How to Make a Spiritual Bouquet

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.

Spiritual bouquet supplies

You also need card stock (Andrew insisted on using orange!), heavy construction paper or even poster board.

Spiritual bouquet card stock

Decorate the front of the card as you see fit. Be creative! Andrew just wanted flowers on the front of this card:

Spiritual bouquet front sample

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.

Spiritual bouquet inside

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!)

Spiritual Bouquet back

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!

P.S. You can download the free ebook, How to Make A Spiritual Bouquet, which gives more detailed instructions and examples here, no opt-in required: How to Make a Spiritual Bouquet


  1. Thank you! I never knew how to make them! God bless.
    Colleen…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – November 14My Profile

  2. When we were little, the nuns taught us to make spiritual bouquets for our parents for Mother’s and Father’s day. For about the last 15 years of their lives I revived the practice and included good deeds along with the prayers. My folks always commented about how it reminded them of when we were little and they appreciated them so much. I used cards I got at the store and wrote in the bouquet but when we were little they were hand made.
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      That’s wonderful, Barb! I like the idea of adding good ideas to the spiritual bouquet.

      Growing up in the ’70s, I wasn’t taught much about our Catholic faith (in a Catholic school, mind you!), let alone spiritual bouquets. It wasn’t until I was with the Little Sisters that I heard about spiritual bouquets and learned about what our faith was about!

  3. A joke I’ve read remarked that you’re definitely Catholic if you know that a spiritual boquet is something that you can’t buy at a florist’s shop!

    Thanks for sharing this. I think I’ll make one for our priests this Christmas.

    Evan…recently posted…Sunday Snippets–A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      LoL! That’s cute, Evan.

      I think I’ll have to piggyback off your idea and have Andrew make one for our priests, too!

  4. Thanks for posting this. I love Andrew’s layer cake. Much better than bugs!

    A friend of mine was given a spiritual bouquet for the birth of her 50th grand-baby. It had a large picture of a rosary in a frame. The Hail Mary beads of each decade had a child’s name on it. Since then three more children have graced her life, and so I guess the first three Hail Mary’s are now spoken for.
    Joann…recently posted…Sunday Snippets — A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      That sounds like a beautiful spiritual bouquet. How wonderful for your friend – 53 grandchildren! Truly a blessing!

  5. Bernadette says

    I love all the different ideas. I made one recently, very simple. I used the foam shapes found in craft stores to make an actual bouquet of flowers (petal shapes obviously) glued to card stock. On each flower petal, I wrote a prayer/devotion. In hind site, I should have taken a picture of it so that I could check off each completed devotion. 🙂 I left some of them generic and asked the recipient if they had a favorite (for example, I offered a novena and asked if she had a favorite).

    If I had more creative talent and time, I would try creating a physical bouquet of tissue paper flowers (I’ve seen that somewhere), and inside the flower of each one include a slip of paper with the prayer/devotion/good deed.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I love the foam shape idea for making an actual flower on the card. That is something I could do, but not sure I have the talent to make the physical bouquet from tissue paper – although that’s a good idea, too!


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