Simple Lydia Bible Crafts

by Karen & Grace Morris

Have your kids make some Lydia Bible crafts to go with your lesson. The story is found in Acts 16:11-15.

Paul goes to the place of prayer where he meets Lydia. She was a seller of purple cloth.

She also knew about God. She listened to Paul's message. She believed what he said about Jesus and was baptized.

She then asked Paul and his friends to stay with her.

Bible crafts for Lydia

The click the pictures to take you to the individual Lydia Bible crafts. 

Lydia Wears Purple Cloth Craft

Lydia spoon craft

It doesn't say if she wore purple clothes or not, but here is a craft that will remind you of what she sold.

You will need;

  • White plastic spoon
  • Brown yarn
  • Purple yarn
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Purple Felt
  • Permanent markers
cut your felt and yarn

To make the robe, cut a piece of felt 6 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches. Fold the rectangle in half. Cut a small hole in the center of the fold so that the spoon will go through. Also cut a 9-inch piece of purple yarn.

cut yarn for hair

Cut two or three strands of brown yarn 12-inches. Fold the yarn so that it will fit the back of the spoon. 

glue the yarn to the spoon

Put some tacky glue on the backside of your spoon. Cover the back of the spoon with the yarn. Depending on the thickness of the yarn you may need two or three bundles to cover the spoon. Let your glue dry.

add a face

Cut the loops of yarn that hang from the bottom the of spoon so that it looks more like hair.

Add a face to your spoon.

add the felt

Put the handle of the spoon through the hole.

tie the yarn around the spoon

Tie the piece of purple yarn around the center of the robe.

Lydia Bible Crafts for Believing

Cross

cross craft

Lydia and her household believed that Jesus died for their sins. We can show this by making a cross.

You will need;

  • White paper
  • Cardstock
  • Small piece of purple felt
  • Tacky glue
pattern of cross

On white paper draw a cross that is 7 by 1 1/2 inches. The arms are 2-inches from the top and are 5-inches long. Cut your pattern out.  

cut cross from cardstock and strip of felt

Cut your pattern out. Use your pattern to cut the cross from a piece of cardstock.

Cut a 9 by 1/2 inch rectangle from purple felt. 

add a drop of glue

Wrap the felt over the arms of the cross.

Where the felt overlaps put a drop of glue on the bottom piece. Hold so that the two pieces stick together.

Lydia Believed Coloring Sheet

Lydia coloring sheet

This quick and easy Lydia bible craft would be a great Sunday school project.

Supplies;

download PDf

Download and print the PDF of the coloring page. (PDF will open in a new window)

Cut 8 pieces of 1-inch paper. 

write believe on the purple paper

On one piece write a B. On the next piece write an E. Continue writing letters on each piece of paper until you have spelled the word BELIEVED.

color the sheet

Color the rest of the paper with your color crayons. 

Purple Cloth for Sale

cloth stand

Rich people went to Lydia to buy purple cloth from her. She probably had a stand to sell her wears.

What you will need;

  • Nine Popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Purple felt
  • Piece of white paper
  • Purple marker
glue three sticks together

Heat up your hot glue gun. Take one Popsicle stick and lay it flat. On each end of the Popsicle stick put a dot of hot glue.

add more sticks

Take two Popsicle sticks and place them in a steep angle on the dots of glue. Hold them in the position until the glue dries. Take another stick and glue it between these two sticks, about 1-inch from the bottom.

add more sticks

Take one more and glue it behind the two upright sticks. Tilt it slightly having it about 1 inch above the other reinforcing stick. Make sure to hold each stick while it dries to keep them in the right position. Your cloth will sit on these two sticks.

Take another Popsicle stick and lay it flat. On each end of the Popsicle stick put a dot of hot glue. Take two more Popsicle sticks and place them standing upright on the dots of glue. Hold them until the glue dries.

Take another Popsicle stick and glue it between the two upright sticks to reinforce it.

Glue the two angled sticks onto the two upright sticks to finish making your stand.

write purple cloth for sale on felt

Cut a  4 1/2 by 1 1/2 inch piece of white felt. With the purple marker write: “Purple Cloth for Sale”. Glue it on the tops of the two upright sticks of your stand.

cut your felt

Cut two 5 3/4 by 2-inches of purple felt.

fold the felt

Fold both of them in half, lengthwise. 

put them on the stand

Fold them over the two sticks at the front of the stand and glue them to stay. Let dry.

Lydia is an interesting story. She was a businesswoman who sold something rare and expensive. Purple was worn by royalty.The dye came from sea snails.

Not only did Lydia believe the gospel she also practiced her faith by showing hospitality. 

Have fun making Lydia Bible crafts for kids. They are quick and easy so they will be great for Sunday school.

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