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Monday, November 10, 2014

All Souls Craft {Liturgical Ornament}

This ornament for All Souls Day (Nov. 2) is meant to remind kids that we need to pray for the souls in Purgatory. Read more about that HERE.  Often Purgatory is pictured with fire, but I thought that might be confusing for kids (too much like hell) so I used thorns in our Purgatory instead.  I added Heaven to the upper corner so the kids can see that these souls are reaching out and desiring to enter into the glow and warmth of Heaven.  
To make this ornament you will need:
  • light blue felt
  • peach felt
  • tan felt
  • yellow felt
  • white felt
  • black permanent sharpie marker
  • orange permanent sharpie marker 
  • yellow permanent sharpie marker
  • gold glitter glue
  • silver glitter glue
  • scissors (these kind work well)
  • glue (hot glue, felt glue,  or tacky glue - like this or this)
  • thread and needle for the looped hanger
Cut out all the pieces like those above. Also cut out a white circle (not pictured here but it's seen later in these steps)
Add the 3 rays and the cloud to the corner. Add the hands on the bottom of the blue background.
Use the black marker to create the thorns and dark area around the hands. Use the yellow marker to added more color around the yellow felt rays.  Now write "Pray for the souls in Purgatory" on your white circle. Do the writing before you glue it down, because you may need to redo it if you mess-up on the writing. When making the letters, use a series of dots side-by-side to form them. This gives them a less fussy look. We added a little yellow and orange to the circle's edge to add character. Once you are happy with your circle glue it down to the upper left corner - beside heaven. 
Add gold glitter glue to the rays and around the 'pray circle'. Also add silver glitter glue to the heavenly cloud.  Cut out around the edges to remove any extra felt and give it a cleaner look. 
Add a threaded loop to the top and hang it up with your All Saints ornament.
Click Here to read about the All Saints Ornament.

God Bless.
~Jennifer and Elizabeth

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