This Easter cross craft creates beautiful sun catchers that you can hang in your home. Kids really like to make these since they can use bright and colorful pony beads!
Easter is a great time to decorate with crosses while teaching your kids about the story of Jesus. We love to make faith based crafts during this season. Not only are they fun, they create excellent opportunities for your kids to learn more about our Lord.
We have done an easy paper Easter cross sun catcher craft in the past. They turned out beautifully hanging in front of the living room window. This time we decided to take the holiday a step further to create a new Easter cross craft using plastic pony beads.
Easter Cross Craft for Kids: Cross Sun Catchers
Your kids will be so proud of the crosses they create when doing this craft. Because pony beads typically come in a large bag with many colors, they will have fun mixing shades to create something unique every single time!
- Plastic pony beads
- Metal cookie or clay cutters
- Baking pan
- Aluminum foil
- Drill fitted with ⅛ inch drill bit
Note: Please be aware that the beads do release plastic smells/fumes as they melt. To avoid the smell, you can use a toaster oven outside when doing this Easter cross craft.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line baking pan with aluminum foil to protect the pan and make it easier for the Easter crosses to release from the pan. Get a few different sized crosses if you can — they will look great hanging together.
Place cookie cutters on aluminum foil in baking pan. Fill each cookie cutter with a single layer of beads. Use a toothpick or bamboo skewer to arrange the beads.
Note: I found that transparent pony beads work best for this Easter cross craft. They really let the sunlight through! The transparent glitters ones would be cute too.
Carefully put the baking sheet in the oven and melt the beads. The time can vary based on the type of bead. Begin checking at 5 minutes. (My crosses took 15 minutes to melt.) The crosses are ready when the beads are melted and the hole in each bead has disappeared.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely prior to removing from the cookie cutters. To remove, gently pull the sides of the cookie cutter away from the Easter cross.
Use the drill to create a small hole at the top of each cross.
Thread the string through the hole and tie the ends to create a loop for hanging.