How to Make Rakhi
Handmade Rakhi is the best way to show affection for your brother. Know with us how to make Rakhi at home.
Rakhi is the sacred amulet, which comprises not only a sister's love and emotions
but also good wishes for her brother's long life and well-being. Some more intimate
touch can be added to this amulet by taking a little pain for these homemade Rakhis.
Try this simple and easy method of Rakhi making and impress your brother with your
Rakhi is the physical symbol of the emotions involved with the festival-the emotions of love, affection and care. It is the sentiments that matter on this day and what can be a better expression of the sisterly love than a self made Rakhi.
Homemade art and craft items can serve as ideal gift on Raksha Bandhan. On this
Raksha Bandhan, let your creativity flow out. Though money can buy the best gift
from the market, yet nothing compares to the pleasure and pride of making gifts
with our own hands for our loving brother or sister. Besides being less expensive
they depict your love and affection that you have for your other sibling. We are
suggesting some of the ideas for these arts and crafts that you will enjoy.
Rakhi is generally a decorated silk thread. It may be a simple thread or it may
be decorated with beads or designer motifs, religious symbols or even studded with
jewels. Here are a few tips on how you can create your own Rakhi.
- A silk thread reel (color of your choice, preferably red or green)
- A cotton thread reel (matching to the silk reel color)
- Toothbrush (an old one)
- Small artificial pearls (10-12)
- 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
- While the same pearls stuck on green silk thread background will look like dew on
- This central part of the Rakhi can be decorated in various creative ways with different decorative materials.
- Take a bunch of silk threads, multicolored if you want a colorful Rakhi. Red and yellow are considered auspicious colors. You can also use a strand or two of golden thread. The threads should be around 30" long.
- Fold the length of the thread bunch to half. Tie a tight knot at one fourth of the length using the cotton thread. Cut the loops of the folded thread and fluff the open ends with a hard brush.
- Divide the longer part of the thread into two halves and plat them in desired way. Tie the ends with the cotton thread and fluff the open ends. These two strands will be used for the tying.
- Decorate the upper part with sequins, beads or religious motifs. If you are using multicolored threads arranged in some specific way, cut them short to a suitable length not more than ½".
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Knot the thread uniquely. Put the beads in the threads. Put a locket in the middle of the beads. Then at last tie both the ends.
- Your fabulous Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan is ready!
Method 6: Photo-frame Rakhi
When making Rakhi, make an empty frame in the round shape so that your sister can put her photo in the frame, for whom the Rakhi is mentioned. This will give a good expression of good relation of sister and brother.
Instead of making the base of the Rakhi in the traditional way (Resham), one can
use varied fancy silk or net, by doing running stitch on one side of a rectangular
piece. By stretching the thread one can get a round base that looks trendy as well
as different. To make it look nicer one can add layers of the same in different
Method 8: Teddy Rakhi
- 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!!
Method 9: Gold & Silver Coin Rakhi:
- Take two or three colors of silk thread preferably Gold, Silver & Red.
- Get Gold or silver coins from gold shop & get gold & silver color net cloth that can be kept under the coin, which gives a grand look.
- Take the net cloth give it a good shape & make a hole in between the cloth, which can attach the cloth & the threads.
- Take a combination of red & gold silk thread.
- Make a knot as per you convenience but not in the middle coz that should be the joining for the coin, net cloth & thread. Leave the thread open on the two ends.
- Your Gold Coin Rakhi is ready.
Method for making the Monitor:
- Cutout the two narrow sides of matchbox.
- Now stick the two remaining broader sides with glue.
- Cover them with grey paper& write WINDOWS on it in capitals.
- Give it a bright border with coloured tape.
- Cover with transparent plastic sheet.
- Method for making the Keyboard:
- Take narrow sides of matchbox cover left and cover it with fluorescent colour paper.
- Draw the keys with a sketch pen.
- Method for making the Mouse:
- Take the peel of pistachio nut.
- Draw the keys of mouse with painting colours.
- D. Assembling:
- Take a red colour ribbon.
- Paste the keyboard on ribbon & monitor on back of keyboard.
- Now join the mouse with a thick thread from back of keyboard.
- Glue the mouse to the ribbon.
Method 11: God Rakhi
- Colored thread
- Few golden beads
- Small sized buttons
- Small picture of Goddess or religious symbol
Take a colored thread and tie about 5 golden beads and a small button after it. Repeat this along the entire length of the thread. Paste any religious picture or symbol on the button in the middle of the thread. Your homemade Rakhi is ready.
Method 12: 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
- 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.
Method 13: Homemade White Cat
- 1 old cold-drink can
- 1 fused zero power round bulb
- 1 bundle of cotton
- 1 pair of eyes
- Small piece of black paper sheet
- Small piece of red paper sheet
- Small piece of red satin ribbon
- Take the can and make a hole in the center of the top portion of the can so big
so that the narrower portion of the bulb could fit into that.
- Then completely cover the outer portion of the can with the cotton.
- Similarly cover the bulb with the cotton.
- Adjust the bulb in the hole made in the can.
- Then cover the neck part (joining portion of the can and bulb) of the cat with the
- Stick the eyes on the bulb.
- Take a 4" x 1.5" rectangular piece of black paper. And cut it in the form
- Stick the mustache on the face of the cat.
- Cut a small square piece of red paper and stick it as lips of the cat.
- Tie the satin ribbon on the neck portion of the cat.
- This cute white cat is ready to be hugged and curdled.