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Indian Festive Decor Ideas

The festive season is upon us and this is very exuberant time of the year. 
Monsoon rain has eased in most places and there a nip in the air. There is an excitement and enthusiasm in the atmosphere which is quite infectious. On this cheerful festive occasion, I have some easy tips and ideas to decorate your home to set the mood for festivities. 

Indian Festive Home Decor
Image Credit: Shalu Prasad

Strings Of Marigold:
Nothing beats the beauty of real marigold but buying them in abundance during festivities can burn a hole in your pocket. So here is a way to make your own marigolds provided either you have some time on your hands or you have some helping hands. Here’s a video on how to make your own marigold (Audio quality in the video is not very good but instructions are clear).

Now, what if you neither have enough time nor have any helping hand. Then the easiest way is to buy faux marigold strings that can be found in local markets and can be seen in abundance during the festivities. Though these are more expensive than real marigolds (4 feet long string can cost you anything between 70-90 bucks) but on the bright side, they are washable and reusable. So you can use them multiple times and can store them when they are not needed. I have seen some really good quality marigold strings online as well.

         

These marigold strings create the perfect backdrop for festive decor. You can see the festive cheer added by these marigold strings in below images.

Marigold Strings
Image Credit: Shalu Prasad

Mirror Hangings:
Apart from the liveliness added by flowers festivals are about adding lots of bling too. So let’s create blingy hangings. You’ll need thread, embroidery mirrors, marigolds and hot glue. Here’s the process:

In case you have got no time to make these hangings on your own then below are the links for you.

          

DIY Tealight Holder:
Creating something by yourself brings unbeatable joy. The tealights in below image are made out of disposable cups. I already have a tutorial on this. Please click here for the complete tutorial.
Here is how these glistening tealight holders create a warm ambience.

DIY Tealight Holders
This stone studded tealight holders are a perfect addition to your festive decor.  

DIY Tealight Holders

          

Lotus Tealights:
One more tealight that is super easy to make and demands less time is this lotus tealight. You can make them multicoloured, double shaded or in a single shade. The supplies you will need are acrylic stones, a cardboard or CD, hot glue, beads and tealight.

           

Click here for the complete tutorial that I have already published.

DIY Lotus Tealights
See how magical and divine these lotus tealight holders look. I hope you liked the tips and ideas shared here and will be incorporating them in your this year’s festive decor. I’ll be coming up with more such festive decor ideas. So stay Tuned!!
Till then connect with me here:

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Crafts In A Jiffy- Easy Ways To Decorate Tealights

I love doing crafts and you all know that!!
I keep experimenting with new ideas so added a new section on my blog and YouTube channel where I’ll be sharing crafts & DIYs that can be done in a jiffy. 
Diwali Crafts

Since festive season is here, I thought of starting this series with festive craft ideas that are extremely easy and take 15 minutes or less. Watch the video below and see how in a few minutes you can jazz up plain and dull tealights.

As you must have noticed, all the ideas I shared in the above video require minimum supplies, are super inexpensive and can be done in a jiffy. Isn’t it what we all want in a world that is so fast-paced.
Here are some shots of all those DIY tealights gracing my home.

Diwali Crafts
Diwali Crafts

Let me know which one you liked the most and did the video inspire you to jazz up the tealights!!
That’s all from my side. I’ll see you soon with one more makeover video. Stay Tuned!!
Till then connect with me here.

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Get Home Ready For Festivities

The festival season has begun. 
The first day of Chaitra month or Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the new year according to lunar Hindu calendar, also known as Ugadi, Yugadi, Navreh, Cheti Chand and Samvatsar Padvo in other states. Each festival in India is primarily associated either with the transition of seasons or harvesting of crops and every celebration begins with house cleaning and decorating. How busy people may be but they take the time out to do all the cleaning before the commencement of the festivities. Why not! a clean home is a pivotal part of all the festivities.

Festive Decor

Now that Chaitra Navratri is just around the corner let’s talk about some house cleaning and decorating. During this festive season let your surroundings speak about your personality. Here are some tips and tricks to get the home ready for festivals:

Festive Decor
Declutter:
Decluttering the place can make your home look spacious, clean, organized and full of positive energy. It is said that the things that are no longer in use and are broken or in a bad shape create a negative energy in and around the house. I agree with this statement wholeheartedly as hoarded junk not only takes up all the space but also make your home look cluttered and unorganized and this, in turn, affects your stress level.

