40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Stained Glass Cross Craft


This activity is called Stained Glass Cross Craft and comes to us from a Web site called Frills, Fluff, and Trucks. The craft is very simple and requires only tissue paper (cut into squares), clear contact paper, and black paper (cut into two matching size cross outlines).

Begin by taping down a section of contact paper onto a table top, sticky side up, and place one of the cross outlines on it.

Next, invite the children to place different color squares of the tissue paper onto the cross in whatever pattern they wish. When all of the space within the cross has been filled with tissue paper squares, place the 2nd cross outline on top of the first (this hides the spots where the tissue paper overlaps the first cross outline) and then put a second sheet of contact paper – sticky side down – on the artwork to hold it all in place.

Finally, cut out the cross and discard the extraneous contact paper.

You can follow a tutorial here.

Be sure to display the cross in a window so that the light can brighten up the colors.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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