Craft for Catholic Kids - Make a Monstrance!

April is the month dedicated to the Holy Eucharist! We've been learning about the mass and Eucharist around here, plus I've been teaching my kids about adoration, so this is perfect for us! :-) My daughter has been pretty fascinated by monstrances ever since "M" week around here, so we recently crafted these monstrances.

What you need to make this Catholic Monstrance Craft:
  • A Pool Noodle (yellow)
  • Pipe Cleaners (yellow or gold)
  • White Paper
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Craft Glue
  • Gold glitter and or glitter glue
This is so incredibly cheap and easy to do that it would be a great craft for a whole class of kids, like for instance a first communion class. I actually had enough pieces left over from our pool noodle rosary make several of these! This is also a good craft to do in preparation for adoration for kids. Here's what you do:

Before you begin, slice the pool noodle up. I got our pool noodle from the Dollar Tree, and it was flower shaped, but I have confidence that the craft would be cute with regular round pool noodles, too. I like to slice pool noodles with my bread knife- just be careful! You'll also need to make 2 cuts for inserting the popsicle stick. You can do this with scissors. Each monstrance you make will need one pool noodle to have a cut in the bottom, and the other one in the side. See the picture:

Each child will need 2 slices of pool noodle, and 1 Popsicle stick. (We happened to have yellow popsicle sticks, but a regular one would work, too. You could also color them yellow with a marker.)

You can cut the pipe cleaners in fourths with scissors. Have the children insert them around one pool noodle slice- they will stick right in. My 5 year old and 2 year old were both able to do this.

 Decorate with gold glitter and/or glitter glue. Lots and lots of glitter makes children very happy! Plus, monstrances are supposed to be special for Jesus. :-)

We also added jewels with red and green glitter glue. (You can get packages of gold, green, and red glitter and glitter glue at most Dollar Trees).

Put a little glue on the ends of the popsicle stick before inserting them into the pool noodle to keep them secure. Cut a white circle from paper and insert it in the middle for the "host". If you stick the popsicle stick all the way through, you should be able to glue it right onto the stick. Cover anything that's still visible in yet even more glitter. :-)

We made our top pipe cleaner piece into a cross with another section of pipe cleaner, because monstrances seem to have crosses on top. This was super fun and easy, plus they came out pretty cute. Even the one 2-year-old Julian made. :-)

If you're looking for something even easier, don't forget
about our Gold Doily Monstrances we made!

Happy Catholic Crafting, everyone!

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  1. That is really a clever idea and wul dbe easy to do iwth a group. As you say it wouldn't be costly at.

  2. This is AWESOME!!! I'll be doing this at our Adoration meeting for May!!! Thanks a lot for this great idea!!!

  3. There is NO doubt in my mind that these make Jesus happy. :>)

  4. How do you think of this stuff?? I love this!!

  5. You're making every saint smile today. These are adorable. I can picture the pride children will have in making these and presenting them to their parents. :-)

  6. So creative!! You are the best Lacy!!

  7. I love this! I can't wait for my son to be old enough to do this with him. Thank you!

  8. I wish I had some children to do these crafts with.

  9. p.s. don't forget your craft project I think it was for St. Clare.

  10. Lacy!
    It was great to meet you today, and now I can see why you had so many people coming up to you today --besides your brilliant smile and household cleaning confessions! :) There are so many doable ideas here, what a great job you are doing.

    I had to tell you that after spending just a few minutes at your blog, I realized that my daughter made your printable nativity this past Christmas. A fellow member of my homeschool group had forwarded it along, and my daughter loved it! It was super cute and easy -- she did it all by herself. You are truly an artist! Thanks again for being a fun table mate today, and I will certainly be adding you to my reader!

  11. Brilliant! Who would have though to cut up a pool noodle for a craft???????? Love it! We did the gold doily monstrance with my 1st grade RE class this year and it looked nice.

  12. Hi Lacy, I just wanted to share with you some coloring pages I made for monstrances. Hope you like them:

    Have a blessed week!

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