How to Make Eco-friendly Rakhi

A sister ties a Rakhi (a sacred thread) on her brother's wrist with a prayer for his long life, prosperity and happiness. The brother in retirn gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her. Every year, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon of the Hindu month 'Shravana'. This year, it will be celebrated on the 3rd of August. With the festival being around the corner, you have already started your search for rakhi online.

Some prefer simple rakhi, while others all go out and buy threads that scream style. The reason for all this effort is only emotional. For the world, it may be only a thread, but for most people in India, a rakhi is a symbol of security and solidarity because it carries a special feeling. Every year 600 million people around the world celebrate Rakshabandhan, but do we ever wonder where Rakhi ends after the grand festival? Of course at the dump yard.

How to Make Eco-friendly Rakhi

Those plastic beads pollute the rivers and soil. Birds and fish feed on it and it leads to death. Some are burnt and thrown out. But did you know the ashes are made from plastic, and chemical dyes, and therefore, they harm the environment?

But like every other problem today, it has an environmentally friendly solution too. Environmentally conscious citizens across India have started making a handful of eco friendly rakhi, which not only protects nature, but can also be grown in plants!

This Raksha Bandhan makes a green alternative and sows the seeds of love for an environmentally friendly plant rakhi, unlike traditional ones made of non-biodegradable materials such as plastics. Go green and opt for eco-friendly rakhi making. There are a plethora of eco friendly rakhi making ideas online which you can make at home.

Eco-friendly Rakhi

So how to make eco friendly rakhi? Well, it is not rocket science where you have to use your brains. The process is easy and simple! All you need is eco friendly material for rakhi making. So, let's get started

  • Fabric (as per your choice)
  • Needle & thread
  • Ribbon/twine
  • Pompom
  • Glue
  • Plantable seed (any)

Instructions

Take any fabric of your choice. You can use old fabrics from dresses, sarees, etc. which have pretty patterns or zaris for this eco friendly rakhi making. Cut them out into a circle of around 4 inches diameter so that you end up with around 2-inch diameter rakhi.

Start by stitching the edges of the circle by making a small fold inwards and keep doing running stitch. It's important that you do a simple running stitch so that you can pull the thread to gather the fabric in your next step. Once you reach the end, remove the needle and pull the thread tightly to gather the stitched part of the fabric to form a small bag.

Make a knot in the thread and then flatten the bag shape to form a flower sort of shape. If you wish to decorate it, add a little pompom at the center. Also attached a matching satin ribbon with hot glue as the string for the rakhi. So, this was one of the simplest eco friendly rakhi ideas. Now comes the twist! how to make plantable rakhi? Well, you can easily convert your rakhi into a plantable rakhi by including a seed (Make sure you don’t forget to add a plantable seed in the centre while you stitch the fabric).

Eco-friendly Rakhi Making Ideas

Seed rakhi is made of naturally dyed, soft indigenous organic cotton yarn and seeds which eventually transform into a plant. This Raksha Bandhan, choose a plantable rakhi to celebrate the eternal bond between brothers and sisters. Happy Raksha Bandhan!