The festival of lights is around the corner, so naturally, it’s time to get started with the decor. And this year, you can try something different — how about using “waste” items lying around your house?
Summati (@cozyyylilcorner on Instagram), a content creator of home decor, fashion and lifestyle, has shared a unique DIY idea to craft diyas from coconut shells and toran.
Coconut shell diya
- The next time you consume coconut, save the shells.
- Remove the coir, and break open the shell, making sure you do so in equal proportion.
- To ensure that the shells break neatly in two halves, Summati suggests heating the coconut from a distance over the stove or a candle for about 7-10 minutes.
- Clean the shells well, and wrap and paste a jute twine around them.
- Use a strong adhesive like araldite to paste the bottoms of the shells together.
- Let it dry fully, and then use any decorative pieces to adorn the diya.
- Place the wick in the middle of the shell and pour wax around it.
- Let it cool down, and your own DIY coconut shell diya is ready to be lit.
A pro tip from the creator, “If you don’t have shells, ask your local puja or grocery stores for some. You will get those for free.”
Coconut shell toran
- Cut the coconut into two equal halves using the methods shown above and clean the outer area by removing the coir.
- You can also use sandpaper to soften the outer part.
- Take a thick string and tie it into the holes atop the shell so the toran can be hung easily.
- Use colourful fabrics or torans from last year to stick over the shells, covering the coconut portion completely.
- Pick two colours of your choice to maintain a pattern, preferably gold and any other bright colour.
- You can also decorate the strings of the coconut shell with bracelets, beads, and more.
- Cut out a long, thick strip from any old cloth bag and stick rings at the back, from which you will hang your torans.
- You can hang your toran at the front door, in the puja room, or whichever corner of your room your heart desires.
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