By Bhupi Rajput, Henna Expert
In our family, we celebrate all cultures so we make sure that no one over spends. For Diwali we buy the kids presents but for the adults, I always like to make or paint something small and I’m going to show you how to create beautiful candle holders in different shapes and sizes.
Diwali is the festival of lights and this is the perfect project for lighting the path for Laxmi into your home.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be artist, just follow these easy steps below.
You will need:
Craft, acrylic or glass paint
1 liner paint brush
1 flat paint brush
Rubbing Alcohol/Alcohol wipes
Follow these step by step instructions to create your master pieces.
Place newspapers on the work surface and floor where are you working to avoid permanent paint stains,especially if you are working with kids.
Wash your hands thoroughly and make sure you are not wearing lotion or hand cream. This will make the glass surface greasy and the paint will chip away quickly.
Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and thoroughly wipe the whole glass surface.
You can also buy stencils from any craft store such as Michaels, just remember it will be difficult finding anything Diwali themed. If are using stencils, make sure you follow their instructions and purchase any additional supplies such as sponges and brushes required.
Shake the paint bottles to obtain the right consistency.
Once painted, leave to dry for 24-48 hours. Acrylic and some craft paint will dry within that time frame. Please check the drying time if you are using specialist products such as glass paint or Martha Stewart paint as some will need curing (drying) for 21 days before you can use them.
Use sticky tac or tape and place it on the inside of the candle holder as shown in the picture on the left. This will be your template to copy.
Use the liner paint brush to paint the outlines and leave to dry for about an hour.
If you can’t or don’t know how to draw, find an image that you like on the web or choose from the three above. Save it as an image onto your desktop and resize in a word, publisher or another application. Print and cut.
For filling in, use the thicker flat brush. If you try to fill in the shape while the outline is still wet, it may blend the colours, which is hard to fix. You don’t want to have to start over. Even if you are using one colour, please ensure that the outline is dry before filling it in.
The OM, Swatiska and Ek Onkar were painted using images. Ganesha and Rangoli designs were painted freehand using the liner brush.
Tips painting the three designs above:
- Lotus Flower— paint the outline for the flower, let it dry and fill in the petals. Dip the tip of the liner brush, to create the dotted flowers
- Flowers and Swirls— paint the outline for the flowers and dry. Paint the swirls, let them dry and finally fill in the petals. You may have to paint half the project, dry and finish it later. Try not to rush to avoid smudges.
- For the intricate Diya, the paint was poured into a empty henna cone and painted using henna techniques.
- Place a candle or tealight into the holder, wrap in cello with a ribbon on their own or with a box of Methai.
I’m sure your family and friends will love these, especially the grandparents if the kids have painted them. They will stay in the Mandhir/prayer room and bring joy to their hearts every time they look at them.
For more information, contact Bhupi by visiting Henna4You’s website www.henna4you.com.
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