Before we even begin learning about how to make eco-friendly rakhis with waste material at home, let’s learn why do it in the first place. One of the reasons is that it is fun to craft something by yourself for your brother. It makes the occasion and feeling super special. Second and the very important reason is that by creating eco-friendly rakhis, we save our planet from dying.
You must be aware of India’s staggering population but did you know that more than half of it celebrates Raksha Bandhan. The plastic and synthetic material used in the rakhis later pollutes our oceans, lands, and skies and eventually disturbs the balance of all flora and fauna on earth.
I think that is a good enough reason to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with eco-friendly rakhis. Let’s learn how to make eco-friendly rakhi with waste material and other household stuff and together reduce the increasing carbon footprint.
1. Fresh flower rakhi
Step 1: Cut a few round patches of paper and paste them one over another till it becomes rigid.
Step 2: Get some big and small buds of mogra (Jasmine) and start pasting bigger buds on the paper as shown in the video below.
Step 3: Now take the small buds and wrap them around with rose leaves. Then paste all the small wrapped buds on another piece of rigid paper structure.
Step 4: Paste the small bud structure on the bigger bud structure and you are done with your amazing looking fresh, eco-friendly rakhi.
2. Rakhi made of rice
Step1: Mix some fabric color and water in a bowl. Add some rice to the mixture. Pour the solution on a piece of paper. Repeat the same steps with another color.
Step 2: Cut a rigid round piece of paper. Then paste the rice grains of different colors in alternate circles as shown in the video below.
Step 3: Paste some black jeera in the middle space. Then decorate it as you like. Paste a thread across it and you are good to go.
3. Dry fruits rakhi
Step 1: Cut a few cashew and almonds in half as shown in the video below.
Step 2: Cut a round-shaped piece from a foam sheet or any other thick sheet.
Step 3: Spread the glue on the round-shaped thick sheet and paste cashew on it in a pattern shown in the video below. Add some black pepper in between.
Step 4: Repeat the same steps for almond rakhi and paste a thread to the back and your rakhi will be ready.