Incorporate Symbolism into Your Crafts With Color Meanings

When making gifts, I like to incorporate color symbolism into the materials I use. For me, it adds an extra level of depth to the act of creation and helps make the gift feel a bit more customized.

With that in mind, I thought I’d put together a list of common colors and their meanings. When you combine them, you can send a subtle message along with the physical object.

I’ve pulled these meanings from various books, metaphysical systems and general belief. Never be afraid to formulate your own association between belief and color.

Passion, action and life. Red is closely associated with the Greek and Roman gods of war. While Aries/Mars may be associated with the unpleasantness associated with martial action, they’re also excellent examples of passion and action. The color’s also associated with blood, which is what carries life throughout our bodies.

In chakras, red is the color of the first, or root, chakra at the base of the spine, further cementing its twin associations with survival and passion.

If you’d like to give a gift urging your loved one to act on their passion, this would be a good color to choose.

Pink, of course, is associated with romantic love. It’s also a very soothing color,
and can denote the gentle passion of affection, be it through romance, family or friendship.

Before WWII, it actually seen as a boy’s color, since little boys were considered little men. As red is such a vibrant color, it was assigned to men, and because their sons were smaller versions of them, pink was considered appropriate.

That changed when Hitler’s army forced homosexuals to wear pink triangles to make them stand out more. Pink was then transferred to girls, and the color for boys became blue.

Today, it symbolizes femininity, softness and sensitivity. For someone who needs a hurt soothed, a pink gift may work for them, depending on their tastes.

From my article How to Sew
Your Own Dream Pillow

As stated above, blue is now associated with boys, though when it comes to meaning, it’s seen as a relaxing, soothing color. I’ve always found darker shades to be particularly restful, which is why we’d painted our bedroom a dark blue.

However, it’s also associated with healing and refreshment. This probably comes from the fact still bodies of water tend to reflect the blue of the sky on clear days. Water, by its nature is very relaxing, and hydration makes it harder for infection to take hold. That may be part of why the color is so closely associated with healing.
Blue’s association with bright, clear skies also brings relaxation and fun to mind, both of which are healing in their own ways.

It’s association with the sky extends to being free to pursue what it is you’d like in life. In the world of chakras, it’s associated with the fifth, or throat, chakra which is in charge of communication and expressing creativity.

If you’d like to give a gift that embodies these traits, or you’d like to encourage the person in creative pursuits, blue is a good color to go with.

Associated with spring and plants for most of history, green is another healing color. It’s often used to encourage new growth, peace, tranquility and health. In modern days, it’s also seen as a color that encourages prosperity, thanks to the fact some paper money is green. It’s also seen as a very lucky color, especially to many Irish people.

In crystals and stones, it’s almost always associated with the healing side of things. That may have to do with the fact herbs and plants were used in place of pharmaceuticals before chemistry became popular. It could also have something to do with the fact that plants give an area a naturally soothing, refreshing feeling.

In chakras, green is aligned to the heart, or fourth, chakra. That means it’s also associated with love, wholeness and balance. Like the plants it’s so often bound to, it also embodies the act of changing with time and growing as a whole being.

I like giving green gifts to families with a new baby, because of the fertility, change and health angles. But green can be handy for just about anyone, especially if they need a refuge from the world or are in recovery. And, hey, if you want to give someone luck, why not give them a green gift?

The color we associate with the sun, yellow is a cheerful color. As such, it’s associated with hope, joy, freshness and high energy. Some studies have shown that seeing the color yellow encourages increased brain activity, so there may be a biological aspect to this energetic color.

In language, it has less ideal connotations, as it’s often used as a way to say a person is cowardly or deceitful. In terms of craft, though, I like to stick with the more positive meanings.

It is possible to have too much of a good thing, though. Too much yellow can be unnerving and somewhat overwhelming. When I do use it in my crafts, I like using it as more of a supplement than a primary color.

In chakras, yellow is assigned to the third, or solar plexus, chakra. This point is where our individuality comes from. It rules our confidence, and self knowledge.

I’ve always associated yellow with summer, just because it’s such a bright, warm color. If you’d like to shine a light on a person’s individuality or give them something to help them boost their confidence, give yellow a try.

Color is an important part of any type of craft, and it’s used in many ways. Whether you share the beliefs mentioned above or not, it’s still fun to play with.

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