Sep 29, 2014

Guardian Angels ~ A Craft for Boys and Girls {Liturgical Ornament}


The feast day of our Guardian Angels is Oct. 2nd (new and traditional calendars)! We can't overlook the feast day of our own personal help and guide! After all these holy angels have been by our side from the beginning of our lives! 
Elizabeth and I created two ornaments for the Guardian Angels. One has a boy on it and one has a girl. You could make a bigger ornament and add them all together if you wish. But I figured the boys would like to have a less girly looking ornament! ;-) 

Boy's Guardian Angel 
To make the boy ornament you will need:
  • white felt
  • green felt
  • medium blue felt
  • light blue felt
  • peach/tan felt
  • navy blue felt
  • black felt (for shoes)
  • maroon felt
  • yellow felt
  • permanent sharpie markers : black, brown,orange, blue and yellow (optional)
  • scissors
  • good quality, thick tacky glue or hot glue (I use hot glue)
    Tacky glue like this: HERE and HERE You may also like to try Felt Glue
  • needle and thread to make a loop for hanging
Cut out all the parts and pieces like those pictured above. We used blue marker to add detail to the angel's robe, We also used black to add a shaded edge to the maroon shirt and we used orange to add an edge to the yellow halo. Use brown marker to make hair on the two heads and black to make eyes and a mouth. Use a set of dots to make the mouth so the line will have a cleaner look. 
Now glue the green grass onto the light blue background. Glue the wings onto the back of the angel's robe. Have a small part of the angels wings sticking out the top of the robe so you have something to glue the head on to. Glue the hands onto the back of the angels sleeves. Now flip him over and add his halo and then his head. Now glue the angel onto the grass and blue sky background.
Next make the boy. Glue the arms and the top edge of the paints to the back of the shirt. Add the shoes to the back of the pants leg. Then flip him over and add the head to the top of the shirt. Next, glue him in front of his angel.  Cut out around the angel and boy to remove any extra background. Sew a thread through the top and make a loop so you can hang it up.


Girl's Guardian Angel
To make the girl ornament you will need:
  • white felt
  • green felt
  • pink felt
  • light blue felt
  • peach/tan felt
  • purple felt
  • brown felt
  • yellow felt
  • permanent sharpie markers : black, brown,orange, purple, pink, and yellow
  • scissors
  • good quality, thick tacky glue or hot glue (I use hot glue)
    Tacky glue like this: HERE and HERE You may also like to try Felt Glue
  • needle and thread to make a loop for hanging
Cut out all the parts and pieces like those pictured above. We used pink and yellow markers to add detail to the angel's robe. We also used purple to add a detail to the purple dress and we used orange to add an edge to the yellow halo. We used a brown marker to add shoes to the girls feet. And we also used a brown marker to detail to the hair pieces.  **But don't add the eyes and mouth till later.
Now glue the green grass onto the light blue background. Glue the wings onto the back of the angel's robe. Have a small part of the angels wings sticking out the top of the robe so you have something to glue the head/halo onto. Glue the hands onto the back of the angels sleeves. Now flip her over and add her halo and then her head. Now, add her hair. Next, glue the angel onto the grass and blue sky background.
Next make the girl. Glue the arms and the legs to the back of the dress. Then flip her over and add the head to the top of the dress. Then add her hair. Now, glue her in front of her angel. Finally, using a black marker, add the eyes and mouth to the angel and the girl. Create the mouth by making a set of dots. Dots help the edges of the line/mouth maintain a cleaner look.  Cut out around the angel and girl to remove any extra background. Sew a thread through the top and make a loop so you can hang it up.

You may also like the Guardian Angel printable activity:

May you all have a blessed day!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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Sep 25, 2014

St. Therese the Little Flower Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


Normally when I post these liturgical ornaments I do a short quick biography... I'm never sure if I need to, but it always seemed like I should. Being that today I'm posting about St. Therese, The Little Flower, I feel odd trying to do her life justice in just a few sentences and because she is so popular I decided I'm not even going to try!  :-) 
If you want to know more about her "Google" it and you'll find a wondrous wreath of resources.
If you are looking for a good book about St. Therese my kids love these books:
And this Movie:
St. Therese's feast day is Oct. 1 in the new calendar and Oct. 3 in the traditional calendar.

To make this ornament craft you will need:
  • medium blue felt
  • black felt
  • medium brown felt
  • pink felt
  • red felt
  • white felt
  • peach or tan felt
  • scissors 
  • good quality, thick tacky glue or hot glue (I use hot glue)
    Tacky glue like this: HERE and Here You may also like to try Felt Glue
  • thread and needle to make a hanging loop
Step 1: Cut out shapes like these pictured above - using correct colors. (We did add a red long wavy stand which is not pictured.) Be sure the blue felt is bigger than all the other pieces so you have plenty of room to glue Saint Therese onto it.  Also, the black veil and the "U" shaped black veil should be the same size. But the "U" shaped veil has the center cut out.
Step 2: Glue down the black veil, then add the head and white habit. Don't add the "U" shaped veil, yet and try not to add glue to the bottom of her chin yet. 
Step 3: Once you have added the head and habit, add the "U" shaped black veil to cover the outer edges of the head and habit. 
Step 4: Add the brown half oval shaped body. It will be located below her head with a small space between her chin and the brown body.
Step 5: Now add the white collar. Be sure the top edge is just under her chin. Now glue the collar and her chin down. 
Step 6: Add some leaves to the lower body area. 

