It's a great craft project for the Lenten season and a great way to teach of Jesus passion before Lent is over and Easter's here!
- Rectangle Tissue box (empty)
- Rocks (at least one that's about ½ to 1 inch high, for the Jesus cutout)
- Moss (Spanish moss, floral moss or other moss)
- 1 sheet of black construction paper (or black paint)
- Garden picture printout
(This .pdf is available to members ~ look under "Lent and Easter" in the Members Area.)
- Jesus picture printout~ Printout on stock paper or glue to thin cardboard
- White Glue or Glue stick
- Hot Glue
- Black Marker
- Other small outdoor items like twigs, evergreen branches, etc. (optional)
Cut the top off the tissue box. You may need to tape the corners if this makes the box weak.
Cut the construction paper in half long ways and cut one of those halves into two halves.Use the construction paper to cover the inside-sides of the tissue box. The long one is for the top of the box and the others go on the sides.
(The bottom and back will be covered later.)
Bend the ends to help make the black paper fit. Cut the corner a little and bend the paper down so it covers about an inch of the outside of the box. Glue all the pieces in place with the white glue or glue stick.
Or if you prefer, you may also just cover the inside-sides with black paint.
Cut out the garden picture to fit inside on the box's back. Glue it down. You may wish to use a black marker to cover any cardboard that shows between the picture and the black paper.
The picture of Jesus has the extra black under him to help make him work with your individual rock. Try to decide which way the rock and Jesus look best. Cut Jesus leaving extra black under him where it is needed, so you do not have gaps between Jesus and the rock.
I hot glued the cut out of Jesus to the rock from the back so the glue will not be seen.
Be sure the rock is room temperature and dry or the hot glue will not work well on the rock.
Hot glue the Jesus-rock and any other rocks to the bottom of your tissue box.Now cover a small area of the bottom of box with hot glue and have the child drop the moss onto the hot glue. They can then use a stick or clothes pin to press it down.
(Do not use fingers or you will get burnt by the hot glue!)
If you wish you may add twigs, small evergreen branches or other garden/outdoor items to your scene to make it look even more interesting.
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May you have a blessed Lent and Easter!