How to Make Rakhi At Home

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Making Rakhi at Home for Kids: Raksha Bandhan, popularly known as Rakhi, is primarily a North-Indian festival that celebrates the bond of love between brother and sister. This festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims with equal enthusiasm.

Rakhi is considered the symbol of sister’s love for her brother. On this occasion, by tying Rakhi on her brother’s wrists shows her love for him and prays for his well-being. Rakhi is also a symbol of brother’s lifelong vow to protect his sister.

Sisters love to purchase beautiful, colourful and unique looking Rakhi’s for their brothers. Just few days ahead of Rakhi, markets are usually flooded with numerous beautifully designed Rakhis.

But the allure of making a Rakhi at home for one’s brother is different from buying one from the market. Rakhi made at home is a reflection of love and togetherness shared by brother and sister.

With few basic ingredients you can make Rakhi at home for your brother:

How to make Multi-coloured Rakhi

Time required: ½ hour

Things to Make Rakhi at Home:

  • Bunch of bright colored silken threads
  • Beads, sequins, artificial pearls or any other embellishments
  • Cotton thread and needle
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Foil
  • A toothbrush with hard bristles (old one)

Method to Make Multi-coloured Rakhi:

  • Firstly, cut coloured silken threads in about 20-30 inches long.
  • Now gather all the threads in a neat bundle and then fold it into half.
  • With the help of a cotton thread, tie a tight knot on the ¼ part of thread. Remember, shorter section on the thread will be rakhi and the longer one will be used to tie across the wrist.
  • Remove (cut) loops from rakhi ends with the help of scissors.
  • Then to make threads soft and fluffy at the end, brush them with the help of toothbrush.
  • Now cut a small or medium sized circular foil and embellish it with beads, sequins and artificial pearl. Glue this circular embellished part on the shorter section of the thread. Your rakhi is ready.

Optional: You can make your rakhi look more attractive. Purchase a coloured sponge, then cut it into any desired shape like flower, moon, star, etc. and decorate it with beads. Then you can glue it on rakhi thread.

Kalava or Thread Rakhi: Rakhi threads, kalava, made of moli, stays as much in demand as other beautifully made Rakhis. This kind of Rakhi is most suitable for those who either want to keep Rakhi tied to their wrist for longer period of time. Or for those who does not like Rakhi with too many embellishments on it.

Time required: ½ hour

Material Required:

  • A Kalava or moli
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Cotton thread
  • Tiny shells or Tulsi or Sandalwood beads
  • Any religious symbol/Rudraksh

Method to Make Multi-coloured Rakhi:

  • Take a 50 inch long moli or kalava and then fold it neatly in the middle.
  • Plait the threads and tie cotton thread at the ends, but leave some space. Then with the help of scissors, cut all the loops from the ends.
  • You can either stick the religious symbol/Rudraksh in the middle of Rakhi or can decorate it with tiny shells/Tulsi/Sandalwood beads.
  • You also have the option to stitch beads on the braided Rakhi thread.

Rakhi Thali: Rakhi Thali, almost identical to puja thali created for deities, is also an essential part of Raksha Bandhan celebrations.

A Rakhi Thali generally contains a roli, rakhi, diya, rice, incense sticks, flowers and sandlewood etc. It’s considered essential and auspicious to draw Swastika, the symbol of Lord Ganesha, in the middle of Rakhi Thali.

Alternative Simple and Easy Way to Make Rakhi at Home

  • Have Rakhi Base which can be buy in an Indian decorative shop.
  • Stick a plastic flower to the Rakhi base.
  • On the top of the flower, fix a decorative stone and then top it with a bead.
  • Lastly add the silk thread to the base.

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