- Corrugated cardboard, one 5x5-in. piece per
- African or animal print fabric, one 5x5-in.
piece per child
- Black masking tape, approximately 25 in. per
- 2-in. long 1/8-in. diameter tree twigs, 1 per child
(Juniors and Primaries)
- 3-in. long 1/8-in. diameter tree twigs, 1 per child (Juniors
- 22 gauge silver floral wire, one 18-in. piece per child
(Juniors and Primaries)
- Colored wood cross beads, 1 per child (Pre-Primaries and
- Glue dots, 2 per child (Pre-Primaries and Toddlers)
- Colored small craft feathers, 2–4 per child
Tools and Basic Supplies
- Glue sticks
- Stick pens
- Finishing nails
- Utility knife and straight edge
- Wire cutters
- Pruning scissors
- Office paper cutter or fabric scissors
- Using a utility knife and straight edge, cut corrugated
cardboard into 5x5-in. squares, one per child.
- Tape edges of each cardboard square with black masking
- Using an office paper cutter or fabric scissors, cut the
fabric into 5x5-in. squares, one per child.
- Cut the silver floral wire into 18-in. lengths, one per
child (Juniors and Primaries).
- Using pruning scissors, cut twigs into 2-in. and 3-in.
lengths, one of each per child (Juniors and Primaries).
Show the sample craft and say:
Before we make our cross today, I’ve got a question for you.
What do you think is the number one wisest thing you can
do in your life? Take answers. The wisest thing you can do
in your life is to trust in the Lord. Does anyone remember
today’s verse? Take answers. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the
Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”
What do you think it means to trust in the Lord
with all your heart? Take answers. Explain that you need
to first place your trust in the Lord with your life and ask to
become His child by repenting of your sin and believing that
Jesus died and rose from the grave to pay the penalty for sin
on our behalf. Then explain that once you’re His child, you
grow to trust Him with all the little and big things in your life.
Class Time Directions
- Glue stick the fabric square to the cardboard.
- (Juniors and Primaries) To assemble your twig cross, first,
lay the wire horizontally in front you. Then lay the longer
twig vertically over the exact center of the wire. (You
may need to bend the wire in half first to find the center
point.) Next, wrap the left side of the wire once around
the twig and then the right side once around the twig.
Remember to always wrap as tightly as you can. Now, lay
the shorter twig horizontally across the longer twig just
above the wire loops on the longer twig. Then, take the
left side wire and wrap it twice diagonally (bottom to
top) around the two twigs. Then do the same thing with
the right side wire. Finally, with the wires pointing away
from you, above the shorter twig, and on either side of
the longer twig, wrap the left side wire once around the
longer twig, doing the same with the right side wire. The
excess wire will be used to attach the cross to the cardboard
and make a hanging loop.
- (Juniors and Primaries) To attach your twig cross to the
cardboard with the wire, first position it where you like
it and then use a pen to mark two holes for the wire
to go through. Next, use a nail to poke through the
fabric and cardboard. Then, push the two ends of the
wire through the holes and twist together tightly on
the back. Finally, with the excess wire, make a loop for
- (Pre-Primaries and Toddlers) Position the wood cross
bead where you like it and then attach it to the fabric
with 2 glue dots.
- To decorate, place some feathers around the cross as
desired and attach them by applying glue stick to the
fabric and pressing the feathers into place.
- Tiny black hair rubber bands can be used to hold the twig
crosses together while the kids wrap them with silver
- Because the twig cross is a bit challenging, you may want
to use wood cross beads for the Primaries also.
- Craft feathers come in a variety of sizes. Buy smaller craft
feathers if possible, but if working with bigger ones, trim
as needed with scissors.
Super Simple Idea
Try the following Oriental Trading Company craft kit. (Call
1-800-875-8480 or visit www.orientaltrading.com.)
- God Is My Rock Craft Kit (IN-13596710)—Manufacturer
does not recommend this for children under 3 years.