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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Legend of the Dogwood Tree ~ Crafts and Cards

Every house I've ever lived in (5 of them) was blessed to have a dogwood tree in the yard! So I've had a love of dogwoods even when I was very young. As a teen, I heard the legend of the dogwood and I just loved the story. No, I don't think it's true, but the imagery and symbolism of the cross and the dogwood blossoms are so beautiful!
So, for the last week and a half, I've been slowly working on the artwork to create the printable cards and the dogwood craft patterns which are in this post.....

If you don't know the Legend of the Dogwood here it is:
The Legend of the Dogwood
At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus' cross.

     To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. "Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.
     "In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember."

A little more information on the dogwood and its blossoms:
The trees look like clouds all covered with flowers in the spring! 
image source

Dogwood flowers have a few different colors. 
They can be White (purity) or pink (blood stained).
The white flower centers are green to start and then become more yellow as the mini flowers open.
When the flower starts to die the center turns brown. 
image source

The pink flower centers are often brown.
 image source

In the fall, the centers (crown of thorns) swell and turn into berries, which birds eat. 
Neat isn't it!! (I'm also a science nut!)

Dogwood fruit image source

A Dogwood Craft
I created a pattern for my kids to make their own dogwood flowers.
They are very simple to make!

To make this you will need:

  • the pattern Choose: {large} or {4 small} 
  • crayons
  • tape or glue
  • scissors

Print the pattern (there is one large or 4 small on a page)
(stock paper works best)

Color the flower and the leaves.
Add red and brown to the flower's notched tip -"nail prints"
Color the center yellow and/or brown
Color the leaves green
Color the petals pink or leave them white.

Cut out the flower and the three leaves

Tape the leaves to the bottom of the flower so they are shown through the petals of the flower.

Curl the pedals up beside the "nail prints" and at the center.

For a little extra fun, you can add a pipe cleaner center to resemble the "crown of thorns".

You can add these flowers to almost anything to decorate it!
You can cut out two strips of brown paper to make a cross and add a paper dogwood flower.

I added them to my Lenten/Easter cross...

to a wreath (along with my legend print and a bow)...
Glue craft sticks to the back to make the legend card stay straight.
This must be hung in a dry spot (unless you laminate them).

Prints and Cards of the Legend of the Dogwood
You can also print out the legend story to go with your flowers. 
(This is also some of my original artwork)

Folded Gift Card 
This folded card and a handmade flower would be nice for any occasion including mother's/grandmother's day, a thinking of you surprise, an Easter card, etc.
(Print onto stock paper)

Legend Prints
Nice for decorating or for framing

Simple Legend Printables
Nice for a class or large group
4 on a page
Available Here

I found so many ways to use these paper dogwood blossoms and legend cards!

I enjoyed drawing these flowers and cards.
My kids enjoyed coloring and creating the crafts.
I hope you enjoy them, too!!
God Bless.


  1. I also loved this legend as a teen. I know my girls are going to enjoy making these flowers and decorating everything with them. Thanks!

    1. Your kids always do a beautiful job! Hope they enjoy it! God bless!

  2. Just beautiful Jennifer! I had only recently heard about this story and checked it out from the library. It's really good and filled with pretty pictures.

    1. Your local library had it?!?!?! Mine didn't! :-(
      ♥ Thanks Noreen! God Bless.

  3. I'm not sure why I've never stumbled across your blog before, but I am certainly enjoying looking around! I'm always looking for new ideas. God bless! Annita +JMJ+

    1. It's nice to meet you, Annita! So glad you found me! May God bless you and your family!

  4. Thanks Jennifer for sharing this and your many other awesome crafts on my Homemade Mother's Day Link Party:

  5. I thought this was a great idea and pinned it so others could see it and honor Our Blessed Lord in this way, but, apparently, I was NOT allowed to pin it and got a strike against my account. And, yet, I see that it has a pin button on the bottom of the post.

    Did I do something wrong? How can I have this strike against me removed? It is clear that I should not pin anything else from this site, so I won't. You could have just asked.

  6. Hi Mrs. Skojec,
    I'm very sorry for your difficulty. I don't know anything about your pin or the strike. That was not my doing.

    Was the pin from here or Crafolic?
    There was a problem with Pinterest and my old blog(Crafolic) but that was a few months ago....
    Feel free to read about that here: http://www.catholicinspired.com/2013/01/pinterest-and-broken-pins-feel-free-to.html

    I talk a little bit about it on this post, too....

    Please understand I'm happy to see you pin from my blog, but Pinterest has been very difficult to work with. As far as I know you have done nothing wrong and did not deserve a strike. That is very upsetting. I wish I could help you more.
    Pinterest has been very frustrating to me as I have tried to talk to them about these deleted pins from Crafolic....but they just don't allow you to speak to a real person! I had thought they stopped deleting the old Crafolic pins, so I'm really hoping you are referring to an old problem from over a month ago. If this is a more recent problem, I have no ideas what has happened!

    I love Pinterest, I just wish they were easier to talk to when problems like this occur!

    Again feel free to pin from my blog, and I am very sorry for any problems.
    Things like this are every upsetting, but I hope you have a good day. And thank you for your support. May God Bless you!

  7. Thanks! Sorry about my testy response. They had 2 strikes against me from your blog and I couldn't figure out what I did wrong! Yes, it was about a month ago. I'll keep writing to them and I hope we can figure it out. I still like your ideas and will continue to use them, if you don't mind. But I won't pin them, just in case. Keep up the good work.


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