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Arpita Kala and Aditi Caroli , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 02, 2013
This season, give the costly presents a pass and take matters in your own hands, literally. You can share the season’s greetings with your loved ones by just whipping up some budget-friendly DIY Diwali delights. Making gifts from the scratch, after putting in thought and much effort, adds a special touch to your present. So from hula hoop chandeliers to citrus scented candles shaped out of orange peels and discarded soda bottle caps, we let you in on the coolest and craftiest gifting ideas for the festive season.

If you are too pressed for time to show your creativity through cool presents, just wrap them up in style and seal it with a kiss! Scour your house for discarded satin ribbons, pretty feathers or even old newspapers to add a personal touch to your offerings. Check out our simple DIY wrapping ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Go ahead, watch your loved ones’ faces light up with smiles at your DIY gifts. All you need is a little time and lots of warm wishes!

Light up the quirk
For bottle cap candles, remove the rubber seal inside. Collect old candles or discarded wax crayons in a container. Now boil water in a pan, place the container in the water-filled pan and boil till the wax melts. Place the candle wick in the cap and pour the hot wax. Let it cool and start gifting! For citrus candle, halve an orange and clean out the pulp. Place the wick inside and pour hot wax.

Hang-over
Give a touch of sparkle to the usual kandil or traditional lamp that you gift your friends and family. Take a rectangular sheet of glittered paper or a sparkly wrapping paper. Make vertical slashes on the paper with a sharp knife or a scissor. Now fold the sheet horizontally. Unfold it and glue the two ends together. Stick the ends of a gota to the kandil to make a handle. 

Light-up the love
This amazing wooden candle stand cum plant holder is easy to make. Take a small bowl and  line wooden cloth clips around the bowl. Now fill it with some mud. Pot a plant on half side of the bowl. Place a candle on the other half of the bowl. You can also jazz it up by making colourful cut-outs, which you can use to write your Diwali greetings.

Potli time
Put your old tee or kurta or any other piece of cloth to good use by fashioning it into a potli. Cut out a rectangle shaped fabric and fold it. Sew up the open sides. Make holes near the mouth of the potli and slip a ribbon through it. You can decorate it by gluing shimmery gota ribbons or sequinned hemlines torn of your old kurtas.

A neon offering
Gift a vibrant display piece to your friends this Diwali. Take broken shards of glass and paint them in pop hues with your nail paints. Take an empty glass bottle and fill it up with glitter or sequins or even sand. Now glue the coloured pieces on it creatively. You can also use bindis, buttons to fill gaps.

Button-up
Tired of boring boxes for gifting chocolates or dry fruits? Make a colourful, pretty version at your home. All you need a bowl made of glass or plastic, and buttons of different sizes and colours. Method is pretty simple — starting with the bottom, stick buttons on the bowl one after the other till the whole ball is covered. Put some nuts and it’s good be gifted.

Glitter storm
Take an empty glass jar. Firmly glue your Diwali message or a small statue or a photograph on the inside of the bottle cap. Fill the jar with water and add glitter or tiny sequins in it. Mix it thoroughly. Now glue the cap back on the jar. Your glitter storm jar is ready. Shake and see the magic!

Neckin’ it
Make a funky necklace for your friend with an old necklace. Just entwine colourful ribbons and chains to the necklace. You can also use pop hued nail polish to colour the beads and revamp the old chain.

A perfect circle
Take a hula hoop and knot one side of 3 ribbons on it to suspend it. Tie the other end of the ribbons together. Wrap a string of fairy lights around it. Suspend it from a hook. Plug and switch on the fairy lights. Your chandelier is ready!

And it’s a wrap, folks
Decorate a gift item with leaves of a tree. Other than just fallen leaves, you can also use completely dried up leaves.

Wrap a gift with scarves or stoles that are dumped at the back of your wardrobe. Knot it up, at the top, to make it look pretty.

You can use a brown paper bag for wrapping. Tie it with a thin rope and decorate with colourful bindis.

Have a shirt that you don’t wear anymore? Well, use it to wrap a gift and be innovative. A printed or checked shirt would be ideal.

Make a gifting bag out of old newspaper and use a pretty handkerchief or lace to close it at the top.

After wrapping a gift, make it tempting to open. Place a colourful ribbon on the wrapping and top it up with a feather.