Friday, October 17, 2014

Sts. John Paul II, Isaac Jogues, Luke, Jude, and Simon {Liturgical Ornaments}


Elizabeth and I made 5 more Liturgical Ornaments to finish off the month of October:

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St. John Paul II Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


Recently canalized John Paul II celebrates his feast day on Oct. 22. Read about him HERE.

To make this ornament you will need:
  • white felt
  • light blue felt
  • yellow felt
  • peach felt
  • brown permanent sharpie marker
  • yellow permanent sharpie marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • needle and thread for the looped hanger
Cut out the parts as pictured above. Use a brown sharpie marker to add the buttons to the cassock.

Glue down the bottom-buttoned part of the cassock onto the blue background.

Add the upper part with the split in the middle.

Now glue down the head.

Add the little zucchetto.

Next, add the yellow cross using the two yellow parts.

Using brown and yellow markers draw on the "chain". Use only a very light dots of brown and wait for it to dry before adding the yellow.
Add a threaded loop to the top to hang it up.

St. John Paul II, pray for us.
~Jennifer and Elizabeth




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St. Jude (apostle) Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


St. Jude, apostle and martyr, shares his feast day with St. Simon on Oct. 28th.
Read about him HERE.
To make this ornament you will need:
  • green felt
  • yellow felt (we had two shades of yellow and we used one shade for the medallion and the brighter shade for the tongue of fire. - but it will work fine if you only have one shade of yellow.)
  • brown permanent sharpie marker
  • orange permanent sharpie marker
  • red permanent sharpie marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • needle and thread for the looped hanger
Cut out the tongue of fire and the medallion from yellow felt. Use a brown marker to make Jesus' face on the medallion. Use orange and red to add color to the yellow flame. Glue them onto the green background. Cut out around them to remove any extra green background. 
Add a threaded-loop to the top to hang it up.

St. Jude, patron of hopeless situations, pray for us!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth


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St. Simon (apostle) Craft {Liturgical Ornaments}


St. Simon, apostle and martyr, shares his feast day with St. Jude on Oct. 28th.
Read about him HERE.
To make this ornament you will need:
  • white or off-white felt
  • light blue felt
  • maroon felt
  • gray felt
  • black permanent sharpie marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • needle and thread for the looped hanger
Cut out the parts like those above. Use the black marker to add detail to the fish. Paste the pages into the folded maroon "book-cover". Glue the book onto the blue background and add the fish to the book area. Cut out around the book and fish to remove all the extra blue background.
Add a threaded loop to the top to hang it up.

St. Simon, pray for us!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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St. Isaac Jogues Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


Isaac Jogues, was a Jesuit priest, missionary and martyr who worked among the native Indians in North America.  Jogues and his assistant, Rene Goupi, were torture by some Iroquois. Among other horrible acts of mistreatment, Isaac Jogues had two fingers removed. He eventually escaped, but was later martyred. He is one of "The North American Martyrs".
His feast day is October 19. Read more about him HERE.

To make this ornament you will need:
  • white or off-white felt
  • light blue felt
  • tan felt
  • blue permanent sharpie marker
  • brown permanent sharpie marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • needle and thread for the looped hanger
First cut out two hands. The easiest way to make hands it to cut out a hand which as all the fingers together and then cut down between the fingers to separate them. 
Also cut out a host. Using a brown marker, add a cross. Cut out a light blue piece of felt to use as the background. Be sure to cut off two fingers on his right hand. (Ya, it feels wrong - I know.)
Glue down the host and hands so it looks like the host is being held by the hands.

If you wish, make a few sleeves for the hands and glue them down. 
Also cut out around the hands and host - remove the extra blue background.
Use the blue marker to add a border to the blue background.
Now add a threaded loop to the top to hang it up.

St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
~Jennifer and Elizabeth


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St. Luke Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


St. Luke, evangelist, is the patron saint of doctors, painters, and sculptors. Not much is known about him, but it's believed that St. Luke was the first icon painter. He is said to have painted pictures of the Virgin Mary and Child, in particular the Hodegetria image in Constantinople which is now lost. Some believe that he never painted at all, but ether way he is now the patron of artist. He is also the patron of doctors because it's believed he had an education as a physician. One thing we know for sure is that he wrote the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. His feast day is Oct. 18th on the new and traditional calendars. Read more about him HERE and HERE.

