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This idea came from my first year of teaching. I noticed my 5th graders still wanted to participate in all the Holiday Fun. However, many of the December projects, crafts, and ornaments were more geared to the younger grades. I remembered doing a string art candy cane when I was their age and set off to find the perfect project. The thing is… I couldn’t find one. So I decided in true On Lemon Lane fashion that I would simply create my own.

To this day, all of our childhood ornaments hang on my parent’s Christmas tree. Some of my favorite ornaments are those with a school picture on it. There’s something about immortalizing that awkward stage that brings nothing but happiness. Based on that giddiness, I knew I wanted to create a pattern that would allow the option to include a student picture. Thus my original Upper-Grade Template was born. If Ornaments and student pictures aren’t your jam, I’ve also included a 5×7 and 8×10 String Art Christmas tree template that can be framed in a dollar store frame, or even folded on a piece of cardstock to make a beautiful hand-made card.

At the moment there are two options when it comes to my String Art Templates.

  1. The Original Upper-Grade Templates
  2. The Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Templates
    • For those of you interested in an even simpler process and template ideal for students Pre-K and Up… STAY TUNED!

Both of these products include a wreath ornament template perfect for adding a student picture, as well as a 5×7, & 8×10 portrait that can be framed or even folded into a card! Each product has it’s benefits. Both result in beautiful and detailed designs, both are EXTREMELY inexpensive and budget-friendly, and both are sure to be adored by your students and their loved ones!

If you are hoping for a quicker, less complicated project… The numbered dot to dot String Art Templates are perfect. 

If you want a more detailed and intricate design or plan to use this project throughout the month as a fast finisher, morning work or center and can commit more time to the project… Then the Original Upper-Grade String Art Templates are wonderful.

Can’t decide between the two, or would like to have the ability better to differentiate for your students or keep your options open… SAVE BIG with the String Art Bundle!

 

 

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Once you’ve decided which pack best meets your needs, you can check out all my tips and tricks on Instagram. Look for the saved Highlights titles String Art, or continue reading for further details and tutorials.

Despite which template you decide to use, the supplies will be the same.

Optional

  • Trimmings (Ribbons, Pom-Poms, Sequins, String…etc)
  • Student Picture (2 to 3 inches)
  • Paper Clips or Ornament Hooks
  • 5×7 or 8×10 Frames

With supplies, Amazon is an Awesome resource, so is your regular craft stores like JoAnn’s, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby. You can even find what you need at Wal-Mart! JoAnn’s offers a teacher discount and matches competitors’ coupons. *** Always use at least a 40% off item coupon.

Needle Sizing

Don’t panic at the idea of an embroidery needle. Embroidery needles are very similar to your regular sewing needle, however, the point is more blunt, and the eye of the needle is larger. Embroidery needles can be found everywhere sewing needles can and are very inexpensive. If shopping online shoot for needles labeled as tapestry or embroidery needles. In embroidery the smaller the size #, the better. In tapestry, the closer the size # is to 18, the better. However, any and all labeled as embroidery or tapestry should work perfectly for what you are trying to do.

Below I’ve included a couple of video tutorials to give you a better idea of the process! Check out my saved Instagram Story Highlights titled, “String Art,” for more tips and tricks!

Video of String Art Breakdown: Numbered Dot to Dot Template Shown

Below is a 5-minute video showing you the ins and outs of this project. This video includes still images. If you are looking for a sped-up video of the process make sure to check out the videos below as well!

 

Tutorial for Numbered DOT to DOT String Art Templates:

If you are hoping to have this project done within 1-2 class periods, or if you are working with younger grades I would suggest the Numbered Dot to Dot Patterns over the Upper-Grade Templates. I created these patterns to be more user-friendly. Students complete the string art pattern just as they would when completing a regular dot to dot. Another benefit to these patterns is that the student will never use the same hole more than once, unlike the Upper-Grade Templates. This prevents the holes from tearing. ***However, do not dismay. Both Products include my troubleshooting guide for quick and easy fixes in case of knots, tears, or other common mishaps.

Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Student Picture Ornament Tutorial:

This video shows a quick tutorial of the Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Ornament that is created around your student’s picture! These make the PERFECT student-made gift for a loved one during the Christmas Season!

Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Student Picture Ornament Tutorial:

This video below shows a quick tutorial of the Numbered Dot to Dot String Art Christmas Tree Template! This Christmas Tree can be printed in either a 5×7 or 8×10 pattern. To see finished products from real classrooms make sure to  Check out my saved Instagram Story Highlights titled, “String Art,” for more tips and tricks! Keep in mind the numbered String Art Pattens also include a Poinsettia| Snowflake pattern if you are looking for a more Holiday type of pattern!

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Original Upper-Grade Template String Art Ornament Tutorial

This was the pattern that it all started with! I created these patterns for my FIRST class of 5th graders. I wanted something that was age-appropriate. Something that they could proudly give to a loved one that would be treasured for years to come! More than anything I wanted their cute little picture to be apart of it. Below is a sped-up step by step video tutorial of the Upper-Grade String Art Ornament Pattern. Also included in the Upper-Grade String Art Product is a 5×7 Christmas Tree Pattern and a different 8×10 Christmas Tree Pattern.  

 

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Can’t wait to hear what you think! Better yet, what did your students think? Comment below, or let’s connect on Instagram or Facebook! Tag me in your pictures pretty please!

Don’t forget you can check out all my tips and tricks on Instagram. Look for the saved Highlights titles String Art. Here you can find tips, tricks, as well as examples of completed student projects from different classrooms!

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Free Printable and Activity for this week’s Come Follow Me Lesson! If you’re involved with Young Men| Young Women, Primary, or Activity Days this also makes a GREAT virtual activity. Simple drop off the supplies and zoom call to paint together or zoom call to display your creations! Head to the website for more ideas, and to download the FREE printable. Tag someone looking for covid safe activity ideas! ...

Happy 4th of July!
Found this quote by Gordon B. Hinkley quite thought provoking, especially considering it was given in 1973. I’m proud to be an American, this will always be the land that I love.
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“Notwithstanding the trouble, notwithstanding the argument, notwithstanding the increasingly heavy hand of government, notwithstanding the spirit of arrogance we so often display, notwithstanding occasional corruption in public office and betrayal of sacred trust-- I marvel at the miracle of America, the land which the God of Heaven long ago declared to be a land choice above all other lands. There is too much fruitless, carping criticism of America. Perhaps the times are dark. There have been dark days in every nation. I should like to repeat the words of Winston Churchill: "Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days-- the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race."
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(President Gordon B. Hinckley, National Advisory Council of BYU College of Business, November 2, 1973)
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“The Anti-Nephi-Lehies “laid down the weapons of their rebellion,” burying them “deep in the earth” as “a testimony to God … that they never would use [their] weapons again.”6 In doing so, they promised to follow God’s teachings and never go back on their commitment. This action was the beginning of being “converted unto the Lord” and never falling away.7

