This post is a part of the Bible Christmas Crafts for Kids series.
The Jesus the Light of the World Christmas Craft for Kids was created especially for you by Michelle Hubbard from Hubbard’s Cupboard.
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As we enter the Christmas season, it’s important to take time to focus on the true reason we celebrate – the birth of Jesus, our Savior!
Each December, when our children were younger, our family would go through a daily activity guide that I created called Celebrating Christmas. We’d countdown the days until Christmas using our star charts, memorize Luke 2:1-20, do daily Bible readings, make related crafts, and, of course, participate in some yummy baking (and eating!).
Jesus, the Light of the World
As the kids have grown older, we’ve turned to the study of the names of Jesus. We are currently on our second year of His Great Name: Jesus and are memorizing John 1:1-18. In this passage, we can tie in several names Jesus is referred to, such as the Word, Creator, etc. Jesus is also described as the true light…
The true light that gives light to every man
was coming into the world.
The long awaited, promised Messiah was coming into the world! And He was (and is) the true light who illumines the way to reconciliation with God and eternal life with Him. Jesus Himself even said…
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
Are you looking for a meaningful decoration for your home or searching for a gift to share with others that reflects this truth and the Light of Christ at Christmas? Why not enlist the assistance of some of your older children and create these lovely Jesus, the Light of the World Jar Candles!
I have come into the world as a light,
so that no one who believes in me
should stay in darkness.
~ John 12:46
Jesus, the Light of the World Christmas Craft for Kids
Check out this quick video showing you how to assemble your jar candle craft for kids:
Supplies Needed to Make Your Jesus, the Light of the World Christmas Craft for Kids
- Smooth, clear, quart size mason jar
- Contact Paper
- Free Printables at Hubbard’s Cupboard
- Light of the World Star Patterns
- Light of the World Scripture Tags
- Christmas Gift Bag Tags
- Krylon Glitter Blast Diamond Dust Spray Paint
- Evergreen Garland
- Red Glitter Balls (decorative Christmas balls), 20-25 per jar
- Candle (battery operated, for safety)
- Christmas Ribbon (5/8 inches wide)
- Hot Glue Gun and sticks
- Cardstock (red and white)
- Hole Punch
- Optional: Printable Gift Tags, Curling Ribbon, Tissue Paper, and Gift Bag
Hot Glue Gun with 25pcs Glue SticksNeenah Bright White Card Stock, 65lbNeenah Astrobrights Premium Color Card Stock, 65 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, Re-Entry Red1-Hole PunchKrylon Glitter Blast Diamond DustCon-Tact Brand Clear Covering Self-Adhesive FilmChristmas Decor Artificial Pine GarlandsPolka Dot Craft RibbonOrnament Balls RedBattery-powered Flameless LED Tealight CandlesWestcott Recycled 8-Inch Straight Scissor (16451)
Creating Your Jesus Light of the World Christmas Craft for Kids
1) Trace the star patterns onto contact paper.
2) Cut out the star shapes from the contact paper.
3) Attach one large star and a few smaller stars to the outside of the clear mason jar.
4) Spray paint the outside of the mason jar.
Please make sure to do this step in a well ventilated area with your floor and surroundings protected in case of possible over spray. Ensure that you follow all of the stated instructions on the can for safety. I would also suggest that a responsible teen or adult perform this step. As for a how-to tip: We turned our jars upside down as we were spraying and had great results!
5) Allow the painted jar(s) to air dry completely.
Ours took about 30 minutes to air dry, but there could be many variables that affect the drying time. Please make sure that the paint is thoroughly dry before proceeding with the next step.
6) Carefully remove the contact paper stars from the jar.
This was our family’s favorite step! Lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ could be heard as each clear star was revealed amidst a shimmering backdrop!
7) Cut the evergreen garland into a 14 inch long strip (approximately).
8) Layer the following into your jar: garland, red glitter balls, and a battery operated candle.
9) Cut 2 strips of Christmas ribbon per jar.
One ribbon should measure approximately 16 inches long and the other 18 inches long.
10) Use a hot glue gun to secure the 16 inch length of ribbon to the rimmed edge of the jar.
Let any excess ribbon criss-cross and hang down. Use another dot of hot glue to secure the ribbon where it crosses.
11) Print the Light of the World Scripture Tag onto white cardstock.
Cut the paper to form a 2 1/2 by 3 inch tag. We adjusted our printer settings to be able to print multiples on a page, getting 8 tags per sheet.
12) Create your Jesus, the Light of the World gift tags.
Cut the red cardstock into 2 by 3 1/2 inch pieces. Then, layer the red cardstock under your white Scripture Tag. Next, use a hole punch to make a hole along the top edge, in the center of the grouped tags.
13) Tie the ribbon to the tag.
Using the 18 inch long ribbon that you cut previously, thread through the holes and form a bow. You may wish to fold over your ribbon on the back of your tag and use a dab of hot glue so that your ribbons show from the front the way you desire.
14) Use the hot glue gun to attach the ribbon and tag to the decorative jar.
15) Wrap your Jesus, the Light of the World jar.
If desired, place the jar into a gift bag with tissue. Add a tag. Then, deliver to brighten someone’s day this Christmas season and to share Jesus – the one true Light of the World!
Many blessings to you all this Christmas as you reflect on the wonder of Jesus – the Light of the World that shines brightly in the midst of darkness.
You can find Michelle creating printables and sharing ideas for joyful learning experiences at Hubbard’s Cupboard – where she has been an educational web author for over 17 years. She is a follower of Jesus, wife to a missionary software developer, and a homeschool mama to 5 sweet blessings. She craves dark chocolate, thrives on organization, and has a strong desire to see the next generation grow in their love for Christ and the Word of God.
I hope your family is blessed by our new Bible Christmas Crafts for Kids series here at Thinking Kids. We have 10 amazing bloggers joining us to bring you a series of fun crafts to help your family continue to focus on the birth of Jesus.
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