For years now, I’ve been using a crown of thorns as a sacrifice tool for my children during Lent. We made simple ones when they were little, and eventually I made a permanent one that we just pull out of our Lent box from the attic each year. This year, I’m adding a printable to ours to really help the younger kids with the imagery here (Plus, ya’ll know me, any chance to include some artwork somewhere and I’m in!) 😉
I created this printable using Carl Bloch’s Christ With Staff painting. I just love the depiction of the crown of thorns in this painting, and the personal way that Jesus is making eye contact with us. He looks straight into your eyes as if to say “I did this for you.”
The concept here is very simple. You print the download, cut the card out, fold it in half, and stand it in the middle of your crown of thorns. I display ours on a plate that I spray painted purple, and the plate also holds the toothpicks we pull.
Every year, I keep the toothpicks (since I colored them dark brown) and put them in a baggie with the grapevine wreath in our Lent box in the attic.
For Easter Sunday, I transform the “crown” into a nest full of eggs. I just fill it with the eggs that the kids dyed. I’ve also seen where people fill the crown with flowers, or even replace it with a crown fit for a king.
This printable includes 2 sacrifice cards for Lent:
- “Do a sacrifice for Jesus, then remove a thorn from his crown.”
- “Do a sacrifice for Jesus, then put a bean in the jar.”
The second option is for if you’re doing a sacrifice bean jar rather than the crown of thorns. I’m thinking we might do it for the first time this year because Anabelle is in her terrible 2’s, and I don’t want a daily battle about sharp toothpicks here.
I made the lines that you cut and fold on faint, because I just hate it when the dark black lines show when something isn’t cut or folded exactly right.
- 40 simple ways to observe Lent with children
- Simple crown of thorns craft (can be done with entire classroom)
- Making dark toothpicks for your crown of thorns
- Crown of thorns bread for Ash Wednesday or Good Friday
- Crown of thorns snack for kids