For our Summer with the Saints meeting this week we will be celebrating Saint Peter the Apostle (feast day is June 29th). I was having trouble deciding what to do for the activity part. At first I thought maybe something to do with fish, one of St. Peter's symbols, such as this simple, yet fun chalk drawing. But, I like a challenge and I wanted our craft projects to be useful if at all possible. So I thought, why not priest paper dolls with different colored vestments to match the liturgical year? (Most of the older kids are girls and St. Peter was the first pope.) Yeah, well, apparently there is not much of an outcry for paper doll priests. I did find some here to buy but if I could do it for free, why not? So yes, I came up with my own.
Simply print off the design on cardstock. Color as desired. Vestment colors: green, purple, rose, white, red, etc. Here is a great site that explains each of the vestment colors and when each are used. Little ones may just want to do one vestment color. Once colored, cut everything out, being sure to cut closely by the shoulders so the vestment fits properly. Bend base backwards on both sides and tape to create a tube-like effect so the doll stands up on its own. For even more support (and no tape), glue doll to a thin piece of cardboard (recycle a cereal box) and fold as directed. You may also wish to cut off the bottom tags of the vestment as I have done.
As an alternative, especially with little ones, simply cut around the body and glue on a popsicle stick to make a priest puppet instead of a doll. **When we made this craft, one girl made the suggestion of using a toilet paper tube to use to stand up the doll. Great idea!
This craft would also be good for the Feast of St. John Vianney (August 8th), the patron saint of priests.