Divine Mercy Sunday is the Sunday after Easter, so if you’re looking to pray a novena with your family, you start on Good Friday. Crafting this Divine Mercy Novena counter is a great way to get children involved in the novena process.
The idea to make a novena counter like this was submitted to me by Happy Catholic Home last year. You can see her version here.
To make your own Divine Mercy Novena counter, you’ll need to start with this Divine Mercy Craft I designed. The download is free! He’s made using a toiliet paper tube, and you move him one popsicle stick over each day you say your novena prayers.
To craft your novena counter, cut up an egg carton and line up 9 cups in a row. (steps including knives and hot glue are steps for mom to complete, m’kay?) Fit together and secure with glue. I used hot glue. Take a sharp, pointy knife and poke a hole in the top of each cup. Wedge a popsicle stick into each hole. Turn over and secure the popsicle sticks with more hot glue.
I also wrote numbers 1-9 on the end of the popsicle sticks. When you have them all secured, it should look something like this:
I cut a piece of foam board to mount ours on, and glued it on kinda curved. Again, hot glue.
I placed a piece of paper in front and wrote “Divine Mercy Novena”. I didn’t glue it on because I’m thinking ahead to use this same counter for different novenas, so I wanted to keep it generic. Here’s the finished product!
Here’s the view from the top:
Find directions on how to pray the Divine Mercy Novena here.
And check out this printable Divine Mercy Novena prayer ring from Diary of a Sower with the Divine Mercy chaplet also! It’s free to print! This is the perfect pairing with this novena counter!