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Make a Luther Rose Coaster

Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg, Germany, All Saints Church on October 31, 1517. The theses were statements he believed to be true and very important.

Needed: An old CD or DVD; colored pencils, crayons, or markers; clear contact paper; tape; scissors.

Martin Luther used a rose as a seal on his writings and as a way to explain his thoughts about the Christian faith. The symbol, shown above, became known as the Luther rose.

Draw and color a Luther rose on a round piece of paper 1/8 of an inch smaller around than the DVD. The cross in the center is black, and the heart is red. “Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace,” Luther wrote. “Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end.”

Cut out the symbol, then center it on the DVD. You may want to put a small piece of rolled up tape on the back of the circle to hold it in place. Then draw around the DVD on clear contact paper and cut out the contact paper circle. Carefully remove the backing and cover the top of the DVD with the contact paper circle to seal the picture to the DVD.

If desired, make an extra coaster, give it to someone else, and share information with them about Martin Luther.

Click here to find more information about Martin Luther.


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