I first read about prayer flags a year or two ago and fell in love with the idea. I’ve seen them quite a bit when searching for ways to decorate a small space or perk up an outside area. They’re cheap, pretty, fun, and meaningful.
They are a tradition for Tibetan Buddhists, where they are made colorful and rectangular and strung along the mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. It is believed that they spread peace, wisdom, compassion, and strength as the wind blows past them into the countryside, bringing benefits to all. They are made to unravel for this reason; their pieces of string unraveling in the wind and spreading blessings throughout. Another interesting tidbit about these is that they are constantly being replaced by new flags, acknowledging the ongoing circle of life.
Our prayer flags consist of 4 different summer fabric swatches, 6 inches each, which cost me a grand total of $3! I just love this fabric! It’s so bright and cheerful!
We took turns cutting them into various rectangular-ish shapes and filling them up with prayers.
But it wasn’t long into this craft before the house was chaotic. It always seems to me that the more I try to create an atmosphere of calm, peaceful tranquility, the more it erupts like a gigantic volcano of apocalyptic proportions.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
This is such an easy project to do with kids, and a great way to get a conversation started about how to pray.
“16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We did these pretty quick, but there’s so much more you could do with them. I went back and added more scripture to each one. You could also embellish them with scrap ribbon and buttons, or just let the pretty fabric speak for itself. I created a pinterest board with a lot of different ideas for future reference, especially since these will start to unravel and fade soon enough. Follow ReliableRoots’s board Prayer Flags on Pinterest.
Or check out The Prayer Flag Project!