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This post is a compilation of over 15 colouring ideas to decorate your earthen / clay/ terracotta diyas this Diwali in festive colours, some offbeat ones and some usual, bright ones. If you don’t have the time, you can click the link to buy. Please note that we may earn a teeny-tiny commission from this sale.

Last year, I asked my son to paint a terracotta urn. I let the glazing colors and his imagination flow uninhibited. True to my expectations, it was a riot of colors. We filled the urn as a centerpiece for diyas at the entrance, filled with water and floated some candles and flowers. It was amazing and every time someone commented it was beautiful, he beamed with joy.

Then this summer, got him a dozen diyas and asked him to paint and decorate. The painted diyas will get lit up this Diwali. I’m sure you’ve tried it. If not, get your kids into action this Diwali holidays. ¬†Here are a few ideas and colour combinations:

1.Hand painted diya in green, red and blue. You can buy the same here.

Hand-painted diya in green and red

2. Hand painted diya in teal and red. You can buy this from here.

3. You can buy this from here.

4. You can buy this from here.

5. You can buy this from here.

6. Ceramic hand painted diya. You can buy them here.

7. Multi-colored handmade decorated terracotta diya. You can buy them here.

8. Shankh shaped earthen hand painted diya. You can buy the same here.

9. Hand decorated and painted matki diyas.

10. Pleasant hand decorated diyas. you can buy the pack of 12 here.

11. Simple diyas painted in solid colours. You can buy them here.

12. Wax filled clay diyas. You can buy them here.

13. Hand painted diya with kundan work. You can buy them from here.

14. Simple solid color filed clay diyas

15. Green and red floral design hand painted decorated clay diya. You can buy them here.


  1. Hi Lakshmi,

    This is my first comment on your blog – I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! You seem to be writing about all the things that I wanted to know about! Are you telepathic? :)
    This year, even I painted some diyas for Diwali – though they are in no way as pretty as the ones in your post. Thank you for sharing these inspiring pictures.

  2. laksh

    Thank you so much, Sanjana. It’s comments from readers like you that keeps me going :) Wish you a happy Diwali. Would love to see your painted diyas.

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