How You Child Can Make Their Own Saint Kateri Costume for All Saints’ Day

Last year, Lydia (age 6) made her own St. Kateri costume for All Saints’ Day! She had a blast, and enjoyed wearing it so much! (If you’re in a hurry, we have also made this paper bag version quickly before.)

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Supplies Needed:

  • Brown t-shirt (We got ours at Hobby Lobby. If you have an old one but it has printing on it, just turn it inside-out.)
  • Brown fringe (about 1 yard)
  • Hot Glue gun (Unless you’re in the mood to sew. You know if this is you.)
  • Scissors (some that are sharp enough to cut fabric)
  • Native American looking fabric (Small amount. I’d say 1/4 yard) OR
  • White fabric and colored sharpie markers
  • Pony Beads (optional)

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We started by gluing fringe on the shirt like so. (By the way, this is only on the front of the shirt because I was too cheap to buy very much actual fringe.)

hwo to make a saint kateri costume

Next, Lydia decorated strips of white fabric with patterns herself with sharpie markers. As you can see in the picture above, I had bought some fabric to use, but she didn’t want to use it, and that’s ok. :-)

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We hot glued on strips of the decorated fabric.

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At the bottom of the shirt, I marked lines with a black sharpie for her to cut some of her own fringe. She really enjoyed doing this herself!

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I thought we would string beads onto the fringe at the bottom and tie knots, but again, Lydia didn’t want to. Again, that’s ok. This is her costume, not mine.

She also decorated her own head band, and I hot glued it just the right size to go around her head. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good picture with it on. You can see the headband we made with paper bags here- I love the string of beads hanging down!

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We, of course, braided her hair into pig tales for All Saints’ Day. She is clearly very excited about her costume!

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Check out all of my All Saints’ Day resources here!

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St. Kateri Activity for Kids

Today, we have a guest post from my friend over at Catholic Deals, Liz. She made an adorable snack with her kids to celebrate Saint Kateri!

St. Kateri’s Native American Village


Materials needed:
- Sugar or waffle ice cream cones
- Chocolate candy melts
- Pretzel sticks
- Large tray
- Frosting
- Green and brown sugar
- Dried papaya or orange candy for fire
- Candies for decoration (optional)


 My family and I were so excited by getting a new American saint with the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha on Sunday, that we decided to hold a family party in her honor.  We prepared a Native American-inspired dinner of fish, corn, and pumpkin mashed potatoes, and finished it off with this Native American village scene for dessert.


I got the idea for the tepees and fire from Family Fun, but their instructions were to bake cupcakes inside the ice cream cones.  That seemed a little more complicated than I wanted to get, especially since I thought my kids might just prefer the cones on their own.


I used waffle cones because I thought that the opening on them would look good for the door of the tepee, but then I realized that unlike sugar cones they would not stand up on their own!  Undeterred, I just broke off pieces along the bottom until they were relatively stable.  Then I had to cut a bit off the top of each cone to widen the opening for the sticks at the top.



Candy melts worked well to stabilize the pretzel sticks, because the candy is thicker and dries much more quickly than frosting.  We had to hold or prop the sticks for a couple of minutes until they dried, so that they would stay apart at the top.  They dried in just a few minutes.



While the tepees dried, we spread a waxed-paper lined tray with vanilla frosting, and then we placed the finished tepees.  Next was the fun part – creating the scene!  We used green sugar for grass and brown sugar for dirt or sand.  We built the fire out of pretzel sticks and dried papaya cut into triangular shapes for the flames and stuck them together with some more candy melts.  We used some root beer flavored hard candies as the stones around the fire, since I could not find small candy rocks.  Finally, I had a mellowcreme autumn mix that worked great for accessories to the scene and to create a little table with a harvest feast.



This delicious craft would work well for Thanksgiving as well as for celebrations of St. Kateri’s life.  My children had so much fun creating and eating it, and they won’t soon forget about our new American saint!


Liz McGuirk is a wife and mom living in Northern Virginia.  She blogs about products and good deals of interest to Catholics at Catholic Deals.  In order to keep informed about great upcoming holiday deals on Catholic and Christian products, follow her blog or follow her here on Facebook.

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Celebrate Blessed Kateri’s Canonization with Kids!

The date of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha’s canonization is going to be October 21, 2012! (Yay!) The cool thing about soon-to-be-Saint Kateri is that she was Native American. This opens up all kinds of crafting possibilities! ;-) Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha’s feast day is July 14. We made some fun, Native American dress up crafts to celebrate St. Kateri’s canonization with my kids!

We were inspired by some crafts over on Catholic Inspired. Jennifer has directions on how to make this Native American vest, Christian symbols headband (with free download), and this Cross and Beads necklace. Aren’t they cute?! We also made an Indian vest from paper grocery bags, and a Native American headband to match.

