Make a Holy Water Bottle Craft with Catholic Kids

We made these Holy Water Bottle Necklaces when Anabelle was Baptized, and this was such a fun craft for Baptism! It got the kids involved, gave them something to look forward to, kept them occupied, and I got to teach the kids about Holy Water. Score! 🙂

holy water bottle craft for catholic kids

How to Make a Holy Water Bottle Craft

Making this Holy Water Bottle Craft was super easy and the kids really enjoyed it!

Supplies Needed to Make Holy Water Bottle Necklaces

1. Necklace Sand Art Bottles from Craft Store

We got ours at Michael’s. They were a little more than $1 each, but came in packs of 3. They didn’t come with sand, but if memory serves I think they came with tiny funnels.

You can order them for less than a dollar each with free shipping if you order by the dozen. Also, there are even CROSS SHAPED ONES and others that are round and have a cross on the front!!!! *squeal with excitement!*

Cross-shaped sand art bottles

These cross-shaped bottles would be great for this project!

2. Religious stickers

You can get them at Catholic shops, a Christian supply store, sometimes the Dollar Tree, or you can order them.

3. Letter Stickers or sharpie marker for labeling as “Holy Water”

4. Holy Water

You can get this at any Catholic church. There’s usually a dispenser somewhere around the vestibule.

Directions for Making Holy Water Bottle Necklaces

Give your kids the bottle necklaces, and let them decorate with stickers and/or sharpie markers.

holy water bottle craft

The only “rule” is, it needs to say “Holy Water” on there so that people know what it is. The religious stickers can also be an indicator.

catholic craft- make a holy water bottle

The kids really did a great job with these! While they are decorating, you can teach them about Holy Water. I absolutely loved this post about Holy Water. Totally recommend that you read it.

holy water bottle necklace craft for kids

When they’re finished decorating, it’s time to tie on the strings. We hung cheap crucifixes from some of the strings to dangle down. You could also string them up with actual beads, as that would be really cute! We were just keeping it simple.

holy water bottle necklace craft

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We made these as a Baptism craft with Anabelle’s Baptism coming up later that week. So when we were finished, I held onto them until the big day. I knew letting the kids keep them until the Baptism day would just end up in lost bottles, and tears on our way out the door to the Baptism. Thought I would do what I could to head that off. 😉

baptism craft- holy water bottle necklace

Then came the big day! The kids were super excited to bring and fill their Holy Water bottles. After the Baptism, they filled the bottles straight from the Baptismal font.

filling holy water bottles with kids

Our priest was clearly taken by this. In fact, they started to take away the Baptismal font as soon as the Baptism was over. I thought we would just fill our bottles in the vestibule, but as soon as Fr. Ted saw the children with their bottles, he had them bring the Baptismal font back.

filling holy water bottle with kids

That little one filling her bottle in the picture above is my niece.

filling holy water bottles after Baptism

My little brother was the altar server for the Baptism. Even though he was 11 at the time, he even had fun with this. In fact, while we were decorating the bottles, we had my 15 year old brother-in-law staying with us, and he made one, too. So this is a craft for all ages!

altar server with holy water bottle necklace

I’m telling you, these kids were excited about some Holy Water! This craft has got to be one of my favorites.

filled holy water bottle

And of course, everyone loves a wearable craft.

holy water necklaces for kids

make a holy water bottle necklace

Even months after we made them, my kids still loved them. They have nails in their rooms that they hang on. I will admit that some of them leak a little if you turn them on their side, but it’s not a problem when they’re hanging on their nails. And if any Holy Water leaks, hey, extra blessings. 😉

*disclaimer*- don’t let your kids get strangled with these.

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Make a Holy Water Bottle Craft with Catholic Kids was originally published on June 6, 2013. It was updated in August 2018.


  1. Lacy, this is awesome! I will be using it for summer school at our parish next year for sure! This year, we only had about half as many hours per day, and I didn’t want to repeat the abcs for the several from last year, so we did several other projects, many of them yours. 🙂 thanks so much, you rock!!

    • I did in fact use it at summer school, as well as with about four dozen little flowers. 🙂 next time I do the project, I think I might give these a try, maybe they’ll leak less?

  2. Michelle says

    Love your creativity! This is great and can’t wait to do this one with my littles.

    God bless,

  3. Love this! Have you had any problems with the stickers coming off after dipping it in the water?

    • Nope! But we just dipped them in long enough to fill them. Perhaps with time they would come off, but usually we’ll be filling them from the top rather than dipping anyway.

  4. Love this Holy Water bottle idea!

    Our family is converting to Catholic. Our two girls will be baptised in September. I hope to take RCIA with my husband. As of right now he’s still trying to find his belief. (Lots of prayers please). I myself was in RCIA this year only to find out a week before my 1st Holy Communion that my husband needs to have an annulment from his 1st marriage (Inset a 2 weeks of crying on my part). SO…It’s been an interesting year! My prayers are that my husband’s heart is opened to the truth of Jesus and the church he created. I pray that my husband will be joining me in RCIA class and we can be welcomed home together! <3 Please say a prayer for our family.

    Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas on your blog! I did find a cheaper bottle source and wanted to share 🙂

  5. kathleen says

    I just love these. We just finished ours and now the kids are going to be super excited to go to Mass this week!

  6. I love these as well as the many other crafts I’ve used from your website. God bless you. My only question is how did you attach the string to the bottle?

    • You can purchase similar bottles with the strings already attached to the lids. Most often, they are sold as “Sand Art Necklaces”.

  7. This is such a great idea and one I have been doing for my Sacrament children in both the parishes I oversee as Sacrament coordinator. The children receive one on the night of their first workshop. They are always delighted and use them at home when praying with their family. Because I have over 6o children for each sacrament I have had to work out a way to supply bottles within my budget. I use small party bubble bottles which cost $8 for 24 at Woolworths supermarket. I empty all the bubble liquid out then wash them so the children don’t encounter bubbles every time they bless themselves 🙂 Thank you Lacy for your wonderful ideas for decorating the bottles.

  8. It’s very cute. Such amazing creativity. God bless!