For the past few weeks, at the request of my 11 year old daughter, we've been studying world religions in our homeschool. While we were reading about Buddhism, we became smitten with Tibetan Prayer Flags. We've seen these before, of course, and thought they were beautiful. But after learning more about the meaning of the flags we were drawn to them even more. It is believed that the prayers written on the flags are carried by the wind to bless all people. The flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. We found this thought so beautiful and wanted to make some of our own.
Paper Napkins (the "nicer kind" that won't tear apart if soaked with water)
Powdered Watercolor (we used this set)
Yarn for stringing the flags on
Open up the napkin once, so it is shaped like a rectangle. You'll still have two layers of paper.
Once you've painted as many napkins as you'd like, let them dry completely. Ours needed to dry overnight.
We didn't write prayers on ours, but you certainly could. These are best used as an indoor decoration, since they'd quickly be ruined out in the elements. But we feel like our banner looks lovely hanging over the windows in our dining room.
Enjoy your beautiful and meaningful prayer flags!