How To Design Rangoli For Diwali

By Sara . Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Design Rangoli For Diwali

Diwali is the festival of lights but it is incomplete without the beautiful colorful designs of rangoli. A beautiful rangoli decorated with earthen lights called diya will light up any house instantly. Designing a rangoli is quite easy depending on the design of the rangoli. In this article we will show you how to design rangoli for Diwali.

You'll need:
  • Black paper or cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Chalk(white and colored)
  • Colored sand
  • Rice
  • Semolina
  • Dried peas and/or lentils
  • Colored sawdust
  • Flower petals
You may also be interested in: How to Make Rangoli Powder at Home

The tradition of Rangoli

As you may already know, Rangoli is an Indian folkoric decoration that is set during traditional Indian festivities such as Diwali in houses to get rid of negative energy and boost positive energy.

There are many designs, from geometrical figures, petals and flowers to the most elaborate designs, that's why OneHowto would like to show you how to design Rangoli for Diwali for both beginners and those of you have more experience in the fine art of Rangoli.

How To Design Rangoli For Diwali - The tradition of Rangoli

Simple design

A simple rangoli design is best for kids and beginners. the steps are:

1. Choose a black paper of appropriate size according to the size of your rangoli design.

2. If you are beginner then choose a symmetrical pattern which would be easy to draw, ie. copy.

3. Sketch the design on black paper using a pencil and finalize it using white chalk.

4. After finalizing the outline fill in the colours using colourful chalks or dry colours called gulal or with colored sand, rice or semolina.

5. Pin it in the doorway or in any wall if you have used coloured chalk and keep it on the floor if you have used dry colours or coloured sand, rice or semolina.

How To Design Rangoli For Diwali - Simple design

Advanced design

Advanced rangoli designs are a bit more complex and should be aimed for if you are an advanced artist. The steps are:

1. Advanced rangoli looks best when designed on the floor inside the house or on the ground near the doorway if it's outside the house. Take care that the rangoli design is made on an area which would not disrupt the walking route.

2. Choose a beautiful design with lots of colours. You can also create your own rangoli design on paper and then create it on the ground.

3. After finalizing the rangoli design you must decide what you will use to fill the colours inside the design. You can choose from dry colours(gulal), coloured semolina, coloured sand, dried peas, dried lentils, coloured sawdust etc. You can also use more than one coloured ingredient to create a variety of textures. At OneHowTo we also show you how to dye rice, so you can use it for your colourful rangoli designs.

4. Use coloured sand or semolina to create the outline for the design. Form a cone using your fingers so that the narrow end is between the thumb and index finger. Face your finger down to allow the steady flow.

5. After creating the outline, fill it using dry colours, coloured sand, rice, semolina or flower petals and leaves. You can also use any other item. Be as innovative as you can be.

6. To create a beautiful effect around the rangoli, you can place earthen lights or candles around the rangoli.

7. Display your rangoli design proudly and let the praises flow.

How To Design Rangoli For Diwali - Advanced design

Other designs in all shapes and places

There are more non-conventional ways of designing a rangoli for Diwali such as creating the design with rose petals or marigold flowers. You can also add a dyia en the center to give it a great touch of light. Learn how to decorate a diya at home too.

You can even make a design on water. If you want to learn how to do it, check out our article How to make a Rangoli on Water with Powder.

Plus, you can accompany your rangoli design with a fantastic diwali lantern.

How To Design Rangoli For Diwali - Other designs in all shapes and places

If you want to read similar articles to How To Design Rangoli For Diwali, we recommend you visit our Art & handicraft category.

Write a comment

What did you think of this article?
How To Design Rangoli For Diwali
1 of 5
How To Design Rangoli For Diwali

Back to top