Salt & Light Candle
Craft for Children's Ministry
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in
heaven" Matthew 5:13-16.
You will need: small jars, salt, colored tissue paper, white glue, tea candles.
What you do: Pour some white glue into a container and add a tiny bit of water to thin it. Use a paint brush to cover the outside of the jar with the thinned glue. Cover the now-gluey jar with bits of colored tissue paper. (Encourage the kids to make a thin layer--then the light will come through better.) Next, while your glue is still wet, roll your jar in a plate of salt. This adds a textured sparkle. If you want, have some pretty ribbon to tie around the top. Set them aside to dry, and before the children take them home, make sure each one has a tea candle in it. This craft spans a wide age bracket--very young children can smear glue and tear tissue paper, but older children will be pleased with how pretty their craft looks. Happy crafting!
Crafting tip: The color on art tissue paper runs when it gets wet, and gets all over fingers and clothes. This won't happen if you use gift-wrap tissue paper or the top layer of pretty napkins.
Copyright 2001 Dana Gagnon
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