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Most women don’t have supportive Christian women in their lives mentoring them.

We spur women on with the Word of God so that we can approach the Bible with confidence, share Jesus with grace, and speak chatter that matters in a noisy world.

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on…” Hebrews 10:24

adventures in homemaking :: let's make a hymn book wreath!

I have a bit of an obsession.

Wreaths.

I will go so far to say that a room without a wreath is like a day without a sunrise. Chips without salsa. Sundays without afternoon naps.

When a room feels off, I add a wreath. It's what I do. Call me Aretha. My witty Preacher Man hubby does. When the wreath-making-mood strikes, Aretha doesn't fight it. She respects the hankering and gets to work. *grin* Turning a blind eye for a few moments to the laundry pile and crumbs on the kitchen floor, I fire up the glue gun and create the afternoon away. It's relaxing and fun and voilà there's something lovely to hang on my wall or a door after an hour or two of keeping my hands busy.

My absolute favorite wreath is my hymn book wreath! I whipped it up a few years ago after seeing a big box filled with retired Lutheran Hymnals at our church. What a shame to let those wonderful hymnals live a life on dusty shelf! I wanted to give one a new life.

So this is what I did ::

1. Gathered materials :: hymnal, glue gun, 14 inch straw wreath form

2. Carefully tore out the hymn pages

3. Rolled each page and then stapled (or hot glued) it into a cone shape

4. Hummed some hymns, belted out others.

5. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I believe I used 150+ hymn page cones for my wreath. I piled them all into a big basket while I worked.

6. Now for the fun part! Beginning at the back of the wreath, I hot glued the back row on, cone by cone, placing them very close together.

7. Then I flipped the wreath over and began the 2nd row, starting as close to the back row as possible. I continued this pattern for four more rows, making my way to the center, until the entire straw wreath form was completely covered in cones.

8. Done!! I hung that beauty right up. I couldn't stop looking at it and smiling. It's wonderful. And huge! 30 inches of hymn page loveliness.

My hymnal page wreath moves from room to room throughout the year. I can't stop, won't stop loving it.

I think you should make one, too, friends! Find an unused old hymnal and get to work. I promise you will love it, too.

Let those pages sing again!

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