How to Decorate Homemade Wooden Crosses

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Crosses can be both a decorative item and a way to show your faith. Many people also use wooden crosses to memorialize a family member after death. Decorating a wooden cross for a garden or other outdoor display means adding a personal touch to a traditional icon. As an artistic project or way to honor a loved one, decorating a wooden cross can be a healing way to express yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Vice
  • Grapevine or barbed wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Heavy duty staples
  • Staple gun
  • Heavy gloves or garden gloves
  • Clear lacquer spray
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Clear glue sticks
  • Craft glass rounds
  • Clear silicone caulk

Religious Reflection

Sparkling Tribute

Tips & Warnings

  • Seal all outdoor wooden crosses with a clear weatherproof sealant.
  • Always check the labels of paints and sealants to make sure they are weather resistant when using your wooden crosses outdoors.

References

  • Photo Credit wooden cross image by Georgios Kollidas from Fotolia.com vice image by Tomasz Plawski from Fotolia.com Barbed wire image by Hlynur Vidar from Fotolia.com heavy duty stapler image by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com work gloves image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com cross image by Gonçalo Carreira from Fotolia.com staples image by Alex White from Fotolia.com spray with a cap image by Yasen Pramatarov from Fotolia.com croix image by laurent gehant from Fotolia.com Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com red and white glass pieces image by Vita Vanaga from Fotolia.com white glass image by Vita Vanaga from Fotolia.com colorful glass pebbles image by Yali Shi from Fotolia.com
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