Catholic Craft- Make a Rosary Hanger

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.

Although these were made by children, they came together into quite a beautiful Rosary display! It so great to be able to hang the Rosaries on the wall- you can always find them, they don’t get tangled, and they’re cute. I’m very happy with the turnout of this Rosary hanger craft!

 

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.

  1. Cut tissue paper into small squares.
  2. Paint the plaque with Mod Podge.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. ;-)
  5. Allow to dry (It will be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours, but will dry hard overnight)
  6. 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!

Related Rosary Posts:

Also, check out my Rosary ideas for kids pinboard on Pinterest! How do you get your kids excited about the Rosary? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Those turned out really nice!
    Thanks for sharing the link to the kits – I haven’t seen that site before, and will be spending some time (and probably some money!) looking around there.

  2. What a great way to commemorate the month of the Holy Rosary! Thank you for the great craft idea! :)

  3. This website is fantastic. This is my 1st year teaching Faith Formation (to 2nd graders) and I have gotten plenty of great ideas from your site. Thank you!

  4. I made icons for kids 5 to 16 RCIC and RE and this was a big hit. I used hardwood scrap that were 2 1/2 inches in width and 3/4 thick. The length varied by pictures from old religious catalogs that the RE directer gave me and the kids just glued picture on and made sure there were no bubbles. Can be used on prayer table or rosary holder. I think we made over sixty and used recycled material.

  5. I love, love, love that idea… but we have so many rosaries in my house that I would need a really large one with lots of hooks :). We have a “rosary bowl” filled with our rosaries for when people come over to pray with us.

  6. What a terrific idea! My family has enjoyed this website immensely! Keep the great ideas coming, please!!!

  7. My 4 year old daughter and I recently made this rosary hanger together.

    I didn’t have tissue paper, so I had her color white coffee filters with markers in lots of bright colors. These I cut into squares and used in place of the tissue paper. After allowing the mod podge to dry, the effect is really quite striking, almost a tie-dyed look.

    We also accented our picture of Mary (cut from gift card samples) with gold glitter before hanging- my daughter loves glitter!

    We hung the hanger above her bed with double sided poster tape, right next to her mobile of glittered Jesus fish ;)

    Thank you for the ideas, inspiration, and faith :)

  8. Keep these ideas coming!! As a mom of some crafty girls, I really like this idea. God
    Bless you!

  9. Sheryl Bryant says:

    We made these right before Christmas (as Christmas gifts) with our Kindergarten/First Grader class. Found heart shaped forms with hangers already on them at Michael’s for 50 cents each. We had cutouts from old Catholic gift catalogues. We glued them on with white glue and spread it on top as well to “decopague” it. The wood hearts already had flowers printed on the back which showed thru beautifully. We had enough, one girl made Rosary Hangers for her preschool teachers. Loved this idea. And have hung ours in our bedroom already.

  10. . This year we are creating our own VBS. The theme is Around the World with Our Blessed Mother, Thanks for these great ideas about our Mary, Mother of God.