I'd first learned of weathergrams in Maureen Crawford's Handmade Greeting Cards, the book that got me started on what's become an enjoyable hobby. Crawford explains: "Japanese in origin, weathergrams are short poems written on biodegradable paper and hung outdoors to be mellowed by nature...They are replaced at the equinox and solstice and become a unique way of celebrating the seasons".
Crawford's instructions for making a weathergram call for cutting a piece of brown paper 3"x11", folding down a flap measuring 2 1/2" along one end, punching a hole in the middle of the upper edge of the flap, and threading a piece of twine (she suggests 15" length) through the hole so that the weathergram can be hung outside. A seasonal poem is then written on the long section below the flap.
Just out of curiousity, I googled "weathergram" and came up with similar directions as well as images of various weathergrams. These Internet directions generally called for using brown kraft paper (paper grocery bags are a good source, of course). A poem consisting of no more than ten words in length was suggested.
The Internet weathergram poems seemed to have been moslty written in lovely calligraphy. I'm not a calligraphist, so I made do with a Sharpie Ultra Fine marker.
Some of the weathergrams I saw online had been stamped with an image; the ones I saw had Asian writing on them. I used a rubber stamp from the Sun, Moon, and Stars stamp set produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (a garage sale find). The stamp I chose is based on a 16th C. woodblock print.
So here's what I'll be hanging up tomorrow:
I'm not crazy about my printing compared to the calligraphy I saw online, but it'll do. I wanted to post this tonight so that if anyone reads it soon, they'll be able to make their own weathergrams in time to welcome spring!