4.04.2012

salt dough tombs

Easter weekend is almost here, and that means a favorite family tradition.... salt dough tombs! My kids do these every year, and they're just as excited this year as the first year we did them.

I blogged about this last year, so instead of reinventing the wheel, I'll just link you to the 2 posts with the instructions.

Part 1 is making the salt dough tombs (seriously so easy, there's only 4 ingredients!)

and Part 2 is painting the tombs and making a Jesus figure and 2 guards out of pipe cleaners.

I'm no crafter, so trust me when I tell you how easy these are. Be sure to click on Part 2 and look at the last three photos. This will give you an idea of the finished product.

We haven't baked our tombs yet this year, but we did make the Jesus's and guards last night. A few snapshots of the evening...




(Notice what Livia is holding in her right hand below? Jesus was firmly grasped for the rest of the evening and made several appearances on the swings and slide). ;-)


We have added SOMETHING NEW to our yearly tradition that I think my kids will love! After Jesus rises from the tomb on Easter Sunday, we are going to keep him for 40 days (the number of days Jesus was on earth before ascending into Heaven). On the 40th day, we will attach our Jesus's to balloons for a heavenly send-off!!! :-)

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter! xo

18 comments:

Just Jen said...

I remember your post from last year, and we plan to do this for Easter this year! [I'm very excited!!] I love the idea of keeping Jesus for 40 days and then sending Him to Heaven on a balloon. Do you mind if I borrow that idea, too?

I adore the picture of Liv clutching Jesus! She is wonderful!!

The Shades of Pink said...

I just adore Liv's dress. It's SO cute. Great idea about keeping Jesus for 40 days!

Natalie said...

I loved doing this with Little Miss last year (thanks to your idea!) I think I'm lazy because we are re-using last year's! You're so good to do this every year.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

Love love love those. Isn't it so joyful to watch your kids cling on to something so meaningful?! Warms the heart! (adore her dress btw)

Angela said...

This is fantastic! A wonderful idea and such beautiful photos! I always love seeing your beautifully happy children!

Adeena said...

Totally want to do this this year! :D And I love the idea of keeping Jesus for 40 days.

And I love Livia's dress! Too adorable. :D

Tracey said...

I love pipe-cleaner Jesus. I think Jesus likes pipe-cleaner Jesus too.

Jill Samter Photography said...

Oh I love your new idea! Awesome! OK, so I said I wasn't going to have hair envy anymore - welp! I do! Sheesh is Livia's hair gorgeous. My sweet Naomi would look so precious with it like that. One can only hope!

Wishing you and your beautiful family a richly blessed Resurrection weekend! Much love sweet friend!

I will be making pipe cleaner Jesus with the kids today. How cute!!! They will love Him!

xoxo

jess@notyouraveragemommy.com said...

So clever. I just love family traditions. There is something so wonderful about the time spent together and the meaning of them too. What a special way to share the Good News of Jesus each year! :)

Lori Allberry said...

Oh so beautiful Karli!!! What an incredible tradition! So wonderful! And as always, these shots of your beautiful children are amazing!!! I love your new addition to the tradition Karli. You are an amazing woman!!!!!!
How much fun I have had catching up today!!!!
XOXOXO

Mama Hen said...

Beautiful! I love the balloon idea after 40 days! Happy Easter Karli!

Mama Hen

Kelly said...

What a wonderful tradition. The balloon release is an awesome addition.

happy me said...

Karli! The swing photo and the last few days of two: just incredible. You know that's my favorite perspective! Love you!

Ashley Sisk said...

I love that you do this each year - I'll have to add it to my bucket of traditions as well!

Melissa said...

Karli!!! What's up! I saw your sweet little comment on my blog. Thank you! You asked about the Shooting from the Shadows book. I checked and my book has 26 pages, too. So....I guess either we are good or we both got cheated. LOL I'm sure it was a mistake on the description, maybe.

I have to say...look at TT's hair! So long and lovely! And that dress. Must.Have.That.Dress.

Tiffany said...

That's so neat! Your kiddos are adorable and she looks so tall and grown!

Jeska said...

Okay, I have to write you back to Thank You for your sweet comment. But to say seriously you are amazing, I love your photos. Always so crisp, clear, and beautiful!!

Also, I have a question- how do you do all of the pic collages? I've been trying to figure out a way to showcase photos differently. Are they actions or do you make them? Thanks!

Michelle Reed said...

Love these moments you captured!!! These snapshot-wanna-be's will be so treasured!!! :)

and what a great idea about Jesus rising in 40 days (well, a bit less than 40 days, now, huh? hope you got it on your calendar!)

Love how Jesus got to be a part of TT's evening! :)

xoxo