Activity Days Temple Project

So, I’ve been one of the leaders for Activity Days (weekly meetings for girls to help build their faith in God) at church for several months now, for the 10-11 year old girls.

However, my companion teacher/leader was just given a different assignment, and I’m flying solo for a few weeks until they replace her.

So, the Activity I planned for the past activity was on temples.  If you don’t know what a temple is in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, look here and here.

For the activity, we talked about the purpose of temples, and discussed a little about how to remain personally worthy to attend the temple.

The girls also made some temple signs!

I was originally inspired by this and this on Pinterest, and I decided the girls and I could do something similar!

So, I got the all-amazing husband to cut, sand, and stain some cute little boards for me…

I made mine 6″x8″, but you can do whatever you want.

And I was originally going to paint the temples on myself, cut out a bunch of felt flowers, assemble the flowers, and then let the girls’ activity be to glue on all the flowers they wanted…

But, inspired by my levels of stress (and my total lack of experience in making felt flowers), my husband suggested I make everything with vinyl, and let the girls put the vinyl pieces on.

Less cool and less 3D, but waaay less stress for my little heart.

I started by buying the Los Angeles temple silhouette from TemplesbyMissMandee on Etsy Studio.  Cute, simple, high quality, a decent price ($3), and she has a great selection of temples to choose from.  They also are all just one piece, which was helpful, especially for a group activity.

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Then I downloaded some free simple flowers SVGs from Bird’s Cards

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And a free leafy branch SVG from Kerri Bradford.

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And threw it all into Cricut Design Space.

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The great thing about the flowers is that they’re in 5 different colors, so I was able to cut each flower in multiple sizes, and easily have a bunch of different colors of flowers.

So, when you go to actually cut everything out, it organizes itself nicely.

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Then I cut everything out, with a few extras (just in case they messed up).

And I weeded the dead space from the shapes, so that it’d be easier for the girls to see their options and sizes, and to remove the “stickers” from the backing.

I’m going to be honest, weeding out the dead space took a billion years, especially on the intricate details of the temples.

But, since I started a few days early (and cause I had lots of dry bar comedy on VidAngel) it all worked out fine.

Besides, I was too paranoid-ly OCD about the possibility that the girls might not weed out every single little bit of dead space, so I prevented my own control freak heart attack and prepped it all ahead of time.

I also found this great “Future Temple Recommend” on Pinterest, that I totally forgot to give to the girls. Haha. But it’s kind of a fun idea, and has cute little quotes on it.

The activity went well, and the girls had fun putting their little temples together!

Here’s all the finished products!

I put mine in my craft room…cause that’s my happy space.

We had a great temple Activity Days.  Let me know if you try it out!

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