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Using Decorative Crosses to Give Your Home a Personal Touch

Rustic Cast Iron Crosses
Rustic Cast Iron Crosses

When it comes to decorating a Christian home, decorative crosses signify the story of Christian faith and are a good reminder of what your life is to be centered around. Beyond that, they can add a traditional, eclectic touch to any room in your home when displayed on a prominent wall or in a doorway.

Historically, decorative crosses are hung on doors to act as an indicator of a family’s faith or belief systems, but recently, they have become decorative tools in a whole new way, as some modern designers are arranging multiple crosses of different shapes and sizes in a cluster as a sort of focal point on large living and dining room walls. If you’re looking to use decorative crosses in your own home, either in a sentimental display or in a modern cross collage, here are some ways to use them:

Pick a Prominent Spot in Your Home and Hang Your Favorite Cross There

Sometimes, the simplest displays are the most beautiful. If you have a beautiful antique cross or a family one that was passed down to you, you probably don’t want to clutter it or steal its attention by hanging it up with a grouping of crosses that don’t have the same sentimental value. To let a special decorative cross you love take center stage, pick a wall in your home where it can easily be seen and hang it up right in the middle. Depending on its size, you can also put the cross inside of a pretty, ornate frame to give it even more of a spotlight.

Gather Your Crosses and Display Them Together on the Wall

If you want a statement wall filled with crosses that look thrown together and eclectic, you first need to gather all the crosses you want to tack up onto the wall. Look at antique stores and local craft stores. Flip through home décor magazines and browse online. The more different the crosses are from each other the more unique your end result will look. Once the crosses are collected, begin to think about how you want to arrange them on the wall. Do you want them to be lined up in rows or strewn haphazardly along the wall? Once you decide, nail them to the wall in a group and you have instant focal wall.

Display Your Crosses With Special Family Heirlooms

Another option for showing off your decorative crosses is to accompany them with things that mean a lot to you personally. Hang a cross up on the wall next to your marriage certificate or your baby’s birth announcement. Write your favorite Bible verse on a piece of paper and tuck it into one side of a decorative cross after you hang it up. Frame a special photograph and put it near your favorite cross. Doing this shows that your faith is linked to special events and people in your life, which is paramount in Christian culture.

Decorative crosses provide an easy, meaningful way to fill the walls of your home. At The Printery House, we specialize is providing you with decorative elements that are just as special to us as they will become to you. We produce beautiful, intricate crosses that can be displayed in your home as a constant reminder of the Christian faith and what it means to you.

Wooden Cross: Humble But so Powerful … Take a Second Look

Olivewood Comfort Cross
Olivewood Comfort Cross

What’s so special about a wooden cross?

Everything. Especially when it carries symbolic meaning and comes from a holy place of origin.

There’s a thousand ways to share your faith or be encouraged, but the basic wooden cross holds its value year after year, generation after generation. Across denominations and status, the cross will always be common ground; it remains the great equalizer of our faith in the redemption offered to all by Jesus Christ.

If you have a wooden cross in your home, or one you hold in your hand, you’re likely reminded by its powerful message to pray often – but there are several ways to enjoy and share this ancient item:

1. Give a wooden cross as a birthday, graduation or encouragement gift. Keep a selection on hand in your gift drawer, because a cross makes a unique and meaningful gift for so many situations of life.
2. Use one as decorative art in your living area or even your kitchen to show all who enter that Jesus lives in your home.
3. Utilize a cross in your garden or landscaping. This creates a beautiful space to meditate and pray.
4. Have a small cross to carry in your pocket or to have in your hand for your prayer or devotions.
5. Wear a miniature version as jewelry.

One of the most popular wooden crosses is the Comfort Cross offered by The Printery House. This special item is made of olive wood from the Holy Land, crafted from pruned branches of olive trees from the hill country around Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It even comes gift-ready with special packaging.

You may also want to consider painting, building or decorating a wooden cross all your own. It’s not difficult to find small limbs or wood from a favorite tree, then fashion your own cross design. The main point is to remember the love, sacrifice, forgiveness, mercy and hope the cross will always represent.

Find great wooden cross designs and religious greeting cards online at The Printery House, where the monks and artists have been making cards on-site in their own print shop for more than 60 years.

Why is This Wooden Cross From the Holy Land so Popular?

