“Write Them on the Doorposts” Contest

The goal of this contest is to make Scripture more prominent in our homes, and to share ideas about decorating our homes with God’s Word.

This page lists the official contest rules, along with some ideas on where and how you can decorate with Scripture and make it prominent in your home.

2012 Rules & Details:

  • What to enter: Photos of Scripture displayed in your home. If it fits the spirit of Deuteronomy 6:9, feel free to enter it! Your photos can be of Scripture that’s already around your home, or of new verses you have put up during the contest.
  • How to enter: There are two ways to submit photos: (1.) Email your photos to DoorpostsContest (at) gmail (dot) com, or (2.) write a blog post (including your photo[s] and a link to this page), and email us the link to your post. (We have a cash prize for the best blog post!) Each entry must be accompanied by your name and email address. Use the subject line “CONTEST ENTRY” to ensure proper delivery of your email. There is no limit to entries, but each one must be substantially different.
  • Who can enter: This contest is open to US residents age 18 and older.
  • Entry deadline: The contest begins October 11, and entries must be submitted by midnight (PST) on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
  • Winners will be announced December 4, 2012 on our blog (we’re also planning an exciting Facebook party that evening).
  • Judges are members of the Forster family. We will choose photos that exhibit creativity, effective placement of verses, artistic ability, good photography, or a combination of these aspects. (See last year’s winning photos.)
  • Awards will be given for 1st-8th place plus a “best blog post” award. See below for prizes to be awarded.
  • By submitting photos, you give us permission to post them online and/or in our email newsletter.

Prizes to be Awarded:

Our thanks to the Christian businesses who are supporting this contest by donating prizes!

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Bread boardDon Jonas CalligraphyModest Mom - $20 Gift certificate

Ideas – Ways to Decorate with Scripture:

  • Have your kids write out and/or illustrate Bible verses for you to put on the wall
  • Framed art/prints of Scripture (Bible verse wall decor is available at most Christian bookstores. Don Jonas Calligraphy offers reasonably priced prints.)
  • Make your own Scripture wall art by decorating your own prints (several of these projects are included in our new eBook, Write Them on the Doorposts).
  • Painting with stencils (You can make your own stencil with heavy paper. Here are some helpful stenciling tips.)
  • Paint letters on the wall free hand (it helps to pencil the letters out first)
  • Vinyl applied letters (pre-made and custom Scripture lettering is available online from Wise Decor and other suppliers.)
  • Quilts or throw blankets
  • Wood with carved or woodburned designs (see Renew Carvings and Gathering Wood)
  • Cross-stitch or needlepoint


Ideas – Places to put Scripture in Your Home:

  • Think of places where you will see it most often, like the kitchen, school room, or laundry room.
  • Think of places where you know you need encouragement (like Galatians 6:9 in the laundry room, or Ephesians 5:15-16 by the computer).
  • In bathrooms (a good place for memory verses, whether they’re part of the decor, or just a post-it note on the mirror)
  • In the car
  • On the refrigerator
  • On or near your computer
  • Inside cabinet doors
  • In children’s bedrooms
  • In your bedroom
  • In the living room
  • Near your front door

For more inspiration:


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  1. We have been using God’s Word all over our house (and on the family van) for years, to help us memorize, to remind, encourage, and challenge us, and so much more. This contest is a great way to encourage others to share their ideas and if they have not yet done so, to write God’s Word on their hearts and on the walls, too. We rent, so we are not allowed to stencil or paint, but if the Lord ever gives us a house of our own, you can believe that we will be getting even more of God’s Word on our doorposts….

  2. I’m sharing with my home school group. We have scripture up in every room except one bathroom, and it’s only because we haven’t decorated that room yet! Great contest, I’d love to see others’ creative ideas and what verses they use.

  3. posted contest on my facebook page. I have several Scripture pictures hung in our home (bathroom, hallway, bedrooms)

  4. Shared the contest on my homeschool email group.

  5. Forwarded contest email to a friend.

  6. Emailed another friend about the contest.

  7. I am thrilled about this new contest and just shared it on facebook and with my email contacts! We just moved to SC and have been decorating it with scripture. This will really give me the incentive to do the stuff that has been in my head since we came! I have a lot of work to do and can’t wait to hear and everyone else’s ideas.

  8. We also rent so we have to get creative with our decorative items. I have several documents I’ve created with scriptures and several that were purchased. I also have several more scriptures planned in my kids’ rooms, bathrooms and our homeschool room.

