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Story Time Art: Holy Week Cross


We have really come to enjoy these precious Baby Believer board books from Catechesis Books. Holy Week by Danielle Hitchen and illustrated by Jessica Blanchard is just what I was looking for when it comes to sharing the importance of the season of Lent with my girls.

The simple language and gorgeous illustrations really help me break down this time of year for kids. I really love how the different emotions of holy week are illustrated with an emphasis on color. We were able to discuss how it’s okay to feel sad that Jesus died as we remember that day, but then we are joyful because he is RISEN and can truly rejoice in his resurrection.

This book sparked an idea to create art using different colored dot markers to represent all the different emotions we go through in preparing our hearts for Easter. Simple, but also impactful!


Gather your supplies:

  • 12″ x 12″ blue or teal paper
  • 11″ x 8″ purple paper
  • 12″ Strips of yellow or gold glitter paper (or plain yellow paper)
  • Cross template printed onto card stock
  • Dot markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Add color to the cross template using dot markers discussing the different colors from the book and how they associate with the different emotions of holy week. Set aside to dry before you cut. You could also have this cross out out ahead of time, and just have the kids use the dot markers. Up to you!

2. Fold the purple paper in half and cut the corners to make them rounded.

3. Glue purple paper to center of blue background.

4. Glue down glitter paper strips to create a starburst or ray effect to go behind the cross. It actually looks like a snowflake ❄️

5. Cut out the cross and glue to the center of the paper.

This project is super easy and really fun! I loved that my 4 year old and 2 year old could do this together. They really wanted to paint, so we experimented with another background option by printing lines of bright yellow paint (yellow and white mixed together) using cardboard rectangles. If you are up to pulling out some paints, it’s another great option for the background. ☀️ If you want to stick with paper, just use the strips. Either way, it makes for a beautiful project.

Click below to grab your FREE Emotions Cross Template & Project Guide:

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