The 1st of February is the feast day of St Brigid and many of our boys learned about Brigid’s life, how she acquired her saint title through helping the sick and poor. Some classes created story boards with illustrations, and others made Saint Brigid’s crosses to hang in their homes. It’s believed these crosses will keep us safe and well – a note of hope for us all in 2021!
How to Make a St Brigid’s Cross
4 small rubber bands, to tie up ends
Hold one of the reeds vertically and fold a second reed in half.
Place the first vertical reed in the centre of the folded second reed.
Hold the centre overlap tightly between thumb and forefinger.
Turn the two reeds held together 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the second reed are projecting vertically upwards.
Fold a third reed in half and over both parts of the second reed to lie horizontally from left to right against the first reed. While holding the centre tightly, turn the three reeds 90 degrees anti-clockwise so that the open ends of the third reed are pointing upwards.
Fold a new reed in half over and across all the reeds pointing upwards.
Repeat the process of rotating all the reeds 90 degrees anti-clockwise, adding a new folded reed each time until all nine reeds have been used up to make the cross.(Add to the right, turn to the left)
Secure the arms of the cross with elastic bands. Trim the ends to make them all the same length. The St Brigid’s Cross is now ready to hang.