How to Make Gandhi Charkha (spinning wheel) Working Model

Creating a Gandhi Charkha (spinning wheel) craft for Gandhi Jayanti using cardboard, colored paper, thread, and tricolor decorations is a wonderful way to celebrate the occasion. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make this craft:

Materials Needed:

  1. Cardboard sheets
  2. Colored paper (including saffron, white, and green for the tricolor)
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue or adhesive
  5. Markers or pens (for detailing)
  6. Thread or yarn
  7. Toothpicks or small sticks (for the spindle)
  8. Compass (for drawing circles)
  9. Ruler (for precise measurements)
  10. Decorative items (optional, like beads or glitter)

Step by Step Video Instructions:

1. Prepare the Base:

  • Cut a rectangular piece of cardboard to serve as the base of your Charkha. Ensure it’s large enough to support the spinning wheel and other components.

2. Create the Spinning Wheel:

  • Drawing the Wheel: Use a compass to draw a large circle on a piece of cardboard. Cut out the circle carefully.
  • Wheel Spokes: Draw and cut out smaller circles or triangular shapes within the large circle to create the spokes of the wheel. Ensure the spokes are evenly spaced.
  • Cover the Wheel: Cut strips of colored paper and cover the wheel, leaving the spokes visible. You can use saffron, white, and green paper to add a tricolor theme.
  • Center Hole: Poke a small hole in the center of the wheel where the spindle will be inserted.

3. Create the Spindle:

  • Spindle Preparation: Take a toothpick or small stick and wrap it with colored paper or paint it to match the tricolor theme.
  • Attach Spindle: Insert the spindle through the center hole of the wheel. Ensure it fits snugly and allows the wheel to spin freely.

4. Construct the Charkha Stand:

  • Stand Legs: Cut two rectangular strips from the cardboard to serve as the legs of the Charkha stand. Fold each strip into a triangle shape to provide stability.
  • Attach Legs: Glue the triangular legs to the base, positioning them to support the spindle and wheel at a comfortable height for spinning.
  • Connecting Bar: Cut another strip of cardboard to connect the two legs at the top, providing additional support. Glue it in place securely.

5. Add Thread:

  • Thread Attachment: Take a piece of thread or yarn and wrap it around the spindle. You can also add some thread around the wheel to simulate the spinning process.
  • Detailing: Use markers or pens to draw additional details on the wheel and stand, such as lines to represent the threads on the wheel.

6. Tricolor Decorations:

  • Saffron, White, and Green Paper: Cut small strips or shapes from saffron, white, and green colored paper. Attach these to the base, wheel, and stand to incorporate the tricolor theme of the Indian flag.
  • Optional Decorations: Add beads, glitter, or other decorative items to enhance the appearance of your Charkha.

Final Assembly and Display:

  1. Assembly: Ensure all parts are securely glued and the wheel can spin freely on the spindle.
  2. Labels: Create a small label that reads “Gandhi Charkha” and attach it to the base.
  3. Display: Place your finished Charkha craft in a prominent location where it can be admired during Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.

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