I'm going to share a few pictures of an old toy box my kids have been using for many years! It was one I decorated for the kids years ago and has been used by all 9 of my kids. The toy box was handmade by a friend who used scrap wood to create this sturdy little box! The stencil design is now a little out dated, but it's the idea of adding Catholic images to furniture that I wanted to share more than anything.....
Before I explain my reasons for adding Catholic images to this toy box I want to tell you a few of my thoughts....
I'm sure most of you heard about the shooting in Colorado at a movie theater. The shooter, who was idolizing the Joker from the previous Batman movie, shot and killed 12 people and injured 60. Now, I have to tell you that our family loves a good super hero movie, but we would not let our kids see that last Batman movie with the Joker. Don't get me wrong, super heroes are okay, but be sure it's clear to kids who the villain is and that they are hurting people when they do the things they do in the movies. I think it's important that kids want to imitate the good guy and not the bad guy. The main reason we didn't let our kids watch the last Batman movie was exactly that! The Joker was evil and as a "joker", he made evil look fun which is very dangerous for young minds!
So why am I bringing up this horrible event?
I want to point out how important it is for us as parents, teachers, and guardians to make sure that kids idolize good and holy people! Surround your kids with stories and images of Jesus, Mary, and the saints!
Which brings me back to the toy box.....The neat thing about this toy box is that my kids get to see Jesus and Mary every time they play! And it will always be a reminder of how it is they should act. It may not seem like much, but little things like this can make a difference in a child's head.
So how did I add Catholic images to this toybox?
As you can see it has religious pictures on each side. These pictures were ones that I cut out from Catholic magazines. The decorative boarders around the pictures were from old wallpaper. (The original picture which was in the middle was of naked angels -not very kid friendly) So I replaced the original picture with family friendly images of Mary and Jesus! And the green leaves are painted from an ivy stencil.
After gluing the images onto the toy box I used a clear sealer to keep the images protected from the kids. Modge-podge will work, too, but be sure to add about 3 coats.
Please, say a prayer for the victims and their families.
And don't forget to pray for the shooter, too.
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