Saint Craft For Catholic Kids; Paper Doll Chain Of Saints

All Saints’ day is just around the corner! As my kids get older, sometimes they like to do crafty things that are a little more open ended then the in-the-can type of stuff I used to do when they were small. As a result, you will start seeing more open ended crafting here. These paper chain Saint dolls are a perfect example!

paper doll chain saint craft for all saints day

Lydia wanted to make decorations for All Saints’ day, and I thought of this one on the fly. These are simple paper chain dolls that have been decorated as Saints that she chose.

Supplies Needed For Paper Doll Chain Saint Craft:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Pictures of Saints for inspiration (holy cards, children’s Saints books, print outs, etc)
  • Gingerbread cookie cutters (will make your life easier)

Start by folding your paper accordion style, back and forth. A normal piece of computer paper will fold twice, making space for 3 Saints. You can tape several of these together to make a long chain. If you have any of that seriously old computer paper laying around that’s connected to each other, this is the perfect time to pull it out. Then you can make really long chains like us!

Once you have it folded, lay your gingerbread man cookie cutter on top of it, and trace around him with a pencil. Make sure that his hands are hanging off the end of the paper! That’s what makes them all connected in the end!

how to cut out paper doll templates for kids

We used a gingerbread man for some, and our gingerbread woman for others, but this is the general idea.

how to make paper chain dolls with kids

For your gingerbread women, you want to draw a line filling in their neck. This space allows for either hair, or a veil when you’re coloring them.

how to make a paper doll chain in a circle

The one in the picture above was folded to have them in a circle rather than a chain. You do this by folding the piece of paper in quarters, then bringing the 2 edges together to fold it into a triangle. This is just like you would fold a piece of paper to cut a paper snowflake. You can find more detailed directions for this here.

paper doll chain in circle

Cut them out on the lines, remembering not to cut their hands apart.

cutting paper doll saints

Once you have them cut out, open them up to reveal a super fun string of Saints, just waiting to be discovered!

paper doll chain for kids

decorating doll chain saints

paper doll chain for boy saints

Give your kids crayons or colored pencils, and some Saints pictures as inspiration. Let them go for it!

all saints day craft for kids

My kids had a great time picking out Saints and coloring them! Lydia mostly got her inspiration from our stand-up Alphabet Saints.

paper saint craft for all saints day

Even I had a great time coloring in some Saints!

saint paper doll circle

And Julian held down the fort for coloring boy Saints!

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Lydia was so proud of her completed Saint chain!

fun saint craft for catholic kids

It’s really awesome to watch the kids get bigger, and do more independent things. The coolest part is when I walked by Lydia’s bedroom later that day, and saw that she hung the Saints on the door all by herself. saint craft

(Btw, Lydia and Anabelle share a room, hence the photo bomb from Anabelle)

saint paper doll chain

If you think this is fun, don’t miss my paper bag Saint puppets or our printable ABC Saints!

Also, check out my All Saints Day resource page here.

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All Saints’ Day Party Ideas for Kids

It’s that time of year again, time to plan your All Saints’ Day party! I rounded up all of my Saint crafts, food ideas, costume tutorials, printables, and more in one place- this page! Be sure to save this link! ;-)

Saint Costumes for Kids

Are you into making your own Saint costumes? I have lots of ideas for easy, no sew Saint costumes. Here are the 3 ultimate guides to making All Saints’ day costumes:

Saint Costume Ideas for Girls (50+ costume ideas)

Saint Costume Ideas for Boys  (again, a huge list of costume ideas)

Group Costume Ideas (a list of Saints who go together so siblings or friends can coordinate costumes)

If you are throwing an All Saints’ Day party, I would recommend emailing these costume links to your friends that you invite. That way, no one freaks out and doesn’t attend because they’re worried about a costume.

Specific Saint costume how-to’s:

Starting to see a theme here? E-A-S-Y. That’s my favorite. ;-)

Also, check out my article, Do All Saints’ Day and Trick-or-Treating go together?

All Saints’ Day Party Food Ideas

Happy Saints Cupcake toppers

Saint food labels- place these labels on easy party snacks, and they are instantly transformed into Saint fun!

Saint cookie ideas

Saint Craft Ideas for Kids

Check out this easy printable Saint craft! My kids love crafting and playing with these little guys! They are available to print in either black and white (so you can color them yourself) or in beautiful watercolor- your choice!

catholic icing's abc saints

Saint Paper Bag Puppets- templates to make virtually every Saint you can think of!

Make a paper doll chain of Saints

fun saint craft for catholic kids

Saint Craft (The Saints are in Heaven with Jesus)

Paper Bag Nun Puppets (And St. Patrick and St. Valentine)

Round up of cute saint crafts including spoon Saints

Mary, Queen of the Saints craft- Stained glass craft and handprint/footprint craft.

All Saints’ Day Party Game Ideas

Here’s a round-up of easy Saint game ideas, including this game- canonize the Saints ring toss (complete with glow stick halo)!

