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Going galvanized!

Yay!  It’s Friday!  I’m so excited to share with you another Friday Find.  Today I’m sharing something from the Dollar Tree because, hey, who doesn’t like stuff for a dollar?  Especially those of you who follow along for ideas for women’s ministry.  Yeah.  I know you are all on tight budgets or the little extras come out of your own pockets as leaders.

Galvanized Metal Vases from Dollar Tree

How cute are these little galvanized vases from the Dollar Tree?  Wouldn’t they make great centerpieces for some of your women’s ministry functions?  Or if you like that farmhouse style in your home, you could grab a few of these.  They are 6.75-in. tall, and have a 4.75-in. opening.

Find them on the Dollar Tree website here!

You could tie twine around them or even some ribbon.  Gingham ribbon on them might be fun.   I can just see some bright colored spring flowers in these and I am so looking forward to spring!

I like the Dollar Tree for things for women’s events because you can always order cases from them online and have free in-store pickup on most things.  That’s always a help for retreats and things like that.

If you need help on building a prop closet with items like this for your women’s ministry, there is an article on my main website here.  My top picks for women’s ministry supplies are here.

FYI, I don’t get any compensation for sharing my Friday Finds.  Just sharing cause I like to!  Where is your favorite place to find vases for your events?

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

Keeping it under glass!

Since I have so many ideas I’ve saved and I love sharing, I thought as I have ended Takeaway Tuesdays, I would start up Friday Finds.  Every Friday I will share with you some type of fun project or idea that I have found on the internet.  I know so many of you come here looking for ideas for women’s ministry and there are lots of great ideas floating around the web that we can use and try for our ministries.

To get us started, I have found a great little product from Factory Direct Craft.  I’ve ordered from there in the past for projects I’ve done.  Spring is coming and will be here before we know it so when I spied these little terrariums on their website, a bell went off.  Ding!  What a fun little project for favors or for making a group craft at a spring retreat.

DIY Terrariums to try

Photo Source:  Factory Direct Craft

I was thinking maybe find some of those little things like they decorate the little fairy gardens with.  So many ideas for these!

DIY Plastic Terrariums

Photo Source:  Factory Direct Craft

Right now they are 7.99 for 6.  Even with adding a few supplies, it’s not a bad price for a group project.  Especially as this is something new.  At least for me.  I’ve never decorated a mini cloche.  Have you?  Finding new craft projects for retreats is getting harder and harder.  At least I think so.  People ask me all the time for ideas for retreat crafts and sometimes I just feel so empty of creativity where this kind of stuff is concerned.

 

You can find these little clothes on the Factory Direct Craft website at the link below:

Miniature Acrylic Cloches

I love cloches and would love a regular size one for my home.  (Not one of these mini plastic ones.  Haha!)  I’m on the look out for one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg…or two legs.  Why are they so expensive?  They are just glass!

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will enjoy Friday Finds!

Have a creative day,

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Light up my world!

 

For today’s Takeaway Tuesday, I have another easy idea for you.  I saw a girl do this on her blog a long time ago so I thought I’d finally give it a try.  This is an idea to perk up tea lights.

You take washi tape and go around the outside of the tea light.  That’s it.  Simple.

 

Perking up tea lights for favors

 

I have found that all tea lights are not created equal.  The sides of them are not all the same height so you will need to get the right size washi tape.  It comes in various sizes.

 

Lamp Unto My Feet Tag for Washi Tape Tealights

 

On the tea light above, I added a tag using a Verve – Mary Jane stamp, Psalm 119:105.

 

Washi Tape Tealight Project

 

Tea lights do make nice little inexpensive favors for Ladies Ministry.

 

Here are some tag sayings to put with them:

 

  • Bible Verse – Psalm 119:105
  • Bible Verse – Ephesians 5:8
  • Bible Verse – Psalm 119:16
  • Bible Verse – John 1:4
  • Let your light shine!
  • Walking in the Light
  • Choose to Shine!
  • Reflect the Light

 

 

Stop into my ministry site and read my devotional, How Bright is Your Light?

 

Thanks for stopping by to see my project.

Have a creative day!

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

This blog is where you will find my diy crafts and home projects, if you are looking for my writing and women’s ministry ideas, please visit my main website, Creative Ladies Ministry.

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Take Note!

For today’s Takeaway Tuesday I am sharing an idea for notepads to use in your women’s ministries.  These are made with a cardstock base by adding several sheets of filler paper.

Notebook Craft for Women's Ministry

These notepads can be used at retreats for note taking, keeping prayer lists, Scripture journaling, or lots of other things.  I’ll leave a list of ideas to use them at the bottom of the post.

Women's Ministry Craft Idea.

What I like about these is that you can embellish them however you want.  Make decorative cover pages.  Stamp on them.  Make title labels.  Add a cardstock or ribbon band for presentation.  Your imagination is the limit.

I made these in a couple sizes.  The larger size is 5 1/2 x 7 inches and the smaller size is 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches.

Craft Idea for Women's Ministry Notepad

Supplies:

  • Cardstock for base.
  • Paper for filler pages.  I used 5 x 7 notepads for most of mine and cut them down a little to the size I needed.  You can use lined paper, white or colored copy paper, graph paper, etc.  It just should be lightweight in order to place in several sheets.  I used about 12-15 sheets in each of mine.
  • Paper Cutter.
  • Bone Folder (useful but not necessary for scoring and pressing out folds).
  • Single hole paper punch.  The type you use will determine how many filler sheets you can punch through at once.
  • Ribbon or string for connecting base to pages.
  • Scrapbook paper to embellish flap along top edge and for adding a cover page if desired.
  • Tape runner or your favorite adhesive.
  • Options:  Corner punches, border punches, rubber stamps and ink, embellishments such as scrapbooking stickers, and various punches for title labels.

