Immaculate Conception Craft For Catholic Kids- How To Explain The Real Meaning!

Most Catholics are still under the impression that the feast of the Immaculate Conception refers to Jesus being conceived in the womb of Mary. This is incorrect! The phrase “The Immaculate Conception” actually refers to Mary being conceived in the womb of St. Ann- free from sin.

immaculate conception craft for kids- printable ornament

I think this misunderstanding comes from the fact that the feast of the Immaculate Conception is usually depicted as grown-up Mary dressed in white with a blue sash. This is how she appeared to St. Bernadette when she said “I am the Immaculate Conception.” This image can be confusing, especially for kids, when they don’t already understand the meaning of this holy day of obligation.

One of the very first pages I came out with at the start of Catholic Icing is this Immaculate Conception coloring page. It helps explain the true meaning of the day to kids.

immaculate conception printable coloring page for kids st. ann

Well this year, we transformed the Immaculate Conception coloring page into a printable Christmas ornament!

printable advent saint ornanaments for Catholic kids

This printable St. Ann and the Immaculate Conception ornament comes from my Advent Saint pack. A circle cuts out of St. Ann’s middle, and you can see baby Mary inside her womb!

immaculate conception printable coloring page ornament

These are a lot easier to put together than you’d think- first, you just print and color (actually, the download comes with st. Ann also in color if you’d rather not have to color her yourself).

immaculate conception coloring printable craft

Kids of all ages can color these, even if they’re too young to do the assembling on their own. When you’re finished coloring, you cut out all the pieces.

immaculate conception craft- how to cut

You’ll need to cut out the middle circle from St. Ann. Do this by first gently folding the middle of the circle shape and giving yourself a scissor snip.

immaculate conception how to cut a circle

Then you can work your scissors into the hole and cut around. (Alternatively, you could cut this out with an exacto blade.)

immaculate conception ornament how to cut

Now you’re ready to assemble! Baby Mary and St. Ann’s legs are all one piece, so they are very easy to string up.

immaculate conception craft for kids

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Wrap St. Ann around like a tube, and fix the back with tape or glue dots. Run a string through the holes at the top and the holes in the side of the leg pieces. Voila- baby Mary appears through the hole!

immaculate conception ornament for kids

Just for fun, we added some sparkle to ours! We did this by squirting some glitter glue onto a paper plate, and painting it over the ornament after it was colored.

immaculate conception craft painting with glitter glue

immaculate conception printable coloring ornament

The glitter adds some really pretty sparkle once it’s hanging on the tree! Here’s the one made by my 4 year old niece.

immaculate conception- kid made ornament

And here’s Julian’s completed ornament (age 6).

immaculate conception advent saint ornament craft

Here’s one that’s decorated with glitter glue dots. You don’t want lines or solid areas with glitter glue because it will crack when you bend the ornaments around in a cone shape, so it’s just for a little embellishment.

advent saint ornament- our lady of the immaculate conception

Unfortunately, Lydia’s was scribbled on by a mischievous little cousin. lol. But he’s so adorable- who could stay mad at this face? 🙂

immaculate conception craft ruined by baby

These St. Ann and the Immaculate Conception ornaments are just one Saint available in the Advent Saints pack. Check out the whole pack here.

immaculate conception- printable advent saint ornaments

My kids are enchanted by these ornaments! I can’t wait for them to make the rest of them 🙂

immaculate conception activity for kids- printable craft


  1. Tracy Bua Smith says

    Hi Lacy! I’m chuckling to myself because I was just thinking the other day about how we have used your IC coloring page for several years and the thought entered my mind ” I wonder what other creative IC craft Lacy will come up with for this feast day!” 🙂 I’m not sure how and when you find the time to come up with such wonderful Catholic stuff for our kids, but I am grateful you have the gift and are sharing with so many!

    Can’t wait to do this craft tomorrow with my kids! Thank you and happy Advent to you! God bless!

  2. We love your coloring pages and crafts. Thank you for sharing your creative talents!

  3. Tracy Bua Smith says

    Hi again Lacy! We did this craft today! So cute! Here’s my blog post with our St. Annes and our St. Marys:

    My 10 year old daughter discovered how the tree lights make Mary shine in St. Anne’s womb! Such a good observation and so symbolic! 🙂 Have a blessed Feast day and thank you!

  4. This is a great blog post for Catholic kids! I love the explanation of the real meaning of the Immaculate Conception.

  5. This is a great blog post for Catholic kids! I love the explanation of the real meaning of the Immaculate Conception.