Make an All Saints’ Day Treat Bucket

You know- your kids are going to need a way to carry their candy and prizes. This All Saints’ day treat bucket is easy to make from an ordinary sand bucket. You can also see how to make Angel Treat Bags here.

Saint Information Page

Have children of all ages fill in information about their saint. Easy, fun, and they just might learn something. ;-) Find the printable Saint page here.

printable saint report information page for kids

Also, try making a litany of family Saints!

family litany of saints printable

For even more ideas, you can check out my All Saints Day link-up and also my Saints and Angels pinboard on Pinterest.

Find a directory of Catholic crafts and ideas by individual Saint at my Alphabetical Saint Gallery!

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How To Craft A Thurible For Catholic Kids

Find all of my Mass crafts and activities for kids here.

I’m continuing my series, showing you how to make a Mass kit for kids piece by piece. Today, I’m going to show you how to craft a thurible, which is the incense thingy.

how to craft a thurible

You can find the navigation page of how to make all the Mass kit pieces for kids here.

Supplies Needed: 

  • Wiffle ball
  • Chain (a pet chain, a chain for hanging plants, a necklace chain, etc) or golden string or rope
  • Gold spray paint
  • Optional: small bowl and spoon or tongs

wiffle ball transformation

If your wiffle ball is old and gross like ours, you need to clean it first. If it has some little pieces of plastic peeling off, sand them smooth with sand paper.

Now you’re ready to paint! I got all of my Mass objects ready first so I could spray paint everything at the same time. Spray painting a ball is a little tricky, but you’ll get it in a few coats. I attached our chain (which was from a plant hanging basket kit) by putting it in a wiffle ball hole, and bending it out with pliers too large to come back out. You could also tie it on with a string through one of the holes- whatever works for your particular ball and chain.

Optinal: also paint a bowl and small spoon or tongs gold. These can serve as the incense bowl to put more pretend incense in.  I used a bowl from the Dollar Tree (4 for $1) and an old measuring spoon, which actually looked quite nice once it was spray painted.

incense bowl craft

We hung our thurible from a thumb tack on the wall. I was thinking that if you had access to an extra one of those things you hang fireplace tools on, that would be pretty awesome. Or, if you put the thurible on a short chain, you could hang it from one of those things that’s meant to hold bananas. Things like this for me always depend on running into just the right thing for the right price at a thrift store. But our thumb tack works just fine. ;-)

how to craft a thurible

This is one of my kid’s favorite piece of the Mass kit (naturally). I think as a toy, this would prove to be kind of crazy and possibly dangerous, but at our house we only play Mass reverently, so it works.

Remember that this is just one piece in my larger Mass kit series.

diy mass kit for kids


Picture Book of the Mass

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How To Craft A Tabernacle; Making A Mass Kit For Catholic Kids

Find all of my Mass crafts and activities for kids here.

I’m continuing my series, showing you how to make a Mass kit for kids piece by piece. Today, I’m going to show you how to easily craft a sturdy tabernacle.

how to make a tabernacle

You can find the navigation page of how to make all the Mass kit pieces for kids here.

Supplies Needed To Craft Tabernacle:tabernacle craft supplies

  • Wooden box from craft store (big enough for your ciborium to fit in)
  • Wooden crosses from craft store (1 big and 1 small)
  • Funnel
  • Gold spray paint
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Red felt
  • Optional: key and tassel
  • Optional: drill

Start by hot gluing all of your pieces together. The funnel goes upside down on top, the little cross goes on top of the funnel, and the big cross goes right on the front of the box. Note: the wooden box will stand on its end rather than opening like a chest.

tabernacle before painting

Next, spray paint it gold. I prepped all of my Mass kit pieces ahead of time so I could spray paint them all together. I spray painted the inside and outside of the tabernacle gold.

Optional: Make a key hole and key. I found a neat looking key on clearance at the craft store, and also spray painted it gold. I had an extra tassle from an old curtain that I tied on the key. I used my husband’s drill (that right, I used a power tool! Whoot!) and drilled a few holes in a row in the front of the tabernacle door, just big enough to stick our key into. The hole isn’t totally straight, but it’s there. You actually might want to drill your hold before spray painting.

spray painted tabernacle

You can stick the key all the way through the hole and turn it on the inside of the box to pretend “lock” and “unlock” the tabernacle. This works because ours is a skeleton-style key.

tabernacle with key

When the paint dries, cut some red felt to fit the inside of your tabernacle, and hot glue it in place. Our ciborium fits in the tabernacle quite nicely!

diy tabernacle craft for catholic kids

We also got a little red candle holder from the Dollar Tree, and a battery operated tea light. This is our sacristy light to let us know when Jesus is in the tabernacle. We were turning ours on when our pretend hosts were in the tabernacle, but I found out that the atrium makes a big deal out of never lighting the sacristy light because this is only pretend, and Jesus is never really in there. I thought that was interesting.

craft a tabernacle mass kit for kids

Remember that this is just one piece in my larger Mass kit series.

Also, don’t forget a Mass book to aide your children in their pretend Mass! :-)

Picture Book of the Mass

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