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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan

Hi friends, its been long since I wrote. I am back with Rakhi, right on time for coming up Raksha Bandhan. For my friends outside India, Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates love and affection between brothers and sisters. On the day of Raksha Bandhan sister ties a Rakhi on brother's wrist as a symbol of love, Sisters pray for their brother's well being and brothers take a vow to protect their sisters. So here is the Rakhi I made for my brother.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

 I am sharing the procedure of how I made it, in case you love to make one for your brother. After all what's more special than anything handmade? 

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Grab yarn or embroidery floss of your color choice. You can use just a single color too. Go by your style. Here I picked red, green and gold colors for Indian elegance :)

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

I tried an 8 strand fish tail braid for my rakhi and that is what is shown in above picture. Its very easy for beginners. (If you are familiar with any other braids you can definitely go ahead with those too.) 
1. Use tape and arrange 8 strands in a row. 
2,3,4,5. Grab the left most, right most threads and braid in the middle every time. That is move left most thread to center right and right most thread to center left.
6. Tighten the braid as you move and keep repeating.
Its quite easy to do than see. Trust me, once you get a hang of it you can finish it pretty fast.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.


Your braid will eventually look like this. Once you reach sufficient length for your rakhi stop braiding and finish with a knot (general overhand knot). Remove the tape, used to stick the other end and finish it with a knot too.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Use super glue to secure the knot and trim extra threads. I left 4 threads out of 8 on either side.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.
Draw and cut a circle piece out of felt cloth.
Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.


Grab few rhinestones, beads and glue to embellish the felt circle.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Use a toothpick for precised glue application. I added a thin bead lace around the circle.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Get creative and embellish the circle piece to your liking.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

Add little glue to center of the braid and stick the embellished circle piece. Cut and attach a smaller felt circle piece to its back so that it feels comfortable against wrist for when you tie rakhi.

Make a Rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Gift for brother.

That's it! Tie handmade lovely rakhi to your brother and celebrate Raksha Bandhan. If you live far from your brother like me, then send him your handmade Rakhi and it will surely brighten his day. Atleast I hope so :)

Once again Happy Raksha Bandhan to you. Thank you for stopping by. Celebrate your day :)

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