Making Crosses

paisleyCross(Paraclete Press, 2009)

I have no artistic training.

I have no religious training.

I have spent huge chunks of my life not listening to God.

Yet, I wrote a book on a new physical type of prayer that asks God to come near while you make a cross from broken and found objects.


You know what they say about God’s mysterious ways.

After the tragedy of 9/11, I began making tentative crosses from stuff I found lying around the house. The crosses were encouraged by a few kind souls, and gradually I became intentional about the practice. The idea for a book emerged and the book Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God came into being, published by Paraclete Press in 2009.

Following the book’s release, I spent two years leading workshops on making crosses. I still welcome the opportunity to do so; I don’t charge a fee; I appreciate an honorarium.

Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God (Paraclete Press, 2009). By Ellen Morris Prewitt. Available on andbarnesandnoble.comNow, on Wednesday mornings, I make crosses at a church service for those living on the streets—we make lots of chip bag crosses using potato chip bags picked up in the neighborhood.

Potato Chip Bag Cross


If you’re searching for a different way to connect with God, give the book a look-see—I hope you won’t be disappointed.


Making Crosses — 5 Comments

    • Hmm, let me think. For a long time, I had a website,, with a community feature where followers could post pics of crosses. But then the administrator changed policies and began charging a whopping fee for the service, so I had to discontinue it. I have my author page here on Facebook. Lately, it’s been about writing and making Thumb Prayers, which is a thing I began doing. I’ll post some cross pics, though, and invite others to do so as well. Hope that helps.

    • Thank you for calling this to my attention. I have so many photos on this website that from time to time, they drop. I will get my webmaster to fix it. In the meantime, I’ll try to see if I can add it back in. I don’t have any instructions on this. I rolled up each bag, beginning at the seam that isn’t open so air doesn’t get trapped in it. Then I flattened them some and held them in the roll with tape. I attached them to each other with twist ties from the bread loafs we used to make sandwiches with. Feel free to ask anything else. Thanks for getting in touch.

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