Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mary's Mantle Lantern

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mary's Mantle Lanterns For Our Mantel

This feast day always brings me peace, right when I need it the most during Advent!  
The words that Our Lady spoke to Juan Diego go ringing in my ears...
"Let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you.  Let nothing alter your hear or your countenance.  Also, do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.  Am I not here who am your Mother?"

I designed this little craft...Mary's Mantle for our Mantel so that we may be reminded that our Mother is always with us, lighting the way.  Is there anything else that we need?

Empty household jar(s)
Blue or white acrylic paint, depending on Mary's mantle that you choose!
Gold paint pen
Foil star stickers
Gold ribbon
*Votive candles (wax or electric flameless)
*The L.E.D. flameless electronic votives work great if the kids want to keep the Mantle Lanterns in their rooms*
5 Easy Steps
Step 1.
Draw mantle opening with gold paint pen
Step 2.
Place star stickers all around the jar
Step 3.
Gently paint over the jar with choice of paint.
(Best results come when the paint is not too thick)
*We thought the white was fitting for the Immaculate Conception or Our Lady of Fatima*
Step 4.
When paint is completely dray, peel off the start stickers.
This will leave the holes for the light to shine through...
You may have to touch up the shaping of the stars with a thin knife or scraping tool.
Step 5.
Tie on gold ribbon and place votive light in the lantern.
The is the glow of an L.E.D votive.
(Got these at Hobby Lobby)

We followed the same steps for Mary's Mantle Lantern in blue for today's feast day...And we used real votive candles.
These were my favorite...the blue color turned out so pretty:)
We are enjoying Mary's Mantle Lanterns on our Advent fireplace mantel.
They also work well for tomorrow's feast day for St. Lucy, who was known to journey around Sicily clothed in a blue star-spangled mantle.
Oh, and we snacked on these patriotic Mary's Mantle Hershey's kisses while we worked:)
Happy 3rd week of Advent!
"Precious Flower of Tepeyac, Mother of the Americas, you chose among your people a native of our land, a most humble and dignified man to carry your word and bear your imprint.  Splendid Mother, teach me how to be deserving of your mercy. Grant me the humility and faith of my brother Juan, so that I, too, might hear your gentle voice calling me."


  1. it's official, you are one, crafty mama!

    lovely craft and mantel.

    Ad Jesum per Mariam,

  2. Tiffany, I love this idea!! I always save my pickle jars to use for flowers...I'll have to do this next year!!

    those words that Mother Mary said to St Juan Diego, really hit my heart today too.

  3. I love candles, and I love this idea! Thank you!

  4. What a really beautiful idea!!!! I really like the idea of the LED ones for the kids' rooms, too. I have to remember this project for next year!

  5. Oooh! Pretty! I have about 40 jars on a shelf in my basement just waiting for an idea. This should take care of a few of them. Thanks! :)

  6. too too creative! I love this. I was nodding my head when i read that this feast day comes right when we need it most during Advent. Mary's mantle cloaks us in comfort, protection and love (and guidance, and peace and . . . ) We will definitely have to make this lovely craft. and the kisses are great -- you must've smiled when you saw those kisses at the store! Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  7. I am bookmarking this! Fantastic! ~Annita +JMJ+

  8. Thank you, everyone! I'm always happy to honor Our Lady:) I hope you enjoy making these some time in the future!

  9. What a beautiful craft you have created!! I am definitely going to add this to the do to list. Beautiful print of Mary in the background too. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  10. Tiffany, what a beautiful craft for our Lady!! You were truly inspired!!


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