DIY Centrepiece for Diwali with Evite

One of my favourite things about dinner parties and entertaining is the planning. I love dreaming up menus, searching for the perfect serving pieces, planning my wardrobe, and of course, creating handmade decor. And there is no better time of the year to let my “inner Martha” shine than Diwali.

candleholder from chudiyan, diwali evite

As the festival date gets closer (Diwali is on November 11th this year), I’ve been pinning like crazy and planning decor for our annual dinner. One of the pieces I’m adding to my Diwali tablescape this year are these gorgeous candle holders that are made by joining old glass chudiyan (bangles) together with a little hot glue. {Details on how to make this project are at the end of the post}

candleholder from chudiyan, diwali evite
Diwali is a time of year when we love having friends and family over at our house! Chai dates, lazy lunches, and surprise visits are very welcome. It’s really important for me to connect with family during the festive season, and ensure the kids see this as a time to get together with friends, celebrate, and create new traditions together.

One of our family’s Diwali traditions is hosting a special dinner on the night of the festival. I cook a variety of dishes and desserts, and then we light diyas and candles together to start the celebrations. We usually invite some friends and family members to join us for our celebration. In the past I’ve usually just called, texted, or emailed my friends an invite to our Diwali diner, but this year I’m sending an evite, because a special dinner deserves a special invitation!

The last time I used was at least 4 years ago, so I was pleasantly surprised by all the new designs for e-invitations – they even have Diwali specific options. I decided on a paisley print with a very Indian look for my evite. 

evite diwali greetingI love that almost every detail on an evite can be customized like the font style, size, and colour. This way I could add my own “Pink Chai touch” to my evite and create something I really love.

With such a beautiful invitation sent out to my friends and family, I definitely felt inspired to create something beautiful for the dinner table, that’s where these candle holders come in. I’ve seen this idea of attaching glass chudiyan together to create candle holders floating around the internet for a few years but finally gave it a try this year, and the results are stunning. Maximum impact for minimum effort – my kind of DIY!

candleholder from chudiyan, diwali evite

There really is no need for a detailed description on this DIY, but I do have a few tips that might help you with your project:DSC_1671

  • Check to make sure that none of your bangles are cracked before starting
  • Make sure that all the bangles you are using are the same size – some of mine weren’t, that’s what created the “leaning tower of chudiyan” effect.
  • Use hot glue. I tried craft glue and crazy glue and have to say, hot glue is the easiest and most effective. ( I was worried the glue might melt once I lit the candle, but I tested it for 45 minutes and there was no melting.
  • Don’t apply pressure to the bangles as you join them or they will break.candleholder from chudiyan DSC_1717candleholder from chudiyan

Whether you host a big party or have a special dinner with your immediate family, I hope you’ll plan to spend some time with those you love this Diwali because life is better together. {#LifesBetterTogether}.

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Note: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the South Asian Blogger Network as a part of the Evite Influencer Program. All views expressed are truthful, and my own.




  1. October 21, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    That looks so pretty! I would never have thought about repurposing bangles like that. I guess that’s why you’re the DIY queen 🙂

    • October 23, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      I like that title! All hail the queen 😉

  2. October 22, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    What a great idea! When I launched my Girls Night In “Bollywood” style I used bangles for centre pieces! Who knew how versatile they could be!

    • October 23, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      I know right?! I’m currently dreaming up a few other ways that I can use bangles to decorate for Diwali

  3. October 23, 2015 / 11:13 am

    I have seen this floating online and its on my Diwali Decor to-do list as well! Thanks for the helpful tips!!

    So nice to see Evite recognize Indian holidays! yay!

    • October 23, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      It was so easy to do, I’m sure you’ll make a beautiful centrepiece! And yes, it’s lovely when mainstream brands recognize desi holidays.

  4. Navkiran Sokhi
    October 27, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    looks so beautiful it

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