Moon Phase Flags {tutorial}

Building and releasing.

Expansion and contraction.

A wave of light that crests at the full moon and recedes to the new moon. 

These are the energetics of the lunar cycle. It's the birth and death of stars and the inhale and exhale of each breath. On so many levels this fundamental energy is present in the way we move through life. La Luna is a beautiful reminder that it wont all be uphill (or downhill) but a constant rhythmic change from one phase to the next.

When I began to tune into the moon, I created a pattern for moon flags to help me internalize the way of the moon. On one side are the phases of the waxing moon, and on the other side the waning phases. 

These moon flags have served as a tangible tool to ritualize the movement from full to new and new to full. I hung these flags in my home and gave them to a dear lunar sister. When we met on the new moon to set intentions, the flags were turned from one side to the other to reflect the change in the cycle from waning to waxing. I now see that they were my first attempt at making a lunar calendar.

Here is a Moon Craft tutorial for paper flags based on the fabric ones I made years back. Once you get the basics, feel free to improvise and design and embellish your flags as you desire. @themoonismycalendar #moonphaseflags #moonflags

 

Moon Phase Flags Tutorial

One side of the flags has the waxing phases (new to full moon) and the other side has the waning phases (full to new moon). Hang the flags in a way that they can be easily reversed. After every full moon, switch the flags to display the waning moons. After every new moon, reverse the flags as a reminder that the moon is growing again. 

 

Materials List for Moon Phase Flags

  • three different colors of paper: one color for sky/background, one for moonlight (rice paper or something transparent is nice), and one for the moon shadow (contrast color).  the size of the paper will depend on how large you want to make the moon flags.
  • scissors
  • something circular to trace (mason jar/cup, small bowl)
  • pencil or pen
  • ruler - if you like to measure things
  • string or yarn about 2-3 feet in length depending on how long you want to make the flags
  • glue (one that dries clear, and not glassy, like the one I used here)

Step 1

Decide on the dimensions that you want your flags. If you want them to be 4” x 4” then cut each background paper to 8” x 4” because you’ll be folding them in half. 

After cutting all five of the background papers, fold them so that the flags become two-sided squares. Trace a circle in the middle of one side of the background paper. Cut the circle out. Then trace around the inside of the cut-out circle onto the other half of the background paper. Then cut out that circle. You should be able to see right through both sides of the background paper. Repeat for all the flags.

Step 2

For the moons, cut five papers a little less than 4”x 4” so it will fit inside the folded over background paper. Glue the paper you chose for the moonlight onto the inside of one half of the background paper. Then run string through where the crease is on the background paper and then put glue on the crease so the string and flag will hold in place. Glue around the edge of the inside of the background paper and then fold it together a paper sandwich smoothing out any glue bubbles.

Step 3

Trace five circles on paper for moon shadows on the contrast color paper. Cut the circles out. Leave two circles whole. Cut one circle in half to use for the quarter moons. Cut out a crescent moon shape from both of the remaining two circles. This leaves you with two new moon circles, two halves, two crescents, and two gibbous moons. Save all the pieces for assembling the flags.

Step 4

The final step is to glue the waxing and waning phases onto the moon flags. In the northern hemisphere, the light of the waxing crescent moon begins on the right side. In the southern hemisphere, it begins on the left. Lay out the strand of flags and begin by gluing the new moon circle in place, then continue with each phase until you get to the full moon. 

Turn the strand over and begin with the full moon and then glue on the contrast paper until you end with the last circle for the new moon. This step is where the magic happens and the symmetry of the cycle is revealed. The waxing and waning are mirror images - all pieces of the whole. 

 

MAY THE MOON REMIND YOU OF YOUR WHOLENESS AND CONNECT YOU WITH THE FLOW OF THE CONSTANTLY CHANGING LUNAR RHYTHMS.