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How to Make a Home-made Krathong

This article is going to present about how to make a home-made a krathong ,and the detail also cover about where you can buy the need equipment.

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The object required in loy krathong festival is krathong or a tradition basketof flower made from banana leaf.During loy krathong festival , krathong is available all around Bangkok.However , for those who want to try to make your own krathong , today I have the simpliest way to make krathong for you.
Are you ready to make krathong with me ?
Let's go
1. Prepare the equipment
The equipment needed to make krathong : Banana tree , Banana leaf flowers,incense stick,candle
Place to buy:
Pak klong talat flower market

Bus number :
3,5,6,8,9,10,12,19,25,37,42,43,53,73,82,84,88,506

Boat :
Saphan putthayodfa pier
2. Prepare Krathong Base
2.1 Choose the banana tree which is not to big because if  it's too big , it might be too heavy to carry.

2.2 Cut it in circle , and the diameter should be around 10 inches.

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The example of the krathong base
picture from : www.matichon.co.th

3. Prepare Krathong petal < Here are the three simpliest style >
3.1 Flower Petal Krathong
a. Approximately , cut the banana leaf around 1.5*6 inches.

b. Fold the banana leaf same as in the picture.

c. Put  the folded babana leaf together 3 layers ,and make sure that you have space between the layer.

d. Put the petal around krathong base made from banana tree. The number of the needed petal is depend on how big of the krathong base.

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Flower Petal Krathong
picture from : Mthai.com

3.2.Rose Petal Krathong
a. Approximately , cut the banana leaf around 1.5*6 inches.

b. Fold the banana leaf becoming a rose petal like in the picture.

c.Put  them together from left to right .

d. Make sure that the peak of the petals are  in an equal level.

e.To make it tightly , you need to stitch all the petals from the back together with a green thread.

f. Cover the edge of krathong base with stick them with the pins.

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Rose Petal Krathong
picture from : Mthai.com

3.3 Axe Krathong

a. Approximately , cut the banana leaf around 1.5*6 inches.
b.Fold the banana leaf like a head of an axe.
c.  To be neat , make sure that you make all the petals in a same size.
d.To make it tightly , you need to stitch all the petals from the back together with a green thread.
e.Cut the unneccessary part of the babana leaf after you put the petals around your krathong base.
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Axe Krathong
picture from : Mthai.com

4. Decorate your krathong
4.1. Decorate your krathong with a flower upon your favorite style
4.2  Put an incense stick and a candle in the middle of krathong.
4.3 Cut your nail or your hair  , and put  it in krathong if you believe that it will float your bad luck far way.
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Krathong after decorated
picture from : teen.mthai.com

It's very easy to make krathong , so loy krathong festival this year let make our own home-made krathong.

Reference :
Information about how to make krathong petal from 
http://scoop.mthai.com/specialdays/3338.html translated by Panyanatsorn.

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