I was strolling though AC Moore with my daughter last week, and we came across these wood crosses. My daughter, who has her own crafty eye, exclaimed, “These would be great with my beads in them, mom!” And so we bought one. And filled it with beads. And we made this colorful Bead Filled Cross Craft. She even hid a word within the pony beads.
First, grab these supplies:
- Wood cross that can be filled
- Pony beads- any color or type will work. I have a girly girl so she chose pink, purple, and clear pony beads.
- Glue- it doesn’t have to be wood glue. That’s simply what I had when I snapped the below supply picture. I actually wound up letting my daughter use a glitter glue, and it worked great.
Paint the cross and let it dry completely. Since beads will be going over the inside of the cross, that portion doesn’t have to be painted perfectly. Pay close attention to the edges of the cross since those will be visible.
Glue the pony beads inside the cross. Let the child play around with different color combinations and get creative! My daughter wanted to put the word LOVE on the cross with pony beads. We used a different color for this section of the cross.
Continue until the entire cross has been filled with the beads. Let the glue dry completely.
The cross that we purchased was $1.00 at AC Moore. It does have a hook on the back for hanging. We didn’t even make a dent in the box of pony beads. If you’re planning this craft for a Sunday School, children’s church, or VBS, know that the bulk of the expense of with this craft is in the wood cross itself.
Looking for more Bible themed crafts? Check out a few of these: