A Brighid’s cross can be made throughout the year for whatever your personal need. You can make them out of varying materials such as corn husks, wool, fabric, pipe cleaners, raffia, or even paper – whatever you are drawn to using. Your cross will also look effective with just one round the material you are using (the cross on the doll pictured above which was made using corn husks).
One way to use a paper Brighid’s cross is write down your thoughts around Imbolc, you could write your dedications to Brighid – what do you plan to work with Brighid with (celebrate and honor that as you make that dedication). You can also record those things you wish to work on letting go of, what is your plan to begin doing this as they won’t disappear without some effort and this way you can invoke the power of Brighid’s transforming qualities.
Using black card is also effective and using colorful symbols and drawings to represent things you may not wish to write down or as just a way to decorate your cross.
There is no right way to use these crosses and as an artist, I like to explore ways of making these traditions relevant to me and bringing them into my life.
Brighid’s crosses aren’t just for Imbolc and were often given throughout the year in celebration given to a friend wither in celebration or to help them through hard times. You may wish to keep the crosses you write on to review later in the year or burn them in an Imbolc ritual fire.
Paper Cross Making Instructions
Step 1. Cut a rectangle shaped piece of paper into four equal lengths and then fold each strip in half
Step 3. Add the second strip feeding it through the first – fold facing downwards. When making a cross you create it clockwise in the direction of the sun.
Step 4. Add the third strip feeding it through the second – fold facing left
Step 5. Add the fourth strip feeding it through the third so it loops over the first
Step 6. Pull each of the ends, in turn, to tighten up your cross. To secure it you could add a piece of tape to keep the center taut and in place.