Homemade Cross

Collecting crosses makes me happy.  I find great joy in searching for the perfect cross and LOVE finding unique ones to add to my collection. Over the years as I’ve gone into friends homes, I’ve noticed I’m not the only one who shares in this love.  It’s really neat to see how a wall can look and how together they can form a beautiful masterpiece.  During my last year as coordinator for our local MOPS group, I wanted to give some of the women in our group a personal gift for all of their hard work to the ministry.  I was searching for the perfect cross, but didn’t have a lot of money to purchase one I had my eye on.  I decided to make a few of my own and they turned out beautiful. I found all of the material at Hobby Lobby (the great thing about this store is if you plan your shopping just right, you can find decorative cross decor half off!).  Always check the ad for Hobbby Lobby before you shop to make sure your not paying full price!  And…make sure  you use your 40% coupon valid on one single item full price item to have a frugalistic craft purchase. The total amount spent on this project cost me twelve dollars. Below you will see how easy and fun it can be to make this beautiful cross for one of your special occasions without spending a fortune.

finished cross

Items you will need:

1 antique silver wall cross for the base.

1 resin scroll cross for the middle

black cross embelishment for the top

Parawire non – tarnish copper wire

Glue gun

screw driver

scissors

First, plug your glue gun in, I like to let it sit for awhile so that it will be nice and hot when I’m ready to use.   Next, take the small screws and hook off the back of your resin scroll cross (this will be the one you will use for your middle).  You will be making your own hook from the wire you purchased so no need to keep unless of course you want to use for something else.

Wirecross backing 2

You will see several different wire sizes to choose from.  I chose this because it was thin enough to work with without breaking easily.  Cut about six inches (I just eyeball this) of wire and twist the two bottoms tightly together.  Cross backing

Turn your antique silver wall cross over and place your prepared wire in between your silver wall cross and resin scroll cross. Once you have this like you want, glue the two crosses together capturing the wired between the two crosses and let dry completely.Side view of cross

Here is a side view of the way it should look.  You want to make sure the wire is long enough to hang comfortably.  Finally add your black embelishment cross on top of your resin scroll cross by using your glue gun.  finished cross

This is how it will look when it’s completed! You can use a black sharpie to write something nice on the back and there it is…your beautiful frugal masterpiece!  Do you have any frugal gift ideas?

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