I am blessed to have a praying grandmother. I know that she prays for her five children, six grandchildren and 16 great children, and of course their spouses and fiancés. Today when I opened up my art cabinet to put an empty peanut canister inside, an idea came together. Over the years my grandmother has shared a variety of craft materials with me, including fabric, lace and old-fashioned clothespins. Today all of these items, old and new, came together to create a handmade gift for my grandmother, a prayer jar.
Whether you think of it as a jar, a canister or a box, the idea is the same. Whether you cover your container with fabric, paint or paper, you are creating a vessel. Whether you use old-fashioned clothespins or traditional ones, you are making it personal. I will give you the idea for a thoughtful gift for grandparents and tell you what I used to make mine, but you’ll see that there are a variety of ways to create a handmade gift for praying grandmothers to be treasured.
Here’s what I used to create this prayer jar for my grandmother.
One empty, clean peanut canister
A permanent marker
Fabric tape measure or good old fashioned line up and mark skills
The steps to make a prayer jar are simple and fun.
Wipe out the peanut canister. Depending on how your brain works best, you can use a fabric tape measure to measure all around and up and down, or if you are like me you can line up the fabric on the bottom of the canister and mark above the top edge and where it meets to cut.
Once the fabric cover is cut out, apply glue around the top and bottom edge and get to work lining up and smoothing. Once it’s smooth, apply glue to the slightly overlapping edge. Again, you can do this with paper or even paint your “vessel” if you prefer.
It’s not necessary but since I still had some of the roll of the vintage blue lace from my grandmother, I added it to the bottom edge. You could easily use any ribbon you have.
Now comes the fun part.
I took a permanent marker with a fine tip and wrote the names of each of my grandmother’s 16 great children down the sides of the old-fashioned clothespins. Grandmothers need not have 16 to enjoy this handmade gift! Also, you need not have old-fashioned clothespins. Traditional ones will do, as would photos or names created from letter stickers. That’s the awesome part of a handmade gift. You can be creative and use what you have on hand or what inspires you.
To finish off my handmade prayer jar, I cut some slips of paper and included a pencil. Now my grandmother can write down her prayers and fold and put them inside when she chooses or simply look upon it and turn it as she prays for each name. Either way this gift is a reminder and a symbol of her prayers for each of the names included.
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