These beaded crosses are a great craft for kids! This classic christian craft is fun anytime- Vacation bible school (VBS), CCD, Sunday school, or at home. I have a little trick that makes these especially easy for kids to make. (I recommend this craft for 6 year olds and older.)
- Pony Beads
- String (we used plastic string)
- Glue Dots (these make this craft super easy!!!)
Start by laying out 6 beads and deciding what colors you want to use, and cut yourself a piece of string. If you want to make a necklace, you’ll need a long string. If you just want to make a key chain or a zipper pull, you can use a much shorter piece of string.
Before you start stringing, you’ll need to attach 3 beads together for the cross part. This is where those glue dots come in handy! You can use regular glue to attach the beads, but I would suggest doing it ahead of time so it’s already dry before you begin. However, if you use glue dots, the kids can do this all by themselves, and the beads attach instantly! Here’s how the 3 beads need to be glued together:
Are you familiar with glue dots? If not, they’re a supply that needs to be added to your cabinet. They’re kinda like gooey stickers that instantly stick things together. They come on a roll and you can get them at any craft store.
You can peel the glue dots off like a sticker and place it on the bead, but I’ll clue you in on a trick. The easy way to use the glue dots is to stick the bead directly on the roll like this:
When you pull the bead off, the glue dot will be stuck to the bead. Can you see it there?
Place one bead on each side of your middle bead and give it a firm push to attach it. No drying time needed. You can tear the strip of glue dots to give each child a piece with just 2 glue dots on it. This is easier for them to handle than the whole roll.
Attach another bead to the other side. Now you’re ready to bead your cross! Start with the bottom bead and slide it to the middle of the string.
Take your second bead, and lace both sides of your string through it.
Push your second bead all the way down to the first one you strung on. Now string on your 3 beads that are stuck together. One side of the string goes through one bead, and the other side of your string through the other bead.
Take your top bead and lace both ends of the string through it. There’s your cross!
Tie a knot at the top of the beads to hold the cross in place. To tie the knot, wrap both sides of your string around your fingers and put both ends through. Pull tight.
Lydia wanted to string more beads on hers and make it into a necklace. She’s so pleased with her results!
If you don’t want a necklace, use them as a zipper pull, make it into a key chain, or just tie it up as a decoration somewhere.
I had several people ask me at the IHM Conference… how do I craft with so many little kids at once? Well, whenever I’m crafting, all my kids do the craft to the best of their ability. Lydia is 6, and she beaded several crosses all by herself, but my other kids were too young. I just let them string regular necklaces while we worked on our crosses. Violet, who is only 2, strung a necklace onto pipe cleaners. She totally thought she was a part of what was going on.
Pipe cleaners are easy for toddlers to string on because they’re stiff, and pony beads fit perfectly. You can make a bracelet out of 1 pipe cleaner, or twist 2 of them together and make a necklace. Violet loves to make her own jewelry!
Bead stringing is a great fine motor skill for preschoolers to work on, so crafting is a win win.
This was a really fun cross craft- hope you try it out. Happy Catholic crafting!Pin It