A Meaningful Baptism Gift Idea

It’s so hard to find just the right present for a Baptism. Something that will be meaningful (especially if you are the Godparent) but nothing too “trinkety” that doesn’t have a place in a house. If you’re looking for a special gift for your Godchild, I think you’ll like this idea.

a special baptism gift idea

I had seen people bringing their own shells for baptisms (rather than using the one at the church), but I couldn’t help but think “why would I want another ‘thing’ sitting around my house?” That’s when I came up with this idea. Basically, you turn the shell used at your child’s Baptism into a Christmas ornament. That ‘s way, it’s not just something that is ‘sitting around’, because it is packed up with the rest of the Christmas ornaments. It becomes somewhat of a “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament.

Here’s how you pull this off. Either purchase one of those expensive Baptism shells from online somewhere, or go to your local craft shop, buy a big shell, and spray paint it gold. (That’s what we did). Bring it to the Baptism, and give it to the priest ahead of time. He will be pleasantly surprised that you care so much about your child’s Baptism! ;-) (When Anabelle was Baptized, we showed up with our own white stole, golden shell, and Baptism candle, all of which are usually provided by the church. Our priest was like, “Why did I even get anything out?”. lol!)

For some reason, shells spray paint beautifully! Here is Anabelle being Baptized with the shell.

baptism with golden shell

Here’s how I turned ours into a Christmas ornament. First, I hunted down some beads at Wal-Mart that I thought looked like water drops. I strung them through some clear string, and hot glued them to the back of the shell. (You could totally skip the beads if you wanted to.)

baptism christmas ornament- gift idea for catholic baby

Glue a loop of string at the top (so the ornament can hang) and add a bow to the front of the shell. Voila, you could totally be done right here! … Or….

christmas ornament for baptism

However, I absolutely adore sparkly Christmas ornament (because of how the lights on the tree bounce off the glitter) so I painted the front of the shell with some watered down glue and covered it in glitter.

homemade shell christmas ornament for baptism

Knock the extra glitter off and wait for it to dry. Again, you can be done at this step. …Or…. ;-)

You can print a picture of the baby on the day of their Baptism, along with the date, and glue it on the inside of the shell. In order to get mine to lay right, I first hot glued in a wad of tissue, then I glued the picture on top. I printed mine on card stock. I suppose if you really wanted it to hold up, you could laminate it before you glue it on, but I didn’t bother.

baby's first christmas ornament for baptism

Now, you really really could be finished…. OR…. ;-)

You could turn the front of the shell into an angel. Try googling “Angel Shell” and looking at the images- you’ll find plenty of inspiration! I made the angel’s wings by taking some white, wired ribbon, looping into one circle, and twisting in the middle. You can hot glue them behind the shell. The head is one of those big marble-thingies that’s flat on one side. Again- hot glue is your friend.

homemede angel shell ornamet for baptism

Now, you could stop here, … OR….

Only kidding. It’s really time to stop now. ;-)

I opted not to do the angel thing, so here’s our completed Baptism Christmas ornament hanging on the tree.

homemade baptism ornament

See how sparkly it is on the tree? I just love it! I’m very excited for Anabelle to have this keepsake. I think this is a great way to always keep this special memento around without it becoming a bother to keep up with, and it’s so special to see it once a year at Christmas time. :-)

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Bible Craft for the Letter D – Dove with Olive Branch

We are continuing our Bible Alphabet craft series, and this week with my preschoolers, we learned about Noah’s Arc and made a craft of a Doves for the letter D.

dove bible craft for the letter d

Supplies Needed:

  • White (cheap) paper plates
  • White feathers
  • Clothes pins (2 per dove)
  • Googily eyes (2 per dove)
  • Orange marker
  • School glue
  • Hot glue
  • Small Branches OR Brown pipe cleaners and green beads

Because I was doing this with 1 and 2 year olds, I prepped these a little bit. You can adjust for what you think your age group is capable of.

First, color the end of one of your clothes pins orange. This will become the beak. Fold the paper plate in half, and hot glue the 2 clothes pins underneath, one on each side, each with the “pincher” side out. Glue the clothes pins into the crease, then flip them over and kinda pinch the paper plate around the clothes pins. Here’s a picture of underneath the dove.

dove craft from underneath

You absolutely have to have one on each side, or the paper plate won’t balance and your doves will all face plant. This is how far I prepped for my preschoolers. If you have older kids but don’t want to use hot glue, consider glue dots- they rock.

Take this opportunity to write your children’s names under the plates before they get wet with glue. Turn your paper plates over so the clothespins are underneath, and put squiggly lines of school glue down each side. Let the kids go crazy sticking feathers everywhere.

crafting with preschoolers

Put 2 dots of glue on the front of the paper plate (the side with the orange beak) and have the kids stick on the googily eyes. I wish I would have had some bigger ones in my stash! You can also pinch tail feathers into the back clothes pin. Set these aside to dry.

We were going to go on a walk with our preschoolers and let them pick their own “olive brance” for the Dove’s mouth (as we were learning about Noah’s Arc this week) but it was raining. So instead, I gave them each a pipe cleaner and green beads to string on as a branch and leaves. Twist the pipe cleaner on one end to keep the beads from coming off the bottom, let them string their green beads, then twist up the other side as well.

Preschoolers love to string beads onto pipe cleaners!

stringing beads

Just use the clothes pin to pinch the branch in the dove’s mouth. If your paper plate is having trouble standing up, loop a piece of tape and place it inside at the top of the plate. Pinch it together from the outside.

dove bible craft for preschool

These were super fun! Looking forward to completing our Bible Alphabet crafts. :-)

paper plate dove craft

The dove is also a common symbol for the Holy Spirit, so this would also be a great Baptism craft, or Pentecost craft- just forgo the olive branch.

