Kelly, my best friend from college, is the most thoughtful and creative person I know. She has given me dozens of handmade gifts since we first met in the fall of of our freshman year at Spring Arbor University. The one that has been the most meaningful gift I’ve received (ever) are these handmade tags she gave me a few years ago for my birthday.
This would make a fun weekend DIY for you to do for a friend or loved one. Here’s Kelly to tell you her idea.
We all know people in our lives that need encouragement and what better way to show we care for that special someone than to create some handwritten Scripture tags. In a day of texting, email, and Twitter, we are getting closer to seeing the art of handwriting become extinct.
While making anything homemade takes time, each minute I write, cut, and glue sends special love that could not be shown any other way. Yes, it would be easier to type out the verse in a pretty font, but to copy Scripture in my own handwriting helps me to meditate more on the Scripture because I am physically writing each word. Also, praying the Scripture for the person as you write each one out, sends even more blessings.
In thinking about what verses to use, it is helpful to use those that would encourage a loved one in the situation of life they are experiencing. Maybe it is a fearful daughter going off to college, or a new mom who needs encouragement in her new role even in those wee morning hours. There may be a friend going through a tough valley because of her health that draws her closer to Jesus through the reading of each verse. Plus the act of making the Scripture tags slows us down. We cannot use spell check or the delete button, so it makes us more careful in how we handle God’s Word. For me, handwriting is a way to relax and wind down.
Here are some Scripture ideas to use:
- God’s Promises
- Jesus’ words in the Gospels
- Use a Bible Concordance or Biblegateway.com to look up words such as fear, hope, faith, thankfulness, God’s goodness, grace, joy, prayer, perseverance and many others.
Now, how to make them!
- manila file folders
- scrapbooking paper (about 3-4 coordinated designs with print on front and back)
- white cotton yarn (mine was purchased on a cone and I use it for several things around the home)
- white reinforcement hole labels
- glue stick (one for crafts not kid’s glue)
- hole punch
The size of my tag is 3 3/4 inch by 1 3/4 inch. Cut out a rectangle this size from the manila folders. At about the 3 inch mark cut away up to the middle of the top of the rectangle on both sides to make the point. Now use this as a pattern to cut as many rectangles as verse cards you will need. I made about thirty for a set.
Next, cut out 3 1/4 inch by 2 1/4 inch rectangles from the scrapbooking papers. Glue these papers onto the back of the Scripture tags. This should leave a small border around the tag. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the arrow portion of the tag. Reinforce with a hole label. Then, cut a piece of yarn 12 inches. Fold in half. Tie a knot at the bottom, then loop in through the hole and pull to knot. The knot should be the part that is hanging.
You could give them in a jar or basket, or just wrap them up and let them choose from a container they have that works for them. You could also make a tag with the verse from Psalm 119:105 and attach it to the gift. They could then attach it to their jar or basket.
And remember, they don’t have to be perfect. But they will know it was given from the heart.
For more ideas on sharing from your heart, check out Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World. Karen Ehman encourages us to to live alert, listening for “heart drops,” hints from those in our lives who need a helping hand or a generous dose of encouragement. Living alert lifts our own spirits, showing us that blessing others blesses us even more. Listen, Love, Repeat offers biblical teaching and suggests doable actions that are simple, heart-tugging, sentimental, even sneaky and hilarious. For a sneak peek at Listen Love Repeat, sign up for Karen’s How to Hear a Heart Drop five-day challenge.