Making A Cross Necklace Out of Nails – Kid Friendly Things To Do .com

Beautiful Cross made from nails! What a cool craft for Easter, Faith, or just for everyday!

I’m bringing this one out of the archives, today. It’s a beautiful Cross Necklace Made out of Nails craft that I posted 2 years ago, and it’s perfect for Easter time. Here it is…

I meant to post this craft at Easter time, but we were moving into our new house, and time just slipped away. I think this is such a cool idea for making cross necklaces, or key chains.

You’ll Need:

  • 4 Cut Nails – the ones shown are 2 inches
  • Hemp Cord – about 24 inches
  • Glue dots
  • Optional – jewelry wire

Now:

  • Beautiful Cross made from nails! What a cool craft for Easter, Faith, or just for everyday!
  • Using the image above as your guide, take 2 of the Cut Nails and place them opposite of each other
  • Use glue dots to secure them in place
  • Do that again with another pair of Cut Nails
  • Now form the 2 pairs of nails into a cross
  • Use a glue dot to secure them
  • Take the hemp, and at the middle of the cord, start wrapping it into a X pattern around the middle of the nail
  • When you are finished, tie a knot on the back
  • *So the weight of the necklace does not make it top heavy – Use another glue dot to secure the cord to the top of the necklace (You can use hot glue, or Fabri-Tac (my favorite craft glue) for a stronger bond
  • *Another option would be to take jewelry wire and wrap the cord to the necklace so it makes it’s way up to the top of the nails and secure with the wire at the top
  • Tie the ends of the cord into a knot

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~ Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

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10 Comments

  1. Angela Liechty

    I am looking for nails like this to make necklaces at vbs. I have made them a few years ago and I would love to make them again. If you could tell me where you found these nails I would so appreciate it.

    • Hi Angela. It’s been a while, but I believe I found some at a local hardware store – Menards. Home Depot, or Lowes would be good options, too. I wish I could find the necklace to go compare at the store and give you a more specific answer on the type and length that was used. I hopped on Amazon real quick and included some links to Amazon above for you. I like the rusty looking masonry cut nails, too. The metal looking ones are referred to as cut nails or steel cut nails. I hope this helps.

  2. Hi Melissa, making the nail cross as a church project. Could you please tell me the size of the glue dots you used ? Small,medium or large. Thank you, Sara Jane

    • I can’t say from experience. This was actually a craft that my son’s Sunday School Teacher did with him. I loved it so much, I shared it on the blog. I have had plenty of experience with glue dots. The bigger you go, the sticker they get. The nails will need plenty of adhesive to keep their bond. I would use large. They have the best hold. If they are too bulky for the nails, you can always trim them with scissors by cutting them in half. I hope this helps. It is a beautiful craft.

      • Thank you Melissa for getting back to me so quickly…I certainly try the larger glue dots ! Sara Jane

  3. Donna Carroll

    Do the glue dots continue to let the nails move, or do they eventually hold tight?

    • The glue dots hold the nails together, but they won’t harden up into a tight bond, like super glue will. Glue dots are tacky and should give a strong enough hold to keep the nails in place as you, or the kids, secure them with the rope. They are kind of there to just lend an extra hand holding the cross for you as you wrap it with the rope. You can still wiggle the nails around and twist them back and forth, but the rope keeps them from pulling apart. The glue dots are a great sealant in this craft because they are tacky – they hold objects together immediately without waiting on them to dry, and they form to whatever you need. If you used hot glue, the glue dries so hard that it could make an unwanted space between the nails. You can squeeze the glue dots so there is little or no space. Again, The rope that wraps around the center of the cross is what really keeps them secure. If you are looking for a stronger bond between the nails…I’m sure that you could use some kind of super glue or even a sealant to bind the nails together completely. I hope this helps. I have the cross necklace in front of me as I write this. It truly is a beautiful necklace. 🙂

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