DIY: Diwali Diyas

Why not skip the store-bought versions and make these with your children instead?
DIY Diwali Diyas by Carolyn Russell
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DIY Diwali Diyas by Carolyn Russell
October 30, 2018

2 cups spinneysFOOD Plain Flour

1 cup fine salt

1 cup water

Turmeric powder (optional)

Beetroot juice (optional)

Food colouring (optional)

Sequins

Sprinkles

Silver balls

Paint glue

1 Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

2 Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl.

3 Slowly add the water and knead until the mixture comes together into a clean ball.

4 Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and create diya shapes (these can be round or pointed).

5 Place your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hours or until solid.

6 Leave to cool.

7 Paint the diyas with food colouring, beetroot juice, or turmeric powder mixed with water. Decorate using paint, sequins, silver balls, and a selection of sprinkles. 

Fun Fact: Diyas are beautiful oil lamps that are used across the entire Indian subcontinent. They're traditionally mae with clay, with a cotton wick that's been dipped in vegetable oil or ghee. They symbolise good and light prevailing over evil and darkness.