Considering the crisis where much of the country is suffering from air pollution, celebrating an eco-friendly Diwali is the way to go to enjoy the true spirit of the festival. So if you’ve already started decorating your home and are wondering how to do the preparations without damaging nature, we’ve got you covered.
We present five eco-responsible ideas to revamp your interior decorations using old paper, plastic, old clothes and old CDs. So bring out all the ‘raddi’ in your home and brighten up your home with a creative hue by reusing waste in an innovative way that is super easy, time-saving, and cost-effective.
Bonus Tip – This could be a good way to engage your kids who are âfestival candy, too energetic and super excitedâ during the Diwali holiday.
1. Newsprint wall hanging
Vibrant wall hangings made from trash can add color to your room and bring your wall to life. Most homes have a plentiful supply of newspapers and magazines and with little effort these can be made into a beautiful wall hanging.
â¢ Make newspaper rolls, then reels of different sizes
â¢ Color the rolled up pieces with the desired colors
â¢ Decorate them with beads
â¢ Glue them together and hang them
2. Diwali Torans / Bandanwaars
Place it at the entrance of your home to welcome your guests and create the perfect festive atmosphere with a traditional touch.
â¢ Reuse old greeting cards
â¢ Cut the portion you want
â¢ Glue them on a ribbon or string
That’s it! Your colorful and vibrant toran is ready.
3. Update your home with vintage sarees / linens
Do you have old sarees or worn out linens at home that you once loved but can’t use anymore? Use your creativity and reuse them as curtains, cushion covers, tablecloths and even duvet covers. Renovate your home with a touch of traditional opulence.
â¢ Select contrasting sarees and sew them into cushion covers to match your sofa
â¢ Use a soft cotton bed sheet or sari as a fancy window shade by simply attaching it to the curtain rod – measure the length of your window and the diameter of your curtain rod. Keep an extra four inches while sewing / gluing the hem so you can move it easily. Fold an inch from the bottom hem to keep it from staggering.
â¢ Cut out the heavily embroidered borders and use them as table runners.
4. Recycled CD lamps
While cleaning the study area of ââyour house, you must have found piles of CDs that are no longer of any use. Well, take this holiday season to breathe some life into them by turning them into glorious lamps. The best part – you don’t even have to worry about breaking CDs and putting the parts together.
â¢ Simply glue the CDs together in the shape of a globe
â¢ Put a light bulb inside the globe and voila!
5. Plastic candle / Diya holder
Turn the single use plastic cups that are in your home into creative candle holders / diya and use them for any occasion.
Use acrylics to paint plastic cups and put a smokeless tea light / diya inside each cup and voila! Refuel again if necessary.