Here's an article to make this Rakhi festival special for your brother. Read more to learn about how to make Rakhi at home.

How To Make Rakhi

One of the sweetest and strongest relations is the relation between sisters and brothers. They fight with each other, argue and then forget about it. A boy serves his sister by being her shield and protecting her against the harsh realities of the world. And on the other hand, a girl considers his brother the foremost person of her life whom she can never afford to go away. From childhood to old age, the charm and spirit of it only rise higher and higher. This is the beauty of this relation: it never faints, whatever their age and status may be. This sparkling and timeless bond may well be the reason behind the popularity of the festival of Rakhi, which is celebrated by Indians (mostly North Indians) across the world, with full enthusiasm. Long before the advent of the festival, both brothers and sisters secretly begin to plan something special for each other. While boys cut their expenses short to save for Rakhi presents for their sisters, girls keep on exploring: from internet to their friends' minds to extract something creative and splendid to bring smile on their brothers' faces. Are you a sister of that lucky guy and are looking for something personalised and creative this Rakhi? Yes? Well, try homemade Rakhi to embrace your brother's hand on this Rakhi. Nothing conveys the deepest of love and care for your brother than a personalized and handmade Rakhi. Read on the next sub-section to know more about how to make a Rakhi. Here it goes.

Handmade Rakhi

1. Fancy Rakhi

Things Required
  • A Reel of Bright-Coloured Silk Thread
  • A Reel of Cotton Thread (Complimenting the colour of the silk reel)
  • One Retired Toothbrush (an old one)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 10 to15 Fancy Pearls
Instructions:
  • Take the reel of silk thread and cut it into approximately 25 inches long 20-25 pieces.
  • Arrange all the pieces in a manner that the ends overlap each other. Now hold the bundle from middle and fold it from the centre.
  • Fasten the cotton thread across the bundle, just about 4 inches beneath the middle point.
  • Take the longer segment of the thread bundle and split it into two parts of the same size.
  • Leave a margin of around 2 inches at the end and intertwine both the divided portions separately, tying a small piece of cotton thread at both the tops.
  • The long part will now act as the string to base the Rakhi.
  • Now focus on the smaller portion which is still folded and loopy. Cut the loops from the middle, making it the front side of the Rakhi.
  • Create circle of small threads pointing in all directions by brushing the smaller portion with the help of a toothbrush.
  • Using a soft toothbrush, comb the centre of the rakhi in all directions so that a tiny circle of entwined threads is created.
  • Now, its time to decorate this circle (the central part). Take some small pearls and glue them at the front side.
  • Finally, the Rakhi is ready to caress the wrist of your loving brother.
2. Kalava or Moli Rakhi

Things Required
  • A Moli or Kalava (A red thread used by Hindus on the auspicious occasions)
  • A Cotton Thread
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Religious Symbol like Swastika or Rudraksh
  • Beads or Tiny Shells of Tulsi or Sandalwood
Instructions
  • Take a 50 inch long thread and fold it from the mid point.
  • Lace the thread in a style of your choice.
  • Leaving a small space at the end, bind the cotton thread and remove all the loops that form at the end.
  • Glue the religious symbol like Swastika or Rudraksh or any other of your choice at the central point.
  • You may also embellish the remaining part of the Rakhi with beads or tiny shells by gluing or stitching them on the plaited thread.