I wanted to do a Rosary craft with my preschool co-op class, and my brain instantly thought of the pipe cleaner Rosary craft. While that craft is awesome for preschoolers, I was in the mood for something more special. I thought about making Rosary boxes for the kids to keep their Rosaries in, but I’ve been learning how to declutter from my favorite cleaning blog, and I thought it would be better if we didn’t have another “thing” sitting around. Inspired by Melissa’s Rosary holders, we crafted these.
Supplies Needed for this Catholic Craft:
- Wooden Plaque (Find at any arts and crafts store. We got ours at Hobby Lobby. They were anywhere from .50 – $1 each. We used several different shapes.)
- Screw Hooks (I got them in the same wooden aisle at the craft store, but they are also available in the hardware sections of stores. $2 for 8 of them.)
- Pictures of Mary (Any printed religious picture can do- print them, use non-laminated prayer cards, Catholic junk mail, stickers, coloring pages, draw them yourself, etc.)
- Mod Podge (You can make you own from glue and water)
- Paint Brushes (I like to use foam brushes with little kids)
- Tissue Paper (a little bit goes a really long way, so get something pretty)
- Drill OR string and glue. (To make it hang on the wall)
Now, at most craft stores you can buy ready-to-go single peg hanger thingies for about $2/each in different shapes. Since I was doing these with a whole class, I was looking for a cheaper solution, plus, they didn’t have enough for a whole class available in store. Also, I liked being able to add the hook at the end of the craft so the kids didn’t have to work around it.
Step by Step Catholic Craft Tutorial:
Before beginning: Drill a hole in the back of the plaque, halfway through the wood. (This is so it can hang on the wall when you’re done. If you’re not a power-tools kind of girl, you can hot glue on a piece of string for it to hang from instead.) Write children’s names on back.
- Cut tissue paper into small squares.
- Paint the plaque with Mod Podge.
- Stick tissue paper squares on the plaque until wood is covered. Use Mod Podge as needed. Paint more Mod Podge over the top of the tissue paper.
- When plaque is totally covered, put more Mod Podge on, place a picture of Mary on, and Mod Podge over the top some more. (Make sure you put Mary right-side-up for how your plaque will hang on the wall) By the way, this is called decoupaging.
- Allow to dry (It will be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours, but will dry hard overnight)
- Screw in hook. (Just push and twist. You can screw them right in- no worries)
That’s it! Hang it on your wall and place your Rosary on the hook. My kids are so proud of these!
The great thing about crafts like this is that they are do-able and fun for every age, and the older you are the more detailed you can get with it. Also, these cost less than $1 each to make, and they’re something kids can keep forever. I did this with my Catholic ABC’s class at preschool co-op this week, and they loved it!
Unfortunately, I forgot my Mary stickers for them! *Gasp!* So I had to improvise. Luckily, I had brought this Rosary coloring book with me that I picked up from the Seton table at the IHM conference last year. The kids had colored pictures before class started, so I cut out Mary from each of their pictures and we decoupaged them on.
The ones made from coloring book pages turned out to be cute in a kid-crafted way, and less fancy than the others.
Lydia made the Rosary above in co-op this week. Her teacher used my post on how to make a Rosary with kids. The 2 Rosary crafts together make for an adorable Rosary wall display in a child’s room!
If you would rather just order a craft kit to make a Rosary holder, check out this craft kit. It’s all inclusive and adorable! These kits would make a great gift for any Catholic kid!
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- How to string a Rosary with kids
- How to make easy Rosaries from pipe cleaners
- Make an Interactive Rosary Board fir kids
- Make a Rosary book with kids
- Starter Rosaries for kids
- Edible Cupcake Rosaries