so i have this GIANT bulletin board in my entry way. and although i did like it, it was also super annoying to me. because the little ones grab all the cards at the bottom...and then all the cards end up cluttered on the top so i can keep them away from them. kind of like how my christmas tree looks every year. all the ornaments on the top half of the tree. it's a creative statement, i say. we do this intentionally. because we're artistic...ok and we're sick of finding broken ornaments everywhere.
anyway, something weird i do is keep christmas cards up all year long. it may sound crazy. but i love seeing our friends and family everyday on the board. and the cards are so cute anyway. even if they say merry christmas and it's valentine's day. who cares.
but in rethinking my bulletin board, i thought i could add another element to it. what if those pictures also provided me an opportunity to pray for the people i love the most? i'll be honest and say that my prayers are pretty self-centered. so if i walk past this board 300 times a day, surely i will at some point, be reminded to pray for others. it's good to think outside yourself and your family. and goodness, what would it look like if we had a heart like Paul who says in second thessalonians, we constantly pray for you... sheesh. Lord, give me a heart like that.
so i'll go ahead and show you the bulletin board/prayer board. yes, i'm showing you the reveal early. gasp! but just so you get the concept.
we will call it the BBPB for short. not really, but again, go with it. and everyday of the week, as i walk past the board, i will say a quick prayer for my friends who are on that particular day. or if you already threw those christmas cards away, you could put baby announcements, birthday invitations, etc up there instead that you gather throughout the year. or you could be far more intentional and write words. like...the president. my kid's teachers. poverty. water crisis. adoption.
the options are endless. make it your own.
so here's what you do.
grab a board from the hardware store. they can cut it to size for you. this was in our garage leftover from a home improvement project. always look around your house first. if there's a regular bulletin board around your house, covering it with fabric can make something boring into something really fun.
i was covering this with burlap, which is see-through, so i had to use a similar color fabric behind it. this was some i had in my basement but any craft store will carry solid color fabrics for $2/yard.
i used a staple gun and hot glue gun, but really, just work with what you have. hot glue will be fine here. but if that's all you use, but you'll need a lot of it. if you don't have hot glue(for shame!) just use a staple gun.
when i cover something with fabric, i staple one side and then staple the opposite side down so i can really pull it tight. taut, if you will. i don't like that word. but i used it. deal with it.
and anyway, your motto should be, who cares what the back looks like, just make the front look pretty. this is also my motto for my hair.
on the front, i stamped MAIL, but you could write PRAYER or anything up at the top. if you don't have stamps, just print something out on your computer and hot glue it up there.
then i added a three twine pieces across the board so i could display the other cards that will be in rotation. just put them up with clothespins.
for the top clips, i really like metals mixed with woods and burlaps these days, so i found some metal "bulldog" clips at office max. these tags are from there too. there are one million tags in a box, which makes me want to go around labeling everything. but alas, i contained myself because i didn't want people to think they were at an estate sale when they were over for dinner.
you could hot glue these down, but i hung them on small nails.
of course i stamped on the tags too. you could hand write on these or again, print some letters out for the days of the week.
and so, there you have it. my prayer board.
now if you're thinking that this is too complicated, you could go more simple. when you think about the concept of praying for others, we don't need to make it so complicated that we just never do it. so here is a clipboard on a plate stand. just change out your cards every week. done. accomplishes that same thing.
again, the important thing is providing a reminder to pray for things maybe we wouldn't normally pray for. and by all means, it doesn't need to look like my board. it doesn't even need to be aesthetically pleasing. just start somewhere.