Thursday, August 30, 2012

Testimony blocks

Last time I served in Young Women's, the then president had the girls make "testimony blocks" to help them remember the 5 parts of a testimony.  I decided that it was time to revive this fun craft and the Laurels made them last night.  They had a blast decoupaging and cutting up dozens of old issues of church magazines to find the perfect pictures to remind them of what they believe.  I have to say, the blocks came out beautiful! 
My husband cut out the 4x4 blocks of wood, routed the corners and sanded them to perfection.  We (the girls) decoupaged (we used Mod Podge from Walmart) opaque gold or silver tissue paper as the first layer around the block, covering it tissue completely with the Mod Podge for a nice glossy finish.  We cut out pictures (Savior, current prophet, the prophet Joseph Smith, churches or temples, scriptures or something to remind them that they are daughters of Heavenly Father) and glued them to the block and covered with another layer or two of Mod Podge.  Voila!

You can see the old one that I had done with white tissue paper years ago.  The opaque tissue is a much better base.  Unfortunately the pictures faded after about 6 years too, but I don't know what can be done to prevent that.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


I tell my kids to go out and weed the garden - they go out and come back in after half an hour every day.  This is what is being done -

 weeds still growing . . .