We’re on letter “C” for our ABCs of the Bible crafts, a great series of Bible School Craft Ideas.
It seemed so obvious to do a cross craft for kids, but I wanted to do a special rose-covered cross for Miss G to gift to her grandmother. What was also special about this craft is that Miss G learned how to use a cool-touch hot glue gun to make her craft!
Before doing the craft, read a Bible verse related to the cross. We chose 1 Peter 2:24 as an explanation as to why the cross is significant, but also to avoid the perhaps scary details provided by passages such as Isaiah 53:5.
Here is your free printable bible verse for 1 Peter 2:24:
Materials Needed for Cross Craft for Kids:
- Two Sheets Cardstock, different colours (for the cross and the background)
- One sheet construction paper (for the roses)
- Cool-touch hot glue gun
Help your child cut out a cross shape out of one of the pieces of cardstock (I find it easiest to fold the cardstock in half to ensure that the cross is symmetrical).
Glue the cross onto the second piece of cardstock and use the remaining cardstock scraps to make an “edge” around the cross at least 1/2″ high. Use the hot glue gun to attach the pieces and keep them upright.
Fit the “paper roses” into the cross as you go to ensure that you make enough to fill up your cross. This introduces 3-dimensional planning, gives children a visual understanding of the remaining work they need to do, and keeps up the fine motor practice.
Once you have filled your cross with flowers, it’s time to start gluing.
If you’re not ready to teach your child how to use a hot glue gun, you can do this part for them. Miss G has shown consistent safety during cooking activities and was within an arm’s reach the whole time she was safely using the cool-touch hot glue gun, so I felt comfortable teaching my child this skill.
Take the roses out of one section of the cross and carefully add some hot glue to the bottom. Set the hot glue gun aside, and work quickly but carefully to place the roses back in the cross before the glue dries.
Repeat this process for all sections of the cross until all roses are glued down. You may find that in re-positioning the roses that you end up needing more than you started with, so it would be a good idea to have a couple of extra paper roses on hand.
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Our previous Bible School Craft Ideas for this series have included: