Practicing Humility: Bible Crafts from Matthew 23:1-12

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Use these Bible craft projects in your Sunday School or Kids’ Church when teaching from Matthew 23:1-12. Download the printable directions below, gather your craft supplies, and watch our demonstration video as you prepare to teach.

“Practicing Humility” Bible Craft ideas on Matthew 23:1-12

This week’s gospel lesson focuses on a warning. We don’t want to rely on our own wisdom or teaching. We don’t want to “talk a big talk” and lead people astray. Jesus admonished people to live genuinely and humbly. These two crafts remind children of what it means to live with a humble attitude and recognize that our strength comes only from the Lord.

Bible Verses or Craft Captions to Consider…  (Main Text: Matthew 23:1-12)

 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. -Matthew 23:12

 The greatest among you shall be your servant. -Matthew 23:11

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. -Proverbs 16:18

Recipe for Humble Pie…Put Others First!

Don’t be “Puffed up” with Pride!

Humility: Look to God for strength!

Act like a servant!

Put others first!

Be kind to those around you!

More Teaching Ideas from Matthew 23:1-12

Craft one: “Humble Pie Recipe”

You will need:

  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Markers, stickers, or other decorating materials
  • Bows, ribbons, or other decorations
  • Glue
  • Paper bag
  • Scissors


  1. Decorate the paper bag to be a “recipe bag” or “ingredient bag”, making it plain but fun!
  2. Decorate notecards or papers to nestle within the bag, including notes about “ingredients” needed to be humble and not prideful. Add small tokens or decoration (bows, cups, etc.)
  3. Place the “humble pie ingredients” inside the paper bag.
  4. Seal the bag with ribbon or string. Add captions or verses.
  5. Use your bag to recall what humility means, or use it as a prayer request receptacle!  

Craft Two: “Don’t be Puffed up with Pride!” Balloon

You will need:

  • Balloons, any color
  • Paper (construction) (optional)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue
  • Yarn or pipe cleaners
  • Sharpie markers

1. Blows up the balloon and tie it off.   
2. Draw a face on the balloon (optional), perhaps a prideful or rude-looking one. 
3. Carefully attach a string or pipe cleaner to the balloon.
4. Glue the popsicle sticks into a cross shape (or cut the paper likewise). Add a verse and/or caption.
5. Place the “puffed up” balloon on the cross, and remember the importance of receiving our strength and power from God alone!    

This lesson was prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. She has shared her teaching gifts through Ministry-To-Children since 2014 and now serves as our lead curriculum writer. 

Kristin has a professional background in elementary and pre-school education. A graduate of Biola University, she holds a Master of Education and will receive the Master of Theology degree from Concordia University, Irvine, California, in May 2020. Kristin grew up in southern California and lived the past 10 years in Georgia. She is a long-distance runner and voracious reader.

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