DIY Thoranam/Door Decorative

Thoranam or festoon of fresh mango leaves is an indispensable part in all Hindu festivals and weddings. As a kid, it was my responsibility for most of the festivals to change fresh mango leaves and adorn the front door. It wasn’t fun to string on a thread and hang on to the door frames 😉 Now, I really miss this part of festival preparations.

This is just not mere decoration but the tradition has a scientific reason that the leaf helps in absorbing carbon dioxide and generate fresh oxygen as large crowds gather during festival days.

Some places it is really hard to find mango trees and if you want to keep the tradition and pass on to your kids, here is a D.I.Y Thoranam/Door Decorative 🙂


Isn’t that fun project to make and decorate the front door welcoming happiness that the festival brings along 🙂

What you need:

12×18 Foam sheet- 2 mm thickness – Hobbylobby

Large and medium kids craft acrylic stones – Walmart

Puffy Paint – Walmart

Hole Punch

String or scrap yarn

Scissors, Paper and Pen

How you make:

Step 1: Gather your supplies


Step 2: Draw an image of leaf of your choice on the plain paper as shown below and cut it to use as a template.


Step 3: Transfer the template on to the foam sheet


Step 4: Cut the stenciled foam leaves.


Step 5: Punch a hole both the sides of the leaf like shown below


Step 6: Drop some puffy paint and press the acrylic gemstone large/medium and let it dry for couple of  hours.

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Step 7: Once dry string the leaves on to a scrap yarn or cotton string and they are ready to hang.


Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and Happy Crafting!!


  • It can be fun to involve kids
  • The thinner the foam sheet, the easier it is to work with
  • You can use thick cardboard too

Published by Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby and recently mother to an adorable little munchkin :-), an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and now currently @Portland, Oregan. Recently relocated from The Grand Canyon State and still adjusting to the gloomy weather here... When we first we moved to US(2012) ,our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

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