Saint Josephine Bakhita’s feast day is right around the corner, February 8th, and I came up with this fun, easy, simple craft that you can do with your kiddos.



First, a quick little interesting fact about Saint Josephine Bakhita is she wore a double-sided necklace. On the front side was an image of Our Lady of Sorrows and on the backside were images of the tools used to inflict suffering onto Jesus, which was drawn by the foundress, St Magdalene of Canossa. These pictures were framed in gold and/or brass with glass and hung from a black, silk woven cord. The Sisters also would put their own private messages to Jesus between the two pictures! 

Today I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to make necklaces just like the one Saint Josephine Bakhita and her fellow sisters wore.

Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Black crafting cord –
  • Gold Glitter Glue




1. Print and cut out all three ovals

Saint Josephine Bakhita Craft

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2. Measure and cut a piece of black ribbon according to the desired length. I used 1/4″ black grosgrain ribbon which I felt was the perfect width for this craft. I ended up cutting our ribbon to about 27 inches long.


3. On the blank oval, write a note to Jesus. My kids who can’t write just drew pictures.


4. Staple only the sides and bottom the three ovals together in this order:

    1. FRONT -Our Lady of Sorrows
    2. MIDDLE – blank/ oval with message
    3. BACK – image with the cross (facing out so you can see it)


5. Using the stapler, attach the black ribbon to the ovals. I placed the ends in between two of the layers at the top, then stapled it shut.

6. Once the necklace was put together, add the gold glitter glue to the edge of the Our Lady of Sorrows image.

After the glitter is dry, you can then put them on and enjoy your new Saint Josephine Bakhita necklaces.


My kids really enjoyed this craft. It is so adorable to see the cute little notes and drawings they made for Jesus. This makes for a great, easy craft to do for Saint Josephine’s feast day.


RELATED POST: If you liked this craft, check out this Saint Rose of Lima crown craft.

Saint Josephine Bakhita Craft

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