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
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:
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.
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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