Painted Saints Passion Play 2015

2 Kelly Saints Cathedrals

These little Wooden Painted Saints have been getting a lot of attention!

Cracker Box Cathedral helperWe recently made TWO different Churches with our new Cathedral Clipart Craft Kit

…one with a wooden barn from Michaels and the other from a family sized Goldfish Cracker box: Cracker Box Cathedral!


castle of saintsOur little Wooden Painted Saints are the smaller size. They are 1.5″ and that makes them PERFECT for Lego castles and playsets we already have including Fisher Price and Strawberry Shortcake…you name it!

We even posted a Decoupage Saint Tutorial to convert Lacy’s  Printable Peg Dolls from the 3″ wooden dolls she uses …to our 1.5″ size.


I made an extra set of the little Decoupage Saints just for Adam and I find Bridget playing with them too!

Bridge and Adam saints

The Egg Carton Passion Play I made last year makes me think that I need to paint more Apostles…although some of the saints I have already painted may be able to double as Apostles or ‘extras’ in the Passion Play scene!

That’s right… I fit all of Jesus’ Public Ministry on earth …into an egg carton.

painted saints passion play
The actual egg cups of the egg carton are reserved for Holy Week, beginning with the Entry into Jerusalem, the room hosting the Last Supper, the Garden of Gesthemane, Pilate’s Palace, the Way of the Cross, Golgotha and the Tomb.

You will notice an extra little egg cup added to create what will become the Empty Tomb.

This egg carton already had holes in the peaks between the egg cups, and I discovered a cross made out of wooden chopsticks sits nicely in place.

Rather than leave the inside of the lid blank, I decided to create a setting for other key events in Jesus’ Public Life: the Jordan where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Desert where Jesus spent 40 days and faced temptations from the devil and some green space for Jesus to preach, teach, heal the sick and perform miracles.

Egg Carton Passion PlayI created a few little soldiers and added them to a couple Apostles I had already created. I discovered that some of the other 22 Saints I have made make great extras…Apostles and faithful women.  Now that I have painted our entire family…the kids can even place themselves in the crowd.

Paint and a little detail…go a long way with a little imagination. I used a clear varnish as a final coat to protect the surfaces and to help the little egg carton to withstand some serious play.

passionplay in an egg carton I was able to glue gun two cut pieces of a wooden chopstick into a cross. The wood is soft enough that I was able to use an X-acto knife for cutting and carving.

Jesus stays in place on the cross with one little Rainbow Loom elastic, but you could use any elastic (the smaller the better).

After 3pm on Good Friday, Jesus is removed from the cross and placed in the covered tomb in the last egg cup of the carton. On Easter Sunday, the tomb is found empty


…and perhaps Jesus is standing on top, greeting the women and the Apostles.

Jesus Passion PlayThis will be a great table centerpiece during Holy Week, but having it available throughout Lent helps to keep us focused… and offers a great visual for the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross.


Will YOU make a Passion Play for YOUR Wooden Painted Saints?

Do you have the bigger 3″ Painted Saints? Any ideas of what to use to make a Passion Play set for the larger Painted Saints?

  • recycled cardboard boxes
  • cardboard packing inserts for electrical goods (or fruit!)
  • clementine crates
  • Styrofoam inserts (can you paint Styrofoam?)
  • shoebox
  • dollar store crates/boxes
  • pizza box

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What are you plucking out of your recycling box for your own Passion Play? Tell me in the comments!

inside_the_Treasure_Chest_2There are a number of craft ideas in A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families…to make YOUR own Passion Play with materials you likely have at home!



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