I had no idea the was so much felt involved in preparing for First Communion. First, we had to make a felt chalice and decorate it as we saw fit, so long as we included the child’s name (along the bottom) and picture (in the center). This will be on display in the church like a giant chalice quilt-thing. As you can imagine, with 8 and 9 year olds involved, these are some blinged out chalices. Glitter, gems, pearls, ribbons…if it could adhere they had no fear. I forgot to take a picture of Mikey’s chalice, but I gave him full control of the project so it ended up looking like something Black Beard would use to swig rum while sitting on a dead man’s chest.
Unless you ask Nico, who upon seeing the chalice on the table took a step back as if blinded by its beauty and solemnly asked Mikey if it was the Holy Grail.
I decided to handle making the required banner that will hang at the end of our pew. Our church does a lottery for seating. Parents and their guests are assigned a pew and the banner goes at the end of the pew so everyone knows where they should sit. The banners are cute, but you know their purpose is to prevent fighting, pushing, and shoving among the adults (in church while children receive a holy sacrament).
For about 2 seconds I considered making the banner from scratch until the temporary insanity passed. I went with a kit–there are tons of places you can buy them online–that I bought at our local Catholic supply store. The one I bought was only $9.99 and basic because that’s all you can get at the last minute. In the picture above I still had to trim the bottom and the glue on the grapes was still wet, but it’s dry now and looks okay. It was a cheap kit, but they could have tossed in a couple more purple balls. Sheesh. I might swap the purple balls with some purple stones left over from Black Beard’s chalice.
I doctored the rest of the banner kit by changing the background and cord, adding letters and shading to the cross, and adding the red tabs and gold buttons because I thought Mikey would like the medieval look. Of course, after I did it I realized it also gave it a Crusades look. Shhhh.
Speaking of those little red tabs, as I was cutting the felt into strips I…have no idea what I did but I ended up cutting the background felt, too. I guess I picked up the red and the blue at the same time? Who knows. The point is I cut straight down an area I call the “I-Guess-I-Know-Where-The-Cross-Is-Going” left of center. The cross hides most of the cut and the rest is held together in the back with adhesive price stickers from Michael’s. If you want to know the price of felt and other craft supplies but don’t feel like driving to your local Michael’s, then by all means come by my church and flip over our family banner.
Is it ghetto to keep our banner together with price tags? Perhaps. Is the banner done and crossed off my to-do list, never to be thought of again? Abso-freaking-lutely.
In the event you want to read about how people do crafts well, you might want to read my post on watercoloring over at the Craft Cabinet blog.