Diwali is incomplete without diyas,rangoli (traditional Indian chalk art), bright and beautiful decorations, yummy food, family gatherings and fireworks. When I think of decorations – the first on the list is illuminating every corner of the home with diyas/candles and the second is urli pot filled with rose petals/fresh flowers and candles 🙂
Living away from home, I miss having this decorative piece for Diwali and this year I decided to use a terra-cotta cactus/round dish as a substitute. It will not replace the traditional brass uril but for sure warm and welcoming.
Here is before and after picture 🙂
This clay cactus dish is available @ home depot and has perfect depth and width to use it as urli pot. Since it is a garden pot it has drainage hole and all you have to do is to fill it with some waterproof silicone sealant/caulk.
Place the pot upside down and use some duck tape to close the hole.
Turn it right side up and squeeze out some Silicone sealant to fill the hole.
Use a toothpick to spread it making sure the hole is filled without any gaps/vaccum.
Instructions on the silicone caulk says 30 minutes to dry, since the hole is large and we squeezed quite some I would suggest to leave it to dry overnight.
Once dry you have the pot ready 🙂 You can decorate the pot in multiple ways – go with a solid spray paint or give some details with acrylic paints and embellishments.
Isn’t that perfect and beautiful for Diwali….
You could use it in multiple ways – indoor or outdoor, on floor or on a platter stand. All you need is to fill some water and arrange fresh flowers. Don’t forget to use some floating candles for Diwali 🙂
And here is a picture from Diwali 2k16 with the urli pots filled with flowers and floating candles 😍