Easy rangoli designs - beginners

 At last I have decided to switch over from blogspot to my (custom) domain. is now  Though I have drawn all the designs myself personally I am thankful to my family for the inputs, information and help in drafting all the posts so far.
I have used the terms kolam  rangoli quite freely in all the posts. Probably there would have been differences based on classical (!) explanations in the past but today kolams can also be colourful like rangolis both in the free hand and dots type. I find that even the terms rangoli kolam and kolam rangoli are used at  present. The only area where I think kolam are different are in sikku kolam and arisi maavu kolam. Both are beautiful, challenging and can be intricate . Rangoli is muggulu in Telugu and so this post will be useful for those in search of small and simple muggulu for beginners.
This post may have answers to the following questions

How to draw easy or simple rangoli  without dots 

(For simple rangoli with dots please go to
5 dots rangoli or 4 dots rangoli designs  ) 

How to make a simple rangoli design, how to fill  rangoli  colours, Rangoli without dots for beginners ?
Rangoli without dots for kids ?

Some of the posts including this one  are with three or four steps so that beginners or children can practise them on-line.  An on-line rangoli drawing project ! To add me to your circles to get updates on rangoli kolam and other art and craft please go to my Google plus profile . My Facebook page is  Rangoli sans dots 

Before attempting to draw a rangoli, one needs to practise using rangoli powder to draw straight lines and then curved lines.  Initially, there may be problems - like the lines may be very thick, may not be continuous, the flow of rangoli powder cannot be controlled.  Hence I have added a video to my Channel on YouTube showing how to draw a line using rangoli powder.  It is in slow motion and has been taken in four different angles to give the viewers an idea.  Hope it is helpful. Here is the video showing how to use  fingers to draw with rangoli  (powder). For those not familiar with the use of rangoli a note book and pencil or sketch pen may be useful for drawing rangoli designs.

 All designs are free hand and at present I have also added some rangoli designs using dot grid including two rangoli with 7 dot grid ( very simple lamps designs ) . We can practice to draw rangoli with sketch pen or chalk piece till we become comfortable with drawing with rangoli powder (kolam maavu as we say in Tamil ) and we should try because making with rangoli powder  is what makes a rangoli pretty, lovely and any other adjective we can think of for beautiful !   Most of them here are small rangoli designs with colours some with dot grid  others without     

The rangoli in the image below is one of the basic designs that can be used for learning. 

basic-rangoli-making-1.jpgStep 1 : Form a star with two inverted triangles. In the second step draw another set of parallel lines to the lines in the star design to get the stage in the top right side of the image.  In the third stage floral petals are added around the star design and finally add another set of petals inside the bigger petals.  If required add colours as shown or leave it plain and white.     
  Another easy and simple rangoli design using a star shaped pattern at the centre.  The rangoli is shown in three steps.  The final image below and two intermediate stages or steps in the photos below it.



basic-rangoli-making-2.jpgRangoli in the image  on the left is also a basic star design. Again, draw two inverted triangles but in this case  extend the arms from one edge and connect to the other with curved lines as shown.  Draw neat and beautiful curved lines makes the rangoli very attractive though it is a very simple rangoli design. Colourful curved lines parallel to the white design can be drawn to complete and get a colourful design.  Or leave it plain and simple.

The image on the top shows another easy free hand rangoli for beginners.  It is based on swastik that is regularly used in rangoli designs.  I hope it is of help to those who want to learn.  The trick is only in controlling the flow of rangoli powder between the index finger and thumb in case of rangoli with single line design.  Drawing with two parallel lines is little difficult as it involves controlling flow among the index, middle fingers and thumb. The rangoli in four steps shown below is self-explanatory.  However the final image can be changed or patterns added or colours added according to our convenience and / or imagination.

How to make a rangoli - with lines

Observe the image above.  First draw two sets of parallel lines intersecting as shown in the second part of the image.  Add petal like designs and fill with colours as shown to get a simple rangoli design.  It is  simple, easy to draw.  These rangolis can be used as apartment kolams as they are called in Tamil Nadu.  Apartment kolam are small rangoli designs drawn at the entrance of apartments due to constraints in space.                        
. Some designs in here should be suitable for kids too !
The image below shows how to draw a floral rangoli design.  In the first stage on the top left intersecting lines - four numbers are drawn.  From the centre draw curved patterns on either side of a segment of the line to get the floral designs shown in image 2. In the third stage draw v shaped patterns between the petals. Finish the rangoli design as shown in the fourth stage of the image to get a simple floral rangoli design.

  The next rangoli a simple design is also a free hand type. The image below shows how the rangoli progresses from two petals to a completed floral design that is further decorated and also filled with colours. shows the final rangoli pattern.  After drawing the floral petals at the centre add the longer lines of two different lengths, between the petals to complete the rangoli. It is quite a simple design to teach and to learn! 

Now a small rangoli designs with dots and colours

How to make a rangoli - lamp or diya designs


 This rangoli on the right  is with dot pattern 7 by 4 for drawing lamps designs in rangoli.  Lamps ( also called diya or deepam ) are regularly used in rangoli design and so Rangoli-sans-dots is no exception.  Place the dot pattern and draw the star shape with two inverted triangles as shown in first part of the image.  One lamp has also been drawn with the botttom of the lamp drawn free hand outside the dot grid.  The completed rangoli is shown in the second part of the image.   The next rangoli is also with dots - 4 by 4 dots grid and the patterns used are quite simple - these type of designs are drawn at the entrances (vaasal padi kolam  as it is called in Tamil - literally meaning rangoli drawn at the steps at the entrance.). Incidentally there are some rangoli with 4 dots in Rangoli-sans-dots the link is given at the bottom of this post.

