What is Henna?
Before we jump into this article, it is useful to clarify the meaning of henna or mehndi. The words describe the plant (Lawsonia inermis) and come from Sanskrit (mehndi) and Arabic (henna).
Henna or mehndi designs are applied onto brides' hands and feet the day before her wedding during a celebration known as the mehndi ceremony or henna party. Here, the bride's friends enjoy good food, company, lots of music, dances and performances to celebrate the bride's new adventure.
Mehndi Patterns and Building Blocks
Without going into great detail, the most commonly used elements of design are inspired from nature such as peacocks, the sun, leaves, wines, lotus flowers, mangoes, paisleys, buds, elephants, fish, scorpions, elements of Greek and Chineze zodiacs, etc. The main mehendi designs are the arabic mehndi design and the indian henna, dominated by floral elements and nature inspired figures.
Besides those, we have the hands and the eye, geometric shapes, arabesques, hieroglyphs, runes, Chinese characters, Buddhist and African motifs.
Crafts and Projects
With all those elements available, your creativity is the only limit when it comes to creating mehndi patterns and projects.
How to Make Henna Paste
To be able to create beautiful favors, the first step is to prepare the paste in the same manner women have done it for millennia.
You will need:
- henna powder 100g
- lemon juice 300ml
- essential oil 30ml
Besides, you will need cones, a spoon to mix the paste, a bowl and food wrap.
With an electric mixer or spoon, mix all the ingredients in the bowl and ensure there are no lumps. Afterwards, seal the bowl with the food wrap and make sure there is no air left to oxidate the paste.
Leave the paste at room temperature for a day and mix the paste thoroughly again using the mixer. To ensure there is absolutely no dry powder left, mix for about 3 minutes at the highest setting.
Fill the cones with henna and use it to adorn your art work. The batch you just created will give you about 20 cones and if you don't need all the paste, make sure you freeze it. That way, you can preserve the henna for about 1 year in the fridge.
When you decide to work on other projects, thaw the henna paste at room temperature and use it. If you keep in the fridge, it will last for about 7 days. Just don't leave it at room temperature as it will go bad after 48 hours.
Henna Adorned Envelopes
You might want to use henna to decorate the envelopes you are using for your wedding invitations or thank you cards. To make sure the design is bold and visible, double the lines.
If you plan to draw on dark color envelopes, you might want to consider using white henna.
Other beautiful wedding favors are picture frames painted with stunning henna patterns. Also, you can print a large photo from your wedding and hang it using a frame decorated with splendid mehndi elements.
The beauty of henna candles is that they can be used not only as wedding favors, but also for your own home decor or as gifts.
Make sure you use light colored candles so that the contrast between the henna paste and the candle is maximized. Flowers, paisleys, peacocks, elephants or geometric shapes look amazing on candles.
To give candles a luxurious look, feel free to use other henna colors such as glitter, gold or black. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised by your gift. Scented candles adorned with beautiful mehndi designs are perfect favors for your South Asian wedding.
Using monogram letters is a splendid way to decorate your living space in a modern and unique way. Beautify the frames by painting arabic mehndi designs or African geometric elements.
Another stunningly looking gift is a glass pendant or a set of them. Start by drawing a beautiful design on paper until you are confident you can pull it off. Next, cut pieces of glass and make sure the edges are rounded to avoid cuts. Now, draw the design and let it dry. Afterwards, paint another layer in a contrasting color and voila, you have your pendant.
Take a small jewellery book and paint it in your favorite colors. Let it dry then paint it again with henna paste.
First, cover all the handles with protective tape. After that, paint your furniture then adorn it with your favorite design and enjoy it ever after.
You could paint a design and your monograms on the charger plate and gift it as a wedding favor.
Art Mason Jars
Buy a set of colored mason jars and draw your favorite designs. We would highly suggest to use Indian designs. Those simple beautiful floral elements work perfectly with colored mason jars and will beautify your house.