There are ways to create Rakhi Cards that are beautiful and easy and fun to make. They can be hand-painted or embroidered. The cards can have decorated lacy borders or textured with clay or paint.
Handmade card Paper
A small carved Ganesha/ Swastik
Red and Yellow Paint
Cut the paper of desired size. 7 " x 11" is an ideal size and fold it in the middle
Leaving ½" border, paste the moli thread making a rectangle, the size of this rectangle may vary as per your design visualization. Line with a decorative border on the inside using red and yellow colors. Paste the motif of Ganesha or Swastika a little off center towards top and write 'Happy Raksha Bandhan' or similar short message below the motif. You can also take a computer printout of the writing part if the design has been decided upon earlier. Write your message on the inside of the card.
If you wish to give it a more contemporary look, you can use a lace or a ribbon instead of moli. You can use pressed flowers or reeds as the center motif. Some relevant picture cut outs can also be used.
Enclose the card with rakhi, tika and rice.
Paper Card Sheet
Colored Embroidery Threads
Cut the card paper in the desired size and fold it. Trace the pattern on the front side of the card. Embroider on the pattern lines. Stitch the beads where ever need be. You can also paste the beads instead of stitching.
Cards can be created using an assortment of things easily available in the house. Cloth patches can be arranged in some geometric patterns. Large motifs on some fabric can be pasted complimented by freehand designs. Beautiful pictures can be stuck on the card sheet.
Once you actually start the process, Ideas come poring in. Don't hesitate, send a handmade rakhi card this season.
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