How I Learned To Build Shrines

So I was asked to do a post on shrine-building, and talk about how I put my shrines together. The short answer, in many cases, is simply symmetry, but that wouldn’t make much of a blog post. Instead, I thought I’d go back through my old shrine photos, and perhaps talk about how I learned to build shrines, and how they’ve changed over the years. I don’t think I’ve ever done a post like that before, and I was curious to see how things had changed, and how much had stayed the same.

This will be a bit long, and image-heavy, so you’ve been warned. But other than that, I hope it’s somewhat interesting to you. Also, I apologise if some of these are not great quality. I did the best I could.

ETA: ffs I guess this is what I get for posting right before bed, sorry for the formatting errors. They are fixed now. Flickr embed code is the worst, I swear to the gods. 😡

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New: Portable Shrine Kit – Kemetic Shrine Kit – Offering Table Lid – White and Gold

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I have been experimenting with votive offering tables for a while now, and I think this is the one that is rendered best. Perhaps it is because I drew it with a paint marker, rather than with actual paint. I can see where my strengths lie.

This, and another three boxes, I got at my op shop. $1 each. They’ve scrubbed up nicely, I think. Also, it’s not visible and I forgot to add it to the listing, but the felt backing for the altar tile is black. But anyway. The paint marker is shiny af, and I want to play around with that some more. I like the effect.

This is a small portable shrine kit designed for Kemetic pagans, polytheists, and assorted other Kemetic types. The box itself is made of papier mache, painted white, with gold paint marker along the edge of the lid. The inside is also painted with gold acrylic paint. The box has been varnished to give it a protective, glossy coat to protect it from damage.

The box measures 11cm x 11 cm x 4 cm, or 4.3in x 4.3in x 1.6in.

The lid, drawn on with gold metallic paint marker, is an original design inspired by the ancient offeirng tables, and enables the box itself to be used as a mini altar for ritual, if a small shrine is all you can use.

The design has the hieroglyph for heaven/sky at the top, an ankh in the middle, and the hieroglyph for offering at the bottom. Between them are renderings of pots for offering water or beer, tiny incense burners, the glyph for water, and the two circles represent offering bread. In this way, the offerings represented can be used as votive offerings, perpetually given to the gods if you aren’t in a position to offer physical offerings due to travel or other situations.

It is small and light enough to use as a portable shrine, and there is room to add other items, or to take them out and completely customise what it contains to suit your own needs. It can also be used as a mini shrine on its own, if you do not have much room.

In this kit, you will receive:
– 1 painted box, that fits everything in the kit inside it.
– 1 gold altar tile, depicting an ankh, ma’at feathers, and four stars in black, with a felt back
– 1 small white offering dish
– 4 mini myrrh incense cones
– 2 tealights

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you’re interested in purchasing this shrine kit, please see the listing on etsy.

New: Tiny Portable Shrine Boxes – Black with Gold Pentagram Design

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I’ve listed these two together, because they are, in essence, identical. They are tiny shrine boxes, with a tealight, and a single frankincense incense cone. These boxes legit came from my op shop and were, like, 40c each. I love working at an op shop. Except when it is 40C/104F, then I do not, because our air-con is terrible. But most of the time, I love it. :D?

Anyway, buy my shrine boxes they are tops.

(…Not literally, obvs. But you knew that, right? >_>)

This listing is for a single tiny shrine box, painted black, with a gold pentagram hand-drawn on the lid with gold metallic paint marker. The box has been varnished to give it a protective, glossy coat to protect it from damage.

There are two box shrines available.

They measure 6cm x 6cm x 3.25cm, or 2.3in x 2.3in by 1.2in. They are small enough to fit in your hand, and contain a tealight, and a single frankincense incense cone. Frankincense is a good all-purpose incense for many gods, as well as for spiritual and magical workings.

No incense burner is included, but there is enough room to fit a small metal one inside. It could also be used to hold any other small trinkets or spiritual items, or used for a magical spell. It would also work as a small altar table in a portable shrine kit, or to hold items on your altar or shrine.

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these boxes, please see the listing here.

