Make your own salt-dough diya lamps for Diwali to bring light into your home.
- Find a good working space where you can make a bit of a mess. Gather your materials.
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour and salt.
- Gradually add water while stirring flour and salt mixture until it is fully combined and smooth.
- Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and knead it for 5 minutes and let rest for 15 minutes.
- Tip: add a little flour if the dough is too sticky or a few drops of water if it is too dry.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Split your dough into 3–4 sections.
- Shape the dough into your diya lamps, leaving a space for your candle.
- Place on parchment paper or silicone baking mat on a baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours, until dry and hard. Allow to cool completely.
- Optional: you can let your diyas air dry for a couple of days instead of baking them in an oven.
- Paint your diyas. Let them completely dry.
- Try painting designs onto your diyas using a fine detail paintbrush.
- Optional: add sparkle by gluing glitter and sequins to your diyas.
- Light your candle and place at windowsills or entryways to bring light into your home.
*Note: Do not use self-rising flour—it will cause the diyas to bubble or rise while baking.