How to Make a Cross with a Nail

Updated November 21, 2016

Many Christians wear cross jewellery as an outward affirmation of their faith. For Christians, the cross serves as a reminder of the Crucifixion of Jesus, who they believe died for the world's sins and was resurrected. This tale is one of the most important parts of the Christian faith, making cross necklaces powerfully symbolic for Christians. Some cross pendants are even made from nails as a symbol of how Jesus died. You can make these crosses at home with a few supplies. Making them also can be an educational activity for Sunday school lessons or a vacation Bible school craft.

Wash the masonry nails with dish soap and dry with a soft cloth to remove oils and treatments on the nails. Masonry nails are wedge-shaped rather than cylindrical like traditional nails. One nail should be about 3 inches long and the other should be about 1½ inches long.

Using a hot glue gun, put a drop of hot glue on the centre of the shorter nail and press the larger nail into it so that the nails cross each other. The larger nail should extend about 1 inch above and 2 inches below the shorter nail.

Cut about 6 inches of craft wire and place it across the front of the cross so the end is on the centre and the rest sticks out between the top and left arms of the cross. Wrap the wire behind the cross so it sticks out between the right and bottom arms. Repeat two or three times.

Wrap the wire across the back of the top arm and down so it sticks out between the left and bottom cross arms then up so it sticks out between the top and right arms. Wrap the wire around the cross this way two or three more times, creating a wire X in the centre of the cross.

Bring the wire to the back of the cross and slip it up through the horizontal loop of wire across the back of the top arm of your cross. Bend the wire down to make a loop about the size of your pinky finger nail and twist the loop two or three times to make it secure. Snip off the excess wire. This creates a loop for a cord or chain.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 masonry nails
  • Dish soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Craft wire
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