Monday, April 7, 2014

Color Me Happy

     I know, I know.  It's been a while, but I have something very helpful for you today.  Well, it may be helpful to some.

      This past week we conducted our Women's Ministries Annual meeting. I have several friends who are in ministry with The Salvation Army and I also have friends who are in ministry with other churches.  We love to share ideas with one another!  It helps to have fresh perspectives and interests and personalities to enhance ministry.  I have had a few friends ask me to share my decorating ideas and other resources for the program we just conducted.  Rather than send each of them an email with details and pictures I thought that I would post it here.

     The theme we decided to use this year was "Color Me Happy".  I love art and colors and painting and colors and art.  I saw several things on Pinterest for an art party and I knew I wanted to have an art party as soon as possible.  My annual meeting gave me that opportunity.

Scripture you can incorporate: Psalm 105:3, Psalm 51:12, or Psalm 32:21

My ladies were encouraged to come dressed as a famous artist or in colorful clothing.  They did not disappoint me!  I came dressed a Frida Kahlo and will be withholding that photo from this post as it has the potential to frighten young children.

     The decorations did take quite a bit of prep.  Several of the seeds for these ideas came from Pinterest and I either adapted them to fit my purposes or used them as a starting point for something new.

     The best thing about having a teeny tiny multi purpose room is it doesn't take as much to make it look lively and decorated.  Your room may need more or less.

I wanted a banner for the entrance to our multi-purpose room.  I used 7 spools of ribbon - one spool each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  I found the paintbrushes at Home Depot.  I purchased about 12 of them. 
I left the packaging on the brushes and just scooted it down so it covered the bristles.  I then sealed it with painter's tape and spray painted each one. Again, I used basic rainbow colors.  To attach them to the ribbon I used small clear zip ties and just tied them on.  I purchased a spool of rainbow ribbon and tied lengths of it onto the banner in between the paintbrushes.

It is my hope that someone will be able to use these ideas to spark their own imaginations and create something fun for your ladies!  I wish I had the presence of mind to take better pictures of our meeting right before all the fun began when everything was just right. I will share with you the pictures I did take.  Scroll down for more photos and captions.
I spray painted several frames from the Family Store.  Each lady could choose their favorite and have their picture taken.  The drop cloth was the actual drop cloth I used when spray painting all my decorations.  It turned out semi tie-dyed.  We hung empty paint cans (from Home Depot) from the ceiling and attached a colorful tablecloth to the inside.  You can arrange it to look like paint is spilling out.
The palettes were sold in a pack of 10.  We placed a cupcake in the center of each one.
Colorful food!
The centerpieces were very easy to create.  I used empty vases I had lying around.  The straighter they are the better.  Put a rubber band around the vase and slip your crayons, markers, colored pencils, or markers underneath the rubber band.  Tie a ribbon of your choice around the rubber band.  Fill with flowers of your choice.  I loved these paint splattered flowers!  I found them at Sam's Club.


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