How to make a rangoli craft
Rangoli is a work of art made up of geometric shapes, often inspired by nature. Many people create rangoli to symbolise prosperity as part of Diwali celebrations, which is an annual Hindu festival of light. This guide will help you create your own rangoli in the shape of a Diya lamp, which signifies good health. Follow our step-by-step guide or the video tutorial.
What you’ll need
- Red, yellow and green lentils
- Dried red kidney beans
- A piece of chalk
- A ruler
- PVA glue
- Acrylic paint in the colour of your choice
- 1Cut your card
- With the help of an adult, cut a piece of card into a square.
- 2Divide the card into quarters
- Using a piece of chalk and a ruler, mark a central line vertically and horizontally to split the cardboard into quarters.
- 3Draw the base of the Diya
- On the bottom half of the cardboard, draw a semi-circle with the rounded edge at the bottom of the card – this is the base of the Diya candle.
- 4Draw the Diya flame
- On the top half of the cardboard, draw a flame shape for the Diya pattern, keeping it symmetrical.
- 5Outline the shape with glue
- Cover the outline of the design with PVA glue. Stick red kidney beans where you’ve put the glue, making sure there are no gaps between the beans. Wait an hour for the glue to dry.
- 6Glue the shape
- Fill in the centre of the shape with PVA glue.
- 7Fill your design
- Take a pinch of the lentils and slowly drop these onto the PVA glue. Keep doing so until the design is filled with the lentils. Be careful to not move the rangoli pattern or the board to avoid smudging the design.
- 8Paint the outside
- Once you’ve finished these steps, paint the outside spaces of your rangoli with colourful paint. Leave this to dry for an hour or so.
- 9Finishing touches
- Gently shake off the excess lentils into a bag or onto some kitchen roll. You can now display your rangoli.
Light up your design
When you're ready to display your final rangoli artwork, you could place an LED Diya lamp in front of it to add a welcoming glow.
How to make a rangoli craft
Brought to you by Surtal Arts from Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, this video guide will help you create a colourful rangoli to celebrate Diwali. You can try out any symmetrical pattern you like.
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