Easter Cross Crafts for Kids that Are Quick to Make

by Karen & Grace Morris

Use the Easter cross crafts to remember that Jesus died for our sins.

There are several paper crosses that are not messy. Which will help keep cute Easter outfits clean.

To make the crafts quick and easy, pre-cut the shapes. There are also several projects that preschoolers will enjoy making.

Click on the pictures to make the individual Easter cross crafts.

Easy Paper Easter Crafts

You can make some really cool Easter cross crafts out of paper. Here are five different projects. Some are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers.

Three Crosses on a Hill

three crosses on a hill

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Luke 23:33 KJV

You will need;

  • Black construction paper for background
  • A scrap of green paper
  • A scrap of brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
three crosses step 1

Have the pieces already cut, so it will be quick and easy for preschoolers to do.

Cut a green rectangle 7 1/2 by 5 inches. From brown paper cut three rectangles 4 1/2 by 1/2 inch and three rectangles 2 1/4 by 1/2 inch.

three crosses step 2

Fold the green rectangle in half and round the top.

three crosses step 3

Glue the small brown rectangles to the larger rectangles to make three crosses.

three crosses step 4

Glue the three crosses to the background.
Glue the green hill over the crosses.

Using Crayons

colored cross

This is a non-messy project that toddlers can do.


  • Cross shape
  • White construction paper
  • Tape
  • Broken crayons
picture of cross PDF

Download the cross PDF. Or you can draw one. Draw a rectangle 10 by 2 inch. The arms are 7 by 2 inches.

colored cross step 1

Tape the ends of the cross to the white construction paper. Use just enough tape to hold the cross to the paper while you are coloring.

colored cross step 2

Choose three or four broken crayons. Use the sides of the crayons to color at an angle from the cross to the end of the background.

colored cross step 3

When you are done adding color, remove the cross from the background. You will have a colored cross and on the background you will have an outline of a cross. Each picture will be different.

Mosaic Cross

mosaic cross

Mosaic is an art technique that uses colored tiles to make a picture.

You will need;

  • Cross shape
  • Card stock
  • Black construction paper
  • White crayon or pencil
  • Scraps of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
mosaic cross step 1

Print the PDF on card stock. Place the cross in the center of the black paper. Use a white crayon to draw around the cross.

mosaic cross step 2

From colored paper, cut several 2 inch squares.

mosaic cross step 3

Cut the squares corner-to-corner to make a triangle.

mosaic cross step 4

Start at the top of the cross and glue a triangle to the corner.

mosaic step 5

Add another triangle to the top, leaving a space between. Next, add two triangles to each arm.

mosaic cross step 6

Then fill in the rest of the cross with triangles. You might have to trim the last two triangles to fit the space.

add white rays to the cross

Another idea is to just draw around the cross with the white crayon. Then add some white rays around the cross.

Supper Easy Preschool Cross

torn paper cross

Most of the crosses preschoolers can do. But this one does not require scissors.


  • PDF of cross
  • Card stock
  • scraps of colored paper
  • Glue stick
torn paper cross step 1

Print the cross on card stock. Give the child an assortment of paper.

torn paper cross step 2

Have the child tear the paper into small pieces

torn paper cross step 3

Glue the paper on the cross.

More Easter Cross Crafts 

lacing cross

Make a lacing cross with yarn and card stock.

flower the cross

Use a craft stick and cupcake liners to make this cross.

painted cross

Tell a story with the cross.

Easter Cross Crafts for Older Students

Elementary students will have fun making a sun catcher or egg carton cross.

Sun Catcher Cross

Easter cross stained glass

When you use colored tissue paper, the project looks like stained-glass. Stained-glass windows usually told a story. It was so that people who didn’t read could understand the Bible.


  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Paint, Markers, or Crayons
  • Scraps of colored tissue paper
  • Or Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
stained-glass cross step 1

Fold a paper plate in half. Draw a line 1 1/2 inches from the top edge and 1/2 inch from the fold. Make the line 2 inches. To make the arms, draw a line 2 1/2 inches towards the rim. The arms are 1/2 inch wide.
To finish the cross, draw a 4-inch line to the bottom of the plate.

stained-glass cross step 2

You will need to cut out the pieces above and below the arms of the cross, but still leave a boarder. An easy way to do this is to cut from the top of the cross, around the top of the arm, but leave the rim. Then cut up from the bottom of the cross and around the bottom of the arm.

stained-glass cross step 3

Unfold the plate and tape the top and bottom of the cross at the rim.

stained-glass cross step 4

Cut off some of the top, bottom, and sides of the rim of the plate so that it is not so round.

stained-cross step 5

Paint the cross. Or use crayons or markers.


After the paint is dried, place strips of tissue paper in the cut-out places on the plate. Glue the tissue to the rim and cross.

stained-glass cross step 6

Or cut pieces of tissue that would fit in the opened area.

make a suncatcher cross

Add a tissue heart to one corner.

If you don't have tissue paper, you can use construction paper. No, the sun won't shine through, but if you use yellow paper then it will look like a sunny window.

stained-glass cross step 7

Cut a 7 by 8 inch rectangle from yellow construction paper. With white glue, glue around the rim of the paper plate.

stained-glass cross step 8

Color the paper plate. Cut a 3 by 2 inch rectangle from red paper. Fold and cut out a heart shape. Glue the heart to the bottom right corner.


Another cross using a paper plate.

Egg Carton Cross

blue egg carton cross

This craft has been updated 1/14/22 with new pictures and easier to follow directions.

Keep your egg cartons so that your kids can make this craft. Make the craft quick and easy by cutting the carton into the cross shape and paint before class.

You will need;

  • 1 eighteen count egg carton
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • A small piece of red tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Liquid tempera paint
egg carton cross step 1

Cut your egg carton so that you have three cells across for the arm and four cells down. It should look like a cross.

If you cut off the points between the cells, it is easier to cut. Also, trim the outside cells to remove the excess cardboard.

egg carton cross step 2

Paint your cross with paint. You can use your favorite color. Let the paint dry.

egg carton cross step 3

Cut a piece of red tissue paper 6 1/2 by 3 inches. Cut five 1 inch lines along the long side.

egg carton cross step 4

Roll the bottom of the tissue paper on the top of a pipe cleaner.

egg carton cross step 5

Twist the pipe cleaner around the bottom of the tissue to secure.

egg carton cross step 6

Place the rose on the right arm. Fold the pipe cleaner around the left arm making a loop and place the end through. Next, bend the pipe cleaner around the front of the cross to the bottom. Then bend the end of the pipe cleaner to the back of the cross.

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