In truth, I can’t completely remember if I read about this craft or adapted it from several other ideas, but this year we actually got out the scissors and did it.
We purposely saved our Christmas photo cards so that we could cut the pictures out and make them into prayer placemats. My mom, in her generous wisdom, had given us several old wallpaper books for all our crafting, so rather than buying poster board or another large piece of paper, we cut out swaths of wallpaper as our base. Across the top I wrote “Today We Pray For Our Friends”.
With a pile of photos on hand, the kids started clipping away. We tried to choose pictures of people we know best, even if we don’t see them frequently.
After getting all the photos in place, I used a Sharpie to write prayer starters between the pictures and across the page: “Help us make good choices” and “Thank you for good friends and good health” etc.
Although I was hoping to “officially” laminate them at Staples, it became a bit cost prohibitive. Instead, I sped over to my local hardware store for some clear contact paper and did the job at home for $3.69. Fantastic!
We trimmed off the excess and now have wonderful placemats to use at breakfast time. Rotating them between our three kids gives us the opportunity to pray for different people, different needs, and through different lenses.
If you still have your Christmas cards, give it a try! Or if not, collect special photos throughout the year and use them as a springboard for prayer and gratitude with the little hearts in your home.