Making Small Size Wooden Crosses

Things You\’ll Need

  • 2 sticks

  • Jig-saw (optional)

  • Twine

  • Superglue

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Paint (optional)

  • Scissors

  • Sandpaper

  • Balsa wood

  • Ruler

  • X-acto knife

... Make a small cross out of wood.

The cross is a powerful symbol of faith and has been used as a talisman for centuries. For Christians, the cross symbolizes forgiveness, redemption and love. Crosses are made in many different aesthetic styles around the world. Just as there are many different types of crosses, there are also many ways to make crosses. Small wooden crosses can be affixed to doors, hung over a bed or given as gifts. Small wooden crosses can also be used for making jewelry or rosaries.

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The Rustic Cross

Step 1

Find two sticks or twigs. Cut them to the length you want using scissors or a jig-saw. One stick should be shorter than the other.

Step 2

Sand the rough ends of the stick with sandpaper.

Step 3

Place the shorter stick perpendicularly across the long stick. If you are making a traditional cross associated with Christianity, place the shorter stick higher than center.

Step 4

Wrap twine around the two sticks, securing them together. Secure the twine by gluing down the loose end with superglue at the back of the cross.

Children\’s Cross Craft

Step 1

Cut off the rounded ends of a Popsicle stick. Cut the stick to fit the length you want the vertical stick of the cross to be.

Step 2

Cut another Popsicle stick a shorter length to serve as the horizontal stick of the cross.

Step 3

Place the shorter stick so it is perpendicular to the longer stick and above center if you want a traditional Christian cross. Glue it in place.

Step 4

Paint the Popsicle sticks if you choose. Use a metallic gold paint for a faux gold effect.

Balsa Wood Cross

Step 1

Draw the shape of a cross on a sheet of balsa wood using pencil. Use a ruler to draw straight lines. Balsa wood is the ideal wood for a small cross project because it is very soft and easy to cut.

Step 2

Cut out the cross drawn onto the sheet of balsa wood using an X-acto knife. Start the cut by using a rocking motion with the X-acto knife. You can also place the X-acto knife at the edge of the ruler and use the ruler as a guide to cut straight lines.

Step 3

Sand the edges of the balsa wood cross with sandpaper once it has been cut out of the balsa wood sheet.

Step 4

Paint the balsa wood cross.


You can buy balsa wood at any craft or art supply store.