Craft projects provide kids with an opportunity to learn about abstract ideas and concepts through hands-on activities, artistic experimentation and personal discovery. Pair Bible lessons for teens with craft activities to reinforce Christian messages through art.
1. Mini Bible Pendant Necklace
Encourage teens to always keep their favorite psalms and verses close to their hearts with this simple jewelry craft. Give teens a piece of white multiuse paper, a pencil, a ruler and scissors. Instruct kids to draw 16 rectangles, about 2 1/2 centimeters long by 3 centimeters wide, and cut them out. These will be the Bible pages. Cut two rectangles from a piece of leather or vinyl presentation cover, each measuring the same size, but slightly bigger than the pages. Use a scissor point or needle to make four holes along the left side of both covers and the pages, ensuring they align. Stack the rectangles together, with the pages in between the two covers. Thread an open jump ring through each hole, from the bottom cover up through the 16 pages and the top cover, and close the ring with pliers. Attach and close a final jump ring through the top ring in the bound mini Bible to thread a piece of cord through, forming a necklace. Once the pendant necklace is together, encourage teens to decorate the cover of their mini Bibles with a fine-tipped paint pen and then fill the pages inside with their favorite Biblical quotes.
2. Stained Glass Window Art
Challenge teens to think of a few symbols that represent a story from the Bible. An apple, a fig leaf and a snake, for example, symbolize the story of Adam and Eve. Draw an arched window frame on black construction paper with a piece of chalk or white crayon. Then, have the kids draw their symbols In the center of the window. Instruct teens to cut the symbols out from the paper, leaving the window frame intact. Encourage them to make irregular-shaped cuts around their symbols, staying within the frame. When finished, tape pieces of colored tissue paper over the cut out spaces, cut the window frame out, turn them over and hang them a sunny window for a stained glass effect.
Shoebox dioramas allow teens to recreate scenes from their favorite Bible stories. Provide kids with plenty of objects and items to use in scene construction. Clay, plastic aquarium accessories, straw, small figurines, wooden craft sticks, miniature dollhouse furniture, toy farm animals and other simple items can turn a plain, empty shoebox into a small-scale snapshot of meaningful biblical events with just a little imagination and creativity. Make Nativity scene dioramas for Christmas decorations, or capture the crucifixion with a recreation of Golgotha. For a class project, create three-dimensional stations of the cross with a group diorama project. Assign a different station to each group and display them in order when finished.
4. Prayer Plaques
Prayer plaques allow teens to personalize their favorite prayers and create meaningful decor for bedrooms, dining rooms, classrooms or other places where they pray. Have kids paint on pre-finished wooden plaques from the craft store, or make a plaque from scratch out of cardboard or other sturdy paper material. Encourage teens to choose a favorite biblical psalm or verse, or create their own poem to recite as a prayer.