Craft for Catholic Kids – Make a Monstrance!

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April is the month dedicated to the Holy Eucharist! We’ve been learning about the mass and Eucharist around here, plus I’ve been teaching my kids about adoration, so this is perfect for us! πŸ™‚ My daughter has been pretty fascinated by monstrances ever since “M” week around here, so we recently crafted these monstrances.

Monstance made of foam and pipe cleaners

Side-by-side comparison of foam and pipe cleaner monstrance crafts
What you need to make this Catholic Monstrance Craft:
  • A Pool Noodle (yellow)
  • Pipe Cleaners (yellow or gold)
  • White Paper
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Craft Glue
  • Gold glitter and or glitter glue

This is so incredibly cheap and easy to do that it would be a great craft for a whole class of kids, like a first communion class. I actually had enough pieces left over from our pool noodle rosary to make several of these! This is also a good craft to do in preparation for adoration for kids. Here’s what you do:

Before you begin, slice the pool noodle up. I got our pool noodle from Dollar Tree, and it was flower shaped, but I have confidence that the craft would be cute with regular round pool noodles, too. I like to slice pool noodles with my bread knife- just be careful! You’ll also need to make 2 cuts for inserting the popsicle stick. You can do this with scissors. Each monstrance you make will need one pool noodle to have a cut in the bottom, and the other one in the side. See the picture:

Pipe cleaners, popsicle stick, paper, and parts of a pool noodle

Each child will need 2 slices of pool noodles, and 1 Popsicle stick. (We happened to have yellow popsicle sticks, but a regular one would work, too. You could also color them yellow with a marker.)

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You can cut the pipe cleaners in fourths with scissors. Have the children insert them around one pool noodle slice- they will stick right in. My 5-year-old and 2-year-old were both able to do this.

Pipe Cleaners Stuck in to Pool Noodle

Decorate with gold glitter and/or glitter glue. Lots and lots of glitter makes children very happy! Plus, monstrances are supposed to be special for Jesus. πŸ™‚

Glitter on Monstrance Craft

We also added jewels with red and green glitter glue. (You can get gold, green, and red glitter and glitter glue packages at most Dollar Trees).

Red Glitter Glue Dots on Monstrance Craft
Red Glitter Glue Dots on Monstrance Craft
Put a little glue on the ends of the popsicle stick before inserting them into the pool noodle to keep them secure. Cut a white circle from paper and insert it in the middle for the “host”. If you stick the popsicle stick all the way through, you should be able to glue it right onto the stick. Cover anything that’s still visible in yet even more glitter. πŸ™‚
Finished Monstrance Craft
We made our top pipe cleaner piece into a cross with another section of pipe cleaner because monstrances seem to have crosses on top. This was super fun and easy, plus they came out pretty cute. Even the one 2-year-old Julian made. πŸ™‚
Side-by-Side comparison of finished monstrance crafts
If you’re looking for something even easier, don’t forget
about our Gold Doily Monstrances, we made!
Gold Doily Monstrance
Happy Catholic Crafting, everyone!

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  1. That is really a clever idea and wul dbe easy to do iwth a group. As you say it wouldn't be costly at.

  2. Anonymous says

    This is AWESOME!!! I'll be doing this at our Adoration meeting for May!!! Thanks a lot for this great idea!!!

  3. There is NO doubt in my mind that these make Jesus happy. :>)

  4. How do you think of this stuff?? I love this!!

  5. Kathleen's Catholic says

    You're making every saint smile today. These are adorable. I can picture the pride children will have in making these and presenting them to their parents. πŸ™‚

  6. Xhonane Olivas says

    So creative!! You are the best Lacy!!

  7. I love this! I can't wait for my son to be old enough to do this with him. Thank you!

  8. I wish I had some children to do these crafts with.

  9. very nice πŸ™‚

  10. p.s. don't forget your craft project I think it was for St. Clare.

  11. Lacy!
    It was great to meet you today, and now I can see why you had so many people coming up to you today –besides your brilliant smile and household cleaning confessions! πŸ™‚ There are so many doable ideas here, what a great job you are doing.

    I had to tell you that after spending just a few minutes at your blog, I realized that my daughter made your printable nativity this past Christmas. A fellow member of my homeschool group had forwarded it along, and my daughter loved it! It was super cute and easy — she did it all by herself. You are truly an artist! Thanks again for being a fun table mate today, and I will certainly be adding you to my reader!

  12. Jennifer D. says

    Brilliant! Who would have though to cut up a pool noodle for a craft???????? Love it! We did the gold doily monstrance with my 1st grade RE class this year and it looked nice.

  13. Xhonane Olivas says

    Hi Lacy, I just wanted to share with you some coloring pages I made for monstrances. Hope you like them:

    Have a blessed week!

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  16. Angela Schade says

    Thi will be great for our home alter! We also just signed up for weekly adoration, this will help the girls get aquainted with what it means. Thanks!

  17. i love this project and would like to do it with my religious Ed. students, but am having difficulty finding the pool noodle that has the decorative edges (shaped like a flower, instead of plain round.) The only ones like that I have found came in an assortment that has to be bought together-$40! Doees anyone have an idea where I can purchase these separately? Thanks for this terrific site!

    • I got mine from the Dollar Tree, but you could use plain pool noodles for the whole thing if you need to. Just get different colors. πŸ™‚

  18. Joyce Wilhelmy says

    Hi, St John’s Church of Little Canada, Minnesota just finished Vacation Bible School; Kingdom Rocks, where kids stand strong for God! As part of our Imagination Station project we have the kids go to the chapel to learn about Adoration. We have Adoration of the Host every Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. We have a wonderful woman that very quietly explains what Adoration is. Then she takes them into the chapel for about 5 minutes to quietly pray and adore! I can’t tell you how proud I am of all 44 or so of the kids between the ages of 5 & 6, plus their leaders of various ages! Each group were so quiet and respectful. After she had little gifts for them; medals, rosaries, & holy cards, It was quite the sight to behold. Next year we might make one of your Monstrance ideas. Thank you so much! Joyce

  19. I am a Religious Education Teacher. Your ideas have helped me tremendously to introduce, teach and reinforce the Religious Catholic faith, in a non threatening, child centered approach.
    I truly appreciate all the help I get from your site.
    I believe that you are paving your way to Heaven by helping us evangelize our catholic children and their families.
    I really wanted to say THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart!!!!
    God is watching, and I think He is saying BRAVO, my good and faithful servant”
    Many, many Blessings

    • This is just the sweetest comment! Thank you so much! I am so happy you are finding my resources helpful. God bless!


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