Friday, May 21, 2010

A Windsock for Pentecost


I've been wanting to make a Windsock for Pentecost with my children for a few years now, ever since seeing the idea over at By Sun and Candlelight.  This year, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity since it tied so perfectly into our Alphabet Path as we work our way through "W" week!


Our Supplies:

2 pieces Red Construction Paper
White & Orange Copy Paper
Ribbon (Streamers could also be used) cut into 7 pieces
Dove Cookie Cutter (or other Dove Template)
Scissors, Glue Stick, Stapler, Tape & White Yarn (not shown)

Cut out seven flames, and label each one with one of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I decided to use the computer to create ours and then just printed them on the Orange Copy Paper.  That way my daughter just needed to cut them out with scissors.  

*I uploaded my document at Scribd for anyone who would like a copy. 


Trace Dove Template onto White Copy Paper.  I happen to have an awesome sister-in-law who sent me a lovely Dove Shaped Tasha Tudor Cookie Cutter for Christmas.  If you don't have one, you could always just print one of the images that can be found online.  

Here are links to a few different Dove images


Cut out the Dove, representing God the Holy Spirit, and glue it onto one of the pieces of red construction paper.  We ended up adding a few golden rays around the Dove. 


Create a cylinder out of Red Construction paper.  We ended up pulling a cylinder shaped box of oatmeal from the cupboard and wrapping the paper around it to create the size we wanted. Then we just stapled the edges together, adding a bit of tape at the top and bottom to make it a little more secure.   Then attach a piece of yarn to the inside of the top rim, to use for hanging the windsock. 


Tape the flames to the bottom of each piece of ribbon, making sure they are secure.  Then tape each one to the inside of the bottom rim of the Dove topper. 


Since it is raining outside, we hung ours above our dinner table, to use as a decoration for our last Good Shepherd's Garden Party this evening!  Which means I better get off the computer and back to the kitchen!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Pentecost weekend!   

10 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful, great job on it!

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  2. Oh. My. Goodness!!! Thank you SO much for posting this craft, Jessica! I probably won't be able to get this done for Pentecost this year, but I'm bookmarking it for next year...

    hmmm, maybe I could make it happen for this year... it's just too cool! :)

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  3. Looks great!
    We crafted a centerpiece for our table.

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  4. Thanks so much for the template! I would love to know how you did this...I want to make some for the fruits of the Holy Spirit too. Thanks.

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  5. I'm late in mentioning this (story of my life...) but I linked to this on my weekly roundup - for some reason, I really LOVE the sheer ribbon you used! Not sure if it adds to the "flame" appeal or what, but it is a really neat touch! Thanks for sharing -

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  6. Thank you for posting this craft! We used it for our childrenservice.

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  7. Hi Jessica! I wanted to invite you to a Pentecost link up, I would love to see your crafts there: http://laschicasdelibiza2decadasmastarde.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/fiesta-de-los-enlaces-pentecostes.html

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  8. Thank you for sharing, I am going to use this for a pentecost craft afternoon we are putting on for young people in Chorley, Lancashire, UK.

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  9. We are members of a brand new Anglican Church that actually meets in our home. I was looking for some Pentecost ideas and found your wonderful windsock. It will look awesome hanging behind our altar on Pentecost Sunday. I may make a pair of them. Thanks so much for taking the time to share.

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  10. Hi Jessica, you've inspired me once again! I made a sample of your Pentecost windsock for my first graders and then let them loose with their own design. I had made the mistake of bringing too many colored options for ribbons and it turned into a design activity. Less focus on the meaning of the Fruits of the Spirit. So, we are following up with the meat content of the feast next week.
    I posted about it and linked back to you, of course :) God bless!

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