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. You can find all of my ideas about how to honor Mary with kids in May here, and today we are going to craft a rosary hanger with kids. 

Make a rosary hanger.

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!

Rosary wall display.

These were 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) ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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.

Rosary hanger craft.

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.Supplies for rosary hanger craft.
  2. Paint the plaque with Mod Podge.
  3. Stick tissue paper squares on the plaque until the wood is covered. Use Mod Podge as needed. Paint more Mod Podge over the top of the tissue paper.Decoupaging wooden heart rosary hanger craft.
  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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Allow to dry (It will be dry to the touch in 1-2 hours, but will dry hard overnight)Mary and Jesus decoupage.
  6. Screw in hook. (Just push and twist. You can screw them right in- no worries)

Decoupages of different Catholic paintings.

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 doable 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 ABCs class at preschool co-op this week, and they loved it!

Group Catholic craft with preschoolers.

Post continues after this brief information about the Catholic ABCs Curriculum

Catholic ABCs Curriculum for Preschool and Kindergarten

Catholic ABCs Curriculum

Catholic ABCs is a hand-on curriculum full of crafts, printables, worksheets, saints, learning, and more for preschoolers and kindergartners. There are over 2,000 pages that you can use for multiple school years! (This is also a great supplement for 1st and 2nd graders.)

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.

Rosary hanger craft drying on windowsill.

The ones made from coloring book pages turned out to be cute in a kid-crafted way, and less fancy than the others.

Preschooler rosary craft hanger.

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!

Preschool children's rosary display.


If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my other resources on how to honor Mary with kids.

More Mary resources for kids.

More rosary resources for kids.

Catholic ABCs curriculum.


  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for the ideas, inspiration, and faith ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. Ana Maria Gimenez says

    . 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.

  11. Thank you for the idea, I made one to hold our Rosaries in our worship room ๐Ÿ™‚
    In the link here you can see it on the right ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yay! I just clicked over and saw it. Love it! Thanks for sharing your link. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • even though I’m an adult your site has really helped me a lot on different aspects since I have Converted this year

        • I am so so happy to hear that!!! Pretty much everything that is on here I also do. 1. Because it keeps me from tampering with my kid’s stuff 2. Because I love doing this stuff as much as they do! Have you seen my home altar stuff? There actually is tons on here for adults and I have actually always considered Catholic Icing a mission for adults and not children, to make everyone’s lives easier in planning stuff. Yay for converts! I find that converts often have the most excitement about the faith! Everyone loves a convert!

  12. The link for making your own modpodge is broken… would you post the recipe or put a new link? Thanks so much!

    • Mary,
      I’m not sure what the recipe was from the other link, but I just searched for a different one that many people seemed to recommend and added that one in the post instead.

      Angie, Catholic Icing Project Manager