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Diwali crafts / holiday

Children take part in a Diwali celebration at SAM in 2018. (Photo: Seattle Art Museum)

Make festive paper crafts for Diwali (video)

Get ready for the festival of lights with easy-to-make lanterns and more.


Start celebrating with Diwali crafts:
Diwali, or the festival of lights, starts on Nov. 12 this year, ending on Nov. 16.

The joyous holiday is celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs in India, throughout the rest of South Asia, and around the world.

Symbols of Diwali include a diya (a small lamp) and lanterns. We’ve included some Diwali crafts here so kids can make their own easy, kid-safe versions.

A local Seattle celebration happened virtually in October, and there are new public virtual celebrations taking place in London too.

Happy Diwali!

1. These projects (from the Smile On blog on YouTube) are by far the easiest for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners, but small kids will need some help and, of course, supervision. (Note: The final Diwali crafts project is a pictorial representation of firecrackers, which are traditionally set off during Diwali celebrations):

2. These two YouTube projects (from Blossom Arts and Craft Basket) are good for school-age kids. Some will likely need supervision with scissors on the lantern project:

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About the Author

Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor is managing editor of the Seattle's Child print magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.