Weekly Craft Supplement

Week 22 – Pop Up Card

We are often told that God loves us, Jesus loves us, but sometimes it’s hard to feel it. So let’s make a heart cart to remind us

What we need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Construction paper (any color you want)
  • Scissors
  • Markers

First we’ll take our construction paper, fold it in half and draw half a heart so that when it’s cut, it unfolds into a whole heart. Repeat this process again with another colored paper, cutting the heart a bit smaller this time, then glue it on top of the first heart. Next choose your colors for the flower. Once the colors have been chosen, draw and cut out the bottom and the top of the flower. Repeat the process for the top of the flower at least 4 more times. When the flower pieces are ready, assemble and glue down the bottom. Take the tops of the flower, fold them in half and glue them together so that when extended, they resemble and accordion. Lastly, glue the flower top down on the heart and don’t forget to write some words of love onto the card. Tadaa!   


Week 21 – Paper Cup Basket

What would Jesus do? Well, he takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary, he makes us think and sometimes brings us out of our comfort zone. So let’s turn an ordinary paper cup into a nice basket.

What we need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Paper cup/ disposable cup
  • String or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue

First we’ll take our cup then cut some slits into it all the way to the bottom. Once that is done, we’ll lay it flat so that it looks like a star. After that, we can start weaving the string in between the slits in a simple Over and Under pattern, remembering to weave in the opposite direction every time the string makes a complete circle. When you’ve got a good foundation, gently close the cup back up and continue weaving until you reach the top of the cup. Done! Feel free to detail the basket further, wrapping more string around or gluing decorations on.


Week 20 – Glowing Drawing

Just how Jesus was glowing in the reading, let’s make a glowing drawing to remind us of him

What we’ll need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Black construction paper
  • Gold, silver or white crayons
  • (optional) Metallic markers

First well take our paper and lay it flat. Then with our crayon, we’ll draw something that reminds us of Jesus, it can be one thing or multiple things, like a lamb and some stars. Take your time on drawing the image and look at how strongly these colors show, don’t they look like they’re glowing?!


Week 16 – Healing Hands

Jesus healed those around him using his words and his touch, so let’s make some healing hands to show how we can help heal too.

What we need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Construction paper( any color)
  • Markers/ other writing tools
  • Scissors
  • Your hand

First let’s lay out our paper on the surface and gently place our hand on top, so that we can trace it with a marker. Once the tracing is done, we’ll carefully cut out the traced hand using our scissors. With the hand cut out, now we can finally move on to the last step, which is writing words or actions of healing; like LOVE, FORGIVE, or PRAY onto the center of the paper hand. Feel free to decorate your hand further with fun drawings, or different colors and Voila’! now you have pretty little hands of healing to decorate your house with.


Week 15 – Paper Fish

The first 4 disciples were Simon (Peter), Andrew, James and John. They were fished out of their villages by Jesus. So let’s make some paper fish to represent them.

What we need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Card stock/construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Popsicle sticks

First we’ll lay out our card stock and draw a nice fish shape with our marker. Give your fish a face if you want, then write a disciple’s name, or your name in it. Next, take the scissors and gently cut out the fish, following the outline of the drawn lines. Finally, it’s time to glue the fish onto our Popsicle stick so that we can hold onto it and help it swim around. Done!! Feel free to make more fish for the other Disciples or for the other members in your family!!


Week 14 – Cotton Ball Lamb

John the Baptist calls Jesus the Lamb of God, so to remind us of this, let’s make a cotton ball lamb

What we need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Construction paper(any color)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Marker or other writing tools

First we’ll start by taking out a sheet of construction paper, lay it flat on our surface, then mark out were the face is going to be with our marker. Next we’ll take our cotton balls and before we glue them down, we’ll lay them out until we are happy with our lamb shape. Once done with gluing down the cotton balls, we’ll take a small scrap of paper, draw a face and some ears, then cut them out, gluing them down on the spot where we marked the face before. Lastly, give our little lamb some legs with the marker and you’re done! You can name your lamb Jesus if you want so that when you look at it, you remember that Jesus is the Lamb of God.


