Religious gifts often serve as reminders of what a person’s faith means to them and those around them, as well as being a comfort in difficult times. They can also serve as whimsical and thoughtful gifts during the holidays or other gift-giving occasions. Though many religion-inspired gifts are expensive, you can easily make similar gifts at home for much less money. Not only will their religious nature appeal to the recipient, the gift’s handmade quality offers a personal touch as well.
Chop up about 8 ounces of beeswax, any light color, and place it in the top of a double boiler. Fill the bottom of the boiler with water and set the top into the bottom. Melt the wax over low heat until it is liquid and flows easily.
Spray the inside of your mold with cooking spray. Cut a length of wick long enough to stretch to the bottom of your candle mold with a few inches left over. Wrap the extra inches around a pencil and set the pencil horizontally across the top of your mold, with the wick centered.
Pour the melted wax slowly from the top of your boiler into the mold. Allow the wax to cool for about 12 hours. Unroll the wick from the pencil, turn the mold upside down and shake lightly to release the candle. Snip the wick to about 2 inches long.
Squeeze a dollop of black, silver or gold acrylic paint onto a plate and mix a dollop of candle painting medium into it with a paintbrush. Set the stencil against your candle and paint a verse onto the candle like Genesis 1:4: “God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”
Paint a terracotta pot with sky blue acrylic paint. Allow this first coat to dry and add trees, flowers, animals, clouds, a sun and even a rainbow if you like. Make sure to leave enough space on one side of the pot for a short message.
Place a calligraphy stencil against your pot and use the letters to paint a Bible verse onto the pot. Something like Matthew 13:31-32 works well: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
Fill your pot with potting soil up to about 3 inches below the rim. Plant a seedling, such as a sunflower, tiger lilies, flaming violets, African violets or peace lilies. Water well.