The following image was originally designed for a New England Leadership School t-shirt. Featuring the hands of the Rev. Amy Freedman and Peter Bowden, this image has become a favorite graphic and basis for making UU word art.
Joy Berry, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, was the first to create amazing word art from this image. Thanks to Joy for so generously sharing her idea and process!
You can generate your own for free at http://wordart.com. Purchase credits to download high resolution files to print larger posters. Use the color and background controls to try different styles. The hands are negative space controlled by the background color you select. Examples:
This all started when we added a fun candle with a spider design to our home chalice. After saying grace and lighting the chalice, Peter commented how much he liked our Halloween-themed candle. Then, a flash of inspiration crossed his face. “I have an idea! What if we made a chalice out of a pumpkin?” Well, we just so happened to have the perfect small round pumpkin to try out this crazy idea.
We are happy to report that it works! You, too, can have your very own Pumpkin Chalice to celebrate the harvest season or for Halloween festivities! This is a fun project for a family to do together.
Remember to always use caution with knives and open flames around children. Do not leave your pumpkin chalice lit unattended.
Find a small Pumpkin with a straight stem. The stem will be used to attach the top to the base. If the stem is curved, cut the end so it is as straight as possible. Note we do not recommend this project with larger pumpkins as they will not be as stable.
Stretch a Rubber Band around the middle of the pumpkin. This will help you make as even and straight a cut as possible. With a sharp knife, cut the pumpkin in half on a cutting board.
Here’s the fun part for little ones! Scoop out the pulp and seeds. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin so it is just a shell. If you wish, roast the seeds. Our favorite recipe is to toss seeds in melted butter and salt and roast in 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Place the bottom half of the pumpkin upside down on the cutting board. Trace the stem so you can cut a snug hole in the bottom of the pumpkin.
Fit the stem firmly into the hole to form the chalice. If chalice is not stable, make hole slightly larger so stem can be inserted further into base.
Place a votive or pillar candle inside!
“May the light of this chalice spark the magic and joy of this season!”