Rakhi is right around the corner! If my dadi is correct (and there is no way, she isn’t), it is on August 29. Which means, rakhi planning needs to start now. And if you’re like us & send rakhis abroad, you have no time to waste. It’s going to take more than a week, for the courier to reach. Which means getting started on the rakhi envelope now! First up, are our simple door design Rakhi envelopes, which take less than 10 minutes to make.
For those who don’t know about Rakhi aka Raksha Bandhan – It is an Indian festival, where brothers & sisters, celebrate their love & duty towards each other. It’s a very sweet tradition that’s been around for aeons. When cousins/siblings are in different places, the sister sends a colorful thread (mostly decorated), roli, rice & something sweet to the brother. The brother in turn, sends gifts.
The idea behind these rakhi envelopes, is to make small packets that can be sent overseas easily. Here are the details.
Time: 10 minutes
- Paper (we used thick wrapping paper, with a simple gold print)
- Gold braid
- Scissors/ crafts knife
- Glue Drops/ Glue
- Small plastic bags
- Rakhi, roli & rice
- Cut a rectangle (26 x 19 cms) of the paper and draw four rectangles (7 x 2cms) on the corners. Fold all four outer rectangles inwards and crease the lines. If you’ve drawn lines, don’t forget to erase them out!
- Fold the excess edge on the horizontal flaps inwards, so that the flaps meet in the centre.
- Punch holes in the centre of each flap.
- Apply a little glue on the edges on the top & bottom flap. Paste them inwards. Similarly, apply glue and paste the excess paper. Make sure to leave gaps in the middle of all four sides. You’ll see, why it’s important below!
5. Once the envelope is ready, tie it up with a ribbon. To variate this, take 27 cms of the gold braid & ribbon. And insert them in one of the holes, holding the braid over the ribbon.
6. Carefully & firmly pull the ribbon over the sides.
7. Apply a glue drop or glue on both ends of the ribbon & braid, after inserting it in the holes.
8. Paste them inwards, to hold them in place under the flaps of the envelope.
9. Fill the small plastic packets with roli, rice and rakhi. Place them, with chocolate/candy etc in the packet. To secure them further, put all the small packets in a bigger plastic bag. This bag could be inserted in the gaps on either side of the rakhi envelope.
See! That’s why we wanted to stick only the edges of the flaps. We also added a small card with messages to our brothers in the envelopes, to make them more personal. After all, you only celebrate Rakhi, once a year!
10. Take about 25 cms of the gold braid & insert it inside of each hole. Make sure to insert it, from the inside of the envelope. Tie it up tightly & add a bow.
You can choose to add a sticker, stones, decoration here. But, keep in mind, that this part of the envelope will need to be opened. So, putting something permanent, will mean cutting of the centre.
11. This step is optional: you can paste the gold braid onto the coloured ribbon. This is to hold the braid on top of the ribbon. You can also add small stones/ stickers or any other embellishment to make it decorative. However, stick them very well. Or they can come off in transit.
Things to keep in mind:
- We left a slight gap in the centre of the envelope, to give a hint about the content of the package. Instead, you can close it completely by making the side flaps bigger. They would need to be 9-10 cms wide. Which means the envelope is 30-32 cms wide, instead of the initial 26 cms.
- Make your creases deep, or the envelope will loose it’s shape.
- Choose a braid that can be tied easily. The stiffer the braid, the more difficult it is to work with.
- If you use glue to stick the braid to the ribbon, use clear glue. Since, other ones will stain the ribbon. Especially, if it’s satin ribbon.
And that’s it! Easy to make Rakhi envelopes to send Rakhi, this year! Stay tuned, we have other Rakhi ideas in the works.
In the meantime, tell us what you think of this DIY Rakhi Envelope idea! And how you would use it, apart from sending Rakhis. I think it’s a diverse design, that can be used for a lot of things. But, I want to hear your thoughts, instead!