For St. Nichlas day I invited the Bonny Blue House kids over to make a craft. I thought making triptychs would be fun. Triptychs consist of three panels of art in which the two side panels are smaller than the center panel and they fold in toward the center . It is a very old form of art and can be seen in many churches throughout Europe. This craft is not specific to St. Nicholas, so if you like it, make one for the Immaculate Conception tomorrow, or any Saint Day you like.
I started by printing some art. Most of it came from The St. Nicholas Center , where you can also get more ideas, downloads and information about this Advent saint. I made a trip to Michael's and got some pretty scrapbook paper and glitter glue and gold trim. In the foreground of this picture you can see a sample triptych I used to show the children what we were planning. It is one which I believe one of my great-aunts must have made as a chld. I remember it being in their home when I was growning up.
Cut-out manilla folders were used as the core of the triptych, so they would be able to stand up when completed. Then I gathered up some kids and we started getting messy! I love working with ModPodge. It comes in lots of different finishes these days., glossy, matte, sparkle and the one I chose for this project... gold shimmer (there is also silver shimmer, but gold was better for us this time).
We glued gold paper on one side of the cut-out folder and the scrapbooking paper on the outside. Then the children chose which art they liked and they cut three pictures to fit, one on each panel. They sealed the whole thing up with modpdge and decorated with glitter glue and gold trim to finish them off. They did take some time to dry and I am still peeling modpdge off my fingernails, but overall, a worthwile project. We learned about an ancient art form and also some of the lesser known stories about St. Nicholas, which stretched us beyond the gold coins and Christmas stockings.
Here is an example of one drying. After drying I folded the side panels in to the center and laid some books on top to really make the folds take.
Make sure while crafting your Advent projects you have some nice Christmas music playing to set the mood. I usually listen to AOL Radio because they have a nice assortment of music. We listened to Jazz Holiday and it was perfect.