Festive Decor

Get rid of the clutter and make free space to move around easily. Once decluttered your space now needs some serious cleaning. So put on the gloves and let’s make your space shine and sparkle. 

Clean:
Cleanliness is godliness. I love to see every nook and corner of my home shining and sparkling. No cobwebs, no dust, no spots and stains, no stinky smell in washrooms/toilets, no grease on the cabinet doors and chimney and no cockroaches in the kitchen that’s how a home must be kept.

Festive Decor

Cleaning the kitchen may seem the daunting task but I would suggest always start from the kitchen and from the right side of the stove and then go clockwise around the kitchen. Clean the stove and chimney in the last. This will ensure that you wouldn’t be spreading dirt, grime and grease everywhere. 
Kitchen sink contains even more bacteria than a toilet seat and I always make sure that I disinfect, clean with mild soap, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar and buff my stainless steel sink after each dish wash. For buffing take a few drops of mineral oil on a soft cloth and wipe the sink and tape to make them sparkle. This prevents the growth of mold and calcium buildup.  
Now clean all the cabinet doors and handles using mild soap on a sponge and wipe them clean with a damp cloth. In the same way, you can clean all your kitchen appliances. Clean the stove and chimney in the last using detergent and scrubber.

Festive Decor

Take special care of bathrooms. It’s better to wipe the floor, walls, faucet and shower after each shower to prevent the water stains and calcium buildup. If you can’t do it everyday then try to do it once in a week. You can rub few drops of lemon oil on glass shower doors once or twice in a month to make it look clean and shiny all the time. Wash the shower curtains once in a month to remove mold and mildews. To clean the toilet bowl put a teaspoon full of a drink that contains citric acid (drinks that have tangy taste) in the bowl and leave it for few minutes and then flush .
For all the other rooms, start from the ceiling and work your way down. Remove all the cobwebs, clean fans and light fixtures using a damp cloth (make sure you have turned off the power), clean all the windows and doors, dust all the furniture, clean the glass surfaces using a microfiber cloth and in the last mop the floor. There you have it, a neat, clean and sparkling my kind of home. 

Decorate:
After decluttering and cleaning the home, dress it up beautifully. Change the curtains, cushions and rug to give a completely new look to your home. If you wish to use old ones then give a nice wash and then use them.
Create a festive ambiance by placing some metal or wood figurines and surround them with fresh flowers, tealights/votives and candles to make the place look divine.

Festive Decor
Add greenery by bringing in some indoor plants and place them in a place where they sit most comfortably. Add festive cheer by drawing rangoli at the entrance and placing an uruli full of flowers floating in it. Put on the soft lights to create a warm and welcoming ambiance.

Festive Decor

I think I have shared all the important tips here and hope you will be creating the most beautiful, clean and welcoming home for the festivities. In case, you haven’t checked my Insta account yet here is a link for you (Click Here) to get a daily dose of all things beautiful!!
Happy Decorating!!

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Festive Glow This Year

Sharing with all my wonderful blog readers and friends festive joy and happiness in and around my home this Diwali. As 67% of my audiences are from other countries I have provided links to some words to make them understand the meaning and significance of the words I used.
 Lets enter  my haven……………

Rangoli made in haste but making entrance to my home cheerful and inviting.

My l’il sister also tried her hand and I must say she’d done a good job.
Placed diya(earthen lamp) at night on rangoli.

My hubby taught me to make Mango leaves Toran (decorative door hanging) without using any needle the way people do in South India  and I love to adorn entrance with these leaves on each festival.

Festive glow inside……….

and outside…………..

Some goodies for loved ones……….

Some  lovely corners……..

Filled with colors and festive glow

Lit diyas up and placed them everywhere around the home.

Floating candles and petals spreading festive magic.

These earthen pots I made specially for Diwali and ambiance they created was heart warming.

Warm glow and beauty, a perfect combination to uplift festive spirit.

Marigold adding beauty to decor………

A very Happy Diwali to all of you 🙂

Last but not the least, all these images are mine and are subject to copyright. Copying or reusing them without my permission is illegal.

