Peace Flowers

In Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday next Monday, St. Louis Public Library locations will be CLOSED on 1.21.2013. Why not take some time this weekend to make a craft celebrating the work and beliefs of Dr. King?

How about a Peace Flower? IMG_0402[1]

What you’ll need:

  • A smattering of construction paper


  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • green pipecleaner (0r two…)
  • glue

What you’ll do:

1. Stack your construction paper, and trace your hands on the top sheet, then cut them all out



2. On the fingertips of each hand (not the thumbs!) write words of items or ideas that will be necessary to ensure Dr. King’s dream comes into fruition. Need a refresher? We got a great list of books for you to enjoy here.


3. Now, line up the hands so that you can read the words, and glue the hands together: one thumb overlapping onto the palm of the next.


4. Once the glue has set, it’s time to turn these hands into a flower. Carefully and tightly, roll the hands so that the words you have written are on the inside. When the hands are rolled completely, carefully glue the top hand down to the rest to hold the “petals” in place.



5. Fold the top of the green pipecleaner over a few times, and slip it down through the center of the petals. Add a drop or two of glue to hold it in place.

6. Now, very carefully, fold back each of the petals (or give them a ribbon curl) so they face outward and can be read by everyone with whom you share your new craft.



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