Crafting Crosses- 1 Wooden Cross 4 Different Ways

I recently shared my cross wall with you, and today I want to share how I crafted some of those crosses myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can take one basic wooden crafting cross, and make it into so many different things! Here are 4 ways you can craft a standard wooden crafting cross. You can find all of my cross crafts for kids here. Let’s get started with crafting crosses- 1 wooden cross 4 different ways!

Start with a standard wooden crafting cross. You can get these at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or even Wal-Mart for $1 each. Don’t order them from Amazon- they’re too expensive there! lol

Cross Craft Number 1: Washi Tape Cross

Supplies Needed:

  • a wooden craft cross
  • washi tape

Yep, that’s it! Soooooo easy and the results are adorable! Just wrap it in washi tape. I wrapped the pieces all the way around the cross onto the back. No one will see the back, so it doesn’t really matter, but be sure to do the edges because those WILL be seen.

Voila! A beautiful and fun cross in just a few minutes. No drying time for anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cross Craft Number 2: Yarn Wrapped Cross

Supplies Needed:

  • a wooden craft cross
  • yarn (I used variegated, but you could stick with 1 color, or switch colors several times, or you could go super classy and use twine)
  • hot glue or glue dots
  • white glue (optional)

This one is also very easy to craft. Start with the yarn at the bottom. You can either attach the end of the yarn with a glue dot or hot glue.

Just wrap and wrap and keep wrapping! When you get to the middle part of the cross, wrap in an “x” shape and keep going to your next section. Stop at the ends and attach with hot glue or glue dots as needed. Then wrap the next section.

I wanted to be really sure mine wouldn’t unravel, so when I was finished, I ran a line of white glue over the back of the whole thing.

This is the back after it was dry:

I actually ended up loving this one more than I thought I would! It brought a lot of texture to my wall, and I love the color! And Lydia made one for my mom’s house. Everything at my mom’s house is blue and beach themed, so we made an appropriate cross for her wall.

We hot glued a blue glass starfish to embellish this one. It has a totally different look than mine! I really would love to see one wrapped in twine. ๐Ÿ™‚

The blue yarn is variegated, but it’s hard to tell in the pictures for some reason… These might be my favorites!

Cross Craft Number 3: Crackled Paint Cross

Supplies Needed:

  • a wooden craft cross
  • acrylic craft paint
  • crackling glaze
  • paintbrush

So you actually do need a special crackling glaze for this one, but I like to keep a jar of this stuff around for crafting in general anyway. It’s really fun to work with! I found mine at Lowe’s, but here’s a similar crackling glaze on Amazon.

So you’ll have to follow the directions of whatever crackling glaze you get, but here’s how mine worked.

First, paint your cross whatever will be underneath the crackle. I went with patches of various bright colors. This does NOT need to be perfect- this color will just be peeking through.

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Then I painted the crackling glaze and let it dry completely. The thicker you paint it on, the larger the cracks.

Finally, paint over your top coat and watch the magic as it crackles! I painted white on top of mine and all the colors shined through the cracks!

I love this little guy! I know I keep saying that about all of them, but they’re all so fun and cute!

Cross Craft Number 4: Wooden Embellished Cross

Supplies Needed:

  • a wooden craft cross
  • acrylic craft paint
  • wooden embellisments
  • paintbrush
  • glue

There’s no end to the little wooden embellishments you can find at craft stores. I picked up these little guys from Michae’s.

I first crackled my cross, just like the painted cross above. I painted it yellow underneath with a cobalt blue top coat. And I painted my embellishments a bright magenta.

You can glue your wooden embellishments on with white glue, wood glue, or hot glue. Whatever.

Here’s my completed cross on my cross wall.

Again, my mom is the crazy blue lady, so I made a blue one for her as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the 4 of them all together. Can you believe what different personalities they take on even though they all started the same?!

I hope you found some inspiration here today! Be sure to check out my cross wall where all my crosses live! ๐Ÿ™‚

This is totally random, but… do ya’ll remember this crucifix craft from back in the DAY?!

Well… I totally pulled the paper off and used exactly the same crosses. That one in the middle now has the yarn around it lol. Go ahead and judge if you want! Or go get yours and do the same thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #savedatriptothestore

I would love to see your ideas for decorating these wooden crosses in the comments!!!!

You can find all of my cross crafts for kids here. Tons of ideas for all ages!


  1. I want to be able to display my rosarys. I think with a hook on these, hanging on the wall, with the rosary on them as well, it would look good. Thank you for the idea!!!