Being “converted unto the Lord” means leaving one course of action, directed by an old belief system, and adopting a new one based on faith in Heavenly Father’s plan and in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. This change is more than an intellectual acceptance of gospel teachings. It shapes our identity, transforms our understanding of life’s meaning, and leads to unchanging fidelity to God. Personal desires that are contrary to being anchored to the Savior and to following the covenant path fade away and are replaced by a determination to submit to the will of Heavenly Father.” - Elder Dale G. Renlund
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Come Follow Me: “How can you ensure that the word of God has “no obstruction” in your life or in your family?
As you ponder the changes in the Anti-Nephi-Lehies, consider how your own conversion to Christ is changing you.
What do you feel you still need to change so that the gospel can have greater power in your life?”
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“The influence of your personal testimonies is ever so far-reaching. The Lord instructed: “The testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejoice over you, and your sins are forgiven you” (D&C 62:3). He also cautioned us: “With some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man” (D&C 60:2). You never know when your turn will come to comply with the admonition of Peter to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15).”
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Thomas S. Monson
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I’ve complied my FAVORITE inexpensive gift ideas for Father’s Day and created FREE printables for you to complete the gift! These are perfect and practical for the men in your life, and work great as a gift for the entire ward! -
What did your Ward do for Father’s Day this year?
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“I know the love of God. It is one of the very few things I do know with absolute certainty. I think suffering on this earth is an indication of God’s trust, God’s love. I think it is an indication that God does not want us to be simply obedient children playing forever under his hand, but wants us able to become more like himself. In order to do that we have to know reality. We have to be real ourselves and not dependent on externals. If we are to be like God, we cannot live forever in fear that we may meet something that will scare us or that will hurt us. We have to be able, as he is able, to meet what comes of others’ agency, and of living in a lawful universe that allows creation of a habitable planet only when it allows also the difficulties that come in natural operations of such a planet.”
-Francine R. Bennion
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“Now all this suffering might indeed be unfair if everything ended at death, but it doesn’t. Life is not like a one-act play. It has three acts. We had a past act, when we were in the premortal existence; and now we have a present act, which is mortality; and we will have a future act, when we return to God. … We were sent into mortality to be tested and tried [see Abraham 3:25]. … “Our past and present sufferings cannot, as Paul said, ‘be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us’ [Romans 8:18] in the eternities. ‘For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory.’ [D&C 58:4.] So tribulation is useful in the sense that it is helpful to get into the celestial kingdom”
-James E. Faust
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Reflecting on Father’s Day... it’s incredible to me that the Supreme Creator of the Universe chooses to be addressed as “Father”...
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. “Father’ is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend and, ultimately, a perfect being.” Robert L. Backman
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For whatever reason, I’ve had this false idea in my mind that when you are on the Lord’s errand, a path paved in smooth simplicity would be laid out before you… This simply isn’t the case. Consider Nephi’s path and the bumps and stumbling blocks placed in his way… Consider Abinadi and his ultimate sacrifice of meekness and obedience… Consider Joseph Smith and the reestablishment of the early Church… Now consider Alma the younger and his dealings with Ammoniahah… Looking ahead, look what happens to Amulek once he finally decides to “Know” the Gospel.

It’s so interesting to me that when the angel is sent to Alma to lift him up and send him back to Ammoniahah a key detail that in my mind would have eased Alma’s mind is left out. Notice how the angel made no mention of Amulek. There is no mention of comfort that someone has been prepared for you, and is waiting for you. Instead, Alma acts “speedily” not knowing what he will do, ACTING in faith, hoping that the Lord will provide a way.
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To me this illustrates the idea of the Lord’s hand cautiously guiding us even when we can’t see it. I’ve seen this concept in my own life, however, it isn’t until I have the hindsight of the future to look back and realize his hand was there all along. There is something to choosing to act on our own. Heading in the right direction, even though we don’t know how we will be delivered, having faith that we WILL be delivered.
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“Each of us also carries a load. Our individual load is comprised of demands and opportunities, obligations and privileges, afflictions and blessings, and options and constraints. Two guiding questions can be helpful as we periodically and prayerfully assess our load... [...]Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness... [...] Not only does the Atonement of Jesus Christ overcome the effects of the Fall of Adam and make possible the remission of our individual sins and transgressions, but His Atonement also enables us to do good and become better in ways that stretch far beyond our mortal capacities. Most of us know that when we do things wrong and need help to overcome the effects of sin in our lives, the Savior has made it possible for us to become clean through His redeeming power. But do we also understand that the Atonement is for faithful men and women who are obedient, worthy, and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully? I wonder if we fail to fully acknowledge this strengthening aspect of the Atonement in our lives and mistakenly believe we must carry our load all alone—through sheer grit, willpower, and discipline and with our obviously limited capacities.” Excerpts from Bear Your Burdens with Ease, -Bednar ...

With there being a focus on Missionary work this week for Come Follow Me, and the fact that it isn’t always rosy… I thought a good addition to the lesson would be to write a letter to a missionary. Maybe this is a family member, a ward member, or someone new entirely, but a message from home can be an easy way to show support for those serving in the mission field. To help with this activity I created a fun and editable missionary letter template. The template should simplify the writing process and take the guesswork out of what to write. You can either type directly onto the slide, and print or email. Or you can begin by printing a hard copy and writing directly onto the page.

