How to Make Diwali Greeting Cards

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Diwali is a festival of lights, a holiday celebrated in India by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. The dates vary from year to year, but it falls some time in October or November. At Diwali, oil lamps are lit to symbolize good winning over evil, and to remind people of their own inner light. At night, fireworks light up the sky for the celebration. You can use this light theme to create some beautiful Diwali greeting cards to share with your friends and family during this festive season.

Things You'll Need

  • Black card stock
  • Scissors
  • Paper in assorted colors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Letter stickers or die cuts
  • Glitter glue pens

Mosaic Card

  • Cut and fold a piece of black card stock to the size card you want to make.

  • Collect some scrap paper or card stock in different bright colors. You can use any colors you like, but you should definitely include yellow or gold.

  • Cut the scrap paper into tiny pieces of confetti, approximately 1/8 inch pieces. You can make them all square, or you can cut random shapes. Keep the colors in separate piles.

  • Use a pencil to draw a light outline of a diya, a small, round, bowl-shaped oil burning lamp (see "Resources"). Above the diya, draw a flame in the shape of a teardrop.

  • Glue the tiny yellow or gold paper pieces to the flame using a glue stick. Place the pieces close together, leaving just a sliver of black showing between them.

  • Glue other colors of your choice the same way to decorate your lamp.

  • Use letter stickers or die cuts to spell out "Happy Diwali" across the top of the card.

  • Print your message for the inside of the card on a light-colored piece of paper. Cut it to fit the inside of the card and glue it to the black card stock.

Fireworks Card

  • Cut and fold a piece of black card stock.

  • Use a pencil to draw lines on the front of the card that resemble fireworks. Fireworks are drawn by making dots, dashes, curved or squiggly lines radiating outward from a central point. You can resize and print the fireworks coloring page in the "Resources" to use as a template, if you prefer. You can overlap two or three to make it look like a big display.

  • Trace over your fireworks lines with colorful glitter glue pens. If you are overlapping firework bursts, use one or two different colors per burst so they can be distinguished from one another. If you are making one big burst, make it multicolored to give it pizazz.

  • Write a Diwali greeting across the bottom of the card cover with your glitter glue. Allow the glue to dry.

  • Print your message for the inside of the card on a light-colored piece of paper. Cut it to fit the inside of the card and glue it to the black card stock.

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