Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Names of Jesus Garland - Easter

I'm sure many of you remember the Names of Jesus Garlands I made around Christmas time! I still have mine hanging up - just haven't been able to take it down yet!

But, as Easter was approaching in my mind and planning - I wondered how I could adapt this idea for celebrating the season of Easter as well. I pulled out my Bible and looked for recurring names of Jesus that were sprinkled throughout the passages reminding us of His life, His death and His resurrection.

I finally chose nine words and phrases to use on the circles ~ here they are in order hung (I'll explain why I chose this order in a moment):

* Hosanna
* Son of Man
* This is my body...
* Lamb of God
* Jesus
* This is my blood...
* King of the Jews
* ... given for you.
* He is Risen!


The reason I chose this order is I wanted to sort of walk through how the events unfolded. First, Jesus rode in on a donkey with waves of palm branches and shouts of "Hosanna!" filling the air. The name Son of Man was used many many times in the passages relating these events.

I wanted the theme of Him giving of Himself for us to be sprinkled throughout - so the phrase, "This is my body, this is my blood, given for you." is spread throughout the whole garland. Lamb of God represents the sacrifice and also the Passover celebration.

Jesus had to be the middle one for the same reason it was the middle one in the Christmas set. He is central to all we are, all we do, everything we celebrate at Easter and Christmas. All of it.

King of the Jews was the sign posted over Him as He hung on the cross for our benefit. And, it was a fitting ending to say, "He is risen!"

There are several of these left in my Rusty Robin shop - but I also wanted to post this here as I thought there may be some of you who'd prefer to make your own. Directions are found here.

I hope something here will inspire you to bring more of Christ into your home during the coming Easter season!

38 comments:

Miss Hannah said...

We will have to make one of these!!! We made one for Christmas as well. I really like this Easter one though. Thank you for the craft ideas!:)
Blessings,
Miss Hannnah

Amy said...

Beautiful.. what a joyful way to honor our Savior!

Elise said...

That is so beautiful and what a wonderful to tell others the story of Jesus' death...for us.
Thanks for the instructions, also!!
Elise

Cheryl said...

I love this banner Monica. I also liked the fact that you picked out the different wording according to scripture and how it happened.
BTW, love the font you used. What is it called?
I don't usually decorate for Easter, but you have inspired me. I may just make one.

Dawn said...

Monica,
Thank you for zooming in with that camera and showing us the rough edges. I would be freaking out if my eges weren't completely perfect.
You give us permission to not be perfect...sometimes I need that!
Love, Dawn

angie said...

Ever so gracious of you to post the content and direction here while you still have some left to sell.
I enjoyed making them at Christmas per your instructions. Many that I gave to still have theirs up too.
I hope to have some time to make at least one Easter garland.

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

I just love this garland. Thank you for sharing all your crafts.
Blessings,
Nancy
www.basketmasterweavings.blogspot.com

jen said...

Thank you for this idea! I missed it at Christmas time, so I am glad you linked back to the tutorial.

What a beautiful reminder of the names of Jesus.

Have a great day!

Heather said...

Lovely! I love how your celebration of Easter focuses on Him.

Jenny's Vegcafe said...

I love it! Hosanna!

Bonnie said...

I love this idea! I think I'm going to make one for the entry of our church home.... thanks

Jessica said...

What a great idea. I'll be working on that project this afternoon and tonight while my husband leads youth club. There are so many Advent books out there and I was wondering if you knew of any Lent books...something to prepare my littles on the meaning of Easter.

Thanks for the great idea. I can't wait to work on it!!

L~ said...

Awesome Monica!

I loooove your blog & added you to mine, if you want to peek...www.prim4him.blogspot.com

The Etsy shoppe products are GREAT too!

xoxoL~

Kelly said...

Beautiful, Monica! Thank you for sharing the link to the instructions...I'll definitely be making this as we're hosting Easter in our home for the first time this year. Love your heart for sharing such inspiring crafts - I still can't get your cute spray bottle out of my head. ;o)

thehomespunheart said...

