August 13 is Raksha Bandhan. Make it a special occasion by making your own rakhee.

Gaurav, host of Disney Channel's Art Attack, shares some simple and easy ways to make a Rakhsa Bandhan.

Here is what you will need to make your rakhee very special:

Material required:

A silk thread reel (colour of

your choice)

A cotton thread reel (matching

to the silk reel colour)

Toothbrush (an old one)

Scissors; Glue; Small artificial

beads/sponge pieces/

sequins (for decorating the rakhee)

Method

Step 1 Take about 25 inches long thread strands of in a bunch, as shown in the image. You can also take threads in different vibrant colours to make the Rakhee look more attractive and bright.

Step 2 Take the bunch of thread in a loop, as shown in the image, and tie a tight knot with a cotton thread (preferable of the same colour) on the one-fourth part of the silken thread bunch. The rounded part will be made into a rakhee while the three-fourth will be the string to tie around the wrist.

Step 3 With the help of an adult, cut the thread in the loop. Make sure the heads of the silk threads of the one-fourth part of the bunch do not remain in loops.

Step 4 Once they are cut properly and not in the loop anymore, with the help of an old toothbrush rub hard on these threads and brush them with strong strokes by holding tight on the knot. Continue doing this till the ends become soft and fluffy, this will help make the rakhee look nice and big.

Step 5 Now we have to make the strings of the rakhee, to do this we have to divide the loose ends equally into two parts. Make plaits out of the ends on each part, as shown. This will make it easier to tie the rakhee on your brother's hand.

Step 6 Once this is done decorate it with beads or sequins. You can also ask an adult to cut colourful sponge into various shapes and stick them on the rakhee with glue. Similarly colourful threads can also be used creatively and stuck on the rakhee.

For cool arts and crafts by Gaurav, tune in to Disney Channel's Art Attack every Sunday at 11 am.

Keywords: Raksha Bandhan

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