In my Ten Ideas for Hostess Gifts post a while ago, I mentioned that a great gift would be to make a spiritual bouquet. A spiritual bouquet is very easy and fun to make. You can make a spiritual bouquet for lots of occasions besides hostess gifts, such as birthdays, get well, holidays, feast days or for no occasion at all. :) The effort and thought that goes into creating a spiritual bouquet is always appreciated by the recipient!
What is a spiritual bouquet?
A spiritual bouquet is nothing more than a card with a list of prayers and/or spiritual devotions that were (or will be) offered for a particular person. You can – if pressed for time – buy a ready-made card and just list the prayers you will pray (or have prayed). But, usually, the card for a spiritual bouquet is hand-made. The card can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.
To illustrate how to make a spiritual bouquet, here’s a simple one that Andrew (with a bit of help from mama) made recently for a friend’s mother who was in the hospital:
First you need supplies, such as stickers, glue, pens, crayons, straight edge, etc.
You also need card stock (Andrew insisted on using orange!), heavy construction paper or even poster board.
Decorate the front of the card as you see fit. Be creative! Andrew just wanted flowers on the front of this card:
Decorate the inside of the card, write a message and include a list of the prayers, devotions or alms that will be (or have been) offered up.
You don’t have to decorate the back of the card unless you want to. Andrew insisted that I show off the prayer card he glued and the pictures he drew in the back. (That stack of circles is supposed to be a layer cake, NOT a bug – like I thought it was!)
If you don’t want to make a card, you can make a spiritual bouquet collage by cutting out or printing out pictures, holy cards or scripture verses and gluing them to poster board. With a little creativity, you can make a spiritual bouquet anyway you wish!
You can even get several people involved in making a spiritual bouquet for someone, as well. A while ago, an expecting mom from a mother’s group I used to belong to miscarried. One of the other moms collected promises of prayers from all of us and created a large spiritual bouquet to present to the grieving mom. It’s was a wonderful way of letting her know how much we cared and were praying for her.
That’s it! Easy peasy. If you’ve made a spiritual bouquet or two. I’d love to see it! Post a link to the image of the bouquet in the comments. Thanks!