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Brigid's Cross from Cereal Boxes: A Guest Post from Michele Pacey
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 15:08
How are you today?
I'm not Pam. This is Pam's place certainly. You've definitely got the right blog. Gingerbread Snowflakes? Ya, it's a brilliant blog, isn't it? So cozy and welcoming. SO MANY goodies!
Um, I'm just visiting with a wee guest-post... I'm Michele. To tell you the truth I'm a little shy 'n somewhat trepidatious to be here. Big, massive shoes to fill, you know? But you see, Pam wrote to me awhile back and asked me to show you how to make a Brigid's cross out of cereal boxes for Brigid's Day. And, heck, how could I say no to just about the nicest person ever. Well, I couldn't, I just couldn't. So, I said yes, and here I am!
Wanna know how I make a Brigid's cross out of cereal boxes? Okay. Let's do it!
Tutorial: Cereal Box Brigid's Cross
Now on Pam's suggestion, I first learned how to build a Brigid's cross from THIS excellent tutorial. So, to be perfectly redundant, I'm going to strongly suggest you do exactly the same thing. You'll learn how to make one in a matter of minutes, seriously. Once you've done that, come right on back.
Got the idea? Grrrreat!
For my cereal box versions, I gathered the following supplies:
a couple contrasting-coloured cereal boxes (or cracker boxes), a cutting surface, a ruler, an exacto knife, a pair of scissors, and glue.
I opened the cereal boxes flat and cut off the top flaps. Next, using an exacto knife, ruler, and cutting surface, I cut out 10 narrow strips and 11 narrow strips from each of the two boxes respectively, enough for one cross. And since I was making 2 crosses, I repeated that again.
As far as the width of the cereal box strips goes, it can vary. My strips range from 1/8-inch (3mm) to 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide. The choice is yours.
Begin building your cross as you've been shown HERE. Now, before you fold the second strip over the first vertical strip, place a few drops of glue along that horizontal strip as shown below. Now fold the horizontal strip over and hold it there for a moment to let the glue do its thing.
Rotate your work 90?counter-clockwise as shown HERE. And, before you fold the third strip over the second strip, place a few drops of glue along that third strip as shown below. Now fold the third strip over and hold it there for a moment once again to let the glue set a little.
Repeat these actions until you've used up all twenty-one strips. You now have a pretty cereal box Brigid's cross... well, almost.
You'll need to secure the four "spokes" of the cross in place so they don't flail about all over the place. I do this by taking 4 short cereal box strips and glueing one across each spoke as below. And now you are officially done!
At this point, you may decide you want to tidy the ends of the spokes. If the mood strikes, I trim them evenly, but if not, I leave the strips ragged for a more natural look. Again, you have options. Go with your heart!
And as far as colouration goes, there are many and varied possibilities. Use the coloured side of the strips for an exuberant, modern-looking cross, and alternate colours at will.
Or use the plain side of the strips for a cross with a more rustic, authentic feel.
Humble Brigid's crosses from humble materials. Yet lovely just the same. Pam, I want to thank you and your reader for having me over to celebrate Brigid's Day with you. It was a privilege to share this space even for a moment, and a joy to craft a little with you.