Raksha Bandhan, the festival celebrating the bond between siblings, is marked by the ritual of tying a rakhi on the brother's wrist. With a growing emphasis on sustainability, making rakhis from upcycled materials is not only eco-friendly but also infuses a personal touch into the festival. Here’s how you can craft beautiful rakhis using materials you might usually discard.
Eco-Friendly DIY Rakhis: Upcycle and Celebrate
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By: Shivani Chourasia
Old Fabric Strips and Buttons
Materials Needed: Old t-shirts, buttons, scissors, and thread.
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- Cut the t-shirt into thin strips. Stretch them a bit to turn them into round strings.
- Choose a button with a unique design or colour.
- Loop the fabric strip through the buttonhole, creating a central decorative piece.
- Secure it by tying knots on either side of the button.
- Trim to the desired length, and your upcycled fabric rakhi is ready!
Materials Needed: Old jeans, decorative beads, scissors, and glue.
- Cut a thin strip from your old jeans, making sure it’s long enough to tie around a wrist.
- From the same pair, cut out a small circular or heart-shaped piece of denim.
- Decorate this piece using beads, arranging them in a pattern.
- Glue this decorative denim piece to the strip, and voila! Your denim rakhi is done.
Cardboard and Sequin Magic
Materials Needed: Used cardboard, sequins, coloured pens, and string.
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- Cut a small decorative shape (like a star or circle) out of the cardboard.
- Colour the cardboard in a vibrant shade and let it dry.
- Adorn it with sequins, forming a design or pattern.
- Punch a hole on top, thread a string through, and your sequined cardboard rakhi is all set.
Old Jewelry Charms Rakhi
Materials Needed: Broken or unused jewellery charms, threads, and small beads.
- Take charms from old or broken jewellery.
- String these charms onto coloured threads, maybe in the middle or as a series of charms.
- Add small beads on either side to enhance its look.
- Tie knots to ensure everything stays in place, and you have a charming rakhi ready!
Rustic Wooden Bead Rakhi
Materials Needed: Old wooden beads, coloured twine or yarn, and paint (optional).
- Paint the wooden beads if you want, or keep their rustic look.
- Once they’re dry, string them onto the twine or yarn.
- You can string a single bead, or multiple, or combine them with smaller beads for variation.
- Knot them securely, and there you have it—a rustic wooden bead rakhi.
Creating rakhis from upcycled materials not only lends a personal touch to the celebration but also supports the move towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious way of life. It adds deeper significance to the festival, symbolizing not just the protection of loved ones but also of our environment. This Raksha Bandhan, let's celebrate with creativity, sustainability, and love, intertwining the essence of the festival with care for our planet.
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