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.
a handful of wheat stalks
clear or red thread and needle
Soak wheat stalks in warm water until
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
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
Using the thread and needle, sew the
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.
Construction paper in your child's favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for
Pencil, crayon, or mark
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.
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.
Eight white candles
Ivy leaves or vines
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.
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**
Small Tree Branch
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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