New: Shrine Kit – Persephone Portable Shrine Kit with Prayer Beads

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This is the second of the shrine kits I made. I picked up the heart-shaped box at a craft store, and for reasons I still don’t understand, Persephone decided She wanted it. So I made Her a little shrine kit. I have no actual relationship with Persephone, but if She asks for a shrine box, well. She’s getting a shrine box.

This is a small portable shrine kit designed for Hellenic pagans, polytheists, and those who work with Persephone. The box itself is made of papier mache, painted with a rose-gold mix, gold highlights, and a black interior. The lid has a painted design that depicts shafts of wheat, and a torch to illuminate the underworld.

It is small and light enough to use as a portable shrine, and there is plenty of room to add your own items, or take out what you don’t need. It could also stand on its own as an inconspicuous shrine, as the design is subtle enough to not be obvious.

The box has been varnished to give it a protective, glossy coat to protect it from damage.

In this kit, you will receive:
– 1 painted box, that fits everything in the kit inside it.
– 1 incense burner, made from air-drying clay
– 1 small white offering dish
– 1 set of prayer beads, made from poppy jasper, black onyx, a pearl, and red glass beads, with a pewter double pentacle charm
– 4 mini myrrh incense sticks
– 2 tealights
– 2 mini corked jars for salt or herbs or granular incense

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit, please see the listing on Etsy here.

New: Pagan Prayer Beads – Egyptian Goddess Nut and Her Children – Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Goldstone

Set of beads for Nut and Her Children, Wesir, Set, Heru, Aset, and Nebethet. Made with lapis lazuli, moonstone, and goldstone.

Set of beads for Nut and Her Children, Wesir, Set, Heru, Aset, and Nebethet. Made with lapis lazuli, moonstone, and goldstone.

This set came to be because of the blue tassel. I ordered a mixed bag of little tassels from eBay, and once it finally arrived, there was just one of these dark blue tassels amongst all the other coloured tassels. Nut wanted it, and asked for some beads. So I made this set for Her, and Her children. It seemed the right time, since I’m coming up to Wep Ronpet, and the Days Upon The Year, which honour the Children of Nut and Geb.

This is a set of prayer beads for the Egyptian goddess Nut, the goddess of the starry heavens, and Her five children. It is made with lapis lazuli, moonstone, and goldstone 6mm beads, with a dark blue tassel to finish it off.

The lapis beads are a deep blue, echoing the dark starry sky that is the vault of Nut. The five sets of goldstone and moonstone beads represent the five children of Nut and Geb: Wesir/Orisis, Set, Heru/Horus, Aset/Isis, and Nebethet/Nepthys.

This is a perfect set of beads for any Kemetic devotee of Nut and any of Her children, and will make a beautiful addition to any shrine.

It measures approximately 25cm long, and the final knot is glued for added strength.

If you are interested in purchasing this set, you can see the listing on etsy here. Any questions, convo me on etsy, or comment here.

New: Pagan Prayer Beads – Egyptian God Amun – Ammonite, Black Onyx, Tiger Eye, Moss Agate

Set of beads made with an ammonite pendant, black onyx, tiger eye, and moss agate beads.

Set of beads made with an ammonite pendant, black onyx, tiger eye, and moss agate beads.

This is the other set for Amun I found tucked away in a box. I think I put them away because I wasn’t sure I liked the designs, but once I got them out again, I think they’re fine, and Amun doesn’t seem to mind, so. They’re staying as they are.

This is a small set of prayer beads for the Egyptian god Amun. The ammonite fossil charm resembles an ear, echoing the votive ears that were found in some of Amun’s temples, where people could go to leave their requests with the god, knowing He would hear them.

This seet of beads is made with alternating black onyx and tiger eye, along with four lage moss agate beads. They measure 18cm long, and the final knit is glued for added strength.

If you are interested in purchasing this set, you can see the etsy listing here. Any questions, convo me on etsy, or comment here.

New: Pagan Prayer Beads – Egyptian God Amun – Ammonite, Turquoise, Tiger Eye, Skull Beads

Set of beads fot the god Amun, made with an ammonite pendant, turquoise, tiger eye, and skull beads.

