54 Outstanding Lenten Arts and Crafts Ideas
I used to find it difficult to find art and craft projects, suitable for the Lenten season, for my elementary art classes. So, I got busy and developed some new Lenten projects and put the tutorials on my blog, Kids & Glitter. In this article I will share those projects, and also projects from other sites that share Lenten arts and crafts. Only those projects that have directions are included.
For the instructions for the Way of the Cross Circle project shown above, go to Kids & Glitter. Many other Lenten tutorials can be found there, in the Easter Projects Gallery. That gallery, and others, are listed in the sidebar.
1. Crucifixion Cross
I'm so impressed with this Lenten project. I think the kids will love making this cross, and it is beautiful enough to be framed. Find this outstanding art project at Campfires and Cleats.
2. Resurrection Eggs
The tutorial for making these Resurrection eggs can be found at faithgateway. An outstanding Lenten idea for the family or as a school project. Be sure to check this out.
3. Easter Story Wreath
You'll appreciate the Scripture verses included in this Easter story wreath. Go to wee little miracles for the instructions and downloads.
4. Hand Print Easter Prayer
The prayer reads: “I fold these hands into a prayer To thank the Lord for love and care. Fold your hand right next to me And He will love us both, you’ll see.” Tutorial is found at FreeKidsCrafts.com
5. Agony in the Garden Diorama
This is an incredible Lenten craft to help teach about the suffering of Jesus before His Crucifixion. Go to Catholic Inspired for the instructions and the printouts.
6. Crown of Thorns Bracelet
Making, and then wearing, this Crown of Thorns bracelet through the Lenten season, will be a reminder of Jesus' love for us and the extreme length, dying on the cross, that He went through proving this love. You'll find the tutorial for making this bracelet at lovetoknow crafts.
7. Make a Prayer Journal
You'll find the printable templates for making this outstanding prayer journal at the MOTHER’S niche site. This is a great Lenten project to start at the very beginning of Lent and continuing until Holy Saturday.
8. Mouse Tails
This is such a cute and appropriate Lenten project that can be done with even the littlest kids. Each act of kindness causes a new knot to be tied in the mouse' tail. Find the instructions for this Lenten project at Kate Wicker.
9. Giving Back Bucket List
Usually we stress "giving up" something during the Lenten season, but I really like this "giving" something idea. Make this Lenten season a real positive one, either in your home or in the classroom, by adding this outstanding project. You'll find all the information that you need, and the downloads, at mom envy. Make this for your classroom now, and experience the benefits of "doing for others." If you don't have a bucket, use a basket or decorate a box.
10. Wall Cross With TP Rolls
11. Stations of the Cross Votives
This is a beautiful family or classroom project. Directions and photo downloads can be found at Homeschool Goodies.
12. Good Deed Bracelet
The directions for this attractive bracelet can be found on the ARMA DEI site.
13. Easter Triduum
This spinning paper plate spins to reveal the days of the Triduum until Easter. You'll find the directions for this spinning paper plate project at Catholic Inspired.
14. Seashell Cross
A beautiful reminder of the fun you experienced at the shore. Find the instructions for this cross at Christian Games and Crafts.
15. Stations of the Cross Carousel
This site gives an address for buying the Stations pictures, but you could also use the photos from the place mat project shown on this page. For the instructions on making the carousel, go to EQUIPPING CATHOLIC FAMILIES.
16. Cross in My Pocket
This is a project that is suitable for Lent, but also any other time of year. I love the prayer and think this would make a great gift for any one. Think about graduates of school or college, Confirmation, Communion, birthdays, or any season. The tutorial and prayer for this Cross in my pocket is found at thriftyfun. If you aren't into working with plastic canvas, consider making the cross another way, but including the prayer with the gift.
17. Easter Cross Wreath
If you are making this as a classroom project, I'd suggest using this project with the older kids, 3rd grade and above. They will be able to do all the steps alone. Find the easy to follow tutorial at DLTK.
18. Lenten Coin Cross
This is a very nice project with a Lenten lesson to be learned. Go to Mom On TIMEOUT for all the specifics.
19. Stations of the Cross Grottos
This is an outstanding Lenten project. Be sure to check out this site. Directions for this project are also found on this site, Pondered in My Heart.
20. Stations of the Cross Shrines
You'll find the directions for these shrines, by following the link in the first sentence on Inside My Domestic Church The finished shrines are shone on this page.
21. Calvary Hill Planting
A beautiful and inspiring way to teach the death and resurrection of Jesus. For the instructions for this project, go to HOUSE of JOYFUL NOISE.
22. Lamb of God
If you want to print this or any project onto black paper, use a green pen or marker to make your original copy---it will show up on the black paper. For the directions for this project, go to JACKETFLAP.
23. Last Supper
You'll use an egg carton and downloaded images to make this project. Go to Catholic Icing for the instructions and downloads.
24. Marshmallow Lamb Calendar
Some of the littlest kids will love making this countdown to Easter calendar. The directions can be found at wee little miracles.
25. Colorful Rosary
With a little help, even the littlest crafter can do this project. Go to Pondered in My Heart for the directions.
26. Lenten Calendar
This is a great idea for the Lenten season. This calendar runs from Ash Wednesday through Easter. Find the printable Lenten Calendar at Catholic Icing.
27. Lent in a Bag
A great Lenten project for Church or home. Go to building faith for instructions and reflections.
28. Ascension of Jesus
Forty days after Jesus died on the cross, He ascended into heaven. This 3-D project includes printables. Go to Catholic Inspired for the instructions and printables.
29. Stations of the Cross Cards
Print off these beautiful Stations of the Cross from the site at Family in Feast and Feria. Use prints of the stations to make placemats to use during the Lenten season. A great classroom project.
30. Easter Rolls--Sharing the Story of Jesus With Children
31. Pass The Prayer Cross
Sometimes it's pretty hard to keep the little ones quiet while the family is praying together. I think this is a great idea and you also get a really nice looking cross. Find the instructions for making this cross at In Lieu of Preschool.
32. Jelly Bean Prayer Cross
You can use this jelly bean prayer cross as a plant poke, or just make a piece of art with it, and hang it on the wall. You'll find the tutorial for making this Lenten cross at Church House Collection Blog.
33. Lent to Easter Crosses
You'll have to scan down on this page, almost to the bottom, to find these crosses. Then you'll see the directions from the Making Music site.
34. Count Down to Easter Calendar
Kids love count down calendars because it gives them a visual of how many days are left before the special date. Help the kids understand the days til Easter with this calendar, with directions found on the These Forty Days site.
35. Refrigerator Magnet Cross
You'll find the instructions for making a refrigerator magnet cross by going to Mama to 6 Blessings.
36. Stations of the Cross Gems
I love these Stations of the Cross gems and I just know there has to be a way to use them in a classroom setting. Maybe a board game, or can you think of something else? Go to The Diary of a Sower for the tutorial for making the gems.
37. The Meaning of Easter
Start an Easter tradition in your family by making this Resurrection Eggs craft. All the information that you need to make this outstanding activity is found at MomFare.
38. Lenten Holy Week Banner
You can either hand draw the images you want to put on your Holy Week banner, or consider searching Google images for lenten clip art. Making a banner with the kids will help make Holy Week special and meaningful. Find the instructions for this project at The Diary of a Sower.
39. Fishes and Loaves
After reading the bible story of Jesus feeding the crowd of 5000, the kids will understand the meaning of this fishes and loaves art project. Go to Crafting The Word Of God for the instructions and templates for this great Lenten project.
40. "You've Been Egged" Game
A great message included in this game, the you'll find directions and printables for at FAB N’ FREE Be sure to check this out, especially if you like to include your neighbors in Easter activities.
41. Jesus Lives
This appears to be an art project that the kids will really enjoy. And I love the finished look of this Easter cross project. You'll find the instructions for making this art project at apples and abc’s. Be sure to check the site for other examples of the finished crosses. Very impressive.
42. Jesus Rose From the Dead Mobile
Colored printable templates are included with the instructions for making this Easter mobile. The instructions and printable templates are found at Church House Crafts.
43. Resurrection Cross
Be sure to make a sample Resurrection cross before class so you are comfortable with where to cut and where to fold the printable sheet. This great classroom project and it's tutorial is found at AMY’S FREE IDEAS.
44. Lenten Tree
Like the Jesse tree of Advent, this project features a bare tree. Pictures of the Stations of the Cross and bible readings complete this project. Find the tutorial at Catholic Inspired. You can use the images from the "The Way of the Cross Circle" project at the top of this article.
45. Easter Cross
This beautiful Easter cross is made using plastic canvas. There are a number of suggestions on ways to use the cross also. You'll find the instructions for making this Easter cross at CRAFTS-FOR-ALL-SEASONS.
46. Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
During this time, the rooster becomes a symbol of Peter denying any knowledge of Jesus. After reviewing this bible story, the kids will understand this Lenten art project. Go to Crafting The Word Of God for the instructions and rooster template. This site also includes other Lenten projects.
47. Paper Plate Easter Egg
You'll want to check the other Lenten and Easter projects, included with this paper plate craft, on the AMY'S FREE IDEAS.
48. Haitian Inspired Foil Cross
This project uses foil tape, which I have to admit that I'm not familiar with. That alone is a good reason to make this art, it's always nice to find new methods. Go to teach kids ART to find out what supplies are needed and the instructions for making this cross.
49. Hands of Prayer
Guide the children about who and what to pray for by giving them a copy of this coloring page by Look to Him and be Radiant. This is teaching without preaching. Kids love to learn about God, and this is a perfect way to encourage them to pray.
50. Acts of Kindness Inspiration
You'll find the printables for this Lenten project at Look to Him & Be Radiant . This project uses the Stations of the Cross to suggest acts of kindness. There is a page with suggested acts and a blank one to write your own activities on.
51. Holy Week Poster
This Holy Week poster is a great idea for either the classroom or the home. Make Holy Week really meaningful by following the instructions at the domestic NOTEBOOK, to make the poster and find the suggested readings and activities.
52. Good Deeds Chain
The good deeds chain emphasizes doing good for others rather than giving up something. This is an especially good way to teach children compassion and caring for others. You can find the information for this project at KINDER CRAZE.
53. Resurrection Story Cards
Printables and game suggestions are included in this tutorial by True Aim. Read the Resurrection story before playing the games. Consider this as an Easter activity in lieu of an Easter egg hunt. Give candy or small toys as game gifts.
54. Many Kids & Glitter Lenten Projects
The Kids & Glitter blog has many more Lenten and Easter projects. You'll find them in the Easter Projects Gallery. Encourage the children to stay motivated throughout the Lenten season while doing this project. For the Lenten project, "Lent to Easter: Start and Finish Strong" shown here, go to the Easter Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer