Make A New Year’s Family Prayer Shadowbox
One of my favorite things about the New Year is the chance to shed unwanted habits and set new goals. A few years ago, everyone in the family wrote a New Year’s prayer and put it in a little prayer box. The next New Year, we looked at our prayers to see if they were answered. I’m not sure why we stopped doing it every year, but this year we are starting that old tradition again. Resolutions are hard to keep, but we know that God answers prayer.
I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry (Psalm 40:1, NASB).
I had a shadowbox that I bought for $12 at Michaels Craft Store. I planned to make a vignette of all the kids’ ribbons/varsity letters and etc., and put them in the shadowbox. However, the varsity letters and ribbons were too big, plus we have five kids. It would have been an overcrowded shadowbox for sure. I had some left over small chalkboards to work with as well. The result was a DIY New Year’s Family Prayer Shadowbox. I played around with ideas before I began.
*shadowbox (not pictured)
*glue gun/glue sticks
*Chalk Couture “Joy” Ornament Kit
*shiny gold and silver disks (I bought these at Dollar Tree)
*fine copper glitter
Make a pencil mark in the top center of the wooden shadowbox frame, to help align everything later.
Have everyone write a New Year’s prayer on a small chalkboard with colored chalk.
Center the chalkboards (the pencil mark is your guide) and use push pins to hold them in place (see picture above). Arrange the disks, then take them off one at a time, hot glue, then put back in place. This method is a little tedious, but it will prevent mistakes and misplacement of your design.
Next I used my Chalk Couture “Joy” Ornament Kit. Instead of using the ornament disk provided in the kit, I applied the design directly to the glass. I wanted to add a pop of contrasting color, and the Chalk Couture “Joy”Ornament Kit did the trick. This was my first time using a Chalk Couture product. I was impressed. My daughter thought it was a sticker. The stencils for Chalk Couture self-adhere. Simply apply the chalk paste with the little spatula, then peel off the stencil. Easy-Peasy!
Place the 2019 stencils in the bottom right corner. Use clear tape to keep them in place. Apply embossing paste with the stencil paintbrush, then sprinkle with fine copper glitter. The embossing paste is nice, because it’s thick and won’t run. Since it is a paste, things like glitter stay in place.
You’re done! Use a small, clean paintbrush to gently remove extra glitter. To compliment my shadowbox, I used 2 pink vintage Russell White casserole dishes filled with pink ornaments and tinsel. The shadowbox has silver spray-painted magnolia leaves on both sides.
If you made your own family New Year’s project I’d love to hear about it!
Read How I’m Taking Back My Home in 2019 here.
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Happy New Year Y’all!