To make this ornament you will need:
  • white or off-white felt
  • light blue felt
  • maroon felt
  • tan felt
  • lots of different colored permanent sharpie markers:
    red, orange, yellow, green, blue. purple, black, etc.
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • needle and thread for the looped hanger
Cut out the parts as pictured above. Add the many different colors to the pallet with the markers.
Add one of the colors to the tan brush-bristles. Add a black line to the end of the brush handle (optional).
Glue down the pallet to the blue background. Then glue down the bristles of the brush, then the brush handle. Now cut out around the art image to remove all the extra blue background. 
Add a threaded loop to the top so you can hang it up. 

St. Luke, pray for us.
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St. Margaret Mary Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was visited by Jesus and He communicated to her his desire for the devotion to the Sacred Heart. Through her, He told us of His desired for us to go to First Friday Mass.  Her feast day is Oct. 16 on the new calendar and Oct. 17  on the traditional calendar. Read more about her on THIS page.
This ornament depicts Jesus showing his Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary. 

To make this ornament you will need:
  • light brown or peach felt
  • red felt
  • yellow felt
  • white felt (optional)
  • brown sharpie permanent marker
  • purple sharpie permanent marker
  • orange sharpie permanent marker
  • black sharpie permanent marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • needle and thread to create the looped hanger

Cut out the pieces as they are pictured above. Use a black marker to make the crown of thorns on the heart. Use a purple maker to make the shaded edge on the heart. Use an orange marker to add the extra color to the flames. Finally, add a light edge to the hand with a brown marker.
Lay out your parts onto your background so know where they will need to go. Then glue down your flames.
Add the heart over top the flames. Then, fold the three fingers back on the hand so it looks like it's pointing. Glue them back.

Glue down the hand so it looks like it's pointing to the heart.

Then cut off the extra outer edge of the tan back ground. 
~*You can stop there if you like*~
OR you can add an extra piece of white material so it look like Jesus is pulling back his shirt.

Cut out a piece of white felt like the one pictured above. Add glue along one side of the ornament.
Place the edge of the white felt onto the glue. 

Now add glue to the back of the white felt. and fold it back - in a messy kinda way - so it looks like a shirt/robe.

Now flip it back over and trim the top so the shirt and chest are both even.
Now add a threaded-loop to the top and hang it up. Be sure you find the center of weight, one side will be a little heavier then the other.

If you are trying to fulfill your First Friday devotion you may like THIS post:

St. Margaret Mary, pray for us!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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St. Gerard Majella - Pro-Life Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers, is one of my favorite saints. (I've posted about that in the past.) It's very fitting that his feat day is in the month of October - pro-life month - since he is such a pro-life saint. His feast day is historically on Oct. 16th. Read more about him at the bottom of THIS page. 
This ornament depicts a pair of baby feet inside a blue heart, which is inside a pink heart. This is my symbolic way of showing pregnancy. The hearts are attached to a cross to show that life is meant to be sacrificial. 
To create this ornament you will need:
  • light blue felt
  • pink felt
  • medium brown felt
  • peach or tan felt
  • brown sharpie permanent marker
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • needle and thread to create the looped hanger


Draw the feet onto the peach felt using a brown sharpie marker. Use a set of side-by-side dots to "draw" the feet. This gives the lines a cleaner look. First make a bean-shape which as a flatter end at the top. Then add a few circles to make the toes. Ours only has 4 toes. It can be difficult to make the smaller toes with the marker - so we just made 4 on each foot. Now cut out the two feet.
Cut out the pieces like those pictured above.

Place the shorter brown strip over the longer strip to make a cross. Glue them together in the center.

Glue on the larger, pink, heart - like shown.

Then glue on the blue heart. 
Add the feet to the blue cross, and then add a threaded-loop to the top of the cross to hang it up.

St. Gerard, pray for us!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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I'm Jennifer Marie Lawrence the author of this blog. I'm married to my best friend & we have 9 great kids (ages 15 to 3), who we home-educate in PA.

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