Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Prayer Flags: A D-I-Y Activity

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According the 'best-source-of-knowledge-albiet-not-always-entirely-founded',Wikipedia, Prayer Flags can be described as, ...a colorful panel of rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bön, which predated Buddhism in Tibet. In Bön,shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in healing ceremonies. They are unknown in other branches of Buddhism.[1] Traditionally they are woodblock-printed with texts and images". For me, it's a great way to combine art and prayers :) I hope you enjoy!
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Supplies you'll need: fun paper, scissors, colourful string, tape and a good pen!
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Step One: Cut a bunch of small squares of your chosen paper.
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Step Two: Write your prayers, inspirational words or drawings on each square.
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Step Three: Tape desired colour of string on the back of each square/flag
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Step Four: Place flags wherever is of inspiration to you!
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I chose to put mine in my bathroom, so guests can enjoy too! Is that weird? hmmm...
That's all! A fun lil' craft you can do in under ten minutes but that can add a really fun and inspiring addition to your house, workplace, car, etc. I'm going to make some more big fabric ones to place in my family room soon.


  1. I just love these prayer flags. What a great idea to decorate the study! Happy 2014!!!

  2. I have been wanting to make these with my art journaling students. Great idea!

  3. These are so easy to make, I have made them with our guys in the group home as well as my nieces! I am in the process of making fabric ones right now… they should be great… will post tomorrow on what they look like.