“Martin looked up and saw a small light hovering in the air before him. He got to his feet, picked up his staff, and followed it. The light lit the ground before him, and even though he did not know where he was, he knew the light was leading him truly and that he would never stumble.”
Saint Martin’s Light, A Festival of Stones by Reg Down
Rose Rock families and friends will be gathering this Saturday to celebrate Martinmas. This festival is named for Saint Martin from France. Saint Martin was said to be a kind and humble fellow, known for helping people in need. The legend of St.Martin tells of a great moment in Martin’s life when, as he served in the Roman army, he came upon a cold, half-clothed beggar lying outside the walls of Amiens. On an impulse, Martin pulled out his sword and used it to cut his own thick cloak in half, covering the beggar man with one half.
In preparation for our gathering, the children are creating these lanterns to guide them on our lantern walk.
First, we watercolor painted some 12×18″ paper. Once dry, we cut a circle out of the center and cut a 2″ piece off the bottom. Then we marked a horizontal line 2 1/2″ from the bottom and made several vertical cuts up to that line. We ironed autumn leaves between waxed paper and glued it on the circle window.
Next, we stapled our large paper in a cylinder form and folded the bottom flaps to glue in place for the bottom. We added aluminum foil to the inside of the bottom to prepare it for a candle. Next, we twizzled or fingerknit a yarn handle and stapled it into place. Our lanterns were complete with a wavy line cut from our 2″ strip and glued onto the top. They glow beautifully at night!
Here are lanterns we have made in the past two years, as well.
Mason jar lanterns, made by decoupaging tissue paper onto mason jars with Mod Podge. Last year we created these and used a layer of glitter glue on top to seal them with a bit of glimmer, and used sparkly gift wrapping wire to create our handles.
Two years ago we watercolor painted a large sheet of paper and folded them into these beautiful lanterns. A step-by-step tutorial can be found here at Cypress Space.
We will also be gathering for circle towards the beginning of our festival. If you would like to learn some of the verses and songs for this, you may visit a back post with it here.
Warm Martinmas wishes to you!