Set of beads for the god Amun, made with an ammonite pendant, turquoise, tiger eye, and skull beads.

I had actually forgotten I’d made this set, along with another ammonite set of beads, but now they’re up and ready to be bought. Amun liked the ammonite pun, hence they are His. He also wanted the skulls. I have no idea why. I guess this is what I get for letting gods design Their prayer beads.

This is a set of prayer beads for the Egyptian god Amun. The ammonite fossil charm resembles an ear, echoing the votive ears that were found in some of Amun’s temples, where people could go to leave their requests with the god, knowing He would hear them.

This set of beads is made with alternating turquoise and tiger eye beads, interspersed with skull beads. A single large moss agate bead balances the ammonite. The beads measure about 25cm long, and the final knot is glued for added strength.

If you are interested in purchasing this set, you can see the listing here. Any questions, feel free to convo me via etsy, or comment here.

A sneak peek at new stock

A variety of shiny things

Shrine boxes and kits, altar tiles, artwork, and some prayer beads. It’s the best picture I could manage, sorry about the graininess. Listing photos will be much clearer.

So this is going up a bit later than I planned. But anyway. I’ve finally got this stuff varnished and ready to go. Everything is even priced I am that organised seriously. But I thought I’d give you all a little peek at what I’ve been working on in between 5 months of full time work during the second half of last year, and now during the Christmas break.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been working on boxes a lot lately. I blame the op shop I volunteer at. Apart from the heart-shaped box, and the wooden box to the left of it, the other boxes have all come from my op shop. So they were dirt cheap and ready and willing to be decorated and up-cycled. Yes, even the cigar boxes. They are the latest acquisition, and I plan to decorate them in the coming weeks. Some might call this sacrilege, I call it using what’s available to me. That, and someone has actually drawn/scribbled on them, and no one wants to see that.

I have three new sets of prayer beads, with more planned in my head, once I get around to stringing them all together. The blue set, on the left, is for Nut; the other two are for Amun, because He loves a good ammonite pun.

So I’ve been putting together little shrine kits, because that’s what my brain decides is the best thing to do with little boxes. They are, for the most part, Hellenic and Kemetic, though there are two tiny little boxes with pentacles on the top that are more generic pagan, and the smaller cigar box is going to be Wiccan. The heart shaped box belongs to Persephone. She basically claimed it as soon as I bought it, and so there’s something put together there that’s a bit more specific for Her. I’ve also got specific kits for Heru and Hermes and Poseidon.

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From left(ish) to right: golden pirate chest is Poseidon’s; two Kemetic, then Hermes; the two tiny black pentacle boxes; heart box is Persephone’s, then Hellenic, and the Eye box is Heru’s.

I also made some altar tiles/coasters/painted roundy things. Well, I mean, if I can get them cheap at Bunnings, why not, eh? I think they turned out okay. They’ve got felt backings, a) it’s neater, and b) it stops it slipping around. I’m still trying to find the best glue for it, but these ones should be okay. I had fun with the designs. I did two Hellenic, two Kemetic, two druidic, one for Hermes, and one for Heru. They’re all done with one of those gold metallic paint markers. I wanted to see if I could do a better job with a pen than with actual paint. Which I adore, but aren’t quite good at detail just yet. The silver and gold ones you can see over to the left are for the four white/metallic shrine boxes. The black ones will be listed separately.

Moar stuff

Artworks and altar tiles. The rest of the stuff that was done drying. A couple of the artworks you might recognise from other High Day posts, where they were offered as devotional pieces. But hey, I only have so much room, and no where to keep them. So they will be up for sale as well.

Anyway. That’s about all I have right now. I will be putting each new listing up here as it goes up in the shop, and since there’s a lot of them this time, I won’t do them all at once. But they’ll be going up over the next week or two, pending enough time to sit down and deal with them.

If there’s anything you’d like to see here, please let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. I’m not quite up for custom work just yet, but I”m happy to take ideas for designs or items that I might be missing. Let me know via convo at Etsy, email me at shedetyscriptoriumATgmail.com, or contact me via twitter @sashataakheru.

May the blessings of the gods be with you!

Sobekemiti