Although Charlotte Mason famously says that handicrafts are not supposed require children to “be employed in making futilities such as pea and stick work, paper mats, and the like,” I contend that making your own holiday decorations still serves a useful purpose. Namely, it keeps me out of the Hobby Lobby decoration isle (but not the craft isle …). It also helps my boys to practice some fine motor and artistic skills (and it gets J4 involved). So, without further adieu, here are our Easter craft decorations this year.
We chose the text, “Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!” because we are learning the hymn of the same name written by John Wesley, the Anglican cleric and theologian who founded Methodism. You can print the sheet music here:
To make the craft, we made a cross out of card-stock and laid it on a piece of white paper. Using oil pastels, we outlined the cross in various colors, then we smudged outward from the cross to create a shimmering effect. Finally, we lifted the card-stock and wrote our song lyrics. Ta-da!
Those who know me KNOW I am not crafty at heart, so I can say with confidence: “If I can do this, you can do this!” Happy crafting!