Today we've got something AWE-some to share! Get ready to dive into a super chill DIY project with inAWE Handmade – turning Altoid tins into the coolest prayer boxes ever using our Lord's prayer printables for your very own DIY prayer box.
Whether you're a DIY pro or just starting out, this project is a slam dunk. We're talking about turning these tins into your own mini-masterpieces, a place where you can stash your thoughts, hopes, and prayers. Perfect for Sunday school crafts or just a fun afternoon with the kiddos!
This post spills all the beans on how to make these prayer boxes step-by-step. It's like crafting magic that's quick, easy, and seriously cool. We've even hooked you up with links to grab all the gear you need – no stress, all fun!
So, if you're on the lookout for a kid-friendly, no-fuss DIY that's all about making something meaningful, you're totally in the right spot. Let's make something AWE-mazing together using Altoid tins and our prayer box printables!
WHY OUR PRINTABLES ARE THE BEST
As a serial-crafter, Sunday school teacher and mom to 2 wonderful girls, I've completed my fair share of print + cut crafts. So...I've taken all that experience and used it to ensure that inAWE's printables are easy-to-use.
Here's what you get when you purchase our prayer box printables:
3-page pdf – one page per graphic. Each page includes 8 per sheet. (If you need 24 prayer boxes, then you print 3 sets and you are good to go.)
3 png files – one for each graphic: These are specifically for those who own an electronic cutting machine and know how to use the software. You can create your own print-and-cut files to save some time.
Detailed instruction sheet: This instruction sheet includes a TON of information to make this project quick and easy:
- Links to purchase all the supplies you will need
- 2 options for purchasing tins (one is Amazon, of course)
- Suggestions for the best adhesives to use (links provided)
- Optional add-ons to make your project special
- Type of paper we recommend for printing at home
- How to deliver files to a local print shop
I truly want your prayer box DIY project to be fun, stress-free and an AWE-some experience which is why I go overboard to provide you all the resources you need. I've also created several Pinterest boards related to Printables, Altoid Tin Ideas and Christian Printables that you might enjoy checking out.
Let's go through the steps of creating these DIY prayer boxes.
The instructions below reference our Valentine's printables, but the process is just the same, so just go with it ;)
PURCHASE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Visit the printables section of our shop. Decide what style you want to purchase, add it to your cart and checkout. There are a couple of ways to download your purchase. Right after checkout, look for the blue Download Now button and click it.
Alternatively, you will receive an email with a download link.
DOWNLOAD PRAYER BOX PRINTABLES
I've created a YouTube video which explains the process of downloading digital files - just in case you are a printable newbie.
PRINT YOUR DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
Obviously, if you have a color printer at home, then you can print your digital download and move forward with your project. While you can print them on basic copy paper, I find them easier to cut and adhere when I use white cardstock which you may purchase from Wal-Mart or Amazon.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER OR PRINTER AT HOME?
- your good friend who has a printer
- use a printer at your church, school or other organization
- a local print shop - they are always friendly and willing to help
If this is something you haven’t done before, here's some helpful info. Make sure you have the Files app on your iPhone. If you don’t have it, then you can download it from the App Store – just search “Files” and make sure Apple is the developer. This is where you will find your files once they’ve been downloaded. From there, you can use the share button to email them wherever you like.
CUT YOUR DIY PRAYER BOX PRINTABLES
As I mentioned before, I've done my fair share of print + cut projects with digital downloads. Honestly, using a simple pair of scissors is the quick and effective way to complete this step. Plus, if you are using this as a Sunday school craft idea, then it will give the kids an opportunity to practice their cutting skills.
However, if you are a pro DIYer, then feel free to use the png files to create a print-and-cut file to use with your Silhouette or Cricut. I'm not sharing the details of that process because there are plenty of tutorials and videos out there already available - just use Google ;)
SUPPLIES FOR PRAYER BOX PROJECT
The detailed instruction sheet you receive when purchasing our digital downloads provides links to help you quickly and easily purchase supplies. But, I am also including that information in this post so you can see how easily this project can be completed.
