The Indian festive season is just beginning. We have Navratri, Ganpati Pujan, Diwali all lined up back to back in coming months. The festivals are time to unwind and enjoy with families and who can forget the yummy delicacies. It can also be an excellent opportunity to inculcate reuse & recycle habit.
Following are some DIY which can be easily done at home.
- Mason jar candle holder – The mason jars can be painted in different patterns with bright colors like golden, red or orange. Then place candles inside it to give it traditional effect. Plain mason jars can also be used as hanging lanterns for decoration.
- Newspaper Lamp shades – One of the easiest ways recycle newspapers is to make lamp shades from it. You can glue newspaper pieces together on an old lampshade to give it a makeover. Or you can roll newspaper into long sticks and then glue those together to form a lamp.
- Wall decorations – Old wedding cards, cardboard sheets and discarded wrapping materials can be used to make ‘Torans’ or wall hangings.
- Raavan Effigy – Dussehra celebrations are incomplete without burning Raavan Effigy and you can use daily household items to create one. Tissue paper rolls or old cardboard boxes, newspaper or colored paper is all that you need.
- Earthen Ganpati Idols – Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by bringing Lord Ganesha home and then bidding him adieu till next year. With our damaging eco-system, it is a good choice to bring home earthen Ganpati idols for the Puja. I have been doing it since last three years. Visarjan can be easily done at home in a bucket and then the dissolved mud can be used for planting trees in home. Even better idea would be if we could make Ganpati idols at home. Various DIY videos are present online, and this year I am going to try it.
You can also involve kids in these DIY activity and they will also enjoy it and learn the habit of reuse and recycle early in life.
Have you tried any of the DIYs yourself? Do share your thoughts in the comments. Also comment if you have any new DIYs ideas to make festival eco-friendly.
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