Food Allergy Awareness Week: Sunbutter Craft
This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week. Unlike, say, Valentine's Day or the Fourth of July, this holiday (if I can call it that), which affects 15 million Americans, does not have many crafts associated with it.
My son Baxter is one of those 15 million.
Crafts help bring awareness to a holiday or event. I've decided to make it my mission to make more crafts related to food allergies. My little man Bax is the sunbutter to my jelly, and I wanted to make him a sign to show him that!
Sunbutter is a peanut butter alternative that we started using when my son Baxter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. I have come to love it as much as my old favorite. I have often seen goodies in the scrapbooking and crafty world with the cute saying: "You are the peanut butter to my jelly." This is my allergy-aware take on that idea.
The canvas and medium you use for this craft is not important; what is important is the message. I used a combination of canvas, plates, paper, stickers, felt, pom pom fringe, paint and more. I'm a mixed-media kinda gal.
Making your two pieces of bread is really easy. I used felt, burlap, and paint. The pieces are held together with good, old-fashioned Tacky Glue.
The sign fits in perfectly on the gallery wall in his room. Mission complete: I wanted Baxter to know how much I love him, and to help spread the gospel about food allergies in a crafty way.
There is nothing fun about food allergies, especially life threatening ones, but that does not mean crafts about food allergies can't be fun. Baxter is in good company: one in 13 kids has food allergies. Why not let one of those other kids know they are the sunbutter to your jelly, too?