Diwali rangoli designs with colored salt

Diwali rangoli designs made with colored salt are a gorgeous sensory delight – and they’re really easy to make. Here’s how:

Gorgeous rangoli patterns for Diwali, made with DIY colored salt

Diwali rangoli patterns with colored salt

DIY colored salt is really easy to make. All you need is some ordinary table salt and some paint. We used craft/poster paint (sometimes called tempera paint), and squeezed a little into a jug of salt. Stir it all together to get an even color, and leave to dry over night.

diy colored salt

It’s really that easy, you can make vibrant colors, and we found that, once the salt had dried over night, none of the color came off on our hands as we played. (The colored salt is perfect for learning spellings too – take a look at our salt tray writing)

How to make colored salt - so easy!

Rangoli are Indian art designs and are traditionally made at the Diwali festival (which is taking place on November 3rd 2013). They’re usually made outdoors on pavements or outside houses, but for our mini rangoli patterns we’re making them on paper plates. This means each child can make a design of their own. You can still display them outside if you’d like too, or if you are in a classroom, each child can take their own rangoli home with them.

diwali rangoli patternsTo make your rangoli, start by drawing out a design on a paper plate. We found simple, bold designs were best – anything too detailed loses it’s impact when you come to add the salt.

diwali rangoli patternsThen take each section of your design in turn and flood it with some glue…

diwali rangoli patternsand fill it with your choice of the colored sand. Orange, pink, blue and yellow are great choices to reflect the colors of traditional Indian rangoli and look fabulous!

rangoli patterns diwaliWe laid a wipeable tablecloth out on the floor to make our designs.

rangoli patterns diwaliAnd listened to this music while we created.

rangoli patterns diwaliMore Diwali rangoli ideas

For more Diwali activies you can try with your children, take a look at our lentil rangoli patterns and our salt dough candle holders. And you’ll find even more ideas and information about Diwali over at BabyCentre.

diwali activities for kids


An excellent resource of preschool activities, toghether with 10 printables. Includes math, literacy, art, science and play ideas for thre to fice year olds. Click through to download your copy.


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