Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make a decorated Rakhi wrist band for the Raksha Bandhan festival...
What You Need:
• Strands of silk threads
• A pair of scissors
• Cotton thread to tie knots
• Beads, sitaras, golden threads and sponge to decorate
• A toothbrush with hard bristles
Step 1. Take 20-24 inches long silk thread strands in a bunch. If you want to make multi coloured rakhis take silk threads of different colours.
Step 2. Tie a tight knot with a cotton thread on the one-fourth part of the silken thread bunch. The one-fourth part will be made into a rakhi while the three-fourth will be the string to tie around the wrist.
Step 3. Now make sure the heads of the silk threads of the one-fourth part of the bunch do not remain in loops, in case they are, cut them with a pair of scissors.
Step 4. Once they are independent of loops, with a toothbrush rub hard on these threads and brush them with strong strokes by holding tight on the knot. With repeated strokes the silk threads turns fluffy and soft.
Step 5. To make the string, divide the three-fourth part of the silk thread in two equal parts and plait them separately. At the end tie a knot and brush the end again.
Step 6. Once this is done decorate it with beads or sitaras. Stick them with glue.
You can also buy a sheet of sponge of a suitable colour, cut it into a star or flower shape, and decorate it with beads. Golden threads can be entwined and used for decoration.