Week 13 – Trinity Mobile

When we sign with the cross, we mention the holy trinity, the father, son and Holy Spirit. To better understand the trinity, we often associate symbols to it. So let’s use some of those symbols to make a Trinity mobile.
 
What we’ll need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Popsicle sticks
  • glue
  • Yarn/string
  • Construction paper/card stock
  • Markers or other writing tools
  • scissors
  • Extra decorative items (feathers, beads, buttons, etc.)

First well take 3 Popsicle sticks and glue them into a triangle. This will be our mobile base. Next well take the yarn and glue long strips onto the 3 sides of our triangle, gently wrapping the yarn around the stick so that it is secure. Then well put this to the side to let dry, while we work on making our symbols. We’ll start out by making a crown, to symbolize “Our Father”, drawing then cutting out a crown on golden colored card stock. Once cut, we can decorate the crown with pretty beads. Feel free to cut out a second crown to thicken it. With that done, let’s move on to the second symbol, “The Son”. For this symbol, we can choose to use a Lamb or a cross. If you chose the lamb, use the same method as the crown to make it. If you chose the cross, then take 2 Popsicle sticks, cut them to size and then glue them together into a nice cross shape. You can further customize it by coloring it with markers and gluing beads on. Once done with that, the last symbol to make is the “Holy Spirit”. For this we will use the most universal symbol, a dove. To make our dove we’ll use the same process as the crown, drawing then cutting out the shape. We can add feathers to the tail if we want and done! Our symbols are ready for assembly.

To assemble the mobile, we’ll start by gluing three more strands of yarn onto the corners of the triangle. Then we’ll take the strands from the triangle SIDES and tie them together in an even knot, so that when the mobile hangs, it looks balanced. Lastly glue down the symbols one by one, tying knots and placing beads onto the string so that the mobile becomes pretty and colorful. Once done, you can now hang up your pretty mobile and admire the symbols that make up the Holy Trinity.


Week 12 – Christmas Angels

 What we’ll need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

As Christmas draws near, lets celebrate by making some Christmas angels

  • Large wooden or plastic bead
  • Wooden skewer or stick
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint, markers or pens
  • Scrap fabric or ribbon
  • Construction paper
  • (Optional) yarn or doll hair

First we’ll glue our bead onto the skewer and paint the bead a nice skin color. Then, with a small brush or toothpick, paint on the face of our little angel. Once done with the face, lets clothe our angel by wrapping it up in fabric and ribbon so that it looks like a tunic or dress. 

The next step is optional, so if you want to put hair on your angel, gently glue yarn or doll hair onto the head, then trim and style it. Our angel is almost done, the last step is to cut out wings and a halo from construction paper, then glue them on and done!! A sweet little angel just in time for Christmas.


Week 11 – Sun Catchers

As the advent season progresses, our focus is to testify to the light, so let’s make some star sun catchers to light up the room.

 What we’ll need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Colored tissue paper (pink or purple work for advent perfectly)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • String or yarn

First we take our Popsicle sticks and arrange them to look like a star. Well do this by making two triangles and gluing them together with the top of the triangles facing opposite of each other. Once we have our star, well glue it onto a sheet of tissue paper (I used construction paper to make it easier to see). After we’ve glued our star down, well cut off the excess paper, and glue a string onto the back of the star. Done!! Feel free to make multiple and hang them in front of the window so that the sun shines through.


Week 10 – Stained Glass Mary

In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, let’s create a pretty stain glass picture

 What we’ll need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • an image of Mary (see above) or roses
  • Clear file protector or wax paper
  • Markers preferably permanent
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper( any color you want)

First well take our image and put it under or inside the clear protector, then use a permanent marker to trace it. Once finished with the tracing, well move our image to the side so we can start filling the spaces with our colored markers. It might take a little longer if you’re using washable markers. While your image is drying, let’s go ahead and make a frame for our image using construction paper, I used black so it would look more like a window. Cut out strips, curve them, shape them or leave them straight to create whatever frame shape you want. Once the marker has dried, glue your frame around your image and done! Now you can feel free to tape your picture onto a window and see how the sun passes through, and if you’re worried about your image smudging, you can spray your image with a sealer like a clear coat, modpodge, or even some hair spray.