WHERE TO PURCHASE ALTOID TINS
The easiest and least expensive option to purchase tins is Amazon. These tins on Amazon are perfectly sized for our printable DIY prayer box projects. I love and hate Amazon. As a consumer, I love them, but as an online retailer, they are my nemesis. They've spoiled all of us all thinking we should be able to get a product shipped and on our porch in less than 2 days 🙄
If you need a LARGE quantity of tins (greater than 300), then you can’t beat the bulk pricing offered by Specialty Bottle.
BEST ADHESIVES FOR DIY CRAFT PROJECTS
Depending on how you plan to use our prayer box printables, we recommend three different adhesive options.
- If you are completing them at home with your kids or grandchildren, then nothing is easier to use than Scotch double-sided tape which may be purchase at office supply stores or big box retailers (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.)
- If you want to dress up your tins with some trim, then the best way to adhere the trim to the tin is by using this double-sided tape from Amazon. It is what we use for inAWE Handmade prayer boxes. It may also be used to adhere the prints to the tins. You can also adhere the trim to the tin using a glue gun but it can get messy, and sometimes, dangerous (Yes! I'm speaking from experience).
- If you are completing this project with a large group (school classroom, Sunday school class, Girl Scout troop, etc), then these tape rollers are an excellent and affordable option. They may also be purchased in bulk at craft hobby stores (Michael’s, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby) in the paper crafting supplies area.
OPTIONAL POM-POM TRIM
You have the option to add pom-pom trim to the prayer boxes. Any type of ribbon, trim, etc. will work. We recommend using mini pom-pom trim. It add some texture and dimension to your project without adding much cost.
Each prayer box needs about one foot (12” of trim) to wrap around the tins. You can use that number to determine how much trim to purchase and if you are willing to add that additional cost to your project. It is certainly not necessary as they are adorable with or without trim.
PENCILS AND PAPER FOR DIY PRAYER BOX CRAFT
Pencils or pens for this project need to measure around 4". These pencils on Amazon will fit inside the tin diagonally. You could also purchase golf pencils at Wal-Mart or your local office supply store. I've also found mini gel pens that work well. To find them other places, simply Google, "golf pencils with erasers" - and be amazed at all the options available.
Blank paper to include inside the prayer box should measure 3" x 2". If you have access to a paper cutter at your church or other organization, then I recommend using blank copy paper and cutting it to size. If not, you can also pay your local print shop to cut copy paper to size. The cost is usually minimal. Tell them the dimensions and how many sheets you need. (As I've said, local print shops are full of helpful, kind people who really know what they are doing.)
CREATING YOUR DIY PRAYER BOX CRAFT
If you are completing this as a Sunday school prayer craft, I'd recommend cutting the design into squares and then allowing the children to actually cut around the designs. Depending on their age, this may or may not be a good idea. If you are a Sunday school teacher, you know what your kids are capable of, so go with your gut.
If you are planning to dress up the tin with some trim, then do that first. Place the double-sided tape around the tin, just under the lid. This is really helpful because it allows you to keep it straight. Peel off the top layer and add the trim by using the rim of the top lid to help put it in place. Push down firmly to make sure it is attached well.
When adhering the cover and inside print, here are some tips.
- For the front cover, put some adhesive on each corner, as that area will receive the largest amount of touching ;)
- For the Lord's Prayer inside, it’s not necessary to use as much because they are sitting down inside the tin so their edges are protected. In the tutorial video, I just put a large piece of adhesive in the middle to hold it into place.
Finally, you add the blank pages and pen or pencil to the inside of the tin. Now you're ready to start sharing your prayer requests, concerns and cares to our God who is always listening.
BENEFITS OF PRAYER BOX CRAFT
Prayer boxes are a wonderful craft for kids as they are learning about prayer. It is a tangible, physical item to teach them about the power of prayer. It also helps them to build their faith and trust in God as they write out their prayers and place them inside the box. I can't think of a better way to foster the habit of prayer in young children.
It is my hope that this blog post has shown how easy it is to complete a DIY prayer box using inAWE Handmade's prayer box printables. Please reach out to me via our contact form, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments. I'd love to hear from you.
I am, as always, inAWE. - Kasey