While hunting around on Pinterest, I found a great site called “Better than we Deserve” where Ramona made “Girl on Fire” t-shirts for YW camp. I loved the idea of merging pop culture (The Hunger Games books) and the gospel. I think it grabs the girls interests and transforms it into a new way of looking at the world. Anyway, I took Ramona’s idea and turned it into our bulletin board for 2013.
You probably recognize the logo in the center, it is the Young Woman torch that has been around forever. I also found a pin on Pinterest that called the logo “The Original Girl on Fire”. Below the torch are matches or what I call fire starters. The Young Women are on fire with the Holy Ghost and the matches are ways they can start their fire or keep it burning strong and bright. All of the values are listed as well as a few other examples of ways to increase your fire light.
- 3 12X12 sheets of red, orange, and copper card-stock (I found this heavy sparkly stuff at JoAnn on sale for 60 cents each)
- 3 pieces of 8 1/2 X 11 yellow or tan card-stock (I used three different shades for interest also on sale for 20 cents each)
- 2 pieces of 8 1/2 X 11 red card-stock (again I used two different colors and love the linen texture I found for 20 cents each)
- 1 piece of 8 1/2 X 11 silver or gold paper
- Black background (I used fabric, but I recommend butcher paper)
- Double sided foam stickers
Start by printing off the Torch logo. The template will print on four pages. Cut it out and tape it together. Turn the card-stock upside down and place your pattern upside down. Trace it with a pencil and cut it out.
Next cut the remaining pieces of the 12X12 card-stock into 8 1/2 X 11 so they will fit in your printer. Then print the letters for “Girl on Fire” on the BACK side of the card-stock It will be reversed so that when you cut it out, the glittery side will be correct. The letters are a pain to cut out, but the results look awesome. If you are lucky enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette, you can do this there as well.
Print off the words for the matchsticks on the three pieces of yellow or tan paper (I had a different plan initially, so mine are in red, orange and yellow. The red and orange were scrapped and I re-printed them in two shades or yellow). Next print off the matchstick tops with the printed section on the back side of the paper.
For the install, I covered our natural bulletin board with black fabric (a royal pain, but I had it already) I suggest black butcher paper. Then with tiny foam stickers laid Girl on Fire across the top. Centered the torch and flame and stuck them on with the foam stickers as well. Then laid out the match sticks like they were in a match book across the bottom. Depending on the shape of your space, you could arrange them lots of ways. This fit most of the matches I had made and I threw the rest away.
If you wanted an interactive board, you could have the Young Women choose one match a week and describe how it can make her a “Girl on Fire” and then attach it to the board until it is filled up. This could be a spiritual thought for opening exercises.
I love how it turned out and can’t wait to show it to our Young Women tomorrow!
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