Step 7: Roll the long strips into a rose - Cut off any extra which would make the rose too big. Make and glue one at a time. When gluing them make a pool of glue about the size of the rose and then lay the rolled rose into the glue - wavy side up and flat side into the glue. Press the rose into the glue. Do the same with the next two roses. 
Step 8: Cut off the extra blue felt from around the St. Therese figure and roses. 
Step 9: Add a thread loop to hang the ornament. Sew a piece of thread (we used gold) through the top and knot it.  
Step 10: Hang the ornament wherever you like and enjoy!

This would be a great project for a Little Flowers Girls Club, too!

St. Therese, pray for us!
May God Bless you all with Joy!

~Jennifer and Elizabeth 
(Elizabeth, my sweet helper, has loved St. Therese since she was a toddler!)



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Sep 23, 2014

The Archangels - Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael Craft {Liturgical Ornaments}


The fast of the Archangels is on Sept. 29th, so Elizabeth made 3 ornaments for this feast day. The three ornaments include: Raphael, Michael, and Gabriel. Here are the details for how to create these three ornaments. 

*St. Gabriel*
Gabriel's ornament was made with medium blue, light blue, yellow, white, off-white, and peach felt.
Cut out all your pieces. We used light blue permanent marker to add detail to the robe. We used orange to add an outer edge to the halo. We also added brown marker to the banner edge and we used black marker to make the "Hail full of Grace". I recommend  that you make the letters by using a series of dots rather then drawing them like you regularly would. It helps give them a cleaner look. We also made a face and hair on the head with brown and black markers.
Glue down the wings onto a piece of medium blue felt - the blue felt should be larger than all the other pieces. Add the robe and halo over top the wings. Then glue down the head and banner. Now cut off the extra blue felt from around the angel. 

*St. Raphael*
St. Raphael was made with medium blue, medium brown, dark brown, gray, white, yellow, and peach felt.
 Black, brown, and orange permanent sharpie markers were used to add detail to the robe, fish, halo, and face.
Glue down the wings onto a piece of medium blue felt - the blue felt should be larger than all the other pieces. Add the robe and halo over top the wings - don't glue down the arm that will hold the staff. Glue the hand/arm to the back of the robe-arm and then glue that down. Then glue down the head and fish. Add the staff to his hand. Now cut off the extra blue felt from around the angel. 

*St. Michael*
St. Michael was created using peach, medium brown, white, gray, medium blue, and yellow felt. 
We used black and brown permanent markers to add detail to the face, feet and sword handle. The chest plate was decorated with black marker-dots in a fish scale pattern. We also used orange marker to add the edge around the halo. 
Glue down the wings onto a piece of medium blue felt - the blue felt should be larger than all the other pieces. Glue down the shirt -only in the center and at the neck. Glue the arms onto the back of the shirt's sleeves and then glue down the arms onto the blue felt. Now add the brown strips to the skirt. Add the skirt to the ornament - glue it only at the waste - under the shirt bottom.  Now glue down his legs (under the skirt) and then finish gluing down the skirt, and finish gluing down the shirt, too. Add the halo and head over top the wings. Then glue down the chest plate and sword. Now cut off the extra blue felt from around the angel. 

These guys are too cute! They have to be my personal favorite so far! But then again, Elizabeth and I have some really cute ornaments finished and ready to be posted for October!
Hope you enjoy them!

May God shower you with His blessings!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth



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Sep 21, 2014

St. Pio, Matthew, Vincent, and Jerome {Liturgical Ornaments}


Here are 4 more ornaments for the feast days in September. I will be posting ornaments for the Archangels soon, but I wanted to get these out to you while I had the time.

St Matthew

St. Pio

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Jerome

God bless you all with joy!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth


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St. Jerome Lion Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


St. Jerome was a priest, Doctor of the Church, and translator of the Latin Vulgate Bible (The Latin Bible which was translated from the Hebrew and Aramaic)  His feast day is Sept. 30th (new and traditional calendars) Read about him HERE and HERE.
We created a lion ornament for St. Jerome because he is often depicted with a lion. There is an old story told about him that tells how St. Jerome tamed a lion who's paw was injured. After the lion was healed he became more of a pet for the saint. -- Is the story true? I'm not sure, but it's a fun story to help kids differentiate him from other saints.
The lion was an easy ornament. We made the lion using only medium brown felt and yellow felt. We used black and brown permanent markers to add detail to the parts. 

St. Jerome. pray for us!
May God bless you all with joy!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth


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St. Vincent de Paul Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


St. Vincent, was a priest and founder of  "Ladies of Charity" which eventually became the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent had a special place in his heart for the poor, particularity poor children. He is the patron saint of all charities. His feast day is Sept. 27 in the new calendar and July 19th in the traditional calendar. Read more about him HERE and HERE.
St. Vincent's ornament depicts an adult's hand (St. Vincent's hand) giving bread to a child's hands - to symbolize St. Vincent's love and care for poor children  
To create this ornament we used light blue, tan, peach, and medium brown felt. We used brown permanent marker to add detail to the bread and blue permanent marker to add detail to the blue background. (the bread looks dark in these pictures -not sure why- but it is lighter in color than pictured.)

St. Vincent de Paul, Pray for us!
May our hearts be filled with a burning love to help others!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth

PS: Happy Anniversary to my sweet-honey!
We've been blessed with 17 years of wonderful marriage!
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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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