Parental supervision is recommended
This cross necklace craft takes a little bit of effort but kids will love making this as a Sunday school or Easter project.
What you'll need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Small drill bit
- Aquarium rocks
- Large tub (to hold the rocks)
- Several bottles of Tacky glue (see tips below)
- Several Permanent markers, thin lined
How to make it:
You will need to prepare this ahead of time:
Note: You will need 2 Popsicle sticks for each child. Only 1 stick needs a hole drilled in it.
- Using a drill, drill a small hole in one end of the Popsicle stick. Do this once for each set of 2 Popsicle sticks.
- Take an un-drilled Popsicle stick and glue it (see photograph) near the end of the other Popsicle stick that has a hole drilled in it. You will glue it to form a cross.
- Cut a piece of yarn long enough to be a necklace for a child. Tie a knot in the two ends.
- Get a table set up for the craft.
- Cover the whole table with newspapers.
- Lay out the cross necklaces in one pile.
- Lay out the markers next to the necklaces.
- Put the aquarium rocks into the tub and set on the table.
- Set out several bottles of tacky glue on the table.
Time for the craft!
- Remove the lids of the tacky glue and set the lids aside.
- Have the child, or help them, write their name on the back of the cross.
- Apply tacky glue to the other side of the cross.
- Place the cross, glue side down, into the aquarium rocks. Push a bit to make the rocks stick.
- Remove the cross from the tub.
- If needed, push the rocks further into the glue.
- Place the cross, glue side up, on the table and allow it to dry a bit.
- Have the child go to another table for a craft and return to pick up their necklace.
Tips:We used Elmer's glue for this project originally, but the rocks tended to slide off until dry. If using in a group setting, we recommend using Tacky Glue.
DLTK's Crafts for Kids had a very crafty variation for this craft. They used colored rice in place of the aquarium gravel. You can find out how to make the colored rice by clicking here.