Make your own Rakhi this year

Rakhi is the physical symbol of the emotions involved with the festival. Rakhi symbolizes the love and affection between a brother and sister. Though it’s very easy to buy a Rakhi from the market, but it does make a special statement if you make your own Rakhi this year. R

Rakhi is generally a decorated silk thread. You can go for a simple thread or add decorated beads or designer motifs, religious symbols or even studded with jewels.


Here are a few tips on how you can create your own Rakhi. 

Material required for Rakhi-
1. Silk threads multi-colored
2. Cotton thread
3. Beads, sequins of your choice
4. Scissors
5. Glue

Take a bunch of silk threads, mostly of different color. Red and yellow are considered auspicious colors. Add one of two strands of golden thread for an added zing. 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. 

Upper part can be decorated with sequins and beads or religious motifs. Incase you are using multicolored threads please cut them short to a suitable length of not more than ½”.


Kalava or Moli are in vogue this year. Moli has a strong religious symbolism hence can be ideal for long term wear. For this you will need-


1. A Moli or Kalava
2. Cotton Thread
3. Scissors
4. Glue
5. Religious Symbol/ Rudraksh
6. 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. You can decorate the rest of the length of the rakhi with beads or tiny shells.


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