08 September, 2008

Craftwork - Project Rakhi - 2008

The first time we'd tried our hand at making a Rakhi at home was for last year's Raksha Bandhan. Realisation did set in to the effect that the "feel good" factor with a homemade Rakhi is so much better and so much more than a store bought one.

That innate sense of satisfaction at making a Rakhi at home and at the siblings wide-eyed wonder and joy at the finished product is a sight to behold. Absolutely Priceless !! :)

So then, we embarked on making a Rakhi at home this year too. Unlike last year, when there was a last minute, desperate, wild-eyed search for the 'dhaaga' of the Rakhi, this year saw us rather well prepared in that department :).

Aparna had, earlier this year, brought home a small, dainty little pouch filled with goodies from one of her friends at school and the dainty little pouch was tied with a lovely thin ribbon. Red ribbon with gold fringe on the sides. And the moment I laid my eyes on that little ribbon, it kind of screamed out to me "Rakhi Rakhi" !! :). The rest, as they say, is history.

The ribbon was rather crinkled in places where it had been teased into a knot. Teasing it out of the knot was a different story altogether. Backbreaking actually. But once the knots were undone, it was well worth the effort. The little ribbon was sandwiched between two large, thin cotton towels and ironed out. Purrrfect !! The dhaaga was ready.



This time around, the nutty siblings wanted a Rakhi that was "star shaped". "Because he likes space so much" was Aparna's explanation. "Ooooo because I loooovee star shapes" was Abhay's explanation.

So a star shaped Rakhi it was to be.

Dug up the good old sheets of felt. This material is so amazing and so versatile. Finally, given that the dhaaga was red in color, we decided to go in for a two-tone Rakhi. Red felt and something that complemented the color red. Finally, it worked out to Red and Blue.


First step was to cut out a nice star shape on plain paper.


With the help of that star shape on paper, the outline on the red felt was duly accomplished.


Then came the tricky task of cutting out the felt. This requires a pair of very sharp scissors, especially while working on the corners and the nooks and crannies. A slightly blunt pair of scissors results in a fuzzy appearance around the corners.


Using the same star shape, we then cut out a larger star out of the blue felt.



Last year's experience had proven that Elmers glue does not, at times, ensure that the dhaaga stays put on the felt. Wanting to take no chances this year, we straight out garnered the help of the good ole 'needle and thread' duo. Unbeatable combination that !! :). The needle does have a penchant for soft fingertips, though !!



Once the dhaaga was sewed on to the blue star, the red star was glued onto the top of the blue star with Elmers glue. To ensure that it stayed in place, once again, five tiny stitches completed the task.

The basic framework done, it was time to unleash the magic of the tubes of glitter glue. Another very versatile element in craftwork - glitter glue. Works well on almost any surface or material.


Since the rakhi was star shaped, it did not give much room for any elaborate designs. Elaborate designs would have taken away the charm of the rather unusual shape of the rakhi as also would have given it a rather crowded appearance.


So we stuck to the simple "swastika".

Kids were absolutely thrilled to bits and one could see gazillions of little stars reflected in their wide-eyed look :).

One cannot really ask for much more than that :).


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19 voice(s) said so:

Itchingtowrite said...

nostalgic- we used to make rakhis- and look at the proud bro sporting the rakhi... unique i bet

~nm said...

Awesome!

reminded me of the days when we used to make rakhi's at home :)

Mama - Mia said...

can i PLEASE send Cubby to you for craft crash course once he is little older??!!!

this is just too cute!! and pretty!!

cheers!

abha

starry nights said...

You and your kids pretty crafty, love the way the rhaki turned out.

mummyjaan said...

It's fabulous, Gauri.

dipali said...

That is just lovely, Gauri!

Jayashree said...

Lovely design. The pic of your bright-eyed son with the star-rakhi in his hand is priceless.

Preethi said...

very creative!! looks lovely!!

DotThoughts said...

very cute! i love these homemade crftsy rakhis.. mean so much more than store-bought!

Keshi said...

Gauri u hv a beautiful family and a very creative mind!

Keshi.

Mona said...

good stuff, gauri. very creative. i'd never have thought of anything so creative. well i might have, but it wouldn't look half as pretty as yours!

Suma said...

ahh...very creative and that smile's worth it...

hey, gauri, hop over and collect your BFF badge...

Neera said...

lovely Gauri! Shall definitely try this out when the kids get a little older. Abhay's picture is too cute :)

Priyanka said...

You brought back memories :) Mom always helped me make rakhis for my bro.
Its a very beautiful rakhi you've made, Abhay looks so happy!

Solitaire said...

I love art and craft projects! This one looks great! I remember my mom also telling me that when she was younger, she used to make rakhis herself!

gunj said...

wow! dat is cute stuff :)

choxbox said...

pls do drishti!

Gauri said...

@ All : :) Thank you all so much. It was nice making the Rakhi - fun element two times over cos the kids have such fun too - with arts/crafts activities :)

Doli said...

Oh my so lovely! You have such a talented mind and two super duper kids :) Im so thrilled by the enthu that the kids had for making the rakhi. Makes the festival more special :) I will try to do the same next year.