Our Most Popular Women’s Retreat Crafts

Find our most popular Christian women’s retreat crafts here. They’re all so much fun to do especially with a great group of friends!

Throughout the last several years, Loving Christ Ministries has organized and led several women’s retreats.

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At each, I try to plan a variety of hands-on activities in order to provide an opportunity for the women to work together for a common goal in a small group setting and have something tangible to take away.

It’s my prayer that as the ladies glance at their takeaway throughout their busy days, a thought or memory of the retreat will remind them of the love God has for them.

Over time, I’ve learned which retreat crafts work best. The ladies definitely have their favorites! With every retreat, I try to include new activities but also offer some repeats of the most commonly requested ones.

There never seems to be enough time to do all we want to do. I guess that means we need to hold more retreats! 

Most commonly requested crafts at Loving Christ retreats

Click on each craft title or image for directions and needed supplies:

Polymer Clay Pens

Polymer clay pens are quick and simple to make and are perfect for your next retreat. Everyone will be thrilled with their useful and super cute takeaway.

image of Polymer Clay with title text overlay - Easy Steps for Making Polymer Clay Pens

Beautifully Broken Things

Kintsugi helps us learn that even through brokenness beauty can be created. The same is true for us and what God can do to make us beautiful for His glory.

Beautifully Broken Things | Kintsugi - Repairing Japanese Pottery - women creating Kintsugi

Faithful Frames and Prayer Plaques

These Faithful Frames and Prayer Plaques turn out beautifully and are super easy to do. Perfect for your next women’s ministry event.

image of women making faithful frames and prayer plaques - How to Make Prayer Plaques and Faithful Frames | Loving Christ Ministries

Crochet for Christ

This simple crochet activity is a perfect women’s retreat resource. Use this Crochet for Christ activity at a ministry meeting or retreat.

image of women crocheting with title text overlay - Crochet for Christ Retreat Craft

Horseshoe Nail Crosses

How to Make a Horseshoe Nail Cross – These beautiful horseshoe nail crosses make a beautiful takeaway for the ladies at your retreat. 

image of horseshoe nail cross with title text overlay - How to Make a Horseshoe Nail Cross

We’ve also had cake decorating sessions and painting on canvas lessons.

Another more complex ‘craft’ we’ve done is coating our faces with Vaseline and then layering plaster gauze on for our plaster gauze masks, and another time we did a similar activity except that we made plaster gauze hands.

I’m always looking for new ideas for fun, frugal, meaningful retreat crafts. 

Here are a few crafts we plan to try from other websites:

DIY Sharpie Mugs from Living Well, Spending Less

DIY Bench Cushion Covers from Be Brave and Bloom

Washer Jewelry and Marble Magnets from Women’s Ministry Toolbox

Paper Clip Angel from The Crafty Mummy

Friendship in a Jar from Alison Zeller

DIY Message Stones from Intimate Weddings

I don’t consider myself a crafty person, but I always love to create something with faith friends.

Crafts are a great way to bring everyone together and encourage them. Plus, they get a great takeaway.

I’d love to know what retreat crafts you’ve offered at your retreats. Please comment below and let me know!

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Our Most Popular Retreat Crafts

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  1. Thanks for all the retreat themes. They are a great resource. We have done a variety of crafts relating to our retreat themes like painting rocks and seashells, making ornaments, creating journals and Blessing Bags. This year we are making Gratitude Garlands. I love your additional ideas.

    1. I love the idea of painting seashells. We’ve painted rocks but not seashells. Ornament making would be great for an event in late fall. Thanks so much for your ideas and your kind comment!

  2. What great ideas! I’m saving this on Pinterest now! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link to the washer necklaces on my site… I did them two years in a row at our high school Youth summer camp – the girls (and even the guys) LOVED them!

    1. Cyndee, We have a retreat coming up, and I plan to try out the washer necklaces. I’m so excited and know the ladies will love them. Thank you for the post and for stopping by here to comment! ~Julie

    2. I really like the washer necklace idea for our retreat. I had a question about the “rub on’s”. I am not familiar with what this is. Can you give me further instruction where I would find the rub on’s and what you use to seal the washers. Thanks so much!

      1. Hi Denise. I bought rub ons from Hobby Lobby although I also found them at Michael’s. A search on their websites will show you what they have. I have Mod Podge clear spray sealer to seal them. Cyndee may have some other ideas, too.

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