Painted Cross Craft Project for Kids

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Here is a craft project we used in our children’s ministry. The idea was to protect a portion of paper with masking tape as the children painted around it. Once dry, we removed the masking tape to reveal the shape of a cross. The page includes this verse from Hebrews 7:25.

He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

I did have some problems with the tape tearing away. The moisture from the paint would bleed under the tape even though the color was contained. This weakens the paper and makes it tear slightly when you remove the tape. The best solution was to keep the edges of the paint away from the masking tape. Leave me a comment if you find a better solution.

Update: Most readers have said sticking the masking tape to your shirt first will remove some of the stickiness and prevent the problem of paper pulling away.

Watch the video below for full directions. You can click the preview to download this template as a print friendly PDF file. I’ve also uploaded one without the Bible verse so you can add your own. Or you can download this as a jpeg image.

or watch this painted cross craft idea on YouTube.


Comments

  1. Nikki says

    Hi! Great idea, super cute, easy, and fun! Just a thought – I used regular masking time (stuck on my shirt a few times first, like you recommended), but left little tabs on one end. Then I removed the tape immediately using the little tabs. Didn’t stick, didn’t bleed, and the kids ca take them home all finished right away (if parents don’t mind damp paintings in their cars, that is!)

    I like the crayons idea, but paint is just way more fun. :)

  2. Tammy says

    I used painters tape and it worked fabulous! The paper did not peel at all, thanks for the craft idea, the kids loved it!

  3. Melony says

    Love that tutorial thank you! I had an idea also for people afraid to use paint, using crayons could be an excellent substitution. :)

  4. Jane Crosby says

    my name is Jane I teach 4 & 5 year old Sunday school I like the simple crafts you show do you have any simple crafts about John the Baptist and/or baptism of Jesus?

  5. jennifer says

    You can use repositionable glue usually available on a tape runner for the paper. Comes away easily. Try spraying the paint or dye around the template before lifting off.

  6. jessica says

    What about painter’s tape with the same procedure of first sticking it to your shirt to remove a bit of the stickiness? I will try it, but not until we are closer to Lent ;)

  7. KARAN says

    ALSO YOU CAN PLACE CLEAR NAIL POLISH OVER WORDING AND AT EDGES OF CROSS IMAGE LET DRY THEN PLACE TAPE.

    ANOTHER IDEA IS TO TAKE A BIRTHDAY CANDLE AND GO OVER WORDING AND AROUND THE TAPE EDGES THIS WILL PREVENT PAINT FROM SEEPING INTO TAP AND WORDING

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