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10 Diwali Decoration Ideas for Schools

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Diwali is celebrated with much enthusiasm throughout our country and Diwali vacations are looked forward to by students and teachers alike.

We already discussed some fantastic Diwali celebration ideas for school kids in our previous post but also important is to dress up the school for the festival, so that they experience the festive feel and look forward to return post their vacations. Plus, it sets the tone for the forthcoming festivities and encourages them to use their creativity to decorate their homes.

You could either choose a common theme for all the classrooms or let each class or standard choose their own theme.

The idea is to have the kids work together to create something that they are proud of. Here are some Diwali decoration ideas schools and even preschools/play schools could use:

1. Eco friendly Diwali decoration

Eco Friendly Diwali Decoration

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Eco friendly is the buzz word these days, and a sentiment we need to imbibe in kids real deep.

We need to encourage the use of eco-friendly materials to create not just decorations, but help make eco-friendly a way of life by explaining the damage synthetic materials make to the environment and its ill effects to humans and animals.

Children can make handmade paper and use that for decor.

Ban thermocol and utilize left over craft material, leaves, stems, paint pots and other locally made decorations made with eco-friendly materials like jute, wood, etc or reusable material like glass.

Older children can even mould the pots and diyas on a potters wheel and bake them before painting.

Check out these gorgeous terrocotta lamps hand painted for Diwali. For more ecofriendly Diwali celebration ideas, check out this post.

2. Recreation of Ramayana characters

2.Recreation of Ramayana characters on Dewali

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Ramayana is the story of Lord Rama rescuing his wife Sita from the Demon King Ravana with his brother Lakshmana and Hanumana, a monkey possessing extraordinary powers.

On Lord Rama’s return after a fourteen year exile, Diwali was celebrated for the first time.

All these characters play an important role in the celebration of the festival, and décor themed on them would be absolutely apt.

Children can draw, paint, collage etc to create these characters and even try and recreate the entire scene of Lord Rama returning with Sita to Aayodhya, where streets were lit with diyas and decorated with flowers to welcome them.

Check out these gorgeous terrocotta lamps hand painted for Diwali.

3. Decoration with a message

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Diwali is the festival that signifies that light triumphs over darkness and good triumphs over evil.

What traditionally started off with this as the underlying message and decoration restricted to simple diyas, fresh flowers and humble rangolis, has now become a commercial business that is more competitive than resourceful.

Lets take a step back and give a positive message to children. Use decoration as a medium to teach children about teamwork, discipline and respect towards the environment.

Have them create posters with a Diwali message and stick it around their classroom. Encourage them to make the posters thoughtful, and the decoration sensitive to tradition.

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4. Best out of waste decor

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Creating decoration out of waste is not just cost effective but challenges creativity and helps one make something unique and thoughtful.

Think lanterns made from old CDs, decorations made from paper cups and old milk cartons, school stationary, etc.

Check out these gorgeous thumbtack candles that are sure to add a touch of glam to the décor.

Or bring out old glass bangles to create this stunning candle décor.

5. Paper craft decor

Paper craft diwali decor

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Utlize your craft sessions to create paper décor that is unique, colourful and creative.

Think paper lanterns, 3-d origami diyas, torans, etc. These will last long, and allow each child to be involved. We love this gorgeous paper flower toran

This string of tiny handmade paper lanterns is also impressive and easy to make. Check out the tutorial here

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6. Colour coded décor

Colour coded decor

For uniformity and fun, choose two or three colours and create the entire décor with just these 2-3 colours in different materials.

Ideal choice would be red, yellow and green, but you can also go for orange, purple and blue for a modern twist.

Paint diyas, make lanterns, create lamps from old glass jars, create torans and don’t forget to add a touch of glitter to everything!

We love this coloured paper lantern that can be made in the colour combination of your choice

7. Temple decor

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Create a Diwali decor that makes one feel like they are entering a temple.

Make paper flowers, and use multi-layered lamps and diyas, get a big photograph of Goddess Lakshmi and decorate the area around it, recreate the indoors of a temple (think domes, pillars, etc) and create a peaceful ambience.

Click here to learn how to make marigolds with paper, which are going to be integral to the decor.

 

8. Cards theme decor

Cards theme decor

Diwali is not just about traditions and poojas, its also a lot about meeting friends and family, and spending time together, eating, making merry and playing cards.

To do something different, the decor could be based on the four icons of playing cards – spades, heart, diamond and clubs.

Each icon could signify a message related to Diwali, for example, spades could focus on killing your ego and opening up to new ideas, hearts could be about taking time out for family and friends to do things we all love.

Club could be significant of taking an oath to protect the environment and diamonds could be about working hard to earn a living.

Give the children the opportunity to think creatively and you will be surprised by the results.

We love this lovely origami paper hangings themed on cards.

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9. Candle decor

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Diwali is the festival of lights so using candles for the décor would be a great idea.

Children can make candles by melting wax, or get ready candles and decorate them with tapes, laces, pearls, twigs, ribbons, etc.

Candles of different sizes and shapes can be used, and one can choose a colour theme, or a material palette to have a synchronised décor.

Check out these gorgeous candles with henna patterns for inspiration.

10. Paisley Decor

Paisley decor

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Be it a rangoli, a diya or a toran, paisley is our favourite decorative element seen across all our traditional arts and crafts.

Why not make that a theme and decorate the school with paisleys of different sizes and colours?

One can also have one paisley cut-out given to every child and have them decorate it with their own imagination and put out all the paisleys throughout the school.

Give students of different standard different sizes so you can mix and match. Students can use craft material, choose to paint, collage or use stickers to decorate their paisleys.

Check out this gorgeous candle decorated with paisley patterns.

Make decoration an opportunity for children to learn something new, discover new things and channel their creativity. A perfect way to have them enjoy and bond we say!

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