| This craft is another alternative to the traditional butterfly idea that often accompanies this lesson. It looks at the life of Nicodemus, as displayed in John’s Gospel. The composition is really simple for this craft, with the hardest element being cutting the shapes – if you have younger children you may want to pre-cut in part.
This style craft is also avalible for the story of the woman at the well and the events of Easter.
|Print the PDF template onto paper or thin card. There are 2 pages, and you will need both irrespective of if you choose to use paper plates or not. There is a QR code on the template so you can refer back to the photographs if you get stuck.
You will also need a glue stick, and scissors. You may want a sheet of card or paper plate to secure the base. The printout contains condensed instructions and illustrations to help you.
I’ve had mulitiple requests for this template without colour. As this craft depicts night events it calls for a lot of dark backgrounds – if you can’t print in colour printing it in shades of grey gives the best results (you can add colour highlights), if you really want no colour at all then use THIS LINK.
|Cut around all the shapes, and fold the supporting tabs. You may want to leave a border for the characters as they can be fiddly – alternatively print on plastic or acetate. As you can see the tabs don’t need to be flush with the end of the characters.|
|The tabs for the backdrops go in opposite directions, the middle ones fold backwards and the edge ones forward. These tabs support the structure and, though only one set is needed, both make it sturdy.|
|Start by making the base. You may want to mount the base to the underside of a paper plate or thick card. (I added a thin card base at the end.)
Add glue to the end of the backdrops (above the end tabs) and glue them together. Make sure you get the order correct!
|Apply glue to the supporting tabs and, using the preprinted lines as a rough guide, stick the backdrops in place. It is easier to stick the outside tabs first. Use a pen or scissors handle to smooth down and secure the central tabs.|
|Taking each character, or object, make sure the tab is folded cleanly and apply glue. The tombstone and grass go with the tomb picture and the pebbles accompany the night-time image.|
3 paper plate method – take each of your paper plates and fold them in half, then fold one half of the plate in half again. The single folded half will become the base and the double folded half the backdrop. Staple the backdrops together and glue the images onto them. Cut the words from the printout to stick to the base. Thanks to Kari for pointing out this short-cut.