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Friday, November 22, 2013
How to make your own Sacrifice Beads inspired by St. Therese of Lisieux
Back on my post 15 Simple Advent Traditions you can do with your family, I suggested using Sacrifice Beads on #5. Use them to count your good deeds through out the day for Advent. So at the end of the day you can add straw to the creche. You can order some from Holy Heroes under their Unique Gifts tab. You can also make you own. We have ordered them but we were breaking them and replacing them was more expensive than just buying the supplies at that point for us. You know which Doctor of the Church practiced her faith using sacrifice beads right? St. Therese of Lisieux. Her feast day is October 1st.
Get some pony beads at Hobby Lobby. I see them B1G1 free every once in awhile.
Craft Cord sort of looks like shoe lace rope at Hobby Lobby- It's in the same isle in our store.
Your favorite Saint's Holy Medal
A Crucifix (usually find those in the Rosary supply area of the religious good's store)
Also you will need to burn the ends of you shoes lace rope- to a lighter or a match - BE VERY CAREFUL
short story on bad fire safety below..
A needle and thread that matches your cord
Snap link that matches
Cut your Craft Cord about 25 inches. Burn the ends- keep the ends pliable so don't toast them. You will still need to feed it through your beads.
Thread your Holy Medal through the cord to the middle and tie a knot. **just a suggestion, typically the little round circle that your cross or holy medal has on it will work it's self loose and you will lose your cross or medal. I suggest sewing them into the cord. It helps retain them a lot longer! I have learned the hard way with two kids.**
Thread one bead onto one of the cords. Pull the bead to the bottom where the knot is. Pinch the cord around the bead like this.
You want the cord taught so there is room inside the bead to push the other cord through the opposite direction. This is why you don't want the ends of you cord toasted too badly where it makes it hard to push the end of the cord through the bead. If your ends are bad, just cut a that little end off and reburn it, but lightly singe the ends.
Keep threading, till all ten pony beads are on. Put the Crucifix on and then tie off the cords, burn the ends gently-
be careful don't drop the match on your table runner like I did in front of your kids ;) Then your 5 year old will tell Daddy on you. Add your snap link.
**just a suggestion, typically the little round circle that your cross or holy medal has on it will work it's self loose and you will lose your cross or medal. I suggest sewing them into the cord. It helps retain them a lot longer! I have learned the hard way with two kids, we are on our third set of beads this year.**
Use them all year long or Advent and Lent to encourage little acts of love for Jesus!