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Sunday, March 11, 2012

St. Joseph ~ Picture of the Carpenter on Wood ~ Craft

This is a fun and easy craft project for all ages! It makes a nice addition to any altar, room, shelf, or wall.

In this simple activity you'll crate a home/school decoration of St. Joseph on a block of wood. I felt that wood seemed like a perfect spot to put a picture of St. Joseph, since he was/is a carpenter!
It easy enough for kids in 1st grade but still nice enough for teens and adults.

Since our house is under construction we have A LOT of old boards lying around, but if you can't find an old board you could buy a new board from your local lumber store, most lumber stores will also cut it for you, too. ~OR~ Many craft stores sell wood plaques that you could use.

You will need:
  • a piece of wood 
  • picture of St. Joseph
  • Mod Podge**
  • paintbrush
  • sand paper (fine grit)
  • rag
  • gray and brown craft paint and water (if you want to "age" a new piece of wood) OR stain
**Mod Podge is a white glue sealer and it's sold in all craft stores. 

Print your St. Joseph picture so it's a little smaller than your block of wood.
I used these pictures of St Joseph and I sized it down to the size I thought would fit on my board before I printed it off:

Sand the block of wood so their are no sharp, splintered, edges. My son had a grand time do this part! If you have never sanded before be sure to sand "with the grain"...or, as I told my son, always sand the same direction that the lines on the wood are going.

After the wood is nice and smooth, take a rag over it to get all the dust off.

Aging/preparing a new piece of wood:
If you are using a piece of wood that is new and want it to look older here's how...
After the wood has been sanded, mix a little bit of gray and some brown acrylic/craft paint together until you get a nice color. Add some water and mix it until it's very thin. Now cover the wood and let it dry. Sanding it lightly again may help, too.
You could also stain it (Not recommended for children)
Click Here to see a website that has another way of aging wood (Not recommended for children)

Take your image of St Joseph and cut it into the shape and size that you like. I made mine an irregular shape and I cut freely around Jesus, Joseph, the lily and the work table. I thought it helped to bring the wood and the picture together.
Add a bit of Mod Podge to the block of wood and use that to glue down the picture. Smooth it out so it's flat and there are no air bubbles.

Now cover the picture and the the wood around the picture with a heavy coat of Mod Podge. You may need to press the picture edges down so it doesn't bubble. Allow that to dry, it only takes about an hour or two.
That's it!!
It's sooo simple and fun!
You can set it on a shelf or add a picture frame hanger to the back and hang it on a wall.
My kids each made a small one for their room, and a large group of kids could easily make these.

St. Joseph the Craftsman, pray for us!
Happy crafting!


  1. You are so right about the wood being the perfect background. Your projects turned out looking great. Thanks for another great idea - Jill

  2. Thank you for posting these a bit before the feast day(s). It allows me to get the items and get prepped before the big day!

  3. Thank you Jill! It's always nice to hear from you! :-)

    And JoshEWEa...
    I try to post them in advance, but if life gets too busy I get slower at posting! I do my best, but I'm not always perfect! I'm sure you understand, you sound like you have at least one youngster and a group to teach! What a blessing!!!

    God bless you both!

  4. Just beautiful!! I would love to do something like this tomorrow!! I had seen it before but last time I didn't have a chance to leave a comment. This is great Jennifer, thanks!!

  5. Muy hermosa su idea. Gracias por compartirla

  6. ¡Gracias y yo somos muy felices compartir! ¡Dios Bendice!

  7. You always have such wonderful ideas to celebrate. Thank you for adding this to my Father's Day Link Party.

  8. Totally doing this with the kids!!
    Only, it'll have to be tomorrow :( bc I didn't read it til this AM and we're out all day at orchestra reh and then jazz group practice...
    Will print out the pic and get a block of wood...probably from the basement!! Never used modge podge....will pick it up at Michael's today. Thanks for sharing this, Jen! Your creativity is unbelievable!
    I hope you're feeling better these days...



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