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Peace Crafts for Children

Updated on March 18, 2017
Peace Crafts, Teach Peace Not War
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Teach Peace with Crafts

Peace crafts and art themes are popular in all cultures throughout the world. Children, tweens, teens, adults and seniors alike appreciate the symbols of peace and wear clothing, jewelry and badges adorned with peace symbols. Teaching peace helps all and harms none. We can use these arts and crafts to supplement the lessons of living a peaceful life.

Political campaigns and world leaders promote action and encourage people to work together for a common cause. Sharing the quest and hope for world peace is universal. I firmly believe that today more than ever we must teach the world's children that living without violence is essential.

Make Peace Not War. Teach Peace.

How to Fold the Origami Peace Crane

Craft Pinwheels for Peace

Pinwheels for Peace says: imagine... whirled peace!

In today's world, p e a c e must become more than just a word and you can be part of it through The Pinwheels for Peace Project.

Pinwheel template used under terms of publication rules: "You may print and distribute this template freely as long as you keep our website information intact and use the template for the Pinwheels for Peace Project."

Pinwheels for Peace - Print, decorate and assemble your own pinwheel for Peace Day

Pinwheels for Peace template, used with pernission -
Pinwheels for Peace template, used with pernission -

Peace Flags - Show your colors!

Flags are fun and meaningful for any seaon or reason. Fly a flag for peace - with the colors, symbols or other decorations that celebrate peaceful living and happiness.

Peace Arts & Crafts - Crafts with PEACE Themes

Crafts with a peace theme for children and adults. Use these peace arts and crafts projects as part of a peace day learning activity or group project.

My biggest peace craft project is a five-foot diameter holiday wreath that forms a peace sign with lights - we hang this giant peace sign on the outside of our home and light it up every night for the Advent season.

Holiday Peace Craft for Children

I'd Rather Teach Peace
I'd Rather Teach Peace

When invited to teach a writing course at the School Without Walls, Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy responded with the title of this book - I'd Rather Teach Peace.

That was in 1982. From that simple beginning this respected journalist took his lessons of peace to all sorts of schools in the US, giving up his job as a columnist to encourage children to explore the issues and think creatively about peace.

Rave reviews applaud this book, from a broad spectrum of readers ranging from former military officers and professional educators, to every day folks, all recommending this slim but powerful book to "everyone in the world."

Arborsmith peace tree, wikimedia,  used under CC license 2.5
Arborsmith peace tree, wikimedia, used under CC license 2.5

Imagine ... Peace

All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance

John Lennon and Yoko Ono campaigned for peace and human rights, using art as the medium to communicate their message. John's lyrics (poetry) often included peace messages:

Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try

No people below us, above it's only sky

Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do

No need to kill or die for and no religions, too

Imagine all the people living life in peace ...

Imagine was recorded and performed live numerous times, as was another famous Lennon anti-war song, Give Peace a Chance.

Peace signs, peace symbols sticker poster
Peace signs, peace symbols sticker poster | Source

The Peace Sign

Peace symbols and icons

Peace symbols are universal glyphs and images - peace icons - made easily recognizable through the antiwar movement or pop culture. Many different symbols for ending conflict are recognized around the world. The most familiar universal icons are a dove, an olive branch, a broken weapon and the graphic used originally by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament ("the round peace symbol").

Although 40 years have passed since the 1969 march on Washington, DC, the peace symbol remains a popular icon in world cultures. The round graphic and the fingers displayed in a "V" shape have the same meaning no matter what the language.

The most well known symbol from the 1960s has become pop culture favorite that remains a favorite in the 21st century.

Read more about universal symbols for peace at

Symbols of Peace Video

A video montage of peace images with The Beatles Give Peace a Chance for soundtrack.

Make a Peace Tree

Resources for symbols are linked to additional pages

Peace Tree Day is celebrated on June 1 - when you take part in an artistic project created in its honor by creating a 2- or 3-dimensional tree and have children decorate it with ornaments created from the following symbols:











INUKSHUK, Aboriginal










KHANDA, Sikhism




Peace in all Directions

Peace Poster Craft Template, Printable
Peace Poster Craft Template, Printable | Source

Peace Clip Art

Peace signs of all sorts to use in your peace art, blogs, lenses and web posts.

Fly a Flag for Peace - I fly a flag with red and white stripes with the famous symbol on a field of blue

Search for a flag to add to your home to show your support for world harmony.

