With Our Lady's month of May just around the corner, this seemed a perfect time to revisit a project that has been a hit with our local group for almost ten years: holy water fonts. We have made them many different ways, but this method was the first and favorite. Plain wooden plaques from the craft store in a variety of appealing shapes, sturdy plastic shot glasses from the party store, beads, snow white crucifixes, and holy cards make up these simple crafts, perfect for a crowd of all ages. Paints would add a great deal to the look of the project, but I decided to spare the children's clothes in an effort to maintain my friendship with the local moms.
When preparing a craft for a large group of children, it helps to do a bit of prep work. I hot-glued the shot glasses to the plaques in advance:
Patrick wants you to know that this is the one he glued on for Mommy. (Thank you, Pat!)
Thanks to this beautiful group of crafters (not to mention another table full) . . .
. . . those plain plaques were transformed into something glorious and well worth cherishing:
The best projects for a crowd are the ones that all look unique in the end!
Another way to use these would be by putting fresh flowers in the cups with a bit of water.
"Queen of Cute" Kelli B. shows her creation:
An afternoon of crafting works up a thirst, as you can see. Maureen's "crocs" come in handy as she goes full toe to reach the water fountain.
And a good time was had by all!
Holy water fonts, cost per project: under $2 (99 cents for plaques, plus decorations and cups; shot glasses come in packages of 50 for about $3.50, but consider improvising with film canisters, deep bottle caps, or plastic Easter egg halves)