Craft Ideas: Be "Salt and Light" for Jesus

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These craft ideas will teach about being “Salt and Light” for Jesus. These hands-on projects for Sunday School are based on Matthew 5:13-20. Download the directions, gather your supplies, and watch our demonstration video below. These are perfect for your Sunday School or children’s ministry. Please leave a comment below to share how they worked out in your kids church.


Salt and Light! Craft ideas related to Matthew 5:13-20


Be Bright and Salty! Craft Ideas for Shining God’s Light and Spreading the Word

Salt and light might be slightly confusing to understand in terms of their relation to the Christian life, but they are fun visuals to apply to crafts! These craft ideas are relatively simple, but provide fun reminders for kids to recall the meanings of the verses. These are highly adaptable, so consider elaborating or minimizing according to the needs and sizes of your group.


Bible Verses or Craft Captions to Consider…

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. -Matthew 5:14

Let the light of Christ shine for all to see!

Add some “salt” to life!

Let your light shine!

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… -Matthew 28:19


More “Salt and Light” Activities from Matthew 5:13-20


Craft one: “Salt art” (salt drawing)

Craft one: “Salt art” (salt drawing)

You will need (craft supplies)

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Salt
  • Markers or decorating materials
  • Verse captions or glitter (optional)

Craft Directions & Procedure:

  1. Using markers or colored pencils, have students create images on the paper. These can include verses, words, or phrases, along with fun pictures.
  2. Add stickers or other decorations, if desired.
  3. Apply Elmer’s glue to the lines of the drawings (or words).
  4. Carefully sprinkle salt over the glue lines.
  5. Shake off excess and allow plenty of time to dry before attempting to hang or move.

Craft Two: “Stained glass light in a jar”

Craft Two: “Stained glass light in a jar”

Craft Supplies You will need:

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Clear jars (Mason jars, baby food jars, jam jars, etc.), washed and dried.
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Salt or glitter (optional)

Procedure (How To Steps)

  1. Cut the tissue paper or construction paper into small squares, approximately an inch or so.
  2. Spread glue over the jar. This may be easier if a bit of water is added to the glue, and then spread on with a brush.
  3. Arrange the tissue or construction paper around the jar, pressing onto the glue
  4. Add an additional layer of glue if necessary.
  5. Apply salt or glitter to the outside, if desired.
  6. Attach a verse caption. If it can be done safely, place a small tealight (or battery-powered light) into the jar to “shine.”

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