The Empty Tomb – an Easter Garden Craft

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” John 20:1

By: Sarah Smith

(No one seems to know where this craft originated but you will find it on-line in various places.  So, shout out to the crafty Mom who came up with this idea!!)

Supplies:  (Keep in mind you can make this as big as you’d like….the ones the kids made at church were the sizes shown below.)

  • One 6-8 inch terra-cotta base
  • One 2 inch terra-cotta pot
  • Pebbles or gravel
  • Potting soil
  • A package of seeds – quick grow grass or sprouts
  • Small twigs and twine – form into 3 crosses
  • A small to medium size rock (approximately as large as the opening of the pot)



  1.  Hot glue pot on its side to the base of the plate leaving plenty of space in front of the opening.  Arrange gravel around bottom of base.
  2. Cover pot and create mound using potting soil.
  3. Spread seeds over top and cover with a little more soil if needed.
  4. Place large rock to side and place crosses behind the empty tomb.
  5. Keep the soil moist while waiting for grass to grow.


As the grass begins to grow, talk about how Christ can bring new life into our own lives.  For older children, remind them that our faith lives need nurturing with daily scripture reading, attending worship and surrounding ourselves with others who live their lives for Christ.


May God Bless you and your family this Easter season with the hope of an eternal life that overcomes physical death on earth.  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!!

*Related Article:  Illustrate the Easter Story – Resurrection Cookies

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