On Earth Day, we celebrated by planting and gardening and being outside all day. We try to celebrate and respect nature every day, but there’s always a good reason to be even more thoughtful about how we go about our days, while we walk on our planet.
I’ve been wanting to do flags that would remind us of taking care of our home, in the bigger sense, and have thought of few ideas. But what made sense this year, was to create Earth Day Prayer Flags, and I love the connection we have now with India, and having visited the foothills of the Himalayas, it makes me feel like I have a stronger connection to the original meaning of these. And though I looked for prayer flags while we were in northern India, these that we made here at home last week, will remind us of why we have them.
Prayer flags are hung to bless the surrounded area and countryside (where they originated in the Himalayas) and are said to bring long life, prosperity and happiness for those who hang them and the vicinity. These are our wishes to our friends and neighbors and to the world, on Earth Day, but mostly, every day.
This is how we made them:
Then we placed the leaf in the spot we wanted in the fabric piece.
We let the prints dry outside while it was a little warm and sunny.
And then this paint says to set it with an iron on the back of the painted fabric, for few seconds. We did that.
I went through the bias and the individual flags with the sewing machine so the flags wouldn’t shift around when they are hung and moving with the wind.