How To Make A Rosary With Kids {Easiest Catholic Craft Ever!!!}

Catholic ABC’s Week: 23
Letter of the week: R
Theme: Rosary
Saint of the Week: St. Rose of Lima
Craft: Easy Rosary

R is for Rosary

We love to work on crafty stuff, and you can find all of my crafty rosary resources for kids here.

This one decade rosary craft is super easy for kids of all ages! This would be a great Catholic craft for CCD or RE class, or any occasion really. October is an especially good month do rosary activities with Catholic kids because the month of October is dedicated to the rosary! This week we made it because we’re learning about rosaries with the letter “R”.

Fun and Easy Rosary Craft

Materials Needed to Make A Pipe Cleaner Rosary:

Bag of beads and pipe cleaners

How To Make A Rosary For Kids

I got all of my supplies at the Dollar Tree, so this craft costs only $2 and makes about a million one decade rosaries. 🙂

Start by having your kids string 10 beads of their choice onto a pipe cleaner. (If you’re trying to conserve materials for a large number, half a pipe cleaner will work). This is super easy for everyone, especially small children, because pipe cleaners are stiff so the stringing is easy.

Pipe Cleaner and Beads

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.)

Bring the pipe cleaner around in a circle and twist it shut.

Pipe Cleaner Loop with Beads

String on one more bead for the “Our Father”.

Pipe Cleaner Loop with Beads

Cut off the extra piece and twist it around to make
the cross. Trim with scissors where needed.

Making Cross at End of Loop


Completed One Decade Kid’s Rosary

These were super fun and easy to make. Chances are, your children will want to make several! 🙂 I love the one we shaped into a heart!
Completed Pipe Cleaner Rosary
World's Easies Rosary Craft
Over the years I have now made several variations of this simple rosary craft, including a Trinity shamrock rosary, a Sacred and Immaculate heart rosary, and a Divine Mercy rosary version, so be sure to check those out as well!
More Rosary Resources for Kids

Grab Bag Ideas for the Letter R: (be sure to check out the Classroom Script
for directions on using the grab bag.) Rosary, Rabbit, Race car, Raisins, Rock, Rag, Rainbow, Rat, Rattle, Receipt, Rectangle, something Red, Rhino, Reindeer, Ring, Rocket, Ruler, Rooster, Rope, Rose.

For More Resources, including free printable ABC scripture cards and a matching set of Catholic Saint crafts for preschoolers, check out the Catholic ABC’s Offical Resource Page.

Catholic ABC's Curriculum



  1. Melissa from MN says

    How wonderfully simple. Thanks for the idea of the day! Looking forward to more!

  2. Thank you. Its perfect for those small hands.

  3. These are really simple and neat! Too bad most of my kids are too old for it and the youngest is tooooo little just yet!

  4. so cute

  5. Anonymous says

    thanks! We made these at Sunday school this week.

  6. says

    Those are really cute! Thanks for the idea, I'll be linking.

  7. es una idea simple pero efectiva nosotros tratamos de educar en la fe a niños desde 5 años en adelante y es muy sencilla y muy llamativa pera los mas peques gracias

  8. Cindy Ramirez Murga says

    Love it!!!!! thanks for sharing!!!

  9. A. Valentine says


    I am looking for a soft-bead Rosary… came across your site and thought that you might have it… didn’t find one 🙁

    If you are aware of any company a soft-bead Rosary or soft beads (I’ll be willing to attempt to make one), please contact me!



    PS: Great Ministry! I pray the Holy Spirit continues to shine on you and your loved ones–and no not crazy… just a nut for Jesus! 🙂

  10. How do you teach the children to pray this rosary?

    Sign of the cross (on the cross)
    1 Our Father (on the first bead above the cross)
    10 Hail Mary’s (on the 10 beads in the circle)
    1 Glory Be

    • We were teaching my 4 year old grandson how to pray the rosary and he whispers to me (in adoration) “Nana, where does the guardian angel go?” So, I just had him insert it in the place where we would do the “Glory Be”. 🙂

  11. I made these rosaries with my junior high RE class on Prayer & Worship this week. I was hesitant that my students might think they were a little too juvenile, but they were perfect because making them kept their hands and minds focused while we talked about the Rosary in general, then when they were done we were able able to pray the single decade. My class is very short and we would not have had time to make a more complicated rosary and last year they were so distracted by untangling the classroom rosaries that they lost focus; this project was perfect. I have also done this project with my 5 year old with much success. Thank you for this and all of your ideas!

  12. This is so darling and seems so easy! I think I’ll do this with my Kindergarten RE class ☺️


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