Religious Easter Craft for Kids -- Make a Resurrection Set! {It's Printable!}

I've been working on something that I've had in my head since last Easter, and I'm very excited to reveal it to you today- my new Printable Resurrection Set!

We all put nativity sets out at Christmas time, and I'm not sure why resurrection sets aren't more popular. So I made a printable version that's the counterpart to my printable nativity set.

What you need to make your own resurrection set:
  • 10 cardboard tissue tubes (or about 4 paper towel tubes, or like 1 wrapping paper tube)
  • 1 empty (square) tissue box
  • Glue or a stapler
  • Something to color them with (optional)
  • Resurrection Set Printables
  • Scissors
All you do is print the pages provided from this post, color them, cut them out, and glue them around toilet paper tubes.  The cutting is very easy... if you want it to be. For the most part, just cut around the outside lines. If you want something to stick out from the sides (like Jesus' arms or the angels' wings) you can cut them out around the edges and let them flap free from the sides of the tubes.

The tomb is cut out and glued to the top of a tissue box. This part could actually stand alone as an empty tomb craft for Easter. The rock and tomb print on the same page. I used a brad to attach our rock so that we can swing it open or closed. I found brads in the scrapbooking section of our craft store. Cut the hole out of the middle of the tomb and glue it over the open hole in your tissue box, and turn it on it's side. This makes a tomb you can actually place Jesus in.

The cross definitely needs to be cut free, so on that one I provided dotted lines to cut on.

On the cross page, I also provide a Jesus that can go on the cross. The way you use this is to have your children tape Jesus onto the cross on Good Friday at noon. Then at 3, take Him down, place his body in the tomb, and close the stone. On Easter morning, replace Jesus' body with the empty linen cloths. 

The linen cloths can just be folded to stand up and placed inside the tissue box.

I wanted my Resurrection Set to hold up a little longer than our nativity set did, so I painted them with watercolor paints, laminated them from the top with contact paper, and then cut them out. I didn't laminate them on the backs because they just glued around the cardboard tubes anyway. It would have been easier to attach them in the back with a stapler, but I couldn't find mine, so I used glue and held them in place with clothes pins until they dried. Now, here are the printables so you can make your own resurrection set!

Free Printable Resurrection Set 
in Black and White

My printable resurrection set includes Risen Jesus, St. Mary Magdalen, Mary the mother of John, St. Peter, 2 Angels, a Tomb with a rock, Linen cloths, 2 Roman soldiers, a Cross, and Crucified Jesus.

Use this set to teach your kids about the Resurrection
You can use this set as an interactive way to teach your kids the story of the Resurrection! If you'd like to use this as a religious Montessori activity for kids, I made a printable resurrection story for kids that you can use. Read the story aloud to your kids while you act it out with the pieces. I have included all the pieces you need for this biblical story. When you're done teaching with it, use it as a religious Easter mantle display! ;-)

You can also print this Resurrection set for free in Color! 

 I painted this Resurrection sets with watercolors, and scanned them again so I could offer them to all of you already in color as well! (It's pretty cute to have your kids color them, but sometimes it's nice to have this option as well.)

The colored set is available on my new special page for those who are subscribers of Catholic Icing! If you've already made yourself a friend of Catholic Icing by subscribing, just look to the bottom of this post in your reader or email, and you'll find a link to the "Subscriber Bonus Page". If you'd like to print the colored Resurrection set for free, but are not yet a subscriber, no problem! Subscribe here, or by entering your email address into the box below. After entering your email address, an email will be rushed to your inbox with access to the Subscriber bonus page!

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These pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold, reproduced for profit, or published by anyone but me. If you'd like to post this calendar for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and rather than my individual downloads because their location may change. When printing or running copies, please do not remove my website from the bottom of the page. Thanks!

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents with us Lacy! You rock!

  2. this is sooo great! thank you!

  3. I love this. I will probably end up making it tonight. I have been looking to make something like this for th last couple of weeks. Thank you for making it so easy.

  4. This is wonderful, as usual, Lacy! We have a set in Fontanini, but this would be wonderful for each boy to have his own. And for my next year's retreat I'm already bookmarking! Perfect!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

  5. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! You did such a fantastic job and I can't wait to make this with my kids!

  6. Lacy, you've wowed me again! Thank you so very much for ministering to all of us moms in such a great and meaningful way! We will DEFINITELY be making this.

  7. This is so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. God bless you.

  8. You amaze me. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing; I know what we are crafting during Holy Week! I can't wait to share this... I am such a Catholic Icing junkie.

