Celebrating Santa Lucia Day- Printable St. Lucy and Star Boy Craft

It’s almost St. Lucy day! This is a day that is traditionally celebrated in Sweden. Little girls dress up as St. Lucy in white dresses with red ribbons (that symbolize her purity and her martyrdom) and wreaths with candles in their hair. They serve Santa Lucia saffron buns, a sweet bread, also known “Lussekatter”. Also in Sweden, there was a tradition there where boys dressed up as “star boys” in pointy hats with stars and robes and sang on the epiphany. Somewhere along the line in Sweden, these 2 traditions got smushed together into one big Santa Lucia day celebration!

saint lucy and star boy craft

This year, we are continuing on making our Advent Saint ornaments to incorporate celebrating the Saint feast days during Advent. These were my favorite ones to make so far! We did a lot of embellishing on these little guys, and the kids had a great time!

For optimal fun, eat leftover candy canes from St. Nicholas day while you color these. 😉

printable st. lucy ornament for santa lucia day

We embellished St. Lucy’s wreath around her head with green sequins. You could also use sparkly green pipe cleaners!

saint lucy printable ornament

We also made 3D saffron buns to go on her plate. We took yellow model magic, rolled it into tiny snakes, and shaped them into the traditional “S” shape.

craft saint lucy buns

I piled these on the plate and let them dry. We stuck them on with glue dots.

saint lucia craft for kids

I also used some gold glitter glue to give a little flash to her candle flames, and went around the edge of her plate with some glitter glue.

santa lucia christmas ornament

Some of the St. Lucys were printed in color and embellished, and some were printed in black and white and then colored. Look- we even tied actual little red ribbons around their waist! We had such a good time with these. 🙂

saint lucy ornaments- printable craft

My girls all opted to make the St. Lucy ornament, and Julian made the star boy. (Surprise, surprise!) 😉 So far, the kids had the most fun with these! For embellishing the star boy, I provided a gold paint pen, and gold star-shaped sequins from the craft store.

printable star boy craft

As you can see in the picture, we are assembling our Advent Saint ornaments with glue dots (found in the scrapbooking section of any craft store) and I love these things! They’re like little sticky buggers. They adhere instantly! So it’s kinda like using hot glue, but with none of the burn risk.

This little star boy has been embellished with lots of gold glitter glue! I just love the different personalities each of these have. 🙂

star boy craft for st. lucy day

We also have a star-shaped hole puncher, and we really had a good time with it! I couldn’t reach to punch holes in his hat, so we punched them along the bottom of his robes. Then I went around mine with a gold paint pen.

how to embellish star boy ornament

With these holes punched out, these were just beautiful when we stuck a Christmas light inside!

printable star boy ornament craft for santa lucia day

Look how this guy glows when the lights are off.

glowing star boy ornament craft

Julian also punched some star holes in his.

star boy craft

star boy ornament for christmas tree

Here’s our crew of star boys.

star boys

In the past, we have made real saffron buns, and I really enjoyed it. However, you all know I’m more of a crafter than a baker, so this year I went back to our canned cinnamon roll St. Lucy buns. What I’ve found is, I really like to buy the orange flavored cinnamon buns- they’re more similar in color than the originals, and I think it makes it a little more special.

saint lucy day celebration

We sprinkled some of our extra star sequins around on the table, decorated our Advent wreath with our St. Lucy and Star boy crafts, and enjoyed out canned orange cinnamon rolls for breakfast!

saint lucy celebration breakfast

These were a hit! If you’re looking for something a little easier for small hands, check out my ABC Saints set– L is for St. Lucy!

saint lucy lucia craft- printable

I would love to see how you’ve been embellishing your Advent Saint ornaments, so leave a link in the comments if you’ve been blogging about them! Or as always, feel free to share a picture on my facebook page.  🙂

st. lucy and star boy craft

 

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  1. With St. Lucy’s on a Saturday this year, we are taking the simplified St. Lucy’s buns to a new level–the whole family is hopping in the car and we are going to a doughnut shop! We are actually driving an hour to our nearest Krispy Kreme so the kids can watch the pastry assembly line, we will get science, sweetbreads, and a fun family adventure for our St. Lucy’s Day celebration! I can’t wait!

    • I LOVE Krispy Kreme! This is such a great idea. I really hardly think a doughnut is worth the calories unless it’s a Krispy Kreme. 😉

  2. Arlene@Nanaland says:

    Hi Lucy…I know your sis in law, Kristin, via MOPs and she told me about your blog!! As I told Kristin, I am a closet Catholic although I am a member of First Bible Church Decatur. I have many Catholic friends! We love to visit the shrine in Hanceville, Alabama and we are watchers of EWTN and readers of Crisis Magazine. I know we are unusual in North Alabama!:) I read a blog by a Catholic mom that I really enjoy, By Sun and Candlelight. Dawn writes about life in her Catholic home and she also does crafts for liturgical seasons. I have added your blog to my bookmark and I hope you will visit me at Nanaland.

    • Yes, I have checked in on Dawn’s blog from time to time for years now. She does some really beautiful stuff! We actually just got back from visiting Kristen. All of these pictures were taken at her house! 🙂

  3. Help! Maybe I’m the only dunce who doesn’t know, but who is Star Boy? Please? I need to know before tomorrow’s ornament rolls around & my kids ask! LOL

    My kids LOVE this pack of saints! They’ve already asked if there are more for the rest of the year…we all hope you’ll have more to come! 🙂

    • All that I could find is in the top paragraph of this post. They are traditional to Sweden, and originated as an epiphany celebration, but somehow got lumped into St. Lucy’s day.

  4. Hello,
    I am a DRE at a parish and I bought your Advent Saints pack to give as a gift to the students to prepare for Christmas. As I was going through it I realize that most of our parents would have no clue who some of the saints are and how to explain it to their children. So I am putting together a packet that has saint bios. I am having trouble with Starboy. I am Vietnamese and grew up in a Catholic household that didn’t celebrate these kind of feast days. I have no clue who is starboy and can’t find anything really on him on the internet. Can you please explain?

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