Women in the village of Shikharpur carry shelter kits from a Save the Children distribution. Some 80 percent of homes in their district were destroyed. Photographer’s Credit: Jonathan Hyams / Save the Children
Thank you for taking the Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge!
To participate, make and mail in a garland of non-perishable flowers. For each garland you send in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2--up to $200,000--to help Save the Children provide temporary and safe learning spaces for children impacted by the April 25, 2015 earthquake. The more garlands you send, the more children you’ll help! It’s really as easy a 1-2-3:
- Register for the Challenge so your garlands will count!
- Follow the easy instructions below for how to create a garland.
- Mail in your garlands by following the instructions on our Mailing Garlands page.
How to Make a Flower Garland
Follow these easy instructions to create garlands for Nepal. Be sure the flowers on your garlands are made of paper, fabric or other non-perishable materials. The only exception are international teams that will be sending us digital garlands; you may use perishable materials if you wish. To learn more about digital garlands for international teams, please see our Mailing Garlands page.
Making a flower garland out of materials other than flowers leaves a lot of room for you to get creative and use some imagination! Garlands can be any length you wish--you can test the length by hanging it around your own neck or by placing the garland on a friend. You can place lots of flowers on your garlands or they can be more sparse--create what looks good to you.
For the Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge, a flower can be made out of:
- Paper (white paper that you color yourself or colored paper)
- Craft Tissue
- Fabric (scrap material, old clothes, etc.)
- Any other versatile materials you can think of!
You don’t have to follow our instructions; please feel free to use your own methods and ingenuity to create flower garlands. However, if you feel stuck or need direction, here’s how we’re doing it:
- Coloring materials (crayons, paint, markers, pencils, etc.)
- Heavy string (twine, yarn, etc.)
- Download and print out several copies of our flower templates.
- Color and decorate each flower as you like (crayon, paints, marker – anything!).
- Cut out each of the flowers along the lines.
- Poke two holes in the center of the flower using a scissors, a pencil point, or whatever will work.
- Tie a knot at one end of your string.
- With one flower, thread the unknotted end of the string through the two central holes. Push your flower all the way down the string to make room for the next.
- Continue threading paper flowers until your string looks full and you feel it is complete.
- Tie the two string ends together to finish.
- Half-fold or crinkle the petals of your flowers to give them volume and make them appear more organic and realistic.
- Pair up two or even three flowers before threading to make each bunch multi-dimensional.
- Color both sides of your flower to add more interest, realism and brightness.
- If possible, print templates on card stock for greater sturdiness.
- Use glitter, sequins and other decorative materials to add character!
There are so many ways to make paper flowers, felt and fabric flowers, and craft tissue flowers. If you have the resources, we encourage you to use other creative materials and methods from the above! Using your imagination or even a quick internet search will lead you to many interesting variations and instructive ideas – enjoy!
Flower garlands are a common part of life in Nepal. A garland of Rhododendron is on the country’s coat of arms and is even part of the national anthem. In English, the name of Nepal’s anthem translates to "Made of Hundreds of Flowers” and the song begins: “Woven from hundreds of flowers, we are one garland that's Nepali, spread sovereign from Mechi to Mahakali…”
People in Nepal use flowers during important ceremonies. They also greet visitors to their country with flower garlands as a sign of welcome and affection. In addition to providing temporary schools and other supports, we will also send a selection of flower garlands to children in Nepal to share heartfelt wishes of healing and recovery from around the world.