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Saturday, October 04, 2014

St. Faustina Kowalska Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


 St. Faustina's and the Divine Mercy! Wow! Yes, we need mercy these days! God forgive us we know not what we do... Saint Mary Faustina was visited my Jesus and he asked to have an image made of Him. The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is also dedicated to her... okay that was a horrible way to shorten her amazing life story, so please if you want to know more about her click HERE and HERE.  Her feast day is Oct. 5th on the new calendar.

The chaplet of the Divine Mercy is such a beautiful prayer, but in my house I have to keep myself from laughing as my 3 year old son takes the lead and says the prayers. He gets angry when anyone else tries to take a turn. Well, I'm glad he's learning to pray, now I need to better teach him to share! :-)

To create this ornament you will need:
  • black felt
  • white felt
  • medium blue felt
  • medium brown felt
  • yellow felt
  • peach felt
  • black sharpie marker
  • brown sharpie marker
  • red sharpie marker
  • blue sharpie marker
  • orange sharpie marker
  • scissors
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • thread and a needle (for the looped hanger)
First we made a Divine Mercy image. Make a square black background and a white Jesus shape (like above). Make your black background a little bigger than ours - we discovered that helps when it's time to add the frame. Also make a yellow halo. 
Use an orange marker to decorate the halo. Use a black marker to outline Jesus and use a brown marker to make Jesus's hair and beard. Next, use red and blue markers to make the rays. Glue all those parts down onto the black background and add a brown felt frame to the image. Again, make your black background larger than we made ours so you have an easier time adding the frame.
Cut out shapes like these pictured above - using correct colors. Be sure the blue felt is bigger than all the other pieces so you have plenty of room to glue Saint Faustina onto it.
Glue down the half circle-body and add a small strip of white to form a collar.
Add the head and over-lap the chin into the collar.
Add a small white rectangle on top of  her head. Now add white rectangles on each side of her head. Be sure they lay on top of her face - only glue them at the outer edges of the rectangles. 

Next, glue down the "U" shaped veil. Cut off the pointed ends on the two side flaps - so they look more rounded.  

Fold the two side flaps back (away from her face) onto the black veil. Glue them down.

Add the picture of the Divine Mercy, and cut off the extra background. 
Add a threaded loop to the top so you can hang the ornament.

St. Faustina, pray for us!
Jesus, have mercy on us!
~Jennifer and Elizabeth 



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