Forty Days of Crafts: Torn Paper Cross
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
— Matthew 16:24 (KJV)
Sometimes a craft — like faith itself — is best kept simple and uncomplicated. Talk with your children about Christ’s call to personal sacrifice as you tear away the extra paper to reveal a cross.
- Construction paper
- Crayons, markers, or other coloring materials
Step 1: Fold the lower left corner of the paper diagonally until the bottom of the paper meets the right side of the paper.
Step 2: Take the bottom right pointed corner and fold it to meet the upper left corner of the first fold.
Step 3: Bring up the bottom point of the paper and fold it over where the other folds ended.
Step 4: Pick up the paper and flip it over, sideways. Fold it sideways in half.
Step 5: Visualize an imaginary line about an inch from the fold and tear through all the layers down this imaginary line.
Step 6: Discard the square piece that was just ripped off and unfold the remaining paper to reveal a cross.
Step 7: Color!