Friday, March 11, 2011

Crafting our Stations of the Cross

Yesterday afternoon the kids and I finally started putting together the Stations of the Cross Grotto Kit that I purchased a couple years ago.  After taking everything out of the box, and seeing just how many popsicle sticks were included, I nearly packed it up for another year...   I'm so glad that I didn't! 

We started with the first station, putting it together from start to finish... 

... including all the pretty little gemstones. 

After that, we decided to make the rest at the same time.   Each of the kids choose two stations to assemble, while I worked on the remaining five.   This really speeded up the process!    I did do all the cutting, but the kids were able to glue together the popsicle sticks, add the Station names and numbers, and help put the 3-D Dots for each layer of the beautiful pictures. 

We worked on them yesterday afternoon, and then again after dinner, finishing everything except for the gemstones before bedtime.   

The girls and I just finished adding the rest of the gemstones and I was hoping to post pictures, but for some reason I can't get my digital card reader to work... (I've never had this problem, and I am hoping that I don't need to buy a new one.)  I guess I will have to come back later to show you the finished results.  They turned out lovely! 

Update: You can see our completed Stations of the Cross Grottos here.


  1. Looks like they weren't so intimidating after all. Lots of little pieces, but they turned out lovely. That's a really neat project.

  2. I made mine two years ago...they are really pretty.
    I clipped them to a ribbon (or was it fishing line?) over the double door frame of our dining room and they attracted alot of attention.
    How are you going to display them?

    I need to get those out on display for this Lent!

  3. I, too, am wondering where you are going to put them up!?! I am sure you will find a most lovely place for their display in your home!

  4. What a beautifully completed project. Everyone did such a great job. It is very inspiring indeed!

  5. Beautiful! The children did such a wonderful job! This would add another step to already long project, but wouldn't they look distinguished if you could stain the popsicle sticks with a dark wood tone? --J.C.

  6. those are just lovely and a good reminder to me to snatch up some good projects for "later"! I don't think mine could manage that quite yet, but soon they will. God bless you.

  7. We really enjoyed putting this kit together!

    As for how we are going to display them. . . Right now they are lined up on the windowsill and fit perfectly. I think I might just leave them there for now. We'll see.

    J.C. ~ My husband said the same thing! In fact, he suggested that we just skip the gemstones all together and stain the popsicle sticks, but at that point the kids and I had already put gemstones on the First Station, so it really wasn't an option.

  8. They look great, Jessica, and you are braver than I - - I didn't let the kids help when I made them a few years ago! Good job!!

    God Bless,
    Jennifer F.

  9. These are great - how old do you think the children would need to be to do this craft project with minimal assistance from a parent?

    1. The kit is recommended for children age 10 and up... or for children 6 and up with close parental supervision and guidance. My oldest boys were 9 and 10 when we made this last year and they still needed supervision. This year I think they would have been able to do it completely on their own. Hope that helps!


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