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Everything you need to leave uplifting messages in your neighborhood

From chalking your walk to letter board messages

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With the current state of the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to find positive news. That’s why many people have taken it upon themselves to create their own happy news by making uplifting crafts to brighten the days of essential workers and neighbors.

The crafts people are doing range from inspiring sidewalk chalk messages to colorful window art and everything in between. Take a walk around your neighborhood and you’re bound to spot someone’s creation in windows, lawns, or driveways across the world. The messages help essential employees realize that their work isn’t going unnoticed and can brighten anyone’s day.

Joining in on the fun and making your own positive crafts is a great way to show your gratitude towards essential workers and spread hope through your community. Not to mention, breaking out the art supplies is bound to keep your family entertained while staying home. Here are eight different ways you can send uplifting messages during the pandemic—and the supplies you’ll need to do so.

1. Join the #ChalkYourWalk campaign

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An example of the #ChalkYourWalk campaign in action.

The #ChalkYourWalk campaign that started on social media has taken the world by storm. It encourages participants to break out the sidewalk chalk and write uplifting messages for essential employees and neighbors along their driveways and sidewalks. No driveway or sidewalk space? No problem. City residents have been getting creative by drawing their messages on their front steps.

2. Decorate rocks

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Rainbow rocks displayed to spread hope and positivity.

The rainbow has become a prevailing symbol of hope, peace, and serenity during the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to spread some positivity, people have begun painting rocks they find in their backyard with bright colors and assembling them into rainbows. You can make your own decorative rocks using acrylic paints so your design can withstand the elements.

3. Create uplifting signs

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These signs help thank essential workers and spread joy in the community.

From giant birthday cards to notes of gratitude to positive affirmations, signs have become a great way to share a message from a safe distance during the pandemic. If you’re looking for a fun way to let a loved one you can’t be with during isolation know you’re thinking about them, try decorating a sign and bringing it to their window.

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4. Draw or paint positive pictures

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Paint and paper is all you need to spread a positive message.

In addition to decorating rocks, illustrations of rainbows, butterflies, and hearts (painted or drawn) are being taped in the windows of houses all over the globe to spread positivity and unity. No matter what you choose to draw as your message of positivity, hanging your creation up in your window or outside your home is sure to make a passerbyer’s day.

5. Decorate colorful cut-outs

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Sticking up colorful cut-outs on your window is sure to make a passerby's day.

If drawing isn’t your thing, you can still help spread positivity by decorating some construction paper images and cutting them into fun shapes like butterflies or hearts. Plus, they’re easy to do with a cut out press for those of us who aren’t a wizard with scissors. If you want to add a unique touch, try using craft scissors to make decorative borders on your art.

6. Make window drawings

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Be sure to use washable markers on your windows.

No paper? No problem! Using your window as your canvas can make for some awesome uplifting artwork. You can write out a message to the employees dropping off your packages or add to the rainbow, butterfly, and heart drawings. Just make sure you’re drawing your message using window markers for easy cleanup.

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7. Put up lawn signs

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Colorful lawn signs are sure to show your appreciation for essential workers.

If you want to utilize your outdoor space, lawn signs are a great way to spread positivity in your neighborhood or thank essential workers. Just decorate your poster, tape it to the back of a stake, and push it into the ground for an inspiring gesture that won’t be missed.

8. Write an inspiring letter board message

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Not artistic? No problem. A letter board can help spread your uplifting message.

If art isn’t really your thing, a letter board makes another great way to share your positive message. Spell out your phrase on the board and hang it where essential workers or neighbors will be able to see to brighten their day.

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