10 Eco-Friendly Beautiful Decoration and Crafts Ideas with Millets

Crafts Ideas with Millets:

In the pursuit of sustainable living and eco-friendly practices, incorporating natural elements into our daily lives has become increasingly popular nowadays around the globe. Millets, known for their nutritional value, health benefits, and versatility in the culinary world, are now stepping into the domain of eco-friendly decoration and crafts.

From enhancing the aesthetics of our homes to embracing mindful gifting practices, millets offer a plethora of creative possibilities. Let’s explore ten enchanting ideas to infuse the beauty of millets into our décor and crafts while championing sustainability and creating business with millet crafts.

1. Rangoli with Millets:

Transform your traditional rangoli designs by incorporating vibrant millet grains. You can arrange millets in intricate patterns to create stunning rangolis that celebrate both tradition and eco-consciousness. Last year 2023 was celebrated as the International Year of Millets and in every event, I could find the rangoli with millets. The millet rangoli increased the beauty and raised awareness about millets in society.

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Millet Rangoli in the People’s Convention- Millets for Millions held at NASC Complex, New Delhi

2. Decorating the Flower Vase with Millet Panicles:

Enhancing the aesthetic appeal of our living spaces often involves attention to detail and creative ingenuity. One captivating way to elevate the ambiance of a room is by adorning flower vases with millet panicles. This simple yet sophisticated addition not only complements floral arrangements but also adds a touch of rustic charm to the décor.

Millet panicles, with their slender stalks and delicate seed heads, possess a natural beauty that effortlessly blends with various interior styles. By incorporating them into flower vases, we introduce an organic element that harmonizes with both traditional and contemporary settings. Whether placed atop a mantelpiece, adorning a dining table, or living room, millet-adorned vases infuse the room with a subtle elegance.

Moreover, the earthy hues and textures of millet panicles create visually captivating contrasts when paired with vibrant blooms. Whether showcasing a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers or displaying dried arrangements, the addition of millet panicles enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the floral presentation.

We have decorated our flower vase with Pearl Millet and Foxtail Millet panicles.

Crafts Ideas with Millets
Flower vase with Millet Panicles

3. Millets in the Kitchen Beyond Plates:

Millets also offer a canvas for creativity and craftsmanship within the kitchen space. One remarkable example lies in the utilization of millet flour to craft eco-friendly playdough, offering a safe and natural alternative for children’s creative endeavors. We do remember when our daughter was a kid, we used to give her the millet dough and she used to enjoy and play with it.

Moreover, millet-based playdough serves as a versatile medium for various culinary-themed crafts. From shaping miniature fruits and vegetables to sculpting culinary utensils and kitchenware, the possibilities for imaginative exploration are boundless.

4. Millet Jewellery with Millet Grains:

You can explore the world of sustainable fashion by crafting jewelry adorned with millet grains. From delicate earrings to statement necklaces, millet jewelry not only adds a unique touch to your accessories but also promotes eco-consciousness in fashion. The different colors of the millet grains increase the beauty and give more variations of designs.

5. Decorating Clay Pots with Millets:

You can give plain clay pots a makeover by embellishing them with different millet grains. Whether painted or glued onto the surface, millets add an organic charm to planters, elevating your indoor or outdoor greenery.

6. Art with Millets:

You can unleash your creativity by using millets as a medium for artistic expression. Create textured paintings or collages by incorporating millet grains, showcasing the beauty of nature through art.

Moka Vijay Kumar, an artist from Visakhapatnam created stunning portraits of celebrities and leaders of India made with millet grains that were displayed in the International Convention Centre in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad as part of the G20 Summit.

7. Millet Bunch as Gifts:

Embrace sustainable gifting practices by presenting loved ones with beautifully arranged millet bunches. Tied with rustic twine or adorned with dried flowers, millet bunches make thoughtful and eco-friendly gifts for any occasion.

One such overwhelming gesture was shown by Raimati Ghiuria, the Millet Queen of India. She made a bunch of natural Little Millet that she had grown on her farm organically and presented to Dr. Arabinda Padhee, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Government of Odisha on the occasion of Mandia Divas held at Bhubaneswar.

Raimati gifting Millets bunch
Raimati Ghiuria presenting a Millet bunch to Dr. Arabinda Padhee, IAS, on the celebration of Mandia Divas

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8. Millet Wall Hanging:

You can craft exquisite wall hangings using a combination of millet grains, millet panicles, and natural fibers. Whether woven into macramé patterns or arranged on wooden frames, millet wall hangings add a touch of eco-conscious elegance to your living spaces.

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Wall hanging made with the panicles of Finger Millet

9. Millet Decoration During Festivals:

You can incorporate millet hangings into your festive decorations to promote sustainability. String millet panicles together to create garlands or hang millet bunches as festive ornaments, infusing your celebrations with eco-friendly charm.

10. Millet Crafts for Business:

Explore entrepreneurial opportunities by creating millet-based crafts for sale. From home décor items to accessories, millet crafts offer a unique selling proposition rooted in sustainability and craftsmanship.

You can establish an online store or collaborate with local artisans to showcase and sell your eco-friendly creations, tapping into the growing demand for sustainable products. By turning your passion for millet crafts into a business venture, you not only contribute to the promotion of eco-friendly practices but also support local communities and artisans in their pursuit of livelihoods aligned with environmental conservation.


In conclusion, integrating millets into our decoration and crafts not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of our surroundings but also fosters a deeper connection with nature while championing sustainability. By embracing these eco-friendly ideas, we can infuse our lives with the beauty and versatility of millets, paving the way for a greener and more mindful future.

Let’s celebrate the magic of millets as we adorn our homes, express our creativity, and share our love for sustainable living with the world.

I hope this article added value to your life and if it has inspired you please let me know. I will be happy to see your creativity with millets.

Author: Tapas Chandra Roy, A Certified Farm Advisor on Millets, ‘Promoting Millets from Farm to Plate’ and an Author of the book -” Millet Business Ideas-Empowering Millet Startups”. In a mission to take the forgotten grains- Millets to Millions. To remain updated on my blogs on Millets please subscribe to my newsletter and for any queries please feel free to write to [email protected]

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