Use this with your family, your students, the primary, or young men| young women! This works great as a zoom call activity or fun activity at home! I’ve also included a link to inkablinka.com where Kristin has uploaded some awesome printables going over missionary letter dos and donts!
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Highlighting one of my most treasured scriptures this week. President Bednar said it best: “Thus, the Savior has suffered not just for our sins and iniquities—but also for our physical pains and anguish, our weaknesses and shortcomings, our fears and frustrations, our disappointments and discouragement, our regrets and remorse, our despair and desperation, the injustices and inequities we experience, and the emotional distresses that beset us. There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.” ...

To help you with your study this week, I’ve created a printable with all of the questions posed in chapter 5. (Around 50!) For me, this gives me something concrete, that I can hold, look at, and mark up. You will notice that many of the questions aren’t as simple as a yes and no, similar to many of the questions asked in Come Follow Me. I’ve left a space next to each question for you to use as you wish. Yes, it could be a place for a checkmark, but the more I grow, the more I learn that this is not a checklist Gospel. Rather, it’s growth, progression, and all about movement whether that be forward or backward. I wonder if you may even choose to “check” one of the questions that you choose to further study, ponder, or focus on for the week.
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I’d love to hear how you use this personal inventory, and any takeaways you have. Don’t forget to share this post with a friend!
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Recently I was asked to share my thoughts on the Come Follow Me program during the past few months for the LDS Website in the UK. @churchofjesuschrist -
Frankly speaking the invitation made me a little sick. My biggest fear is that it would seem like we were the perfect little family with the perfect little program in place, complete with cutouts and crafts, deep discussions and daily reflection....
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This couldn't be more from the truth. Yes, I do a weekly round up of ideas and resources for Come Follow Me that I publish on my website, but that doesn't mean that it always happens within my own home. When it does happen it typically looks like a bedtime story, or a video played while the kids eat lunch... When it does happen I often fall asleep while trying to catch up on last week’s reading... Most of all, when it does happen, I notice a difference within my home. This program is divinely inspired, the simple timing of everything amplifies it's divine origin to me. -
Art by @_thecoloramber one of the most beautiful illustrations of a family I've ever laid eyes on. Words fall short on this piece. It's my absolute favorite.
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You can read the article here:
https://uk.churchofjesuschrist.org/come-follow-me-during-lockdown?lang=eng-gb
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This quote stopped me in my tracks... Make sure to head to the website for this week’s Round up of FREE Come Follow Me Resources! This week’s lesson is based on @comefollowmefamily AWESOME idea to use bubbles and balloons to teach about pride. AND @davidbowmanart released another FREE Sample video from his Drawn In, Come Follow Me monthly subscription that I know you are going to LOVE! His videos are wonderful and go beyond just a retelling of the story by diving deep into application in a language the whole family can enjoy! This is the ONLY paid subscription I use for #comefollowme Head to the website now for all of this, a coupon code, and MORE! -
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By now we all know I love all things Lemon... Lemonade is not exception. ESPECIALLY a good tart Lemonade like @chickfila Did you know you could buy it by the Gallon??? Stay tuned... FREE Father’s Day Printable Gift Tags and a list of well received/ inexpensive gift ideas to accompany them! Whether your looking to outfit the entire ward, or just a thoughtful gift for a few of your favorite men, this post will highlight some fun ideas! -
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COMMENT BELOW: What are some of your favorite inexpensive gift ideas for #fathersday
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“And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God” (Mosiah 27:25–26).
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”Conversion is a process, not an event. Conversion comes as a result of righteous efforts to follow the Savior. These efforts include exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of sin, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end in faith. Although conversion is miraculous and life changing, it is a quiet miracle. Angelic visitations and other spectacular occurrences do not bring conversion. Even Alma, who saw an angel, became converted only after he “fasted and prayed many days” for a witness of the truth (Alma 5:46). And Paul, who saw the resurrected Savior, taught that “no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3).”
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Excerpt from LDS.org
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