Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Garden

During nap time today, I came across a great idea for Easter over at A Holy Experience (here). I then searched to find more ideas and low and behold I found lots. Some are quite simple, and some are even life size versions. Since, I don't know how Andrew would feel about me creating a life size tomb in our backyard while he's away, I decided to do a smaller version. We can light the candles until Friday, by then my flowers should look really dead, this symbolizes Christ's death. Then on Sunday, I will roll back the rock in front of the tomb and replace the flowers with new ones to represent His resurrection and and new life.
Easter Garden

I used salt dough to make the tomb and added a little black tempera paint to give it a rock like color.  After I finished forming it I baked in the oven at 200 for a couple of hours (until it was hard).  I filled a pretty tray with dirt and added the crosses, greenery, flowers, rocks, and candles.

Before baking, I put the pieces on wax paper so they would not stick to the pan.

Basic Salt Dough Recipe 
1 cup of fine salt 
1 cup of flour 
1/2 cup of water (may add more) 
In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour 
Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water 
Knead until smooth and shape into a ball

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

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Lynn said...

That is awesome, Kristina.

Teresa said...

That turned out sooo well =) What a great idea =)

Kristina said...

Thanks, I enjoyed making it.

Charlotte said...

I'll never tire of saying this: I enjoy the look of concentration on Hannah's face. She is such an intelligent child. May the Lord use her greatly! And I do love the tomb. The fact it's empty is such a good object lesson for Hannah!

Cheryl said...

Saw your link on Catholic Icing and glad I visited! Love your tomb and the way it was made with easy-to-find materials. I especially love the photo of it in the dark with the candle-lit path. I made a tomb a few years ago and will try the candle-lit path this year for Holy Saturday. Thank you for the great ideas!


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