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Here’s a tutorial for this simple world map prayer garland:
I have been looking for a decorative way to keep our sponsored kids and international missionary friends on our minds, so I put together this simple world map prayer garland.
It features hearts to show our love for the nations along with photos of our sponsored kids and missionary friends.
I’m not very crafty, and I don’t like to spend a lot of money on craft projects, so I promise this tutorial is simple and the materials are inexpensive!
- an old world map or map scrapbook paper (available through Joann’s or Etsy)
- photos/prayer cards of missionaries, sponsored kids, or other friends around the world
- colored scrapbook paper/construction paper, optional
- yarn or string
- glue or hot glue gun
- Cut hearts or circles out of map paper. (In case you don’t know how to cut hearts…)
- Cut hearts or circles out of photos of missionaries or sponsored kids. Use a drinking glass or measuring cup to help you draw the circles. (I used a variety of hearts and circles in my two garlands. I personally think an assortment of both looks best.)
- Optional: cut slightly larger hearts out of colored paper, then glue to the back of the map/photo hearts to make a “frame.”
- Optional: write the names of missionaries/sponsored kids on the edge of the hearts.
- Cut yarn to the appropriate length for the area you want to decorate.
- Lay out yarn on the floor or table, and position hearts in your desired pattern and position.
- Glue the back of each heart to the string. (This job went much quicker with two people – my husband held the yarn tight to the paper while I glued.)
- Optional: If you are a seamstress, you could stitch the pieces together, rather than using glue.
- Let dry, then hang.
I did parts of this project with my preschool-age daughter (but not the hot glue gun part, of course!) She liked it so much I decided to make her one…
I skipped the map paper on hers so it looked a little more kid-friendly, and instead did colorful construction paper hearts and circles. I used the same photos on both of them.
Now our garland is hanging in our dining room area, and my daughter has one in her room, too. I hope it will encourage us to remember and pray for our friends, and for all people around the world, more frequently!