too deep, so that the flame doesn't remain below the diya.
  • To create a sturdy base, gently press the bottom of the clay ball on a flat surface.
  • To decorate the diya, carve flowers, inspirational words, patterns or other designs in the side of your diya with pencil or from the backside of a thin paint brush.
  • Allow the clay to rest until it is completely dry and hardened. This process depends on how warm the room is but it will be much quicker than ordinary clay.
  • Now to add some color into your diya, paint it using earthen tones or vibrant colors as per your choice. Using glue, you can stick glittering sequins on the diya to add some extra shimmer to it.
  • Let the paint dry off completely before lighting it during the festivities.
Diwali Diya Decoration Ideas
  • One of the best ways to decorate a diya is by painting it in different shades. You can use bright acrylic colors or traditional earthy shades to make the regular diyas more attractive. You can draw various auspicious motifs on it to make it look more traditional, like religious symbols, flowers, etc. However, give it ample time to dry off completely.
  • Decorating a diya with various small glass pieces by gluing them on it is also a wonderful idea to add rustic charm to an ordinary earthen or metal lamp. The reflection of the flame on the mirror pieces will provide an ethereal effect once the diya is lit. Such small mirrors are easily available in the market and can be easily used to adorn the surface of the diya.
  • Another nice way to decorate a diya is by making small intricate patterns of sequins on its outer surface by using glue. You can further highlight these patterns by using glitter around the motifs to enhance their effect. This decoration will look exceptional on larger sized diya, since you will have enough surface area to work on.
  • One of the best ways to show your creativity is by decorating a Diwali diya using ceramic clay. Make beautiful embellishments from the clay in shapes of flowers, butterflies, etc. and stick them on the earthen diya before it dries out. Once this is done, using your imagination, color the diya in diverse shades. Make sure the paint dries off completely before lighting it.