Today’s Inspired Action: Make your own home altar.
You don’t need much to make your own home altar. I love the simple altar in the picture above. A simple tray with candles… a framed image of strength and hope.
I’ve always loved the glow of altars at religious services. Whether an Altar is dressed with battery lit candles, picture of saints and other images which invoke strength or bravery… their purpose is to remind us to return HOME. Home is the place inside of each and every one of us. It is the straight connection to our Authentic nature.
Here is a home altar that I made out of Foam Core from the Dollar Store. I used 5 sheets of Foam Core. I’ll walk you through what I did to create this piece…
Here’s the finished piece… As you can tell it has been painted gold on the inside and faux finished on the outside.
I made my own measurements of a simple box frame. However, I chose to make my own artistic front by creating my own stencil. I freehanded 1/2 of the scrolly-top-design to a folded piece of newspaper and cut out the design to give me what is now the top artistic portion of my altar.
In the image above, you can see the scrolly-top-design is on the foremost piece of foam core. I also made a special scrolly-bottom-image for the front feet.
The image above also contains Foam Core cutouts. I did want to make my altar have a 3D image effect. So I hand-drew birds and wings, glowers as well as squares to affix to my altar after assembly.
Here’s a look at what I mean by 3D image effects.
Here’s a view of the top of my altar before I modge podged magazine pages and decorative strips of papers to it.
Yet before I could modge podge the foam core, I hot glued all the pieces [that I cut with a razor] together in order to make my box altar shape. Then I affixed the decorative front. It was a fun process… I tend to get into a meditative state while I am creating like this. One of my favorite things to do while creating is listen to happy music like this.
I modge podged the front and back, inside, upside and downside of the altar. I knew I was going to paint it, but knew I wanted much of the magazine to show through as well.I also wanted to do several layers of modge podge on the altar… because, of course, I didn’t know exactly the weight of the contents I’d be putting inside of it. I did know I’d be using battery candles inside of it at some point, but I wanted to be prepared for a decent amount of weight. So I waited 1 week to get the opportunity to paint my altar because it took me 4 days to put on 6 coats of modge podge and magazine paper. I really reinforced the feet on this one too.
Once all the layers of modge podge & magazine paper dried… I painted the inside of the altar shiny gold. I used hot glue gun to affix all decorative pieces that were also modge podged and then painted to distress the outside of the altar.
The technique I used on the outside of the altar was a graffiti-like technique. I felt my altar is kind of like me in this life: it gets a little dirty sometimes on the outside… but the inside is nice and shiny to reflect the light of Love.
What do you think?
Please share pics of your home altar. I’d love to hear your ideas.