Craft Idea for Women's Minsitry Groups

Directions for Larger Size (5 1/2 x 7):

  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 5 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches.
  • Score 1 1/2 inches in from one edge of 8 1/2 inch side.
  • Fold and press down score line.
  • Cut decorative scrapbook paper (for flap strip) to 5 1/4  inches (width) x 1 1/4 inches (height).   NOTE:  If you decide to use decorative border punches, the size of your decorative strip of scrapbook paper will need to be adjusted.
  • If you want a cover page, cut your decorative scrapbook paper to 5 inches (width) x 6 1/2 inches (height).  This will leave a little edge of the cardstock base showing.
  • Cut your filler paper down to 5 inches (width) x 6 1/2 inches (height).   NOTE:  If you decide to use decorative border punches, you will need to adjust the size of your filler paper.
  • If you want a cover page, place it lined up evenly on top of your filler paper.
  • Place your stack of filler paper (and cover if desired) onto the cardstock base and butted up against the fold line under the top flap.   Center so that your filler paper is even on both sides of the cardstock base.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the flap through all layers.  You can space the holes apart as far as you want but do it evenly.  I mostly did mine by measuring in 1 inch on some and 1 1/2 inches on others.  It depends on the look you want.
  • Cut your ribbon to approximately  12 to 15 inches and pull up from back through both holes and knot or tie a bow.  You will want to adjust the length of your ribbon to whether you want a knot or a bow and to how long you want the tails of your ribbon.  I find this is usually a preference.
  • Options:  Embellish with stamps on edges of pages.  Use corner punches if you like that look.  Use border punches on edges of cardstock base if desired.  Be sure to adjust decorative scrapbook paper and filler paper size if you use border punches as it will change how close your filler paper comes to the bottom edge and how thin the flap at the top will be.   Make title labels either on the computer or by hand if desired.  My labels were made  by writing the wording on cardstock and layering on oval punch cut-outs.

Prayer List Craft Idea for Women's Ministry

Directions for Smaller Size (4 1/4 x 4 1/2):

  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches.
  • Score 1 inch in from one edge of the 5 1/2 inch side.
  • Fold and press down score line with a bone folder.
  • Cut decorative scrapbook paper (for flap strip) to 4 inches (width) x 3/4 of an inch (height).  NOTE:  If you decide to use decorative border punches, your decorative strip of scrapbook paper will need to be adjusted.
  • If you want a cover page, cut your decorative scrapbook paper to 3 3/4 inches (width) to  4 inches (height).  This will leave a little edge of the cardstock base showing.
  • Cut your filler paper down to 3 3/4 inches (width) by 4 inches (height)   NOTE:  If you decide to use decorative border punches, you will need to adjust the size of your filler paper.
  • If you want a cover page, place it lined up evenly on top of your filler paper.
  • Place your stack of filler paper (and cover if desired) onto the cardstock base and butted up against the fold line under the top flap.   Center so that your filler paper is even on both sides of the cardstock base.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the flap through all layers.  You can space the holes apart as far as you want but do it evenly.  I mostly did mine by measuring in 1 inch on some and 1 1/2 inches on others.  It depends on the look you want.
  • Cut your ribbon to approximately 10 -12 inches and pull up from back through both holes and knot or tie a bow.  You will want to adjust the length of your ribbon to whether you want a knot or a bow and to how long you want the tails of your ribbon.  I find this is usually a preference.
  • Options:  Embellish with stamps on edges of pages.  Use corner punches if you like that look.  Use border punches on edges of cardstock base if desired.  Be sure to adjust decorative scrapbook paper and filler paper size if you use border punches as it will change how close your filler paper comes to the bottom edge and how thin the flap at the top will be.   Make title labels either on the computer or by hand if desired.  My labels were made  by writing the wording on cardstock and layering on oval punch cut-outs.

womens ministry retreat craftIDEAS TO USE THESE NOTEPADS:

  • Retreats:  For note taking during sessions.
  • Retreats:  For quiet time reflections.
  • Retreats/Special Meetings:  Print out songs and choruses as filler pages that you will be singing during your function.
  • Prayer Journaling:  For jotting down prayer requests and answered prayer.
  • Scripture Journaling:  Encourage your ladies to write out special verses and comments on them.
  • Devotional/Bible Lessons:  Print out devotional or lesson notes as the filler pages.  Add in blank filler pages for note taking.
  • Baby Showers: Print out shower games that guests will be participating in.
  • Bridal Showers:  Print out shower games that guests will be participating in.  Add in facts about the bride and groom on other pages.
  • Gift Idea:  Make up as a special gift for a secret sister or prayer partner.  Add a pen to your gift.
  • Team Meetings:  Print out a list of the ladies in your group on pages for your team to use as prayer lists.
  • Team Meetings:  Make up for special team meetings.  Fill notepad with reminders, list of ladies names, special prayer requests, goals for the year, etc.
  • Sermon Notes:  Encourage your ladies to take notes in church services.
  • Recipe Booklets:  Print out recipes for the filler pages.
  • Bible Memory Challenges:  Print out Bible verses for your ladies to memorize.
  • Bible Reading Challenges:  Print out Bible verse references to read.  Perhaps do a week or two weeks worth of daily verses.  Leave room for them to write reflections on each verse if you want.

Tip:  For any craft you do with ribbon like this project, do a few and practice tying bows or knotting the ribbon in a way you are pleased with before proceeding to cut all the lengths of ribbon needed for the number of projects you will be doing.  You will waste less ribbon and be happier with the outcome.

Thanks for stopping in for Takeaway TuesdayDo you have some other ideas of how to use these notepads?  Please leave a comment.

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