A christening, otherwise known as a baptism, is a highly ceremonial event in the life of a child. Typically performed at a church before the child reaches his first birthday, a christening is followed by either a small gathering of friends and family or a lavish formal party. For those attending a christening and wanting to give a gift that is not purchased in a store, making a christening craft to give is quite appropriate.
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Clothing is worn by the child during the christening ceremony and both boys and girls typically wear what is known as a christening or baptismal gown. The gown is made of loose and flowing material such as silk, satin or cotton. The style of the gown is simple in shape, though many have gowns made that have additional detailing such as lace, ribbons, bows and even crystal adornments. Though this gift would be given before the ceremony, making a christening gown to give is one way to put your crafting abilities to use. Check with the family before committing to this type of present to make sure that they are not using a family heirloom gown for the event.
For those hosting a get together, be it a small gathering or larger party, food will play a central role in the affair. One item that you can make for the event and thus give as a gift would be the cake. The christening ceremony often features a cake for guests to enjoy. The cake should symbolise the event in some form or fashion. Crafting a cake to look like the Bible or making a cake in the shape of a cross are options that you can use to create a homemade gift for everyone at the party to share. Again, check with the family prior to getting started on making the cake.
Memory books have become popular. With the increased popularity of scrap booking, digital photography and readily-available supplies, making a memory or photo book is one craft that can be accomplished easily. Get photos of the child and family in advance to make the book. Use your creativity in crafting the book. Make sure to allow pre-decorated pages at the end of the book for the family to place pictures of the christening in once the event has taken place.
Poem or Verse
One craft item that relies more on sentiment is a handcrafted poem or verse for the child. Use a famous, infamous or obscure poem from a published author if you choose, or make one up yourself if you are comfortable doing so. Have the poem or verse written, printed or otherwise embossed on to a piece of paper or fabric. Use paint, decorations and other items to decorate the perimeter of the poem by using paint, decorations and other items to make the piece more personalised to the child. To make this type of gift even more special, consider getting a plain wooden frame to house the saying and then decorating the frame with the child's name and additional designs.
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