We thought it might be appropriate to ring in the new year with an eco-friendly, meaningful, fun craft for the whole family. Peggy over at Woman With Wings has just the thing!
Peggy's "greencraft" to start the year is an upcycled prayer flag. As she explains, a Tibetan prayer flag bears a message of "prayers of good will to all -- peace, wisdom, strength, love, etc. -- [that] have already been printed on each flag and as the weather disintegrates the cloth, the prayers are carried by the wind out into the world to be fulfilled." Since you want the cloth to disintegrate over time, it's a perfect project for using up old t-shirts, rags, sheets, or other textile products you are looking to discard.
Each family member could make his or her own, with a unique wish for the coming year. Or, inscribe an image that represents one or more of your resolutions for 2011. The options are endless and the commitment very limited: all you need are some old rags and some paint or markers.
See the whole tutorial at Woman with Wings.