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I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Icon Prayer Shrines

I love making these little prayer shrines!

I use recycled Altoids tins....

and beautiful paper...

and prints of Charles' original icons.

Here is one of St. Agatha, patroness of women with breast cancer.

These shrines are lovely for home prayer spaces, for hospitals, hospices and for travel.  I love making them because it is a small way to glorify God and to spread the word about icons!


  1. These are very sweet and would be a joy and comfort to many I'm sure, and a very frugal way to use your old Altoids tins...the perfect size too.

  2. I might need to switch from my current breath mint to Altoids. What a great idea! I'm not sure I'm creative to produce the finished product myself, but your shrines are beautiful!

  3. So lovely, Paula! So great to remember that things don't have to be big in order to be important :)

  4. Hello Paula, its so very nice to meet you!

    I just love your shrines, oh that you were closer to Enland, i am sure I would be purchasing!

    Comic Relief/Red nose Day - Is a UK yearly event to raise money for Africa & charities here in the UK. Its a massive fundraising event, led by comedians - has raised hundreds ofmillions for very good causes.... & the children love it!


  5. great idea, this a great craft for Faith Formation class.

  6. Rosario - if I ever get to your area of California, I could come and do a little workshop on making icon shrines!

    My husband gives retreats and workshops on praying with icons, if your parish is ever interested!

  7. I'd love to try making these! Do you decoupage the paper to the tins? I'm trying to think of how you get the paper around the curves so smoothly.

    1. I attach the paper to the tins with Mod Podge. I do the flat sides first and then use strips to cover the sides.

    2. once you soak the paper with decopage glue it is easy to smooth to the surface, you can use the back of a spoon or any tool that doesn't have sharp or rough surfaces.

  8. Wow, thank you! Amazing that the edges don't show at all :)

  9. These are so wonderful! I can't wait to make a couple for my sons who are in college on the the other side of the country. I also want to make some for friends for Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing & God bless you!

  10. (I don't know if my last comment was posted) I would like to buy/order one of these! how much are they?


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