Two trends have come together to make church bulletins more attractive and intriguing. The first is the availability of so many Christian images and artworks on the internet. The second is the lowered cost of a church having its own color printer. This past year my own parish’s church bulletins have become the richer for both. Each week there is a new and thoughtful image relating to the gospel or the season. Icons, symbols and various art works adorn the covers, once reserved for the weekly black and white illustration of our church. As our priest recently noted to the congregation in reference to our enhanced bulletins, those who’ve managed to make it inside already know what the church looks like.
We have a recycled paper box that is the appropriate good stewardship home for used church bulletins but seeing these beautiful, colorful, thought provoking images each week on our bulletins inspired me to think of other ways to reuse the color images before putting the rest of the church bulletin into the paper recycling bin.
I’ve thought of several ways to reuse these inspirational pictures. They would be a perfect adornment for a blank card to write a note to a shut in. Likewise, they would make a wonderful cover for a journal or prayer book. These images would also make a beautiful and cost free border for a church bulletin board by simply adding one each week until the bulletin board has a border.
My favorite repurposing project for pictures from church bulletins is a decoupage collage on a Pringles can that can become a coin bank to save for a ministry or mission trip. Of course the container could vary from an oatmeal box to salt box but the idea is to find a cylindrical container and cover it collage style with artwork from old church bulletins.
Materials needed for a coin bank decorated with pictures from a church bulletin:
Clean container such as a chip can
Pictures from old church bulletins
Glue and or decoupage
Steps for creating your coin bank craft:
Gather all of the materials needed and begin cutting out the images from the old bulletins. Pinking sheers, which are scissors with a design cut are optional but always add a nice touch. You will likely need 6 to 8 images for each coin bank.
Paint sections of the container with either a mixture of half water and half glue or decoupage using an old paintbrush. Starting with the top edge, apply pictures to the container collage style by overlapping.
You will likely have some sections of uncovered space at the bottom that isn’t big enough for another image. This is where strips of the printed music inside of a bulletin will fill in wonderfully.
Go back and press down all edges to be perfectly flat and add a thin layer of water and glue mixture or decoupage for shine and protection. Optionally you can add a light sprinkle of glitter at this point if you’d like. Allow to dry completely.
Use a sharp knife to create a slit in the top of the container for the coins.
This coin bank decorated with old church bulletin pictures can be a fun craft for yourself, a thoughtful gift or great project for a tween to teen Sunday school class.