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Every Saturday we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. This past Friday was the International Day of Peace, so today’s activity is how to make your own Peace Pole.

What is a Peace Pole?

Peace Pole

A Peace Pole is a post, usually made of wood, displaying the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in four languages. If you’ve ever visited our Learning Centers Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, or Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, you’ve likely seen a Peace Pole. You can purchase a professionally made Peace Pole, or, by following the directions below, you can make your own.

Materials for Making a Peace Pole

  • One 4x4 or 6x6 post
  • Paint (exterior-type)
  • Paintbrush (for lettering)
  • Text translation templates (optional)
  • Deck treatment or other wood preservative
  • Posthole digger
  • Gravel
  • Cement mix
  • Fence post level

Making a Peace Pole

Choose which four languages you wish to display on your homemade Peace Pole. Find translations in many languages here. You can either do the lettering freehand, or you can use your computer to make a template of the phrase. If you make a template, outline the block letters with a pencil directly on the wood and paint the letters in.

If you are feeling particularly creative, decorate your Peace Pole with your own designs.

After the letters have dried, preserve the Peace Pole with something like deck treatment to prevent damage from the elements.

You can leave the top square, cut a pyramid shape in the top, or add something like a wooden ball on top.

Planting a Peace Pole

Find where you would like to plant your Peace Pole (you can always plant it in a pot if digging in the yard is not an option). Using a posthole digger, dig a hole two feet deep. Put gravel in the bottom of the hole and pack the dirt back in around it, using a fence post level to make sure the Peace Pole is straight. For a more permanent planting, pour cement in around it to set the pole, and cover the cement with some of the removed dirt.

To learn more about making your own or purchasing a Peace Pole, go to peace-pole.com.

Author

Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.

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