Making rakhi cards

By embracing the modern lifestyle, the distances between brothers and sisters are ever-increasing these days.

As a result, it many a times happen that they are not physically together on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. It can be a very painful and sad moment for the loving siblings.

In these situations, the best way to reach out to your loving sibling is through a beautiful greeting card with a lovely message. Even better would be a hand-made greeting card. This way, your sibling would love it even more, realizing that you remembered him/ her and took time out to make a greeting card by hand.

These handmade Rakhi cards are beautiful, easy and fun to make. They can be either hand-painted or embroidered or you can do both. You can decorate the borders of these cards using decorative laces.

And for children, making these rakhi cards at home is a fun craft activity, coupled with great learning. They not only learn in the process but also come to value the meaning and significance attached to these festivals.

Let’s learn how to easily make these beautiful cards at home.

Embroidered Rakhi cards –

Material required:

  • Paper Card Sheet
  • Colored Embroidery Threads
  • Sewing Needle
  • Glass Beads
  • Tracing paper

Step by step instructions:

  • Cut the card paper in the desired size and fold it. Trace the desired pattern on the front side of the card. Now, embroider on the pattern lines.
  • Stitch the beads where ever required. You also have the option to paste the beads instead of stitching.
  • Cards can be created using a variety of things easily available at home. You can also try out the idea of arranging cloth patches in interesting geometric patterns.
  • You must remember that here there is a lot of scope for trying out your own ideas. For example motifs on some fabric can be pasted. At the same time you can also draw free hand designs.
  • Beautiful pictures can be stuck on the card sheet.
  • Your beautiful Rakhi card is ready now!

Traditional Rakhi cards –

Material required:

  • Card Paper(Handmade)
  • Kalawa (thread)
  • Ganesha or Swastika or dry flowers
  • Paint or colors

Step by step instructions:

  • Cut the card paper in the desired size and fold it in the middle.
  • Now, leave some border according to your choice and paste the kalawa thread around the border.
  • On the inside of the kalawa border, make lines using the paint or colors.
  • Paste the motif of Ganesha or Swastika a little off center towards top and write ‘Happy Raksha Bandhan’ or similar such messages.
  • For writing messages, computer printout can also be used. Write your message on the inside of the card.
  • If you wish to give it a contemporary look, you can use a lace or a ribbon in place of kalawa.
  • Pressed flowers or reeds can also be used as the center design.
  • And finally, enclose the card with Rakhi, tika, rice etc.
  • Your beautiful traditional Rakhi card is ready now!