Feast Day Crafts and Activities
Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).
Saint Francis abandoned his wealth and began begging for food in addition to praying and fasting. He founded the Franciscan order, living in poverty and helping the sick and the poor.
He had a special way with animals: he would preach and they would listen and obey.
Saint Francis is known for his love of all creatures. He was always aware of everything as God’s Creation and treated all with dignity.
Saint Francis was often asked by others to pray for them. He always made a point of praying immediately for them before he could be distracted. Let prayer interrupt and augment your day, woven throughout your daily routine.
Saint Francis is often portrayed surrounded by the animals he loved. There are plenty of crafts online to make cute little forest animals…out of felt, polymer clay, paper. Make some little animals to decorate the dinner table tonight! Make a bird feeder in the shape of a cross!
If you start feeding the animals…make sure that you can continue to do so, as they may begin to rely on you. And if you’re feeding the squirrels…I kind of hope that we don’t live near each other. We’ve been working all summer to evacuate squirrels from our soffits!
This is our Wooden Painted Saint for St Francis! These little dolls are so fun and rewarding to paint! The wood pieces I have selected are only about 1.5″ tall, but I discovered printing or drawing small detail (like St Francis’ animals) and then mod-podging them in place. The eyes are painted with the blunt end of a paint brush: a bigger paint brush for the white; a smaller paint brush for the eye color.
A clear coat of varnish adds durability and shine!
Check out our Wooden Painted Saint Tutorial!
Do you have your own family activities, traditions, crafts or celebrations to share for this special Feast Day? Don’t forget to add it at the Celebrate the Saints Link-Up…or pick up an idea or two for your family to enjoy!