This post is cross-posted over at Elephant Journal
I am not, by genetic disposition, a crafty person. I am sneaky and slightly conniving but in no way skilled with my hands enough to be crafty. Unless of course you consider wringing my hands menacingly or swirling my mustache bars menacingly to be crafts…
My wife, however, is crafty as hell. She always makes handmade cards for my birthday and various fancy multi-media chatskies for my various annual days (birthday, anniversary, Christmas and so forth). So this holiday season I have watched her make these delightful handmade gifts (and helped with the simpler tasks). Just enough where I was actually helping without getting in the way or mucking up the works.
But the time spent cutting clay and making cookies got my wheels turning to find some Buddhist mindful crafts for the holidays.
Handmade Jizo Statues
I am attempting a few of these as gifts using Sculptee and some air dry clay. Many will be multicolored and quite ridiculous. Hopefully I will have some pictures to post later this week.
Tibetan Prayer Flags
How to make Prayer Flags from Instructables.com
That is all that I have. If you can think of a few more please add them into the comments. I have been troubled slightly this year in attempting to align the holidays with my practice. Largely it has been a failure and I find myself more stressed over the holidays than is healthy.
Update! From Comments. Crafty Recycled Tin Shrines: