Because I had a big celebratory weekend planned for Easter, I decided to experiment with kid-friendly crafts. Engaging children in the decorating process was educational and fun. As a Catholic, I taught my daughter the spiritual reasons for the season with some simple, outdoorsy craft ideas. Homemade art created a meaningful wreath, a detailed Jesus cross centerpiece for my table, and a Jesus cross for the front doorway. While describing the crafts, I reflected about how enjoyable the process of making them was.
Detailed Jesus Cross Centerpiece
Using twigs, stones, red leaves, two small berries and a small thorny branch from a rose bush, I crafted a detailed Jesus cross. My 4 year old daughter searched the yard for the best materials as I explained the significance of each piece. Red leaves symbolized the blood falling from where Jesus’ hands were pierced. Berries glued to a rock became Jesus’ eyes. When I added the crown of thorns to Jesus’ head, my daughter gasped in astonishment that He had to wear thorns on his head. Making the cross as detailed as possible helped educate my daughter about the religion that she was learning. As we finished the craft, we placed the items on a plate so the item could function as a centerpiece for the kid’s table during Easter brunch.
Jesus Cross For The Doorway
Working with scissors, I cut long grass. Some ornamental grasses would work best for this project. I used something similar to Blue Oatgrass or another long prairie grass. After cutting the long stems of grass, I used twine to tie the grass into a cross. This craft was simple and quick, so it kept my daughter’s attention well. Placing the cross near the front door in my house gave a nice religious feel in the home.
My materials for this craft were a paper plate, scissors, twine, glue, and items from nature, such as leaves and grass. After cutting out the inside of the paper plate, I instructed my daughter to put glue around what was left of the plate. We took turns finding interesting, lightweight items in nature to glue to the plate. I used the twine to hang the wreath by a door in my home. I liked that the plate was a festive, pastel green. If I had been working with a white plate, I would have used pastels, paint, or crayons to color the plate to fit with the other Easter decor in my home. Even though my daughter mainly picked out brown leaves, some bright berries or vibrant leaves would be a nice addition to symbolize the rebirth of spring in the future as we continue to work on the wreath.