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Friday, September 14, 2007

Craft for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

I am sorry that I am posting this today, the Feast of the Exaltation, and not before, but I have been very busy. All the children (including my own) with whom I have done this craft have enjoyed it and liked the results.

  • Oil pastels
  • Paper
  • Construction paper (or any stiffer paper)
  • Hair Spray or an art spray

    What to do:
  • Draw a cross on construction paper
  • Cut the cross out*
  • Color the edges of the cross with the oil pastels
  • Place the cross on a piece of paper and hold it in place
  • Using your finger, gently rub the oil pastels from the cross onto the paper, making it come out like rays
  • Remove the cross
  • Spray with hair spray or an art spray to prevent smudging
  • Let dry

  • The end result will be a beautiful cross. It will look better than the hastily made sample below.

    *The negative image can also be used by cutting the cross out with an exacto knife. The finished product will then be a colorful cross, rather than colorful rays.

    **We usually make Easter cards using the above feathering technique.

    I would enjoy seeing any end results.

    Happy Feast Day!

    Edited to add this photo of Brendan's impromptu cross:


    1. Anonymous8:45 AM

      great cross...

    2. This is so cool! We made a similar "reverse" image, but did ours with painters tape, washable paint, and an entire group of toddlers. The results - and the process - were great!

    3. Love this! I remember making hearts like this when I was little and always crafting. =)

    4. Elisa,

      Hopefully, my children will have memories of doing crafts too. They can be a lot of fun. :) We might just have to make hearts for St. Valentine's day. Thank you for the idea.

    5. This is great! I'm pinning it!

    6. Thank you, Sarah. I'm glad you like it.

    7. Anonymous8:47 PM

      So pretty! Looking forward to doing this!!!


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