Go the extra mile and make your own handcrafted Rakhi thread instead of buying a readymade one from the market.
there is a personal touch to a handmade Rakhi that a readymade Rakhi simply can’t possess. Everyone typically buys a Rakhi thread from the marketplace so when your brother (and other members of your family) will see your very own handcrafted Rakhi thread, you are sure to attract compliments from one and all since you didn’t take the easy way out by buying a ready made Rakhi thread but chose to put in effort to make the affair a special one.
Rakhi is the sacred amulet that not only comprises of a sister’s love and emotions, but also reflects her good wishes for her brother’s long life and well-being. By tieing a rakhi at the wrist of their brother, sisters pray for their long life and in return, they get a promise that their brother will always help them when they are in need. A more intimate touch can be added to this by taking a little pain and making a homemade rakhi for your beloved brothers. So, this year, try this simple and easy method of Rakhi making and impress your brothers with your creativity.
Things you will need: a reel of silk thread, a cotton thread reel, glue, scissors, a hard toothbrush and some artificial pearls How to make a Pearl Rakhi: • From the Silk thread reel, cut 25 pieces of 25-inch silk threads • Fold all the 25 pieces at midpoint and make sure that both their ends meet as exactly as possible • Just 4 to 5 inches from the midpoint, tie the bundle with some of the cotton thread reel • Now, we will work on the longer portion of the tied-up bundle to make the tying strand of the final Rakhi • Divide the longer portion of the bundle into two equal parts • Plait both the divided portions separately and tie a cotton thread at a point that is 2 inches from the end of the length of the portion. The strings you will use to tie the Rakhi thread are now ready. • Now with the help of the scissors, cut the shorter portion of the Rakhi thread bundle right at the center. The shorter portion of the bundle will help us in making the center portion of the final Rakhi. • Taking the toothbrush, brush the threads in a circular manner so that the thread becomes fluffy and the repeated brushing creates a fluffy look in the threads. • Over this fluffy thread portion, use some glue to stick the artificial pearls in a decorative manner and your own homemade Pearl Rakhi is ready!
Anmol Handmade Rakhi
- 1 Silk Thread Reel (color of your choice, preferably red or green)
- 1 Cotton Thread Reel (matching to the silk reel color)
- 1 Toothbrush (an old one)
- 10-12 small Artificial Pearls
- Take the silk thread reel and cut its 20-25 pieces, each one around 25 inches long.
- Hold all the pieces in such a way that both of their ends meet each other and then fold the entire bundle of threads at the mid point.
- Take the cotton reel and tie the bundle with the help of cotton thread just 4-5 inches below the mid point.
- Divide the longer portion of the thread bundle into two equal parts.
- Plait both the divided portions separately and tie a small piece of cotton thread at both the ends leaving a margin of 2 inches. Thus the longer portion makes the string part of Rakhi.
- The smaller part of the Rakhi is still in loops because of the fold. Take the scissors and cut the loops right at its center. This will make the central part of the Rakhi.
- Take the toothbrush and comb that central part in all the directions in such a manner that a circle of the tiny threads is prepared.
- Both the ends of the strings must also be brushed. Brushing the threads will make it even softer and give it a feathery look.
- Finally stick the small pearls on the central part of the Rakhi with the help of glue.
- The pearls stuck in a random way will appear as dew on the flower with the red silk thread background.
- While the same pearls stuck on green silk thread background will look like dew on the grass.
- This central part of the Rakhi can be decorated in various creative ways with different decorative materials.
These days in fashion are Rakhis made of kalava or moli (the read thread used for tying on wrist during a religious event). These are more suitable for those who have to keep the Rakhi tied for a longer time, as in some faiths when it is removed after three days or it is removed on the Dussehra, which falls in October. Materials required:
- Moli or Kalava
- Cotton Thread
- Religious Symbol/ Rudraksh
- Tulsi/ Sandalwood Beads or Tiny Shells
Take a 50″ long thread and fold it in the middle. Plat the thread in the desired manner. Tie the cotton thread leaving some space at the ends. Remove all the loops from the ends. Stick the religious symbol or rudraksh in the middle and if you want decorate the rest of the length of the Rakhi with beads or tiny shells. You can stick them or even stitch them on the braided thread. Methods:
- Take 20-24 inches long silk thread strands in a bunch. If you want to make multi coloured Rakhis take silk threads of different colours.
- Tie a tight knot with a cotton thread on the one-fourth part of the silken thread bunch. The one-fourth part will be made into a Rakhi while the three-fourth will be the string to tie around the wrist.
- Now make sure the heads of the silk threads of the one-fourth part of the bunch do not remain in loops, in case they are, cut them with a pair of scissors.
- Once they are independent of loops, with a toothbrush rub hard on these threads and brush them with strong strokes by holding tight on the knot. With repeated strokes the silk threads turns fluffy and soft.
- To make the string, divide the three-fourth part of the silk thread in two equal parts and plait them separately. At the end tie a knot and brush the end again.
- Once this is done decorate it with beads or sitaras. Stick them with glue. You can purchase sponge of a suitable colour, cut it into a star shape, decorate it with beads or sitaras. Golden threads can be entwined used for decoration. And then stick it with glue.
- Old cloth from dupatta or T-shirt
- Mummy’s bindis
- Any colour ribbon
- Sewing thread and needle
How To make Teddy Face –
- Take a piece of an old t-shirt and fill it with cotton.
- Fold it in a round shape.
- Stick black beads for eyes and a red bindi for lips.
How to make the Teddy’s Body –
- This time take a little bigger cloth, fill it with cotton in the round shape for the Teddy’s body.
- You can put sparkles and make the Teddy’s dress colorful and attractive.
- Now, glue or sew the face and the body with a thread.
- For the wrist, tie a ribbon to the teddy.
- Your Teddy Rakhi is ready!!
Paper Flower Bouquet
- Three Colored paper sheets (1 red, 1 green, 1 brown)
- Five small sticks
- Pencil and rubber
- Small piece of satin ribbon
- Take the red sheet and draw on it the flowers of your choice.
- Cut the red sheet according to the outlines of the flowers drawn on it.
- Then take green sheet and draw leaves of the flowers on it.
- Again cut the green sheet according to the outlines of the leaves drawn on it.
- Take the sticks and wrap them all well with the help of brown sheet.
- First push the cuttings of leaves into the stick one by one about 1/2 inch inside one of its end.
- Then in a similar way push the red flowers into the sticks one by on top of the leaves.
- When all the sticks are ready as a beautiful flower then hold all of them together and tie them with the satin ribbon to make a bouquet.
- Spray a very little quantity of perfume on the bouquet so that the fragrance gives a natural appearance to the flowers.