For the font: I used Sandy Text size 40. For the longer items - I used size 36.

Hope that helps!
Monica

cheryl said...

Oh, I'm so excited about this. :o) We did one at Christmas very similar to the one you made and received a lot of positive feedback as well.
I can't wait to make this one too.
Thanks for the great inspiration and the thought you put into this.

Jenn said...

Beautiful!! I prob. should have tried my hand at making them myself but I'm happy to buy yours since I have yet to find the time! I'm giving one to our pastor's wife. :)

Molly said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

Lisar said...

I too made one for Christmas and was sad to take it down....so will definitely be making one to celebrate Easter....Maybe I'll do it in the shape of Easter Eggs...or not...I do like the round shape....hmmmmm decisions decisions.....

jen said...

What font did you use?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your creations in such a thoughtful way. You are kind in such a beautiful way. I am blessed by your generous ways. I am thankful to God for it. I made The Christmas garland and gave it to family for a Monica-made homespun Christmas (along with super creative chalk board display plates...wonder where I got such a fab idea :P) I am going to make this today. Just completed felting the dryer balls ( I had to start over almost did not felt the smaller balls first oooppps) and It was super easy but just needed to take the time to sit and wrap the yarn balls. It is rainy here in Texas...a cold dreary day, so it was nice to have a God inspired idea to find on your blog that will add blessings and beauty to my home. Smiles, Angelia in TX

Jessica said...

What a great idea. It think I will make one of these this weekend since my mother-in-law will be visiting and I will have soem free time. Thanks for the the instructions. I have just the right scrapbook paper left over from making my coupon box...love your ideas!!!

HappyHermit said...

How creative.

HappyHermit said...

That is creativity. I like this a lot. Thank you for sharing.

Katy said...

I love it Monica!!! It looks fantastic!!! :) Sandra from Diary of a SAHM made one (from your directions) and it looks fantastic! :)

A Touch of Country said...

thanks for being so generous in sharing your wonderful idea.

It's a fabulous way to tell the story.

...they call me mommy... said...

So pretty! My friend gave me your Christmas garland...I might just have to make myself the Easter one! :)

Mom_of_Faith said...

This is beatuiful! Thank you for swharing your gift of creativity with us!

Everblest said...

ohhh I am so going make this. Can I steal your idea to use with my preschool Sunday school class too? I was at big box store yesterday and all the supposed Easter decorations severely oppressed me... finding this was like water to my soul. Thank you for sharing!!!!

thehomespunheart said...

Everblest: YES, YES, YES!!!!! I think this would be a great idea for a SS class! Hope it is a blessing to many!

Monica

Dawn said...

I love this, Monica!!!! I may have to make one or two of these...

Michelle said...

Truly beautiful in so many ways! I intend to make one to cheer up a friend! Thank you for the inspiration!

Michelle
http://petersoncreekmercantile.blogspot.com/ ~ My Selling Blog
http://PetersonCreekPrimitives.blogspot.com/ ~My regular blog
http://mydaisybelle.blogspot.com/ ~My Adoption Blog

Give LDS Gifts said...

Thank you again for the great idea. I really liked your Christmas garland and have blogged about this one today. http://giveLDSgifts.com

Penny Lane said...

This is great!

Frances said...

Thank you for this wonderful Easter decoration idea. I will do this for sure!
God bless you,
Frances

Itty Bitty Baby Bunz said...

Thank you for this wonderful idea! I made this as a gift and had a hard time giving it away! :)

Erin said...

Monica,
Thank you SO much for the instructions on how to make this beautiful and God-glorifying Easter garland!
I ordered a Christmas one from you a few years back and love it. When I saw this, I saved it so I could work on it this spring!
I appreciate you sharing this with us! I may share it with the other moms in my small group and send one to a friend. :)
Thank you so much!
Erin

Mike said...

I love your creativity. How long did it take you to make these?