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!
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.
The only “rule” is, it needs to say “Holy Water” on there so that people know. The religious stickers can also be an indicator.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
That little one filling her bottle in the picture above is my niece. It’s so fun to live in town with family again!
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!
I’m telling you, these kids were excited about some Holy Water! This craft has got to be one of my favorites.
And of course, everyone loves a wearable craft.
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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