DIY 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:
|We chose our box.|
|We made sure typical-sized cards would fit.|
|We painted with 2 colors at a time.
Mostly b/c I only had 2 sponge brushes.
|We started with green (yellow + blue) and blue paint.
We used applesauce cups for our paint.
|Here’s the box after the first two colors of paint.|
|We used a popsicle stick to prop it open while drying.|
|Here’s the box after we added red and yellow dots.|
|We used washable tempera paint.|
|We used primary colors of paint and mixed
the secondary colors we wanted.
|Our last two colors were white and purple (red + blue).|
|Here’s the box after we dotted it with all 6 colors.|
|L&L had fun with the leftover paint.|
|Our finished box.|
|I printed “Our Prayer Box” on card stock and laminated it.
You can print it here if you like.
|I taped the sign on top of the box.|
|We added our greeting cards and our box was complete!|
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. 🙂
See my other prayer posts:
- DIY Prayer Pail (with 25 printable mealtime prayers)
- Pass the Prayer Cross: Taking the Chaos Out of Family Prayer Time
- Teaching the Lord’s Prayer to Littles
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