Back in June, my husband got a new job and with that, he’s been able to be home more. He doesn’t work such long hours anymore, which is awesome! Another thing that has come with that is that we are able to have family prayer together in the morning before he leaves. It’s been so nice for me to not be trying to do this on my own. At his old job, he left for work before nearly everyone was out of bed. Since we’ve been more consistent with saying family prayer in the morning, I’ve noticed that my boys a lot of times say the same things over and over for the prayer. I decided that we needed a Family Prayer Board to help us remember those people that we want to be praying for, so I made one.
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When my sister was moving a few months ago, she was getting rid of some cabinet doors that she had for projects, but didn’t end up using them. I told her I’d take them, and they’ve been sitting in my garage ever since. Well, I was going to build a frame and either put chalkboard vinyl or dry erase vinyl in the frame, and then we could write on it what things we wanted to pray for. Then one weekend a few weeks back, we were cleaning out the garage and I found this cupboard door with glass in it, that I’d gotten from my sister and I knew that it would be perfect for the project I had in mind. I collected the other supplies I needed, and designed and cut my vinyl with my Cricut Explore Air 2 for the frame as well.
I used some wood filler to fill the hole where the knob had been.
While the wood filler was drying, I taped off the glass around the wood, and then I lightly sanded the wood.
I probably should have used some kind of primer, but I didn’t. I painted several coats of white paint onto the frame. I lost count of how many because I would paint one, then work on something else, and then come back to it. It took me a few days to get it white enough that I liked it.
Once it had enough paint on it, I peeled the painters tape off.
I peeled the backing off of my vinyl that I had cut, and then placed the vinyl at the top of the frame. I placed my ruler at the top so I could make sure I was getting the vinyl in the center.
Then I peeled up the transfer tape.
I grabbed a dry erase marker and started writing all the things I could think of that we wanted to and needed to pray for. We’ve since added a few things to the list, and I love that I can give the marker to one of my kids and send them to write on it.
Once it was done, I hung it on the wall using the velcro like Command Strips. Those things are my favorite.
I’m so glad that I decided to create this project. Not only do my boys love to ask me about things, and if they should be written on the Family Prayer Board, but I wanted to create this so that we as a family could remember the out of the ordinary things that we can and should be praying for, and it’s working! That makes me happy! I chose this saying because I think we can be thinking about things as well as praying.
I also love that the glass has bubbles in it, it’s the kind made to look old, and I adore it (even if it is hard to take pictures of).
Have you ever created something for your home that would help your family?
What are some things that you might have on your Family Prayer Board? We’ve added a few things like those dealing with the California fires, my 4 year old niece who was attacked by a pit bull, (she’s okay, had to get about 30 stitches on her nose), and Las Vegas to our list.
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