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I’m always looking for unique, fun and frugal crafts my entire family will enjoy. With Easter just around the corner, I wanted a beautiful craft that focused on the reason for the celebration, the cross. I visualized beautiful stained glass church windows, with the cross as the focal point. However, I knew I didn’t want the expense (or potential dangers of broken glass) of traditional stained glass. So I created my own Faux Stained Glass Easter Crosses!
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Books are an integral part of our educational journey, so anytime we embark on a holiday-themed craft, I always try to find great books to accompany the fun. Here are some of our favorite Easter books:
- The Legend of the Three Trees by Catherine McCafferty – This is perhaps one of my favorite children’s books of all time. There are several versions of this story available, but I personally prefer this one by Catherine McCafferty. In this beautifully illustrated book is the story of three trees with big dreams. When the woodcutters come to chop them down, they fear their dreams won’t be realized. Instead, they learn that God’s plan is always bigger and perfect!
- The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Mike Berenstain – I’ve always been a fan of The Berenstain Bears, both the books and TV show. The wholesome stories share valuable life lessons that are relatable for kids. In The Berestain Bears and the Easter Story, Papa and the cubs are lured by the commercialism of Easter. But Mama is there to remind them of the true reason for the holiday and why we celebrate it.
- The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg VandenBosch – One of our all-time favorite Christmas books is The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered she had another book for the Easter holiday, The Legend of the Easter Egg! This treasure of a book includes gorgeous illustrations and brings a new perspective on the meaning of Easter eggs as an example of the miracle of Easter.
- Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco – We first discovered author Patricia Polacco when our K-3 Book Club read The Bee Tree together and have been a fan ever since. In this uniquely illustrated book, we learn lessons about love and kindness, along with the beautiful tradition of Ukrainian-style Easter eggs.
After enjoying these great books celebrating Easter, the kids and I gathered supplies and created beautiful Easter Cross Faux Stained Glass. To share the love, I’ve packaged the supplies list, easy-to-follow instructions and Easter Cross stained glass templates in this FREEbie: Easter Cross Faux Stained Glass!