It’s a rare day that my daughter doesn’t ask to do a craft. She is 3.5 and all she talks about is being an artist. One of her favorite activities is painting. We made this cross craft for Easter, but we plan on leaving it up all year long!
My daughter always asks to do “art,” so I decided to create a craft we can also use for home decor. Instead of another piece that ends up in the trash can in a few days.
We have our cross craft displayed in her big girl bedroom and it’s adorable. When she was a toddler we made this finger paint masterpiece with painter’s tape. Now that she is a little older we made a more advanced cross craft with painter’s tape. But don’t worry it’s still easy to make!
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Supplies for craft:
- Canvas Panel
- Painter’s Tape [1 inch or 2 inch thick]
- Paint Brush
- Paint (Acrylic or Finger Paint)
- Mod Podge or Gel Medium
Directions for Easy Cross Craft
First, gather your supplies. Then make the cross on the canvas panel with painter’s tape. We used 1 inch tape and placed two pieces for the width and the length. Our cross was 2 inches thick, 5.5 inches wide and 8.5 inches tall. Make sure tape is secure.
Now let your child paint! We tried to choose colors that mix well together. If my daughter has every color, she tends to mix them all together and the paint turns brown. Stick to 2-3 colors.
Let is dry for at least 2 hours. It may take longer depending on how thick your child puts the paint on. After it is dry peel off the painter’s tape. Now you have a beautiful cross! Leave the cross blank or print the Child of God design.
We printed the design on rice paper. This type of paper is thin enough to look “clear” when it is glued down. You will see some edges, but from a distance it isn’t noticeable. Then we used gel medium (mod podge works too) to secure the paper. Now you are done!
This is a great easy cross craft for preschoolers. They can do most of the work themselves and you are left with a frameable piece of art. A great faith based Easter craft or a craft to make all year long.