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Olivewood Comfort Cross

As we begin this new year, many of us may be making resolutions, lists and goals. Others may be avoiding these altogether and looking for one simple focus – the cross.

Remembering the cross in 2014 – with all its power, love and meaning – can be an amazing goal to focus on, on your own and with your family. In every milestone this year and every simple moment, the reality of the cross and the truth that God stepped down into our lives in such a human way can be a constant source of inspiration.

Although there are dozens of ornate choices for purchasing a cross, from wall art to jewelry, one of the most popular wooden crosses is the Comfort Cross. It’s been a top choice from The Printery House, a card and gift ministry of the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey, for a long time – with some special reasons why.

Why is the Comfort Cross so popular among wooden crosses?

1. It’s made from wood from trees found in the Holy Land. For prayer or devotion, the truth that it’s made from olive trees from the hill country near Bethlehem and Jerusalem is definitely inspiring and unique.

2. The size is perfect for holding, and has a calming presence. The Comfort Cross fits easily in the palm of your hand, so it’s perfect for prayer walks, quiet devotionals, or times of anxiety and fear. It’s also great for keeping at your desk, your purse or your vehicle as a conversation starter.

3. It’s simple, beautiful and meaningful to anyone who receives one as a gift. This cross stands out from other wooden crosses because of its simplicity. Whether the recipient is Catholic or another branch of Christianity, its design appeals to everyone. It’s suited to all tastes because of its unique beauty and straightforward design. It also comes with a gift box and devotional card.

4. It’s part of the larger mission of the monks and artists of Conception Abbey to share what really matters – the love of Christ. This cross is special for so many reasons, but also because it helps promote the mission and ministry of Conception Abbey and to equip new leaders of the faith.

As noted in “My Utmost For His Highest,” there’s nothing that connects us to God like the hope of the cross, and especially when we communicate this through prayer. Why not make just one simple resolution this year: to remember the cross daily and to pray daily. The Comfort Cross from The Printery House can be the gentle reminder you need to make this resolution a reality – and to look forward to a year of hope like no other.

Purchase the Comfort Cross from The Printery House

Wooden Crosses to Make Your Home Beautiful

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Pewter and Olive Wood

The popularity of Pinterest, the Home and Garden Network and the waterfall of design magazines at nearly every check-out counter seems to indicate that we enjoy decorating our home living spaces. Since the first caveman (perhaps a woman) painted on the walls of the cave, we have been adorning our homes with artwork that says something about who we are and where we’ve been.

This seems pretty natural. Your home is your space. It should mirror things that are important to you. For example, a family we know spent many years in Latin America where silver and pewter are popular. Since they are also believing Christians they enjoyed giving and collecting the ornate metal crosses they discovered there. Now that they live back in the United States, those silver crosses are a reminder of some very precious years, but they are also a mute testimony to others that the Cross of Jesus plays a significant role in their lives.

Here in the United States wood is a popular material for crosses. In the same way that the silver crosses are a beautiful expression of faith, wooden crosses can achieve quite the same effect. They are attractive in themselves and what they declare about your values is equally appealing.

There are many ways to use wooden crosses to make your home beautiful. If you have a stairwell, this is always an interesting place to arrange a montage of any artwork. A collection of wooden crosses of varying size could work especially well in this space.

If you have only a couple of crosses, then you might use them to flank another larger art piece. The crosses could be placed on either side of the piece or, if the piece was not too large, they might work nicely above and below it.

If you have a small, offset wall then this is an interesting space begging for an interesting display. Such walls, when filled with unique objects, become veritable hidden treasures. Visitors feel that they have discovered a secret gem when they come upon it.

But if you are looking for something a bit bolder, then mount your wooden cross on a dark background and surround it with a wide and ornate frame. The juxtaposition of the simple wood of the cross with the highly embellished frame will create something truly eye-catching. You can get a similar, though perhaps less dramatic, effect by painting the wall a striking hue before hanging your cross.

One last idea. If you happen to own a glass topped coffee table with a display shelf, this too can be a terrific place to display your cross. There are really all kinds of possibilities – limited only by the scope of your own imagination. And when someone mentions that your cross looks beautiful, it is the perfect opening to explain how the one who went to the cross makes all things beautiful.

If you are looking for a wooden cross or any kind of Christian wall art, check out The Printery House.