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Make a Holy Water Bottle Craft with Catholic Kids

We made these Holy water bottle necklaces when Anabelle was Baptized, and this was such a fun craft for Baptism! It got the kids involved, gave them something to look forward to, kept them occupied, and I got to teach the kids about Holy Water. Score! :-)

holy water bottle craft for catholic kids

Making these was super easy!

Supplies Needed to Make Holy Water Bottle Necklaces:

  • Necklace Sand Art Bottles from Craft Store (We got ours at Michael’s. They were a little more than $1 each, but came in packs of 3. They didn’t come with sand, but if memory serves I think they came with tiny funnels. You can order them for less than a dollar each with free shipping if you order by the dozen. Also, Oriental trading has CROSS SHAPED ONES!!!! *squeal with excitement!*)
  • Religious stickers (You can get them at Catholic shops, or a Christian supply store, or sometimes the Dollar Tree, or you can order them.)
  • Letter Stickers or sharpie marker for labeling as “Holy Water”
  • Holy Water (You can get this at any Catholic church. There’s usually a dispenser somewhere around the vestibule.)

Give your kids the bottle necklaces, and let them decorate with stickers and/or sharpie markers.

holy water bottle craft

The only “rule” is, it needs to say “Holy Water” on there so that people know. The religious stickers can also be an indicator. ;-)

catholic craft- make a holy water bottle

The kids really did a great job with these! While they are decorating, you can teach them about Holy Water. I absolutely loved this post about Holy Water. Totally recommend that you read it.

holy water bottle necklace craft for kids

When they’re finished decorating, it’s time to tie on the strings. We hung cheap crucifixes from some of the strings to dangle down. You could also string them up with actual beads- that would be really cute! We were just keeping it simple.

holy water bottle necklace craft

We made these as a Baptism craft with Anabelle’s Baptism coming up later that week. So when we were finished, I held onto them until the big day. (I knew letting the kids keep them until the Baptism day would just end up in lost bottles, and tears on our way out the door to the Baptism. Thought I would do what I could to head that off.) ;-)

baptism craft- holy water bottle necklace

Then came the big day! The kids were super excited to bring and fill their Holy Water bottles. After the Baptism, they filled the bottles straight from the Baptismal font.

filling holy water bottles with kids

Our priest was clearly taken by this. In fact, they started to take away the Baptismal font as soon as the Baptism was over. I thought we would just fill our bottles in the vestibule, but as soon as Fr. Ted saw the children with their bottles, he had them bring the Baptismal font back. :-)

filling holy water bottle with kids

That little one filling her bottle in the picture above is my niece. It’s so fun to live in town with family again!

filling holy water bottles after Baptism

My little brother was the altar server for the Baptism. Even though he is 11, he even had fun with this. In fact, while we were decorating the bottles, we had my 15 year old brother-in-law staying with us, and he made one, too. So this is a craft for all ages!

altar server with holy water bottle necklace

I’m telling you, these kids were excited about some Holy Water! This craft has got to be one of  my favorites. :-)

filled holy water bottle

And of course, everyone loves a wearable craft. ;-)

holy water necklaces for kids

make a holy water bottle necklace

We have had these for months now, and the kids still love them. They have nails in their rooms that they hang on. I will admit that some of them leak a little if you turn them on their side, but it’s not a problem when they’re hanging on their nails. And if any Holy Water leaks, hey, extra blessings. ;-)

*disclaimer*- don’t let your kids get strangled with these.

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Holy Spirit Craft- Make a Dove from a Paper Plate

We’ve been working on these Holy Spirit doves, just in time for Pentecost! They’re really easy to make- my 6 year old loved this craft. You can stop at just a dove, or you can attach the gifts of the Holy Spirit to learn a little something extra. :-) This craft would be perfect for Baptisms, Confirmation, or anything else to do with the Holy Spirit- not just Pentecost.

Supplies Needed:

  • White paper plate (the cheap kind)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • String or ribbon
  • Yellow Paper

Start with a regular, cheap paper plate. First, cut it into thirds in big strips. The outside pieces become the wings, and the middle becomes the body of the dove. Cut the dove’s tail and body from the middle section after cutting the wings free. The dove’s body is easy to draw because it’s just shaped like a snowman. Draw the lines you need to cut on the back of the paper plate. That way, when you flip it over the marker lines won’t show. See picture below:

Cut on your lines, and then assemble like a dove with one of the big wings on each side. Secure the wings on the back of the dove with tape. I like tape for this because it does a good job, and then you don’t have to wait on any glue to dry. Draw on some simple feet, a beak, and 2 eyes with markers.

You can stop here and have a perfectly lovely Holy Spirit dove.

If you want to take it a step farther, you can add the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I cut one tear-drop shape out of a piece of paper, and gave it to Lydia to trace and cut her own.  I told her she needed 7 of them.  Cut them out, and write the gifts of the Holy Spirit on them.

Tape string or ribbon to the back of each flame, and then to the back of the dove. Tape one more piece of string or ribbon on the back of each wing so you can hang your dove.

Ta-da!!! Gifts of the Holy Spirit dove!

I really like this craft, and it came out cuter than I thought it would. You can hang these anywhere!

Here’s Lydia’s (age 6)

Lydia always insists on doing things her own way. She cut hers out so her dove was looking to the side (which I thought was cute). She just labeled her flames 1-7. She also wanted her wings on upside-down from mine. Then, when I took a break to check on the baby, she decorated her dove by drawing spiders on it- lol. She’s so pleased!

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