Another rangoli with 7 dots also using lamp designs in the images below.   This design has already been shared in rangoli-sans-dots.  Now the white rangoli with steps have been added here because it is a very simple and easy design and hence is relevant here. Place the dot pattern, draw the lamps as shown in the first image, connect the lamps with curved lines as shown in the second image.




Another rangoli in this series of simple rangoli for beginners, in a few steps.  The floral petals are drawn and the rangoli developed around it to get the final image shown at the bottom right.

How to make rangoli - simple floral patterns without a dot grid with colours

     The next rangoli is also a very easy rangoli design in line with the title of this post.  The rangoli is shown through 4 steps.  In the third stage the petal like patterns are joined as shown.  The final image with curlicues and colours make a simple pattern very beautiful.                          
The images above show how to draw plain or white designs with the final image shows the colours filled. Filling up rangoli with colours of our choice or suitable to the motifs or patterns used.  Filling rangoli with rangoli powder also comes with practice because care should be taken to ensure that the colour of one pattern or design does not spill into the other.  However, if it happens, it can be corrected.  For example if we fill a rose with pink colour and we inadvertently spill green meant for the leaves, on the pink petals, that can be corrected by adding pink again over the spilt green colour.


This rangoli is also with a circle as a theme with petals inside radiating from the centre.  I have added triangular patterns around the circle.  Though it is quite simple till this stage, filling up the colours inside needs a lot of patience.  You may observe that I have used two shades of pink for the petals inside.

1.  What is a free hand rangoli

A rangoli design drawn without a dot grid also called rangoli without dots

2.  How does rangoli with dots differ from those without dots

Rangoli with dots - the design is restricted to the dot pattern whereas free hand rangoli can be expanded and expanded so long there is space and time.

Both are easy and difficult in their own ways.  Some are comfortable with free hand designs and some with dot patterns.  Both need practice, creativity, patience and imagination.

3. Is it possible to draw the same pattern with dots and without dots

 It is easy for small designs and becomes more and more difficult as the design becomes bigger and more intricate. So while a basic design may be drawn free hand and with dots some elements of ( free hand rangoli drawn with dots)  may have to be drawn free hand 

4.  Should we draw free hand rangoli or with dot patterns

Free hand rangoli designs are more suitable for curved patterns of different types , floral designs, petal designs and birds and so on.  Rangoli with dots are usually more suitable for geometric patterns like triangles, squares, rectangles and rhombuses.  Of these triangles and rhombuses, parallelograms are used quite a lot.
The bigger the dot pattern the more complicated the design becomes.  So one needs practice to draw bigger designs without making mistakes because one mistake and the whole design can go wrong and we may have to redo part or a big part of the rangoli design.  However, all smaller designs can be drawn free hand and with dots with some degree of similarity.  

The next stop for small rangoli / kolam designs

How to draw small kolam 
Make rangoli in 2,3,4 steps !

There is a collection of 30 videos on  rangoli or kolam designs with dots in my   video channel. The watch time is around 30 minutes.  The link is at 30 simple rangoli designs

A collection of videos 30 rangoli designs without dots that are simple is available in  my YouTube channel Rangolisansdots is The watch time is 30 minutes approximately.


  1. hi...u draw so is so clean...both curves and straight lines are perfect.
    Good Job...loved ur rangoli

    1. Hi! Thanks! Like any art, rangoli comes with practice. Rangoli designs are drawn by hundreds of women in India, daily, I am one of them. Thanks again.

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    1. I am sorry for the delay in giving a reply. Thanks for the comment on these rangoli designs

  3. hello mam! am a beginner for kolam. ur designs are nice. hope i learn it soon by watching urs. .. my wishes to you.
    keep drawing .. .

    1. Hi Shanthi. Thanks. You can expect some more easy kolam designs in Rangoli-sans-dots. Best wishes

  4. hello mam all your rangolis are excellent.the free hand designs and filling of colours are helpfull to create new designs. thank you.

    1. Thanks Shanthi. Nice to know that Rangoli-sans-dots is very useful. I will try to post more rangoli designs and craft ideas also

  5. Great Job Sudha...thanks a lot for sharing the simple and easy rangoli designs. It is very helpful for beginners like me.

  6. Sudhaji your designs are simple n beautiful.really inspirational for beginners like me. Plz keep on posting more.

    1. Thanks Swathi. You can expect more rangoli. Also you can visit my YouTube Channel Rangolisansdots

  7. ur rangolis r awesome can u give a tututorial of double line rangolis!!! n develop bigger rangolis

    1. How to draw parallel lines and some rangoli of this type are there in some of the videos on my YouTube Channel Rangolisansdots

  8. Hi mam! Superb u pl post extra easy rangoli designs.. janani ravi

  9. Hi mam! Excellent designs v need more designs .. thanks..

    1. Thank you. Also visit my YouTube channel Rangolisansdots for rangoli designs

  10. Hi Mam, U r really vry creative n i love ur Rangoli.
    this is God Gift 2 u.

  11. it is just awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!come at my home and teach me how to make it .please

    1. Please use a profile other than anonymous so that I can communicate !

  12. heyyy..u re wonderful u hab made everythin pretty but will u mind teaching me how to make the rangoli perfect?, so that the lines curves are accurate??

    1. You are using an anonymous profile. How can I communicate !

  13. nice rangoli pls show simple rangoli's with only 5-5 dots

    1. Rangoli with 5 dots are there in

    2. Hi,

      Could you please teach me how to put rice flour kolam on floor ?