Sunday, July 26, 2009

Displaying Holy Cards

In trying to come up with ideas for a family altar, in which we display certain things that go along with the liturgical year, I invented these holy card holders. We will use them to hold cards of saints who have upcoming feast days... we can place them on the table to use as centerpieces or on the edge of the china cabinet, etc.

First, I got two wooden bases from the craft store and painted them gold.

Then I used some stiff wire (found in the jewelry-making section of the craft store) to make these little spirals. Wire cutters and needle-nose pliers came in handy here.

Chris drilled some small holes in them for me, and then we stuck the wires into the holes. We applied a bit of superglue to keep them straight and prevent them from rotating.

The holy cards can be stuck in the spiral part, much like a place card holder. And there you have it! This one holds two holy cards... good for displaying different cards of the same saint on a feast day.

This one holds four cards and can be rotated so only one or two are visible at a time. I think we will put cards in it at the beginning of the month in preparation for upcoming feast days. The cards that are in here now are totally random - just the ones I pulled out for the photos!

Anyone else want to share how you use holy cards around your home?


Maureen said...

That is such a cool idea! You are so clever!

Erin said...

Thanks! But really I am not that clever... this is one of the first things I have actually come up with on my own rather than seeing online and copying, ha ha!

Lacy @ Catholic Icing said...

I love this idea! I have archived it to feature it in the future :-)