Thank You, Neighbors! - Thank You Flags

Hello! I’m Missy, a guest blogger and visual artist. I believe it is important to sit notice all the good going on in trying times, instead of focusing on the bad. Notice the kindness. Notice the creativity. Notice the helpers. And really be thankful for these things.

Tibetan Prayer Flags are traditionally colorful rectangular pieces of cloth with woodcut images and writing, hung along trails and mountains peaks to bless the surrounding area. I thought a string of flags in this style would be a fun way to honor helpers in our surrounding areas.

 

Just like our friend Mr. Rogers, let's look for the helpers and thank them!

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

― Fred Rogers

Thank You Flags

Supplies:

  • 3 sheets construction paper (different colors)
  • Yarn (or some kind of string)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (or tape)
  • Crayons

Instructions:

  1. Fold each sheet of paper in half, hotdog-style.
  2. Open each sheet, and cut along the fold.
  3. Now there will be six long pieces of paper. Fold each of these in half, hamburger-style.
  4. With the fold at the top, draw and/or write a “thank you” message to a helper in your community; like doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, grocery store workers, etc.
  5. Open each of your six papers and place them in a line with about one paper’s worth of space in between each, with the drawing/writing facing down.
  6. Cut a length of yarn about 6 feet long (or as long as your arms outstretched twice).
  7. Run some glue along the fold of each paper, and lay the yarn down flat along the line of glue. Let it dry completely.
  8. Run glue along the sides and bottom of one-half of each paper, and refold them, gluing them together. Let it dry completely.
  9. Hang you Thank You Flags in a window, above your front door, or anywhere you’d like.

 

Your Thank You Flags will let all the helpers know that you care about them, you are thinking of them, and you appreciate them. Have a wonderful week!

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