Crafts

Brighid's Crosses

These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection in ancient times. Let the children hand these Brighid's Crosses out to guests at any ritual you attend or host.  A Brighid's Cross can be made with wheat stalks, grasses, reeds or rushes.

Items needed:

a handful of wheat stalks
warm water
clothespins
clear or red thread and needle

  • Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable.

  • Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out.

  • Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long "L" ).

  • Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail ).

  • Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third.

  • Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat.

  • Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each "arm".

  • Allow to dry with the clothespins in place.

  • Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together.

  • Hang over the fireplace or stove.

Paper Brighid's Crown

This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden.

Items needed:

Construction paper in your child's favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for the flames.
Pencil, crayon, or mark
Scissors
Glue (white glue or glue stick)

 

  • Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your child's head. You may need to glue 2 shorter strips to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra inches for overlap.

  • Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles of paper (these are the "candles") .

  • Draw and cut out eight flames.

  • Glue the flames to the candles.

  • Draw wicks in the flames and candles.

  • Distribute the candles evenly around the headband.

  • Glue the candles to the outside of the headband. (You can glue it to the inside if you think your youngster will wait long enough for the glue to dry).

Depending on the age of your toddler, they can do the drawing, cutting and gluing. Even the youngest child can hold paper and have you guide her hands.
 

Candle Wheel

 

The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.

 

Item needed:

 

Craft wreath
Eight white candles
Ivy leaves or vines
Glue gun

 

  • Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or hot glue.

  • Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.

Priapic Wand

 

Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter's sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest.

**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED**

 

Items needed:

 

Small Tree Branch
Acorn
Thin Brown String or Thread
Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4" Ribbon
Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells

 

  • Select a small branch about 1/2" to 3/4" in diameter.

  • Cut top end flat. Approx. 1/2" below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.

  • Take 1' long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.

  • Take another 1' piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.

  • Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.

  • Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.

  • Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.

  • Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off.

  • This will hold the acorn in place.

  • Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.

  • Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons. For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.

Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.

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