Week 9 – Advent Wreaths

It’s that time of year again, where we get ready for the holidays. So let’s prepare for the Advent season by making wreaths

What we’ll need

(we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or other coloring tool
  • (Optional) mini pom-poms, toothpicks 

First we’ll draw, or trace a circle onto our paper and cut it out, placing it to the side for later. This will be the base of the wreath. Next we’ll take another sheet of paper and cut it into strips. Once our strips are done, we can now start assembling. Taking the circle that we put aside, we are going to cut out a circle in the middle by folding it in half, drawing a half circle on the fold, then cutting that out. Now that we have a ring ready, take the strips and cut them to size. We are going to fold our sized strips in half, so make sure you leave enough paper. With our folded strips ready, we’ll take the scissors and cut thin lines into them, leaving enough room on the ends for glue. With that done, begin gluing the strips down and around the ring, starting from the edges and working your way in, until the whole ring is covered with frazzled greenery. Feel free to decorate a little extra with mini pom- poms, glitter, or mini candles. You can also take the time to draw out some big and small leaves, to glue down in place of the strips. Done! Now enjoy your pretty wreath!!


Week 8 – Pom Pom Sheep

In order to see Christ in those who are in need, we must be loyal sheep to God. So let’s make some pom – pom sheep to keep as a small reminder.

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Pom-poms (any size/color you want)
  • Tooth picks or small sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue(any glue is fine, hot glue dries faster though)
  • Googly eyes or small buttons)

First well pick our pom-poms and glue them together to make a sheep body and head. Next, take some tooth picks, cut them to size and glue them to the bottom of the sheep to make legs. Then glue the eyes onto the head to make a face for your little sheep, you can be extra crafty and cut out little paper ears, or draw a tiny face on a small paper circle instead of using the googly eyes. Done!

Remember this is your sheep to represent you and your loyalty to god, so have fun with it and be careful with the tooth picks and if you’re using hot glue.


Week 7 – Confetti Collage

We are taught to make use of everything that God gives us, so for this craft, let’s use the scraps of paper that we often throw away, to make a beautiful collage.

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Paper scraps( any color)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker or other coloring tool
  • A sheet of paper( any size/color)

First we’ll take out any scrap paper and with our scissors, cut them into small confetti sized pieces and set them aside for later. Next, with our marker, we’ll draw or trace any image we like. Once we’ve finished our image, we can start using the confetti we made earlier, gluing it down so that it traces the picture. Take it slow and try to cover up as much of the paper as possible, switching confetti color to make your collage beautiful and colorful. 

Done! You now have a pretty collage to decorate your home with. 


Week 6 – Paper Lanterns

Just like in Jesus’s story, let’s make some paper lanterns to light up the dark!
What you need

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

● Popsicle sticks/ skewers
● Craft paper/ tissue paper
● Markers or other writing tools
● Scissors
● Glue sticks or hot glue

First we’ll take our popsicle sticks and make 5 squares by gluing 4 sticks together so that all the ends meet.
Next we’ll take our paper, cut it to size and decorate it however we want, with markers or colors.
Once finished decorating, we’ll take our sticks and glue on top of our paper, remembering to cut off the excess, then repeating the process 4 more times.
When that’s done, we can now glue our squares together to form a cube and done!!
There are different types of lanterns we can make, you can try rolling a long sheet of paper into a loose tube and gently poke holes into a pretty pattern.


Week 5 – Beatitude Bookmarks

God wants us to live the Beatitudes, which are kind of the guidelines for life. So how can we remember to have a “Beautiful Attitude”? We can do so with Beatitude bookmarks!

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Construction paper or card stock strips(any color you want)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or any other writing tools
  • Extra decorating supplies (ribbon, buttons, glitter)

First, we take our paper or card stock and cut it into our desired sized strips, folding and gluing the strip as thick as we want it. Once the strip is to our desired size, we can now take the time to decorate with any other pieces of paper we might want, like a different colored square glued to the middle, or cut out hearts. When the glue has dried, we’ll take our marker and in the middle of the bookmark, we’ll write down our favorite beatitude.