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Festive Blitz

Festive season brings lots of energy and enthusiasm. I become bundle of energy during this part of year. I love to do all those things what my mother used to do & I have seen as a kid. I just want to imbibe all these things into my kid. Well thats an another story…..here is what I did during this festive season. Three things that I consider as the most important for festive decor are ……..
1 Some bling
2 Some green &
3 Some colors
I added lot of bling to my decor for Navratri.
Can you spot lovely reflection of fairy lights :-))
Mesmerising view in the night.
I added green too……..
Pots are result of my imaginations & creativity.
And I added colors too…..
At the entrance…..

Wishing very Happy and prosperous festive season to all my lovely friends out there!!

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Crafty Karwachauth

Karwachauth is the most romantic festival celebrated mainly in North India, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh , Himachal Pradesh and Gujrat. These days it is celebrated almost in every state of India and even in Pakistan and other countries too. One day fast is observed by women from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands.

Women gear up for this festival few weeks in advance. Here are some handcrafted beautiful things that you would like to add this karwachauth. That’s why I called it crafty karwachauth. First comes the pooja calender and karwa …. This is very tradition one that women used to draw on wall by rice paste. In present days very decorative and beautiful calenders are available in markets.
This special one is hand crafted brass karwa for special you. You need one clay karwa also …here it is

Now comes the thali for pooja. You can decorate one by your own. Its very easy just get some Bandhni print cloth, golden laces, sequins, beads or mirror and glue. try your hand on it and will come out like this

After pooja its a great idea to gift your beloved ones with hamper of ‘suhaag’. This is just awesome…

You can also go for jewellery boxes that comes in loads of varieties. You can even use them to beautify your place.                                                                                                                                               

This yellow glass case jewelry box is must have. It has beautifully carved metal rim that gives it elegance.

This one is to adorn your place. It is gold plated and lot of meenakari work all around and crystal top.

Now its time for some jewelery shopping. look at these elegant yet stylish pieces. These are all handcrafted jewelery. you too can try hands on it if you are that creative.your

This jhumkas are just beautiful thing to add in your collection.

No festival is complete without flowers and specially when the festival is exclusively for husband and wife. Try to gift such a beautiful bunch of flower to your beloved one and make his/her day.

These multicolor Gerberas are just perfect for that special day and for that special one.

Everything is perfect now and you can enjoy this very romantic festival your own style. Best wishes…..

All images from http://karwachauth.indiangiftsportal.com/

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Crafty Karwachauth

Karwachauth is the most romantic festival celebrated mainly in North India, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh , Himachal Pradesh and Gujrat. These days it is celebrated almost in every state of India and even in Pakistan and other countries too. One day fast is observed by women from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands.

Women gear up for this festival few weeks in advance. Here are some handcrafted beautiful things that you would like to add this karwachauth. That’s why I called it crafty karwachauth. First comes the pooja calender and karwa …. This is very tradition one that women used to draw on wall by rice paste. In present days very decorative and beautiful calenders are available in markets.
This special one is hand crafted brass karwa for special you. You need one clay karwa also …here it is

Now comes the thali for pooja. You can decorate one by your own. Its very easy just get some Bandhni print cloth, golden laces, sequins, beads or mirror and glue. try your hand on it and will come out like this

After pooja its a great idea to gift your beloved ones with hamper of ‘suhaag’. This is just awesome…

You can also go for jewellery boxes that comes in loads of varieties. You can even use them to beautify your place.                                                                                                                                               

This yellow glass case jewelry box is must have. It has beautifully carved metal rim that gives it elegance.

This one is to adorn your place. It is gold plated and lot of meenakari work all around and crystal top.

Now its time for some jewelery shopping. look at these elegant yet stylish pieces. These are all handcrafted jewelery. you too can try hands on it if you are that creative.your

This jhumkas are just beautiful thing to add in your collection.

No festival is complete without flowers and specially when the festival is exclusively for husband and wife. Try to gift such a beautiful bunch of flower to your beloved one and make his/her day.

These multicolor Gerberas are just perfect for that special day and for that special one.

Everything is perfect now and you can enjoy this very romantic festival your own style. Best wishes…..

All images from http://karwachauth.indiangiftsportal.com/