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How to make decorative crosses

Updated April 17, 2017

It doesn't matter if it's for religious or artistic purposes, decorative crosses are popular items. If you want to use an artistic cross as an interior design accent but cannot afford to buy one, there are several different ways to make decorative crosses at home. You can use wood, clay, paper, glass, metal, plastic or just about anything else to create a cross. To create a moderately simple and fancy decorative cross, you need to make a 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 foot) tall wooden cross that is 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick.

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  1. Spread the newspaper over a flat working surface and place the wood cross flat on the paper. Use the ruler and pencil to create straight vertical lines across the decorative cross. Space the lines 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) apart, starting in the middle of the cross body and going outward along each arm. This should create a vertical striped pattern on the cross with long lines down the middle and short lines on the arms.

  2. Use a small hand saw to evenly cut the line marks about 8 mm (1/3 inch) deep into the decorative cross. Lightly sand the wood cross to make sure all the surfaces are smooth. Do not sand away the stripes. Dust the sawdust from the cross with a rag.

  3. Cover the wood with an even layer of metallic gold spray paint. Let the paint soak into the cuts to create a subtle, striped pattern on the wood. Make sure to paint the thin sides of the cross as well. Let the paint dry.

  4. Take a metal or plastic gold bead with a 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter and use superglue to secure it along the 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick side of the decorative cross. Repeat process until beads are secured around the entire edge of the cross. Let the glue dry.

  5. Make a small bead cross in the middle-front of the decorative cross using nine beads to create the vertical line with three beads on each side to create the horizontal line. Once you know the exact placement required, glue the beads to the wood. Let the glue dry.

  6. Cover the wood and beads with a light layer of gold spray paint and let the paint dry. The extra coat makes the wood colour solid, disguises superglue stains and covers the beads to fix any scratches.

  7. Tip

    There are several different decorative cross styles you can create using the same basic steps as this project. You can cut the stripes horizontally, at an angle or in zigzags. Make a springtime decorative cross with lilac spray paint and flower-patterned beads. You can also make a funky cross with royal purple spray paint and silver beads. You can even cover the entire cross shape with assorted beads.

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Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Wood cross, 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Small hand saw
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Gold spray paint
  • Gold beads, 2.5 cm (1 inch)
  • Superglue

About the Author

A writer since 2000, Aya Pauli has covered a variety of topics including food, fashion, beauty, health, parenting, education, decor and crafts. Her award-winning recipes have been published in food magazines such as "Taste of Home," and she is also the author of a salad cookbook. Pauli's craft projects appear in major manufacturer websites, including Dow Styrofoam. She also holds a CDA in early childhood education and works as a preschool teacher in Wyoming.

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