Ed. note: Click 'source' for more inspiring photos.
Mom or dad could cut out all the parts,
then the kids can decorate the panels with dough, gesso
or modeling paste, using cake decorating tools -
then grandma can help paint and rub with gold paint.
You will be busy right up until Christmas Eve
and won't have time to shop or cook.
I have an idea! Let's put on a
I was going to make this a craft post because I think making 'stuff' during Advent for Christmas is an excellent means of praying and working and being together. Whatever.
I decided not to make this a personal arts and crafts post because I won't be doing much arts and crafts until after Christmas - I hope. Although I'm doing little paintings and crafty stuff now - it's nothing to blog about. So anyway.
Allow the ancient and antique
to inspire and inform your creations.
I'm intrigued now about Jesse Trees for Advent. They really are the perfect thing - aside from Advent calendars, and if you have to, Advent wreaths - I still think wreaths should be more creative and natural and festive though. All of these things you should make yourself however - with the kids or with your friends in the attic. I know!
When you make stuff - your hands are busy, you are free to pray as you work. It's so contemplative. You listen to a tape or someone leading the rosary or reading ... it's very monastic. You can talk if you are together as a family of course. It's creative and should be fun. So here's the deal.
Try making dough figures for a painted box (cajon).
You could use stiff cardboard instead of wood,
apply fabric or glue on
cut out holy cards and scrap.
Salt dough ornaments.
So how to make dough ornaments and figures?
It's called salt dough. You can get clay at art stores, but it's more fun to make dough to sculpt. I found a recipe with how to photos here. It's not all Advent/Christmas stuff - but you can use the same technique.
See - Abbey Roads really is family friendly.
Song for this post here.