Monday, March 30, 2015

How to make quick & easy prayer bracelets

Today began the first of four days of state mandated tests for grade school kiddos in the state of Texas.  Last week I shared my top 10 ways to say Good Luck to kiddos taking exams and today I'm showing you a little something I've been doing for the last few years during testing that my kids really seem to enjoy.  It's something so simple and easy - I hope you like it too!
supplies:
embroidery thread
masking tape
scissors

Sorry that I don't have pictures to accompany this but, trust me, it's so easy you won't even need pictures!  You begin by choosing three colors of embroidery thread (see below on why I chose the colors I did).  Cut so that the lengths of thread are approximately the length of your arm and knot at the top.  Using the masking tape, tape the end of your knotted thread on a surface and begin braiding.  Braid all the way to the end and knot again. Now depending on the length of your braid, you probably have enough for two or three bracelets.  Attach them on a wrist with a knot and start praying!  :)  It's as simple as that!  I completed these braids in the car yesterday on a quick road trip.  It's a super easy way to let your kiddos know you are thinking and praying for them.

So, why did I chose blue, orange, and yellow?  Different colors are associated with different meanings so I choose these colors because:

BLUE symbolizes wisdom, confidence, intelligence, and faith.  Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.

ORANGE represents creativity, determination, success, and encouragement.  Orange is known to stimulate mental activity and is symbolic of strength and endurance. 

YELLOW is associated with intellect and energy.  Yellow is also known to stimulate mental activity.

But, regardless of what the colors represent, I want the kiddos to know that we are thinking and praying for them today (and everyday!).  In my head, I picture the kiddos with their tests in front of them and their arm draped across the test as they write away.  They come to a question, pause in thought - and then they catch a glimpse of their bracelet, smile, and know that mom and dad (and little sister too!) are praying that they stay focused, use the knowledge that their teachers have given them, and know regardless of the outcome that we love them.  I love wearing the bracelet because it joins us as a team.  All five of us will wear them till they finish taking their tests.  It's an easy visual reminder to just keep praying! 
Prayer bracelets can be used for any reason!  If you make some, share with me!  I would love to see how you use them!

Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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26 comments:

  1. very creative and cool, love the bracelets, and they really do look easy to make.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Definitely super easy! Pinky promise! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

      Have a great day!

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  2. These are such a neat idea. What a way to let kiddos know they are being lifted up. As a teacher this tickles me when parents are involved with making their children the best they can be.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I've learned that my kiddos really do enjoy these little small reminders. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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    2. I remember this post! Yes, one of your oldies but goodies. Now I get to share it on my party.

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I love that something so little can make their day! Thanks for stopping by! Have a super day!

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  4. Awesome idea and the girls would have a lot of fun making these.

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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    1. Thanks for hosting, Catherine! So glad I found your link up! And, yes, the girls would love to make these! Quick and easy!

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  5. This is so sweet! I love the little idea and gesture to let the kids know they are being prayed for!

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    1. Thank you, Christina! I like that something so small (and easy!) can join our family together. Thank you for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

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  6. Love this - just in time for Easter, it will give the kids something to do after dinner. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things, hope to see you next week again! Blessings

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    1. Thanks, Jas! Holden made these one year for Valentine's Day too! She used a peace sign charm for the girls and a small washer for the boys to add a little something extra. You'll have to share with me what your kiddos came up with! Hope you guys have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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  7. I absolutely love how creative this is . I can't wait to do this with my daughter. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Celi! They really are quick and easy to do! Your daughter will love making them! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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  8. Holly, you always have the best posts. This is such a great idea! I will have to pin thus to use when my kids get older! Thanks for sharing this with us for Tuesday Talk! - Jess
    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

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    1. AH, thank you, Jess! That means so much! I get so much inspiration and encouragement from others - just hoping and praying I can do the same for someone else! Thanks for hosting the link-up! It's one of my favs!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! Quick and easy things that my kiddos love will always be a winner in my book! ;) Hope you guys have a wonderful Easter!

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  10. Great idea Holly!!! I love it!!

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    1. Thanks, Sara! Sorry life has gotten crazy busy lately! I need to check in with you guys soon to see how you are doing! Miss catching up! Hope you guys have a great Easter!

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  11. That is a neat and easy craft! I am going to try it with the kiddos. Glad I stopped by from the Faith Along The Way link up!

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    1. I'm glad you stopped by, Maria! I hope your kiddos enjoy making them! You'll have to share with me what colors they choose! Have fun!

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  12. I love this! My daughter and I can make them, and it's a craft that points back to Christ and reinforces relationship with Christ through prayer. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! These are really fun and easy crafts and I'm glad you that you and your daughter will be making them! You'll have to share with me your creations! Thanks for stopping by!

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