Category Archives: Crafts

Pagan Idols

If you look up altars, you almost always find them with small statues on them. Idols of ancient gods, goddesses, or mythical creatures. I’ve seen dragons and unicorns, sometimes fairies, but the figurines can get expensive.

Here are some options:

Make your own idols. They may not be as details or turn out as well as you like, but idols made from wood or clay become infused with your energy, and represents how you view the Divine.

You can buy clay such as traditional clay, but this requires baking in a kiln. Other options include;

Sculpey Polymer Clay which also includes baking, can be put in an oven. You need to follow direction for baking time since the thicker the item, the long you bake. You have to be careful with burning. It comes in many colors, can be painted, and takes shape very well.

Paper Clay comes in white and other colors, but I made the mistake of buying the kind that is gray. Everything I made needed to be painted, and it tends to have a coarse feel, that can also crack when drying. You can, however, file edges down and shape and mold to refine the form. This type of clay needs some learning to work it correctly, but you can find tons of free tutorials online.

More options include making your own clay out of materials you have at home. This allows for trial and error.

Salt Clay I find this a bit rough, but for making primitive idols, this works great. You can add color to the clay, or paint afterwards.

Cold Porcelain (3 recipes)- which has the smoother texture and air dries. You can add color to the clay or paint. The final product will shrink a bit after drying.

Some tips:

  • Use wire to shape the clay with, and position as needed.
  • Add essential oil to the clay as a type of scent diffuser.
  • Add dye or even mica powder (metallic powder) to add a shimmer.
  • Use things around the house for texture tools
  • Try various styles, but also remember that idols can be almost formless, to only represent a god or goddess.

Another tip I offer is to forego an idol and use imagery instead. You can easily print out pictures of a god and/or goddess to sit on your altar. I like this method best because it is easy to personal a picture frame, but also you can change the picture seasonally or whenever you have need to change.

What do you use? Post in comments. Don’t forget to share this post.

Full Moon, Strawberry Moon

 Today is the June Full Moon, known as Strawberry or Mead Moon. This is the month to harvest strawberries but also the month traditionally people get married, to celebrate with the drinking of mead. We’ll see the Summer Solstice on the 21st, on Father’s Day, this year, and the season changes into the hot days of summer.

I love strawberries. I often slice up strawberries, freeze them, then add to smoothies for a cool, refreshing drink. Once I didn’t add enough Almond milk (you can add milk or juice), and I found the result was something similar to soft ice cream. Even better. I found a similar recipe that includes bananas, but remember to SLICE the fruit and freeze first. Trying to blend a whole banana or even whole strawberries offers some scary noise from the food processor. Strawberry/banana ice cream.

Strawberry Mead Recipe (1 gallon) – Mead is a very light alcoholic drink, like wine in a way. You can mix all types of flavor with it, so its versatile as well. I tried once a mead with orange blossom and roses. Odd taste but also very good.

Strawberry Syrup– homemade strawberry syrup is good for many things such as pancakes/crepes, but also scones, and the next recipe- soda.

Homemade Strawberry Soda (healthier than regular soda)

Some fun summer crafts:

Make your own bubble wands- This is a fun tip to work with kids, or for playful magick. Once created, use to make bubble, while blowing,  visualize your ‘wish’ when you blow, and send out into the world.

Create Ribbon Spells- easy to do by writing down your wish and tying to a tree or bush so the wind can blow on it. This makes for a festive look as well.

With Summer and the hot weather soon approaching, consider a Henna tattoo. I’ve tried henna tattoos a few times. The Henna smells wonderful, and although the paste itself goes on black, and it takes time to dye the skin, the result looks so pretty. You could design symbols and use as a spell. Wear until worn off, and enjoy the loveliness of the design as well.

Want to share your own ideas for summer? Post in comments.

Tip: Easy and cheap incense/candle holder

MAS01 I wish I learned this trick years ago, but the problem with altar tools is finding things that fit the various types of incense and candles out there.

Incense come in sticks, cones, and the charcoal briquettes. Candles also come in various size tapers, pillar, and even tea light size dimension. But do I seriously want to get different containers to accommodate them?

The tips is easy; A single container, preferable wide and flat, filled with sand, salt, or dirt, works wonderfully as a holder for all incense and candles, and even other things.

flowrepotI prefer using a terra cotta flower pot plate. They are heat resistant, and come in many sizes. You can also paint them, or use a flower pot, overturned, as a base to raise up the plate.

This is also easy to clean by scooping or replacing the sand, salt, or dirt. I use white sand, but you can find various Sand in Vivid Colors at the craft store, or find the Sand for Aquarium at pet stores (you can even find black sand). Hardware stores also carry sand for gardens or walkways.

Other containers include bowls, pots, or plates. This can also be used indoors or outdoors, and changed with the seasons. Use dirt for spring, sand for summer, dirt/soil for Autumn , and even snow for winter (outdoor only). Use your imagination!