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Shining Cross Jack O'Lantern Bible Craft


In A Nutshell

Children can make this beautiful Shining Cross Jack O'Lantern Bible craft to decorate for the holidays. Although an adult needs to do the carving, there is much the children can do. Downloadable pattern included.

Shining Cross Jack O'Lantern Bible Craft
Shining Cross Jack O'Lantern Bible Craft


Preschool, Elementary, Tweens, Teens

Estimated Time

30-45 minutes

What You Will Need

  • Pumpkin (about the size of a volley ball)
  • CGC Shining Cross Jack O'Lantern Template (See Downloads Below).
  • Paper (2 pieces)
  • Clear tape
  • Push pin
  • Sharp serrated knife
  • Glitter
  • Shallow pan large enough to hold the pumpkin
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Votive candle


  • Print template on paper and cut out


  • Adult Only: Using a sharp knife, cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin. Angle your cut in to make removal of the top easier.
  • Have child use their hands to scoop out as much of the seeds and stringy membrane as possible. (Note: you may wish to save the seeds to clean and dry for other crafts).
  • Tape the cross template to the front of the pumpkin. You can add the radiating lines with glitter later if you want them.
  • Use the push pin to punch holes outlining the fish. Push the pin through the paper and into the skin of the pumpkin. (This will give you a pattern to follow when cutting).
  • Remove the template.
  • Adult Only: Use the knife to cut out the cross pattern on the pumpkin.
  • Crease the remaining piece of paper in half lengthwise. Open back up and lay flat in the bottom of the pan.
  • Use glue to outline the cross.
  • Place the pumpkin in the pan and sprinkle glitter on the glue.
  • Gently shake off excess glitter onto the paper in the pan.
  • Pick up the paper, fold it allowing the glitter to collect in the crease, then carefully pour the glitter back into the original container.
  • Place candle in bottom of pumpkin and replace lid.
  • Adult Only should light the candle when ready.


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