Rakshabandhan 2012: Rakhi Packing


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Rakshabandhan 2012: Rakhi Packing

The Indian festival of Rakshabandhan is just around the corner. As always, I had to send Rakhi to my cousins in Guwahati, but this year, I decided to do it a bit differently. In stead of just buying the Rakhis from the market & dumping them in an envelope to post, I decided to do a bit of decorative packing.

The entire packing was a best-of-waste project. I have used an old wedding invitation card, a transparent plastic packet, some leftover embroidery yarns, and some colored embellishments (pieces of broken bracelets etc.). (See pic 1 - top left)

Rakhi-Packing-Best-Of-Waste

Here's how I did it...

  1. I cut two rectangular strips from blank areas of the invitation card and trimmed their edges with a zig-zag scissors.
  2. I punched holes along the sides of one of these two card strips, and tied the Rakhis through these holes. (See pic 2 - top right)
  3. Then I cut the top half of the plastic packet into four rectangular pieces, rolled them into tubes, and tied one end of each tube with an embroidery yarn. (See pic 2 - top right)
  4. I filled these four plastic tubes with roli, chaawal, mishri and some supari. (See pic 3 - center left)
  5. Then I tied off the other ends too with embroidery yarns, giving a toffee-like look. (See pic 3 - center right)
  6. I stuck the packed "toffees" on the second card & then decorated both these cards with some embellishments and a handmade rose. (See pic 3 - center right)
  7. In the last two pictures, you can see the two cards one behind the other, placed in the bottom half of the plastic packet. Wrapping up the stuff in plastic is always advisable during the monsoons here.
It didn't take too long to do the packing, and no extra cost was involved, as it was all done by recycling old stuff. Yet, it added that extra touch.

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