Easter, like spring, is a time of renewal and rejoicing. Churchgoers look forward to attending the joyful prayer services for this holiday, joy that's often reflected in the church's decor. Showy adornments can be costly, however: By choosing simple, inexpensive (or free) decorating alternatives, churches can be financially savvy while simultaneously reinforcing the true values of Christianity.
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Flowers can make a powerful display on a church platform. Ask church members to donate flowers from their garden; fill the arrangements with tree branches and greenery to make the displays especially dramatic. If there are no fresh flowers available, create artificial ones from tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Lay down several sheets of tissue paper, one on top of the other, and cut them into a square; fold the square into accordion pleats and wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle. Twist the pipe cleaner together to form the stem; pull out the pleated tissue paper to create the petals.
Use a discarded king-size white sheet to create a banner. Fold the sheet in thirds lengthwise and stitch it together. Have artistic members of the church use fabric paint to decorate the banner. The banner can read "Happy Easter," "Christ Is Risen" or any other statement that centres on the most important Christian holiday. Paint calla lilies and other seasonal images around the letters.
Drape purple fabric, such as a sheet, tablecloth or unused yardage, over a large, homemade cardboard cross. At the foot of the cross, drape donated greenery of any kind (palms are the most appropriate for the Easter season). If possible, add fresh-cut lilies tied in bouquets into the greenery.
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