Its been a while. I wish I had a good excuse as to why blogging has taken a backseat over the past few weeks, but I don’t. Life is just busy – ugh, the dreaded word – and pulls me in many different directions lately. With the holidays full steam ahead, I anticipate life will continue in this way, but nonetheless, I love the days I carve out time to share with you here on the blog.
Today I wanted to share with you a simple craft project that I recently did with my Moms’ group at our church. This has been a brand new moms’ ministry this year and I have had the privilege of coming alongside to help plan our mornings. It’s been such good medicine for my soul.
I really enjoy my time bonding with other mothers who are going through the same stages in life. It’s very easy to feel isolated and alone at times when you are constantly surrounded by little ones. But being together as mothers allows us time to recharge through laughter and friendship, as well as time to grow by being in the presence of more seasoned moms who have walked these steps before us…and more importantly, have lived to tell the tale!
Typically our mornings consist of some time together eating breakfast, listening to a speaker on a particular topic, and group fellowship discussing the topic afterwards. But we try to throw a few different style mornings into the mix to change things up from time to time.
We had planned a craft morning for the ladies after I saw a very cute idea for an easy wooden block scripture holder on a blog called Good Enough that I follow here.
Our group of women is about 25-30, so this was a very doable craft for that amount with a small budget. We managed to get some scrap wood at the hardware store and cut them down into blocks which made it even more affordable.
Here are the items you’ll need to create this scripture holder:
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge craft glue
- foam brushes
- white craft paint
- bulldog-style hinge clips
- hot glue or some other strong adhesive craft glue
- wooden blocks approx. 6″ w x 5.5″ h
- downloadable & printable free scripture cards found here (please note, these are not to be used for profit)
There were a few different options of scripture cards that Kim had designed on her blog for these wooden block holders. One set of cards was Thanksgiving themed. Three other sets of cards were Advent themed, all with different looks. They are designed to feature one scripture verse a day through Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Our moms were allowed to choose one set of pre-printed cards to have for their wooden block.
They started by sanding the wooden block down on all 4 edges with some sandpaper to prevent any sharp splinters.
Then they gave the block a coat of white craft paint on all 4 sides.
While it was drying, they chose their style of scrapbook paper for the front of the block, then started cutting out their scripture card sets.
When the block was dry, they traced the front of it onto the scrapbook paper, cut it out and Mod Podged it to the front. Then layered more Mod Podge over the front to secure it and create a smooth clear surface when dry.
Some ladies got extra creative with their design for the front and gave their paper some pretty edges. Love!
Once the glue had dried, they took their bulldog clip and hot glued it to the top center of their wooden block. Some moms were having a hard time getting the hot glue to actually stick (the clips kept snapping off) so I recommended they try a different glue at home like E6000 craft adhesive. This is always my “go-to” crafting glue of choice!
Once the glue had set, they had their scripture holder complete! They added their cut set of cards to the front and they were finished!
The moms loved this simple craft morning and were excited to take their scripture card holders home for the holidays.
The great part of this project is how interchangeable it really is. Once they are done using their cards over Thanksgiving and Christmas, they can continue to use it at home to hold a favorite scripture verse, a photo, or even a recipe in the kitchen.
But the best part of this craft project was the time spent together as moms – laughing, talking and having fun together.
Which to be honest, not a lot of moms carve out enough time to do together. Sometimes the best gift we can give ourselves is the down time to be creative and make some memories.
Hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving next week! Keep the Faith!