Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Painting Diyas for this Diwali

I bought my diyas from a road in Ameerpet, Hyderabad that has pottery lined up on the pavement on either side for diwali. As the diyas were kept on tables on the roadside, they were rather dusty.

So how do you paint a diya? What paint should you use?
Things you will need:

Soak the diyas in water for 15-30 minutes. Dry them in the sun or under a fan. This helps make them receptive to paint.

Choose acrylic or fabric paint in bright colors to paint the diyas and use a wide brush. Gold, crimson and other metallic colors are my favorites.
TIP: Try a bit of each color that you plan to use on the base of a diya. This way you can check how dark/light the paint will be and whether you can get an even coat on the terracotta. I tried out the different color combinations.
You can decorate the diyas with one or more colors. If you like solid color diyas, the best way to accent them is by adding a line of gold paint along the rim using a thin brush.
Dry the painted diyas for 3 to 4 hours.

Stick tiny mirrors, zari thread, small shells, sequins, beads or glitter on the diyas to pack a decorative punch.
I hope you liked my painted diyas! If you tried making them then click some bright pictures and send them to me at

You can also go through my previous posts for Diwali:
Reusable Rangoli
CD Sparkles!
Torans for Diwali

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marilyn scott said...

Those diwali diyas are sooo cute,
They can make perfect Diwali decorations this year!
May you all be blessed and may those little diyas illuminate your life
shubh deepavali!

Anonymous said...

really nice!!
loved it!! :*
happy diwali!!

Jayanthi said...