Easter isn’t just about bunnies and eggs. It’s about pain, suffering, hope, and love. I want to celebrate that. I want to see that. What better way to symbolize it than the crucifixion nails? When I originally envisioned how I would use them, I thought I would use railroad tie nails. Hannah was sick that week, and a trip to the hardware store was out of the question. So I made my own :)
I had the oval chipboard wood (originally came from the dollar store) I used white copy paper, dyed it in coffee and let it dry. I ran it through the printer with my text (formatted in Adobe, but you could easily use Word). I used my script stamp and stamped over the top (if you look closely, you will notice I did it upside down.. Whoops :)) I cut out the oval shape and Mod Podged it to the chipboard.
On our mantel in the living room I went simple with a grouping of apothecary jars.
I used the same dyed and stamped paper for the backdrop.
Filled the bottom with moss, and added the nails.
I wired more than one thorn branch together to make a crown of thorns, and was bleeding by the end of it. It gave me amazing perspective.
“He chose the way of the cross where mercy triumphs justice because of love.”
~William Paul Young
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