Tibetan Prayer Flags Display - A Kinetic Sculpture to Spread Good Will to the Four Winds

Tibetan prayer flags are used to promote harmony, compassion, strength, and wisdom.Tibetans believe the flags help send prayers and mantras blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion to all.

Peace Doves in Art - Alexandra Nechita

Peace One Day - What Will You Do? September 21
Peace One Day - What Will You Do? September 21

Celebrate Peace One Day

September 21

Peace One Day strives to offer free education materials to every school on the planet. International Peace Day was established by the United Nations as a result of global awareness campaigns by this organization.

"It will not stop until we inform everyone on the planet that Peace Day exists."

Imagine ... - John Lennon, Imagine video

© 2009 Lee Hansen

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    Meagan Earls 4 years ago from Michigan

    This is a wonderful lens. Thank you for all the hard work you've obviously put into it. Peace & Love to you! :)

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    June Parker 4 years ago from New York

    I too am from the 60's peace generation. Thanks for all the link resources.

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    meganst 4 years ago

    You have done such an extensive work assembling this lens! There are so many ideas, I simply can't decide where to begin with!

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    CoolFool83 5 years ago

    Beautiful lense.

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    WriterJanis2 5 years ago

    This is outstanding. You have so much to do here.

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    Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

    @shauna1934: Thank you for the Pinwheels for Peace suggestion! I've added the template and a link to the site.

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    shauna1934 5 years ago

    Have you seen Pinwheels for Peace? We had an event here locally and it was fun! There's a template for kids to print off their own pinwheel, decorate it with peace messages and then take it to a local event. Might be a good addition to this lens!! Great lens, btw.

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    JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    Thanks for spreading peace with this beautiful items!

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    JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

    Thanks for compiling such an extensive resource full of helpful resources and craft ideas. Another nicely designed lens. ~~Blessed~~

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    KabbalArt 6 years ago

    Very helpful links. Thankyou.

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    jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

    I like the shirt with the two fingers up. There's plenty of great uses for peace symbols on clothing or as art.

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    sponias lm 6 years ago

    This is a beautiful lens! Peace is indispensable if we want to find happiness in life. Blessed.

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    waldenthreenet 6 years ago

    I have a peace topic. India tomorrow. Different from your topic perhaps not as important.

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    waldenthreenet 6 years ago

    Great Topic. History suggest "war" has strong element of economics. America's Civil War was an economic war more than anything else. Why ? Could It have been prevented. You Choose ! Let's focus also on making poor able to survive as possible now with knowledge and spirit of friendship among different faith in America and the world. thanks.

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    Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Just what we need.

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    Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Just what we need.

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    Close2Art LM 6 years ago

    very positive page, blessed...:)rob

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    rangiiria 6 years ago

    Loved the peace flag. Great lens

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    really good lens, spent some time on this, really liked it.

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    Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    Great lens. I liked the list of peace symbols.

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    Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

    I'm going to add this wonderful lens to my Imagine, John Lennon's Masterpiece lens.

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    TapIn2U 6 years ago

    What a super fun way to promote peace! I enjoyed the video. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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    Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Beautiful lens and great ideas for promoting peace.

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    Patricia 6 years ago

    This is a great craft subject! Blessed on the school bus trip!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Great lens.

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    Jessi 6 years ago from United States

    I like this lens a lot! I also like how there is some history attached to this lens. :)

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    pyramidsphinx 6 years ago

    Hello fellow hippie! Keep spreading the word.

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    lasertek lm 6 years ago

    good crafting theme!Btw, great looking lens. Awesome job!

    Take a peek at my lens, Homeschooling 101: Guide to Free Curriculum and Other Resources.

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    Snakesmom 6 years ago

    I really love that peace flag picture, how cool! Thanks for the fun lens.

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    Philippians468 6 years ago

    indeed peace is the way forward! cheers

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    UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

    Brilliant lens! -excellent work!

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    Krafick 7 years ago

    Peace will overcome.

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    rozzik 7 years ago

    A great lens. We live in a world that runs by enforcement, and yet the thing we need the most, peace, cannot be enforced, it can only be taught and lived.

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    gravityx9 7 years ago

    Ga-rooovy lens! I was feeling listening to some old 'LP's and, well, made a little lens. I featured your cool lens to my 'Feelin' Groovy' lens. THUMBS UP!

