The Prayer/Self-Care Box

Positive Art Experiences… The  Prayer/Self-Care Box

Affirmation and inspiration are the keys to the prayer/self-care box.  It can be very comforting to have something small, tangible, and beautiful in times of trouble.  This is a simple ongoing activity that can have impactful results at times of need.

The box can be used as a resource, and its ongoing creation can be spiritually healing/therapeutic. 

Here’s how to make a prayer box/self-care box

You will need:

Make your own box cardboard boxes, tissue boxes, delivery boxes, gift boxes, wood crate, small storage containers. Your imagination is the limit so think outside the box…hahaha!

You can use the following and more:


coloring pens, pencils, markers and crayons

scrap paper, gift wrap, fabric novelty lace,  etc.

old magazines, catalogs, picture books

scissors, glue, tape.

Let’s get started:

1.  Reflect on your prayer intentions and ideas for self-care.  What does it mean to you? What are some of the things, behaviors, people, or activities that help you feel good about yourself and nurture a prayerful life and support self-care?

2.  Focus on your faith, beliefs, emotions, feelings, words, and images combining colors that evoke a sense of prayer and ideas for self-care.

3.  Now it’s time to bring out the materials (boxes).  These boxes when completed will be used to store your prayer intentions, small trinkets, special items (rosary) quotes that align with ideas of faithful prayer and also align with self-care.

4.  Use the box for items that provide a sense of comfort, like religious symbols, pictures of family and friends, clips of scripture, quotes, or poetry,  pressed flowers, or treasured mementos.  Maybe even vouchers from special ticket events.  

Inspirational scripture/quotes to get you started on your prayer/self-care boxes.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8

When Anxiety Was Great Within Me, Your Consolation Brought Joy to My Soul  Psalm 94:19

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.  1Peter 5:7 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  James 1:2-3

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Psalm 32:8 

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.  David Richo

Life doesn’t make sense without interdependence.  We need each other, and the sooner we learn that the better for us All.   Erik Erikson

Failure is not a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances.  The real mistake is to stop trying.  B. F. Skinner

If you plan on being anything less than what you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.   Abraham Maslow