a handful of long wheat stalks
thread and needle
1. Soak wheat stalks in warm water for about half an hour until theyre pliable.
2. Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out.
3. Fold another one the same way and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long "L".)
4. Fold the third the same way and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail.)
5. Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third.
6. Use the clothespins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat.
7. Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several stalks of wheat woven through each "arm".
8. Allow it to dry with the clothespins in place.
9. Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together.
Kid Friendlier Version of a Brigids Cross
string or yarn
1. Make a bundle with 6 pipe cleaners and bend them in half. Tie the ends all together with a piece of string.
2. Lay the pipe cleaner bundle on the table in a vertical position, with the tied end on the top.
3. Make a second bundle, again using 6 pipe cleaners, and bend them in half.
4. Before you tie the ends this time though, slip it through the middle of the other bundle so that they're linked.
5. Now tie the ends and lay this second bundle down in a horizontal position with the tied ends pointing to the right. If you did it right your shape should look like the letter "L".
6. Now you're going to repeat the procedure. Make a bundle with 6 pipe cleaners, bend them in half and, before you tie them, slip them through the middle of the horizontal bundle, just to the right of the first bundle. This batch should be in a vertical position, with the tied ends on the bottom.
7. The last step is to make one last bundle, slipping it through the middle of the batch you just laid down, only this one goes horizontally to the left. Now tie the ends. You should now have an upside down "L" linked through your right side up one.
small tree branch
yellow, green, and gold 1/4" ribbon
small gold/silver jingle bells
1. Select a small branch about 1/2" to 3/4" in diameter. Cut top end flat.
2. Approx. 1/2" below top score a groove with a sharp knife.
3. Take 1' long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
4. Take another 1' piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
5. Place acorn at top of branch (at the flat end) and adhere with some glue.
6. Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn. Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
7. Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
8. Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers. Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
eight white candles
ivy leaves or vines
1. Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or using the glue gun.
2. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.
The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel.
basket, box, doll cradle or similar item
padding to make receptacle like a bed
figure to represent the goddess Brigid
figure to represent the God (optional)
1. Dress up the basket, box, cradle or other item youve selected to make a bed. Make it comfortable and decorate it as you wish.
2. Make a figurine to represent Brigit. This can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape. You can even use a doll. It can be simple or ornate, and can even can dressed, preferably in white (to represent the Maiden). If you like, you can make a god figurine as well.
Start a new tradition in your home. Place the Brigid's Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that Brigid will really visit on Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. Invite the spirit of the Goddess to inhabit the bed and ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed and if you wish, offer the company of the God. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. In the morning, surprise your children with a small gift that Brigid has left for them. The Bride can also be placed outside then. There she forms an amulet of prosperity, fertility and protection, which can remain till after Samhain. In her book, Ancient Ways, Pauline Campanelli suggests you return The Bride to earth before Yule.
May the fruit of our lives be bound and sealed to Thee,
O Mother, O Woman Eternal
who holdest the inmost life of each of Thy daughters
between the hands upon Her Heart
We swear by Peace and Love to stand,
Heart to Heart and Hand to Hand.
Mark, O Spirit, and hear us now,
confirming this, our Sacred Vow.
~Druidic Prayer of Unity~