On Transfiguration Sunday, the children of our church colored small card stock “Alleluias”. We “buried” them behind the altar at the end of the service as we prepared for the season of Lent, when we refrain from saying Alleluia until Easter morning.
For Easter Sunday, I wanted to do something with this same idea, but make them more permanent than just a piece of stiff paper. I decided to make mini Alleluia boards for each child and youth to use during the service and hang up at home. We will bring them out from behind the altar as an Easter surprise and shake them each time we say or sing “Alleluia” for the rest of the service. I think they turned out well, and am looking forward to giving them out on Easter!
Below, I describe how to make them for yourself. A blessed Easter season to you!
a small, thin board (mine were 1.5” x 8” x .75”, ripped from a 2 x 4 and planed on both sides)
white gloss paint
Alleluia template: Easter Alleluias 17
Gloss Mod Podge
Extreme Glitter Paint in Holographic
Gold Paint marker, thin point
2 – 9” lengths of thin gold ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue
- Paint the front of the board with a thin layer of gloss white paint (it’s okay if the grain shows through). Allow to dry.
- Print out an Alleluia. Cut it out, leaving a thin margin around the letters and no 90 degree angles (turn the corners into curves).
- Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire front of the board. Carefully center your Alleluia and smooth it flat. Do not paint over it with Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
- Paint a thin layer of Extreme Glitter paint over the entire front of the board, letters included. Allow to dry.
- Use your paint marker to trace over the outline of the letters to give it extra shine. Allow to dry.
- Use the hot glue gun to attach the two ribbons to the back side of the top two corners of the board. Use the end of a paint brush to make sure that the ribbon is stuck on tight.
- You can leave the ribbons flowing free or tie them in a simple bow so that they can be hung up at home. Christ is risen! Alleluia!