Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY Rakhi - tutorial

Hello friends,

With one of the main festivals approaching next month i.e. Rakshabandhan, I was keen to share the method to make beautiful handmade rakhis.

It is super easy and an altogether different feeling to tie a hand made rakhi on your brother's wrist...which he is going to flaunt for quiet sometime...:-)

We, at our home have been making rakhis long as I remember...

Material Required:
- Satin thread (kacha resham)
- Glue
- Ribbons
- Laces
- Embellishments (lots of)

Here is the picture depicting procedure to create base of resham:

1. Wind the thread over a small bangle or between your fore fingers to create base of desired size.
2. Tie it tightly from the middle (as shown in picture 1). After tying, cute the side loops and remove the bangle. 
3. Turn it around from the cut-sides to give it a round shape and cover the knot in the middle (I guess, picture 3 shows it better than words)
4. Use an old toothbrush to smooth the resham threads, the task will be mush faster and efficient if you are using kachha resham (highly recommended)
5. After brushing, trim it from the sides to give a perfect round shape.
6. Last step is to pressed in a huge book to take the proper shape. We used to keep them overnight.

Later on, use variety of embellishments and decorate the resham bases with different designs, let your creativity do the magic...!!

Stick on the ribbon/thread on the back. Remember to stick a small piece of paper on the back side over the ribbon/thread to secure it firmly to the base.

Here are the pictures of final creations-

ETA: Sharing this on Artsy Crafts July 2014 Rakhi special challenge