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    JewelRiver 7 years ago

    Anyone who teaches is peace is numero uno in my book. I love peace great to see another person who believes in love.

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    Joyfulmusic90 7 years ago

    Thanks - these look so cool! =D

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    scar4 7 years ago

    Pursuing peace symbol from now on, may peace bless all of us!

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    soosan 7 years ago

    I own a restaurant and we fly a US flag with the stars in the shape of a peace symbol (also sold on this site). I just had a complaint from a man in our community saying he was a former military commander and he was offended by our flag ("It shows disrespect to the Amercian flag" & "You'd be hard pressed to find a military person who disagrees with this."). I told him it is our hope to spread a message of world-wide peace and that we feel one way to do that is to show our patriotism and wish for peace at the same time by flying this flag. Any opinions on this? I cannot believe this is offensive, but am trying to hear different perspectives. Thanks for any feedback! I'd also like to send him a letter with more thought-out response...any ideas?

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Love it!!! I have lens rolled it to my Hippie Chick and Peace Themed party lenses. Great job again!

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    Lemming13 7 years ago

    Peace be with you, and thanks for a great lens.

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    ShamanicShift 7 years ago

    The prayer flags are thrilling. I have long decorated trees with colorful scarves, in my own ways as spirit stirs me, as prayer for harmonious, dynamic, profound, dancing, re-creative peace. I also make prayer-tree or prayer-branch sculptures of fallen branches & bird-food. There are so many possibilities!

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    VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

    Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Thanks for creating a lens that includes information about peace education. We need peace education taught in all school levels and beyond.

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    sheriangell 7 years ago

    I've been a peace sign fan forever, another home run lens from you! Thanks!

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    Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

    I'm loving your peace lenses. Not sure why I haven't round them before tonight. (looking on the top 100 list and randomly visiting lenses)

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    LoKackl 7 years ago

    Another great "Pastiche" presentation and lovable peace crafts topic. SquidAngel blessed

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    peacebids 8 years ago

    Wow .. very comprehensive listing there ... I am an artist and making peace necklace as part of my contribution while supporting myself... please check out my website and let me know what you think. Any suggestions are welcome.

    I look forward to your support.

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    Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

    I found this while doing a search for Human Rights. Lots of good stuff here, and although it didn't fit my need for a particular article it is *Blessed* and will lensroll it when I am finished with my lens :)

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    Chris1392 8 years ago

    Thank you for featuring my lens as one of your favorites. Your lens is very informative and it is a five star and one of my favorites.

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    Patricia 8 years ago

    Peace is important.

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    Pretty Peace Products

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    WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

    Absolutely Wonderful! :)

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    I'm all about PEACE. Thank you for this lens.

    I want you to know I tried giving this lens 5 stars and it won't let me, I refreshed the page twice and it just won't. I favorited it though. =)

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    Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

    I'm always for a lens that's for peace.

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    monarch13 8 years ago

    Great lens, just revisited. Thanks for the feature! 5 stars and rolled.

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    AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

    Another excellent lens!

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    julieannbrady 8 years ago

    I surely like the idea of 'make peace NOT war' and wish that the world subscribed to this philosophy. Peace crafts -- what a great idea. Spread the love!

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    Tammy Winand 8 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

    5* and linked to my new Tees for Peace lens (just published) along with your peace coloring books lens!

    AWESOME lenses Lee!

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    poutine 8 years ago

    Lots of great ideas for peace crafts here.

    A 5

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    enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

    Absolutely awesome lens! I love your featured ideas and know that my own daughters will love these peace projects. I wish I'd found this over spring break to keep them occupied. Thanks so much for the feature, I'm returning the favor. :)

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    tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

    Wonderful lens!

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    Great ideas for my classroom - thanks!

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    Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

    Great lens, Lee -- blessed by an Angel!


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    Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

    What a wonderful way to encourage teaching peace to children! Before a war starts we need to give peace a chance.

    Lensrolled to Pete Seeger who has spent a lifetime teaching and leading us all in the peace movement.

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    RinchenChodron 8 years ago

    I'm happy to be the first to sign your guest book. I'd like to compliment you on your efforts here - great lens. And I'd like to invite all your readers to join the Children's Global Peace Project which is a Facebook group and make donations please! I'd also like to invite you to submit this lens to my I'd love to feature this lens there. Five stars!