Jesus’ Name Optical Illusion Craft

The older kids did this craft for VBS last summer.  It requires quite a bit of prep work and is complicated, so you’ll definitely have to plan ahead if you want to make it.  It looks so cool when it’s finished, though!

Start by cutting some boards.  Ours measure 8 3/4″ L x 2 3/8″ W.  Stain the wood and let it dry.


Next, it’s time to cut the craft sticks.  When you’re making a lot of these, it’s easier to bundle the craft sticks and cut several at a time.  (Cut according to list below.)  Write the number of the pieces on their little masking tape belt.  Here is a breakdown of the craft stick pieces that each child will need for their craft:

  • Piece #1 (1 7/8″ L) — use 6
  • Piece #2 (1 1/2″ L) — use 2
  • Piece #3 (1″ L) — use 1
  • Piece #4 (3/4″ L) — use 6


This is the printed template which is used to help kids complete the craft.  It’s probably easiest to scan a completed project and paste it into a computer document twice.  Make sure you leave room above each photocopied “Jesus” to cut out a rectangle for the template.



Cut out a 8″ x 1 7/8″ rectangle from the paper, directly above the printed “Jesus.”  Tape paper to block, with cut out area centered on face of wood block.  This shows kids the work area, helps them line up their pieces with the sample pieces, and keeps everything straight.  Kids just follow the printed example and glue their craft stick pieces in place!

Though this isn’t the easiest craft out there, it’s a great one for older kids and I think you’ll be pleased with the results!


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7 Responses

  1. Catherine

    Thanks for posting this – it’s not easy to find good instructions for this project 🙂
    I couldn’t find the printable template that’s mentioned in the posting. Is there a PDF I can print? If there is, can you direct me to the link?

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