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How to Make a Prayer Box

If you're looking for prayer box ideas, follow this easy decoupage tutorial!

How to Make a Prayer Box
How to Make a Prayer Box
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Learn how to make a prayer box with basic materials from your local craft store! If you love decoupage tutorials, this project is perfect for Bible study. A DIY prayer box is a wonderfully symbolic way of casting your worries aside and placing your trust in God. By writing down your intentions and placing them inside the box, you are putting this thought into action: I'm not going to worry about this anymore, and instead, I'll let God take care of it.

Write down any intentions on your heart. This is a great activity to do with your prayer group one meeting, or you can do it with the kids and grandkids over the holidays or on a rainy day. Everyone can have their own prayer box! This is a wonderful faith based craft for kids and adults alike.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsPaper, Wood


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Little wooden box - I got mine at Michaels for $2
  • Scrapbook paper from your stash
  • Decoupage medium like Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • A very tiny pencil and a very tiny pad of paper
  • Print out of the sentiment to fit inside the lid
  • Scissors


  1. Print out the following sentiment in the font and color of your choosing, sized to fit inside the lid of your tiny box. I recommend measuring inside the lid with a ruler and using the ruler grid lines in Microsoft Word or a similar program to get the sizing right.

    When your head starts to worry,
    and your mind just can't rest,
    put your prayers down on paper,
    and let God do the rest.

  2. Trim coordinating scrapbook papers down to size. If you have a lot of nooks and crannies on your box like I do, this will be tricky and it won't turn out perfectly, but that's okay! This will add to the rustic look.

  3. Working one section at a time, apply decoupage medium to the wood box with your foam brush, then press your scrapbook paper pieces down. Try to press firmly and smoothly so there aren't any bubbles. The thicker the paper you choose, the easier this will be! Allow a few minutes to dry.

  4. Brush a layer of decoupage medium over the top of the papers using the foam brush. Allow to dry.

  5. If you're able to do this while the box is drying, you can adhere your sentiment inside the lid of the box with the decoupage medium. 

  6. When the first layer has turned clear, apply another layer of decoupage medium to the top of the box to seal it. Let dry overnight.

  7. Optional: add additional embellishments like ribbons, rhinestones, puffy paints, buttons, or anything you'd like to decorate it!

  8. Put your tiny notepad and pencil in the box and you're ready to write down your prayers!

What is your favorite way to pray?

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Another application for this box is to make it a "Joy Box." I store cards I receive that boost my spirits and access them to re-read when my spirits are low and I am in need of a boost.


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