With this, the book mark is done! Feel free to decorate a little extra with ribbons or a glitter border around your words. You now have a nice bookmark to mark your place in your books so that whenever you open it you can see and be reminded to have a “Beautiful Attitude”.


Week 4 – Heart Garland

We are called to be a model for believers, so in order to have God in our heart, soul and mind, we must share our love. We can do this by making some paper heart garlands.

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Construction paper( any color you want)
  • Scissors
  • String or yarn
  • Tape or glue
  • Markers or anything else to write with

First we’ll take our paper, folding it the long way, then cutting along the line we just made, to make two strips. Using one strip at a time, we’ll fold it like a fan, then cut off the excess paper. With our marker, locate the creased side of the folded paper and draw half a heart. Now take the scissors and carefully cut around the outline you just made. This will give us some nicely sized hearts!

When we’ve finished cutting out our hearts, we’ll need to think about someone or something we love. Then take the marker and write down on your heart why you love that thing or someone for example: “I love it when my kitty snuggles with me” “I love my mom because she picks me up when I fall”, or you can simply write down the name of things you can give love to like, “family”, “friends” or “pets”

Once we’ve finished writing on our hearts, we’ll take some string and tape it down to the back of our hearts! When you’ve finished, feel free to hang your garland in the house or give it to someone as a gift in order to display your love!


Week 3 – Joy Journal

If we are to “Give to God “, we can do so by our loving and kind actions towards God’s creations.  So let’s create a Joy Journal!

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Any sized notebook
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers or anything to write with
  • Crayons or anything to color with
  • Any other things you can find to decorate your journal

First well make a book cover using the construction paper to cover both the front and back of the notebook, well cut it to size and then fold and glue the edges of our paper onto the notebook edges.  Now that we have a book cover, let’s decorate!  With our markers and colors we can draw and title our book “My Joy Journal” or just “Joy Journal”

Next we can fill our journal up with things that bring us joy.  Try to think of all the things that god made and figure out your favorites like flowers, bees, my cat, or any other creation that you like, then draw a picture of it. We can also go outside and find things to put into our journal like little flowers from the yard, leaves from the trees, or a pretty feather that you found.  When we’ve filled up our journal, think of why you like these creations, then write it down next to the picture or object, as a thank you to God.  Showing appreciation for God’s creations is a great way to give back to him.


Week 2 – Invitation Cards

As we are invited to be God’s guest, let’s invite others by creating our own invitation cards.

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Markers or any other coloring tools
  • Stickers, stamps, ribbon, and anything else that you can use to decorate( optional)

First we’ll take our paper and fold it in half, just like a card. Next with our markers we can write words like “You Are Invited” “Be God’s Guest” or any other variation to express the feeling of inviting someone to something special. The last step is the most fun, with the markers, colors, stickers and other material you want to use, decorate your invitation in any way you want, drawing pictures, gluing ribbon, cutting out shapes with color paper ( the possibilities are endless)

When you’re done, feel free to keep your invitation or give it to someone else like mom or dad or even your church pastor!


Week 1 – Fruit Trees

Jesus teaches us to “bear good fruit” so for this project, we will be making our own fruit trees!

What we’ll need

 (we have materials at the church if you need them)

  • Construction paper( in any colors you want)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or other writing utensils( in any color you want)

First we’ll start out by drawing our shapes on our colored paper, starting with the tree trunk, then the tree top. Next we’ll cut these shapes out and on a blank sheet of paper, glue them down. Tada! Now you have a tree, but it still needs some fruit. On our colored paper, draw some circles big enough to write in.  Lastly, we’ll need to think about good deeds, actions, or words that help show our love and support for God’s creation.  You can write down words like “Love, Peace, Joy”, or you can write something good you did like “Feed my pet”, “Do my chores”, “Holding the door for someone”. Once you’re done, we’ll cut out the circles and glue them onto our tree top. Done! Look at all the good fruits we made!

Feel free to add any last details to the tree or if you don’t want to make a tree, purple and green circles make for fun grapevines!