Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{WW} DIY: Prayer Flags




Normally I save my DIY projects for later in the week but we really had to get our flags up and start sending out some good vibes.
This was our second year making Tibetan Prayer Flags and it's one of our favorite activities to do as a family.  We learned about this project last spring when the kiddos made them in our local library's art class. They hung out in the backyard for 7 months sending wonderful messages in the wind. The story behind the flags is wonderful, Tibetan Buddhists for centuries have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity. 
We have come to appreciate their inner message as much as their outer beauty.



Supplies:

Yarn for hanging
Fabric Glue
Sharpie Markers
Scissors
Scraps of color material cut into 6x6 squares
Scraps of white material cut into 4x4 squares


After you've cut the material scraps to size and before you or the kiddos get ready to decorate the white message squares take out your globe or a map and locate Tibet. My kids we fascinated by seeing how far away it is, we talked about their culture and religion and it helped them to get inspired before they began drawing and writing their messages. We also wrote some of the ideas on a chalkboard for the younger kiddos who need help in spelling.


1. Add glue on the back side of your decorated white squares
2. Place your decorated white square onto your colored material,
be sure to leave about an extra inch of room at the top for folding over the yarn.
3. Once dry turn the flag over and run a bead of glue at the top
4. Fold over the yarn that you will be using to hang the flags on, leave enough extra yarn to tie the flags where you'll want them.

Let dry and then hang in a windy spot in your backyard or garden. 





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11 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great project idea!! Will definitely be making these with my daughter. And my friend who works with volunteer groups in rural Thailand is going to make these with the school children there. These prayer flags are going global!

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    1. That is awesome!! Sending our love to Thailand! -Kate

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  3. What a cool idea! Those turned out great! :)


    All Mixed Up

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  4. Wow...what a wonderful idea! Beautiful photos too.

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  5. What a great idea! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  6. What a fun project, your flags turned out very pretty!

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  7. Fabulous, I´ve been dreaming to do something like this to hang them in a window and your wonderful photos have inspired me. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Love this! I am pinning this to do with my daughter when she gets a little older. Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Party

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  9. what a great family project! how do they hold up in the rain?

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    1. The first set we did lasted over 9 months but the second set didn't last as long, the fast grab Aleene's glue caused the Sharpie markers to run, a less powerful glue would be better.

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