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Forty Days of Crafts: Purple Robed Cross

Suggested reading: At Jerusalem's Gate
Suggested reading: At Jerusalem’s Gate

“And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!'”
— John 19:2–3a (KJV)

Reflect together on Jesus’ great humility, sovereignty, and sacrifice as you assemble this simple but lovely cross.


  • 2 Popsicle sticks (1 large and 1 small)
  • Purple ribbon
  • Hot glue

Step 1: Glue the small Popsicle stick about 1 ½ inches down from the top of the large Popsicle stick (as shown).


Step 2: Cut a piece of ribbon about three inches long. Create the points by folding the end of the ribbon in half and cutting at an angle towards the outside of the fold.

PopsicleStickCross_3forweb  PopsicleStickCross_4forweb

Step 3: Place a spot of hot glue just above the small Popsicle stick on the back of the cross, press the center of the ribbon into the glue, and wrap it around the cross as shown.

PopsicleStickCross_5forweb  PopsicleStickCross_6forweb

Step 4: If you wish, you may add a dot of glue to each side of the small Popsicle stick under the ribbon. This will help the ribbon stay in place.


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