  9. This is a great set. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us by providing the templates

  10. Thank you!! This is AWESOME!!! I admit sometimes your blog overwhelms me because I lack your organizational abilities, but your ideas are fabulous!!! You seriously should compile a book for Catholics!!

  11. I can't draw for my life-you sharing your gift with me so that I can minister to my kids is only the start of the ripple effect. I am so glad to have found you because you make it easy and fun for me to share our faith with my kids and with others. I tell everyone about you!! Keep up your amazing ministry!!

  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! I am going to print this one off and get my boys to help me make it. They have been very interested in learning about the Ressurection this year!

  13. This is so cute and educational too! You go girl!!!


  14. Thanks Lacy! I love this! Once again you have out done yourself!

  15. Wow, Lacy,
    This is a beautiful set. Thanks so much for sharing! I love the detail and the use of the rolls and the kleenex box. Great work!

  16. Is anyone having trouble printing this? I can pull it up but everytime I go to print I get an error?

    Thanks for any help!

  17. Your blog is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your talents!
    Peace~ Allison

  18. LOVE IT! Thank you so much, I can't wait to do this with the kids during the Octave. (This will give me just enough time to save up some toilet paper rolls :). Blessings, Lisa

  19. These are wonderful! I agree with you that resurrection sets should be more popular. It's great to have something to kids (and adults) to see the story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  20. I LOVE this idea and mentioned it in an article on Holy Week celebrations on my blog. I linked back here, and also to your Last Supper craft. Would love it if you come say hello over at Joyful Mama's Place sometime!

  21. Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Thank you so very much!!!

  22. This is the best thing EVER!

    Thank you so much for the download!

  23. Beautiful!! Great tool for Easter Sunday Lacy!! I just post it about it in my blog!! Have a blessed Holy Week!

  24. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you!

  25. I just finished making this for my daughter. Thank you. Thank you. I just posted about it.

  26. Ahh! Lacy!!! You have got to make the coolest stuff ever!!! Thank you so much for posting all of your time, talent, and treasure. We Catholic families are benefiting from your stewardship!
    God Bless and may you have a wonderful Holy Week!!!


  28. I love this! I'm planning on doing the prep work and having the kids in our nursery rooms do this on Sunday. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us! :)

  29. I just completed this craft with our 8 & 5 year old -- the 8-year-old was wanting to conduct one of the occasional "sacrifice classes" he conducts for the family & this was the perfect craft. Thank you also for the idea about clear contact paper. The set-up looks terrific. Especially in the watercolors.

  30. Thank you for this wonderful craft! I laminated the set for longevity and found that the plastic is sturdy enough to stand on its own without a paper roll - they also look lovely when the light shines through them.

  31. Lacy,

    In your spare time, you could be a children's book illustrator. Beautiful!


  32. This is remarkable. What an adorable little project. I will be doing this tomorrow with my kindergardener. How sweet. It is so nice of you to make and offer this to all of us for free. What a blessing!

    Have a blessed Easter week!

  33. Thank you, thank you for sharing your talents and ideas with all of us, who just mooch off your awesomeness. :) Happy Triduum!

  34. Once again, you've created a wonderful and beautiful tool. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. God has given you a great gift and I think that we are all blessed that you share so as to build up His Church.

  35. It's a rainy day here in NY, so we are coloring our eggs and these pages! Thank you so much, my 8, 5, and 2 year old are so excited for this!

  36. We really enjoyed this activity. Thanks! Happy Easter!

  37. This is exactly what I was hoping to find to retell the Easter story and have it on display in the homes of the families of the children in our Faith Formation program.
    It is awesome and reinforces what we teach about Easter.
    Happy Easter season!

  38. Thank you for sharing your wonderful, God-given talents with the rest of us.
    God Bless.
    This is such a cool activity and a welcome addition to any Catholic (or Christian) home.

  39. Thank you!!! We prepared a set of "characters" as part of our Good Friday activities. We made a tomb last year out of chicken wire and paper mache (wow, was that an undertaking!) and this was the perfect project to compliment that. It would be great if you could add more people for next year. The kids like acting out the whole story. You could go nuts - Mary the Mother of God, Pilate, Caiaphas and the missing apostles would be excellent. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

    We also made the resurrection rolls and had the napkin holders at breakfast - you really were the icing on our Catholic cake! :-)

  40. this is just the perfect activity for my third grade kids :)
    im plaaning to make a 3D poster with the cut outs during our class!

    Thank you!!

  41. Thank you so much! This will be perfect for my class!

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