Supplies Needed to make Catholic Saint Kateri Craft:

  • Brown Paper Grocery Sack
  • Colored Feathers (if you don’t want to buy these, you can cut feathers from construction paper. But it’s way fun to have really colorful feathers.) ;-)
  • Oil Pastels (Here’s the thing- you could use crayons, but oil pastels are going to produce a much more colorful craft. They’re great for kids, and I highly recommend having a set around your house.)
  • Pony Beads
  • Twine
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

I found a lot of different ways to make brown paper bags into vests online. Here’s what worked for us.

Start by cutting your paper grocery bag all the way up the middle.

Next, cut a head hole in the bottom of the bag (the rectangular part).

Then, cut 2 armholes, one in each side. (Not to insult your intelligence- lol!) ;-)

Turn the bag inside-out so that the writing is on the inside, leaving the outside blank and ready for you to color. We did find that the vests fit better if we folded in some of the bag by the shoulder and stapled it underneath. You can also try rounding some of your corners or folding them under to play with the shape of your vest.

Now, what I think makes the vests look really cute is to give them a faux leather look by crumpling the bag. (Julian absolutely insisted that we not crumple his, and I respected that.) So crumple it and un-crumple it about 3 to 5 times until it looks nice and leathery.

Then, smooth it out with your hand. I saw where some people online had ironed theirs…. um, no. I don’t even iron my church clothes on Sunday, and I’m certainly not going to iron a vest made from paper bags- lol! It smooths out with your hands just fine.

Now comes the fun part- decorate it however you want! We cut some fringe in the bottom. I thought it was cutest to cut wide fringe, then crumple it a little more. Julian didn’t want fringe at first, but once he saw everyone else’s, he asked to have some. :-)

Draw on Christian symbols and patterns with oil pastels. I really do love oil pastels and let my kids color with them all the time. They have way better color than crayons, plus you can mix the colors and they draw on dark paper and foil. My kids love them!

We also taped on pieces of twine, strung on pony beads, and taped colored feathers to the end. You could put as many of these wherever you want on the vest. I wrapped the ends of the twine with tape to keep it from raveling while the kids strung the beads. You might want to tie a knot to hold the beads on before taping on your feather, just in case the feather falls off.

Now your Native American vest craft is all done!

For the headband, cut a long strip of paper bag, decorate with oil pastels, and tape feathers on the back side. We also added twine with pony beads and feathers to the headband. Again, we just taped them on. Measure the Indian headband craft to fit your child’s head, and then staple it in a loop.

Once it’s in a loop, you’re ready to wear it!

I think the twine that hung down from the Native American headband with the pony beads and feathers made it extra cute!

This would also be a cute Indian craft to do at Thanksgiving, or if you are doing a Native American unit study.

Lydia also made this American flag all by herself from sticks, paper, markers, and packing tape! (Can you tell that I’m proud that she did this all by herself? Seriously, she just asked me where the tape was, then showed me this flag!) There are not that many American Saints, and St. Kateri is one of them!

We also made crosses out of sticks. Whenever you see a picture of Saint Kateri, she’s almost always holding a cross made from sticks. :-)

My kids had such a good time with this craft! They made headband after headband until we ran out of feathers! And just look how many beads Violet strung onto her vest!

To re-enforce Saint Kateri’s story with the kids, we’ve been listening to our Saint Kateri Glory Story CD from Holy Heroes. (We clearly need to listen to it some more since after finishing the above craft, Julian asked me for his “life jacket and crown”. lol.) I have all of the Glory Story CD’s, and my kids love to listen to them in the van. The stories are kid-friendly, and very professionally produced! If you ever invite me to your kid’s birthday party, I’m likely to show up with a Glory Story CD as their present. ;-)

Holy Heroes also has a FREE SAINT KATERI COLORING BOOK that you can download! It’s really cute.

We’re very excited about Saint Kateri’s upcoming canonization around here!!! :-)

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Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha- Feast Day July 14

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was a Native American who was Christian, against the wishes of her tribe and uncle. She has an amazing story! Here are some fun ways to celebrate her upcoming feast day:

Try crafting these teepeees with That Artist Woman.
She has a template!

from Catholic Online. I love these!

from St. John the Baptist Church- these are just
beautiful and a great free resource! Scroll down past the stations.

Check out these comic book pages about
Blessed Kateri at Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact.

I loved these God’s Eyes- they look very 
Native American with the feathers, yet they’re Christian. 
I thought it might be neat given Blessed Kateri’s story. 

Blessed Kateri seems to always be holding a cross made
from sticks in her pictures, so I thought it would be really cool to
make a stick crucifix like this on from Growing with my Girls!

And here are some free printable Native American
paper dolls- maybe give her a cross! ;-)

By the way, I’m not pretending to know anything about the particular tribe Blessed Kateri came from. For all I know, they didn’t live in teepees- although there are pictures of teepees in the comic book pages about her… Lol!