How to Design Your Own Wedding Mehndi

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How to Design Your Own Wedding Mehndi
As long as her Mehndi lasts, a new bride doesn't have to do housework. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Mehndi, the art of decorating hands and feet with henna paste, is traditionally used for wedding ceremonies. The bride has her hands and feet intricately decorated before the wedding. Mehndi designs can be purchased or designed by hand. Each design takes small patterns and puts them together to create a larger pattern. Each design is different because it all depends on the patterns used and how they are placed. Designing wedding mehndi does take some practice.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Carbon paper

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  1. 1

    Learn the traditional patterns used in Mehndi designs. They can be found in books or online. Some patterns include loops, zigzags, leaves, hearts, swirls and more. Practice drawing these small patterns on paper with a sharp pencil.

  2. 2

    Trace your hand on a piece of paper. Spread your fingers slightly on the paper, and trace your hand using the pencil. This gives you a template so that your mehndi design will fit on your hand. Trace your foot, as well, for a foot template.

  3. 3

    Create a wedding mehndi design by drawing larger patterns out of the smaller designs you researched earlier. When you have created a design you like, draw it on the hand or foot template you made. This will help you figure out the placement of the henna art. Every part of the hand and foot can be covered in a design.

  4. 4

    Turn a piece of carbon paper so the ink is facing up. Place the final wedding mehndi design on the carbon paper with the design facing up. Trace the design using a pencil. Press firmly on the paper, but do not tear the paper. The result is a transferable wedding mehndi.

Tips and warnings

  • To transfer the design to your skin, spread glycerine based deodorant over the design area on the skin. Place the design on the skin with the carbon ink side down. Press the design to the skin and then peel it off slowly. The ink from the carbon paper will leave the design on your skin. Follow the design with the henna paste.
  • Traditionally, the bride and groom's names are incorporated into the design.
  • There are no wrong henna designs. You do not have to use only traditional patterns. Use your imagination to create something new.

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