Tuesday, October 26, 2010

All Saints for Big Kids

The Professor has reached that age where dressing up in a costume really doesn't appeal to him. OK, maybe it's not as much the age as it is the size in his case. He's taller than me (5'6" on a good day), has the biggest feet in the family and is sporting man fur on his arms and legs. A young man with a more extroverted personality might still enjoy the prospect of donning a costume, but my quiet, retiring Professor just doesn't have his heart in it this year but, at the same time, feels bad for not being more enthusiastic about dressing up.

Firmly believing that you are never too old to party for All Saints, we came up with a creative way to allow him to participate without feeling like he was wearing a costume. We thought about the symbols for the three mighty Archangels and came up with this design for a cool T-shirt:
St. Michael's flaming sword, St. Gabriel's horn and a fish for St. Raphael (resembling an Ichthys for a little extra symbolism)
I drew the designs on card stock and cut them out then used a glue stick to help the cut edges stick to the fabric. (Just use a little bit of glue and you will be able to peel the card stock up easily once you're done painting.) I recommend a sponge brush and using a dabbing or pouncing technique like you would with a stencil to get the first layer of paint on. We went for a simple monochromatic metallic gold although I did hand embellish the flames with some gold glitter when it was dry.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share in case you have a shy, big kid who wants to participate in your All Saints Party but just doesn't want to dress up.

Edited to Add:
Here is a website where you can find some symbols associated with saints.


  1. WOW!!! That turned out awesome and it is such a great idea!

  2. Okay, you had me at the "man fur"! This is a great idea.

  3. Very cool. I love this, Charlotte!

  4. This was great! Good to have some ideas for the kids once they get to that age...one of mine isn't too far off.

  5. Perfect idea for him Charlotte! That suits him perfectly! I'll have to show my guy. He'll love it! Hope to see you soon!

  6. your craftiness is blowing me away lately. please send some my way. I need to be inspired as i hope to finish the stress of our move and rennovations soon. I want to feel like my old self again. Maybe I'll even have a post to write again soon, if I even have any readers left ;)


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