We are departing from Western holidays for a moment today to celebrate the festival of lights! So, gather up some of your most colorful cardstock, and make some beautiful Diwali lamps with me.
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Diwali was one of those holidays, for me, that always popped up on my calendar, but I didn’t know much about it. But, a couple of weeks ago, I had a follower reach out to see if I might be willing to create something for this important holiday. Even though I live in this little bubble that is Utah, USA, I realize that many people who enjoy my designs come from a variety of different places around the world. Which is still something that blows my mind, by the way.
So, because of this, I was really excited about this idea. I began reading up on the Diwali festival and was inspired by the beautiful lamps used during the five-day celebration.
- Hot Glue
- Glue Stick
- Metalic Marker (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces of your Diwali lamps.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
2. Start by decorating the top piece of your lamp and by layering your center flower motif together.
Then, curl your edge strip, and attach the tabs around the perimeter of the base, one at a time. Fold your smaller, top tabs, and attach the decorated piece around them.
(I apologize, I meant to take more pictures of these steps. Hopefully it makes sense!)
3. Next, curl the gold, lotus and feather motif. Then, glue it to the back of the lamp.
Attach your center flower to the base liner piece, and glue it inside—coving the tabs.
Hopefully this little papercraft can give you a taste of Diwali this year! And, if you’d like to learn more about the holiday itself, you can check out this short article about it.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my Diwali lamps together. And don’t forget to share your lovely finished creations with me on Instagram!
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