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Diwali Candle Holder

Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights

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Diwali (dee-WAH-lee) is the Hindu festival of lights. Clay lamps called diyas symbolize the human body; the light represents the soul. Hindus believe that light, or goodness, chases away darkness, or evil, during Diwali. Use your candle holder on October 19, the darkest night this month, when the moon is new.
Diwali Candle Holder
What You’ll Need
  • Air-dry clay
  • Craft gems
  • Beads
  • Decorations
  • Battery-powered candle
What to Do
  1. Shape a candle holder from air-dry clay. Wet your finger and press gently to smooth out any cracks. Let the clay dry.
  2. Create decorations, such as flowers, from the clay. Let them dry. Glue them to the candle holder.
  3. Glue craft gems, beads, and other decorations to the holder. Place a battery-powered candle into the middle of the candle holder.
Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Use your candle holder on other special occasions: your birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s—anytime you want to shine a light. On ordinary days, use your Diwali candle holder as a comforting night-light next to your bed or in the bathroom.

For older kids: Shape the air-dry clay into small dishes to give as gifts, to hold trinkets or keys. Instead of gems in each flower, substitute buttons, stones, pasta, or game pieces for a different look.

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