I know it’s only been a few days, since my last Rakhi post. But, we’re kind of on the clock for planning it! By now, most people (the ones who celebrate it, of course) should at least have bought their rakhis. And if you haven’t, then you better get them quickly. Or you’re probably going to get leftover stock. It’s like the 5th day of a sale. There’s nothing good left, to choose from. It’s what we had in mind, when we made this DIY.
Ever since, I got these cute containers, I have been itching to make something with them. And they’re perfect for rakhi. Since, there are 4 containers for roli, rice, rakhi & something sweet. All four things you typically need, in one small box. So the chances of forgetting something or carrying a bulky plate, go down drastically. Also, it’s pretty great for sending in care packages.
If you don’t celebrate Rakhi, think of all the possibilities for this design! Off the top of my head, they’re great for storing small items (like, ear rings) & for packing small chocolates . Or for keeping stationery in. There’s a lot you can do with a small box. Send me ideas on what you would use them for!
Time: 10 minutes
- Flat paint brush
- Gold marker/ sharpie
- Rakhi, mithai/cardamom, rice & roli
- small plastic bag
- Small boxes
We bought these boxes ready-made from a local store. But, I understand that it may not be possible to get them everywhere. Instead, you can use this tutorial on mini-crates, to make similar ones. An alternate is to take any small box & place two small pieces of paper as a cross in the centre.
Steps for making Rakhi Boxes:
To start with, we painted the outer rim & 2 compartments, of the box. We choose a nice festive colour, to give it an ethnic look. While painting, don’t worry about the upper rim & the bottom of the box. Since, those portions can be covered up easily. However, be careful that no paint spills into the remaining compartments.
Once this is done, if you have smudged paint on the bottom of the box (like I did), you can paint the base as well.
Next, we took a golden marker (easily available at stationery stores) & coloured the rim of the box. This needs to be done carefully, so that it doesn’t spread over the paint or the plain portion of the box. Leave it to dry.
Meanwhile, you can think of a simple pattern to draw onto the sides of the box. We went for the absolute basics – stripes & zig zag patterns. I won’t recommend spending a lot of time on a very difficult design. As golden markers are not the easiest materials to work with & smear easily.
After completing the design on the outer rim, let the ink dry. At this stage, if you don’t want to do the next step, it’s completely fine. However, you can choose to add gold designs to the 2 compartments. Without this, the box was looking a little plain to us. Again, we choose a simple design as there was little space to work with. Let the ink dry off.
On completing the design, you can now place the 4 items in each of the compartments. We put the roli & the rice into smaller plastic packets. To protect them from spilling over, when the box is re-opened. It’s also a good way to preserve the box, so that it can be re-used later.
The last step is to secure the box, by wrapping it in plastic. We placed the box in the middle of a plastic bag & cut the sides, making a clear gift wrap. This way, you can see the contents clearly.
We also made Rakhi Packets to send overseas, earlier this month. Here’s the link for that tutorial.
Which Rakhi DIY do you like making, the most? Let us know, we would love to hear from you!