Friday, November 22, 2013

Hanging Encouragement

From time to time, we all need a little reminder that someone "has our back." Here's a little gift that I made for a friend who is going through a tough time, both to remind her that she has people who care about her, but also that God cares and is always there, working towards a good future for her.

This is an altered coaster, decorated and designed to be hung in a special spot where it can be looked at frequently. The framed verse with the butterfly accent is an image from the "Framed Comfort" set. The verse is Isaiah 41:10 -- "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." This is one of the many verses that I find very comforting when I'm having a tough time, and I hope that my friend will, too.

If you are wanting to try to make one of these for someone you know who might need a little encouragement, it is pretty easy to do. To make this, I started with a cardboard coaster, covering the front and back of it with patterned paper. Once the paper was applied and trimmed, I sanded all the edges for a more perfect fit, and then inked them a bit. Then I punched holes through the top two corners of the coaster, and inserted some large, sturdy eyelets. I strung some ribbon through, and then finally decorated the front. The toughest part of this project was creating the holes for the eyelets -- make sure you have a tool that will punch through the cardboard. I ended up having to use a combination of a hole punch, an eyelet punch, and finally a pencil to work the holes through. Not an elegant process -- LOL! -- but worth it, I think.

1 comment:

  1. This is very pretty and such a thoughtful, encouraging gift to give! I love the colors, especially those little purple bows!


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