  9. I love the “Ruby Patience” framed Scripture – did Pam make that? It’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL – and something little Ruby can take with her all her life! Do you ever make these for customers?

  10. I think it is so important to surround ourselves with scripture for the daily encouragement. I will tell my homeschool friends.

  11. Emailed more friends about the contest!

  12. We have scripture above our dining room table. Above the front door and in frames all over the house. It has always encouraged me since our children were born. I pray it encourages my husband and children as well. Thank you for reminding me to ask them. I will share this by email to friends.

  13. What a great idea! I’ve been looking for some new ideas and resources. This motivated me to blog about our implementation of this command at http://trainthemdiligently.blogspot.com/2011/10/write-them-on-door-posts-and-on-gates.html and http://philipmarianne.blogspot.com/2011/10/write-them-on-door-posts-and-on-gates.html I can’t wait to see other family’s ideas!

  14. When you say each one (entry) must be “substantially” different. Does that mean that one entry can be the framed Scripture verses and another entry would be perhaps other home decor’, another entry would be stenciled verses, and yet another entry something such as verses tacked to the bulletin board?

    In other words, you cannot have different entries with every entry being a framed verse hanging on a wall? Does that make sense? 🙂 lol

  15. Christin, thanks for asking. You may enter more than one photo of framed verses, as long as they are different ones. We just don’t want multiple photos of the same thing. I hope that helps!

  16. sharing on my facebook!! will enter photos soon! this is an exciting contest for my kids and i. i will include it in our art class each week! question..does it just have to be entries from around our home, or can we enter photos a sunday school room as well? a friend of mine and myself and the kids will be painting and decorating my sunday school room this coming week..can i include these as well or just from around my home? thank you

  17. Tamara, if you helped do the decorating in the Sunday school room, you may enter photos of it in the contest. Thanks for asking!

  18. I sent you a few photos yesterday. This is a great contest. I am looking forward to seeing how others have used Scripture to decorate, and it inspired me to not stop with what we have done so far but to continue finding more ways and places to use Scripture on our walls.

  19. I submitted several photos to you but cannot seem to send my last one. I keep getting a failure notice. Should I try again another day?

  20. Hi Daniel,

    We entered the contest today. What a great idea!


    Kelli (Florida)

  21. I emailed you my entry today, I hope it might inspire others to team thier children’s art work with Scriptures, we simply hang ours with painter’s tape on th back and the Kid’s love it! They read the Scriptures over and over!

  22. Thank you for the opportunity. I entered a few, but one thing that I didn’t enter was scrapbook pages. Don’t discount the power scripture can have on these pages of family remembrance. We have one page of our children taking care of their animals. I put the verse – Proverbs 12:10 – “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast:” on it. They can all quote that, just from that page. We’ve also done several ABC books with verse that can be used as devotional books for the younger ones. Little ones can memorize scripture quickly in this format!

  23. I tried emailing you my entry, but it came back today saying delivery failed!? What do I do?

  24. I stumbled on your blog too late for the contest.Nonetheless,i am picking it from here and will be printing the scriptures for around the house to display.Love the idea to put it in frame,so it can be decorative as well as can be changed too.

  25. I’d put verses in the schoolroom

  26. Shared this contest on Facebook. I plan to decorate our new home with scripture in every room!

  27. I shared about the contest in person. Please enter me, as we are really trying to bathe our home with Scripture! Thank you!

  28. I’d love to have a verse over our front door.

  29. I loved looking at the photos after last year’s competition, they were inspiring. I would love to enter this year, but we live on the other side of the world.

    An idea we recently came across was to use liquid chalk pens to write on windows, glass, mirrors etc. It can be cleaned off later. We also rent so this helps solve the problem of not permanently attaching things to walls.

  30. I want to put painted scripture in my room!

  31. I will put it on pinterest and email my inner circle.

  32. I just blogged about the contest. Here’s the link: http://scripturemelodies.blogspot.com/2012/10/write-them-on-doorposts-contest.html. I hope you don’t mind that I included some photos from last year’s contest. I linked them to you. 🙂

  33. Setting the scriptures before our eyes sure helps to set the right tone at home. Thanks for the reminders. Here is one of my blog posts about decorating with scripture:

  34. Here’s another quick and inexpensive way to add scriptures to home decor:


  35. Shared that contest on Myspace. When i intend to spruce up our completely new home using bible verses in each and every place!