How to make DIY crosses: Christian Easter décor
Today, I am so happy to be sharing with you all how to make DIY crosses for Christian Easter décor. As a devout Christian, the Easter holiday is of significant importance to me and my family. Therefore, I wanted to make a cute Easter DIY that honors the true meaning of Easter. These beautiful DIY crosses will serve as a reminder to all of your house guests this Easter holiday that “He is risen!” Celebrate the true meaning of Easter by making these DIY crosses for your holiday décor this springtime, or make these cute crosses for a special Easter present!
- Jumbo popsicle sticks
- 8 mini Jenga blocks
- stain – Minwax, dark walnut
- old rag & gloves for stain
- white chalk paint
- paint brush
- Spanish Moss
- fabric for cross – I used coffee dyed flour sack
- mini grapevine wreath
- hot glue gun & glue sticks
Step 1. Take a 2×4 and use some sanding paper to sand it down a bit.
Step 2. Take 8 Jenga blocks, 6 jumbo popsicle sticks, your 2×4 piece of wood, and use an old cloth to wipe on Minwax stain in the color “dark walnut.” Be sure to wipe stain over the front, back, and sides of the Jenga blocks, jumbo popsicle sticks, and 2×4. Then, wipe the stain off and allow to dry.
Step 3. Paint only the 2×4 with white chalk paint. Be sure to paint the front, back, and sides. Allow to dry.
Step 4. Using sand paper, gently sand over the entire white chalk painted 2×4.
Step 5. Take your jumbo popsicle sticks and cut only the rounded ends off of each side so they are now straight.
Step 6. Using the popsicle sticks, we are going to make our crosses. You will want a tall cross in the center of your project with a shorter cross on each side of the tall cross. So, you will create 3 total crosses using the 6 popsicle sticks. I do not measure, so you will need to take one popsicle stick to use for your tallest cross, then take another popsicle stick, lay it horizontally across the vertical/tall popsicle stick, and then cut it down to the right size so that it will look like the horizontal line that forms a cross. Repeat this process for your two shorter crosses that will be placed on each side of the tall cross. Your shorter crosses should both be the same size.
Step 7. Once you have all of your popsicle stick crosses cut to size, take your tallest vertical cross piece/popsicle stick and hot glue one Jenga block to the back of the vertical cross piece at the bottom/base, and then hot glue another Jenga block to the front of this vertical cross piece at the bottom/base so that your cross will be able to stand up/have a base. Repeat this process for the 2 shorter vertical popsicle stick cross pieces so that they all have a base made of 2 Jenga blocks; one in the back and one in the front. Allow to dry.
Step 8. Use hot glue to glue the shorter horizontal popsicle stick pieces that go across the vertical pieces to form the 3 crosses. Again, your 2 shorter crosses should be the same size so it may be best to line them up beside each other after your hot glue one cross together to make sure they are equal. Allow to dry.
Step 9. Take your remaining 2 stained Jenga blocks, and hot glue them together. Then, hot glue them to the bottom/base of the tallest cross, underneath the 2 existing Jenga blocks that formed that base of the cross just to give the tallest cross a little more height. Allow to dry.
Step 10. Next, hot glue the base of your tall cross down onto the center/middle of your white chalk stained 2×4 so that the tall cross stands up straight and is secured to the 2×4. Allow to dry. Repeat this process for the 2 shorter crosses, placing one short cross on each side of the tall cross at equal distances from the tall cross. I positioned my 2 shorter crosses so they sat a bit behind the tall cross, but angled them just a little towards the tall cross. Once I had the placement correct, I secured them down onto the 2×4 using hot glue. Allow to dry.
Step 11. Take some Spanish Moss and place it all around the bases of your 3 crosses. Once you have it positioned to your liking, secure it onto the 2×4 base going around the crosses using hot glue. Allow to dry. Trim away any excess Spanish Moss. Then, take any greenery of your liking and hot glue it around the bases of each of your crosses to add some green to the project.
Step 12. Place a strip/piece of coffee dyed flour sack around the tallest/middle cross to represent Jesus’ robe. Cut it to the length of your liking. You can use hot glue to secure the robe at the back of the center cross if you like.
Step 13. Cut 3 pieces of twine, one piece for each cross. Secure one end of the piece of twine to the back of each cross. Then, wrap the twine around the part of each cross that forms the “cross” a couple times going in an “x” pattern. Hot glue the twine to the back of each cross to secure it into place and trim away any excess twine.
Step 14. Use a mini wreath, make one cut into the mini wreath, pull the mini wreath tighter together so that is becomes a bit smaller in size, hot glue it together again to secure the wreath, and then use a black zip tie, or a wire, to tie around the mini wreath to secure it together. Place the mini wreath slightly tilted going over the top of the tallest/middle cross. Enjoy!
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