Eco friendly Rakhis for Rakshabandhan

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Rakshabandhan has been part of the Indian culture in some way or form, for centuries. Traditionally it’s a ceremony observed to celebrate the bond between a brother and a sister. The ‘thread’ i.e. Rakhi, signifies protection and love between the individuals giving and receiving it.

All year round, we come together and celebrate many beautiful festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi has already successfully adopted an eco-friendly route, the need for which has been understood and accepted in our society. Not all of us might be conscious about the amount of waste we create collectively or as individuals throughout the year. But why not begin gradually, step by step and do our part to ensure minimal waste production?

This Rakshabandhan, let’s try something different and innovative; how about a rakhi made out of natural flowers? You’ll need to get this done the night before Rakshabandhan or on the same day for best results, but it’s a great way to show how much you care while being eco-friendly in the process.

You will need:
• Fresh red roses (pick a colour of your choice)
Camlin Krafty Glue
• Green leaves of the roses
• Coloured chart paper of your choice
• A Kundan button
• Kokuyo Scissors
• Fancy rakhi threads

Directions:
• Gather the roses and pluck out the petals.
• Cut the colourful chart paper with the Kokuyo scissors, in a round shape depending on how big a        rakhi you want. The chart paper doesn’t have to be visible, just use it as a base to stick the flower petals and the leaves.
• Cut the leaves into halves, vertically so that we have enough space to stick the rose petals as well.
• Use the Camlin Krafty Glue and stick the cut leaves on the chart paper.
• Then stick the largest flower petals inside the circle created by the leaves with the flower petals facing outward. Make sure you leave a little room in the centre for the button.
• Next, stick the button right at the centre.
• Move on to creating level two of the rakhi if you want a bigger one. For this, you have to repeat the same process as above, inside the first circle created. You will have to cut a larger chart paper circle than the one used here.
• Next, take the rakhi thread and stick it to the bottom of the rakhi. Make sure that it’s in the middle and you have sufficient amount to tie a neat knot around the forearm.
• That’s it! Your eco-friendly rakhi is ready!

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