DIY Greeting Card Prayer Box

We have been really focused on prayer this week.  On one of my prayer-related Facebook posts, a reader commented and gave me the idea for a greeting card prayer box.  Thanks, Kathy Gapinski Peters, for sharing your idea with me!  I think it’s an awesome one; so awesome, I want to share it with all of you, too!

DIY Greeting Card Prayer Box

greeting card prayer box

The basic idea behind the greeting card prayer box is that you get or make a box to hold all the greeting cards you receive in the mail during the course of a year.  Each night during family prayers (or whenever!), you pull out a card or two and specifically pray for the family that sent that card to you.

I don’t know about you, but I am always wondering what to do with the greeting cards we get.  I mean, I display them for a few days to a week or two, but then what?  I feel bad about throwing them out, but yet I also feel bad about saving them when I probably won’t look at them again.  THIS is the perfect solution!  

We can still display them when they first arrive, but then we can simply add them to our prayer box where they will get used repeatedly for the whole year!  I figure at the end of the year (or when the box gets too full) I can simply put them all into a large envelope or folder if we want to continue to save them, or I can feel okay about tossing them or using them for some sort of art project since we will have already put them to good use.

I thought about using a pretty photo storage box (usually around $3/each at craft stores like Michael’s), but then I thought it would be nice to have a more personalized box.  So, I found a kids’ Nike shoe box in Luke’s closet, and we decorated it:

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We chose our box.

 

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We made sure typical-sized cards would fit.

 

greeting card prayer box
We painted with 2 colors at a time.
Mostly b/c I only had 2 sponge brushes.

 

greeting card prayer box
We started with green (yellow + blue) and blue paint.
We used applesauce cups for our paint.

 

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Here’s the box after the first two colors of paint.

 

greeting card prayer box
We used a popsicle stick to prop it open while drying.

 

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Here’s the box after we added red and yellow dots.

 

greeting card prayer box
We used washable tempera paint.

 

greeting card prayer box
We used primary colors of paint and mixed
the secondary colors we wanted.
 
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greeting card prayer box
Our last two colors were white and purple (red + blue).

 

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Here’s the box after we dotted it with all 6 colors.
 
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L&L had fun with the leftover paint.
 
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Our finished box.

 

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I printed “Our Prayer Box” on card stock and laminated it.
You can print it here if you like.

 

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I taped the sign on top of the box.
 
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We added our greeting cards and our box was complete!
 
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We made the box earlier today and we put it to use for the first time tonight.  We pulled out an Easter card from my aunt and uncle and added special prayers for them to our nightly family prayers.  

I’m really looking forward to what this is going to add to our family prayer time each night!!  Thanks again, Kathy!

If you have or make a prayer box, I’d love for you to share a photo on my Facebook page. 🙂

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Shonda says:

    Cute idea. We don’t get many cards in the mail except Christmas and birthdays, but it’s a great way for kids to think “outside the box” for prayer. I love how you decorated it. PS. We made our prayer pail tonight! Can’t wait to start using it with my 3 year old.

  • Diane Davies says:

    What a great idea! Just pinned it on Pinterest.

  • More meaningful than a treasure box! Very cute and thoughtful!

  • wilson says:

    It’s really an interesting project, you have done great work and that was too good that you have added the procedure for making this attractive prayer box, final look is really very attractive of this box, no one can say it is a Nike shoe box, it has totally changed. Nice to see your work. Many thanks for sharing with us.

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  • Hannah says:

    What a great way to get kids more involved in prayer! I’d love it if you’d share your post with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday Link-Up

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  • Laura says:

    what do you do with the cards after you pray for them? put them at the bottom of the pile? what do you do at the end of the year? throw all of them, and start anew? We don’t get many cards either. But I do collect photos, so maybe photos instead – then we’d just rotate them. Just thinking out loud.

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