- Arts and Design
Making Crosses With Recycled Stuff
Make a Cross and pray while you are at it!
Making crosses with trash? It is possible to reuse discarded materials and give them a new, Godly life. My current new craft project involves taking what the world does not value and make it into a work that honors God at the same time. My goal is to make a craft and improve my spiritual life at the same time.
A small group at my church took on this cross making project and I will share with you what they (and I) create during our venture into the world of Godly recycling and up-cycling stuff. It is probably no coincidence that we started this small group of creative, crafty women just before Easter arrives!
To see how I made the cross shown here, go see " Make a refrigerator magnet cross" below. Yes, the image is mine.
Did you know that Earth Day is on a Sunday? Well, it is; you can use these crosses as an Earth Day Project!
Take what the world doesn't value and make into a work of God.
Look in the trash to find a cross!
Find Spirituality in the Trash Can
Yes, the supplies for these crosses I am going to make will come from trash that I find. Looking in trash for stuff to use to recycle is a creative process. One must think "out of the box" and view these discarded materials in a new light.
For example, every February and March in my town, murder is committed. Not on people, but on crepe myrtle plants. Trimmings can be found along every street and lane as a result of this "crepe murder" and I intend to use these unwanted stems in my recycling, crafty project.
The Book That Inspires Making Crosses:
My friend at church, Peggy, purchased this book last year and thought that she might be able to use it in her crafting. Well, the Alabama Tornadoes happened in April 2011, and she found a lot of "trash" in her neighborhood that she could recycle into crosses (and other useful things as well--like a tree house!) Her neighborhood was one of the hardest hit in the over-the-mountain Birmingham area. Making crosses is designed to be a "healing" project. Peggy will surely get lots of healing out of scouring her community for stuff to fashion into crosses.
All quotes on this page are to be found in this book.
Reject the materialism of this world by reusing discarded materials and giving them new godly life.
Discarded Stuff (Crepe Myrtle stems and plastic string) to Upcycle into a Cross
The Result: A cross--not perfect, but still a cross!
Instructions for making the cross from stems:
I trimmed all my stems to the same length. I chose three stems (for the three crosses on Calgary) for the the uprights and three for the horizontal. I kind of played with different stem trimmings to get a pleasant looking cross. To make it easy to handle, I used a hot glue gun to secure the stems and let the glue set up. Then I took the orange plastic sting (used originally to hold a pine straw bale together) and wrapped it around the cross. I wanted to make a sort of "God's Eye". Don't know how to make one? Then you can click "God's Eye" to learn.
I had to remember that perfection was not the goal of this project. I wanted to be closer to God and use Him for my inspiration.
Make A Refrigerator Magnet Cross - click on small images to see explanations and make photos bigger.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Engage in an activity that takes you directly into communication with God.