This is a great way to get kids involved with lent! Craft a crown of thorns, and then every time your child does a good deed or makes a sacrifice, he or she gets to remove one of the “thorns”. Hopefully, you have all of the thorns removed by Easter.
On Easter morning, the crown of thorns is converted into something beautiful! (You can either fill it with flowers, or turn it into a nest full of eggs like we do.) There are several ways to go about crafting one of these with your kids. Here is how we made ours.
First I took one of those cheap, clear plastic platters you can get at the dollar store, and I spray painted it purple for Lent. (I did much the same thing with my tin plate for our Lenten candles.) I spray painted the bottom of the plastic plate which gave it a very nice finished look on top.
Allow to dry. In the meantime, you have some more work to do. Buy a grapevine wreath at the store, and get some toothpicks. Chances are, your wreath is dark and your toothpicks are light. I’m going to show you how to fix that.
First, put a little tempera paint into a bowl.
Then add some water to it, and stir it until it’s mixed.
Then put the toothpicks in, and roll them around until they’re covered. Strain through a colander and allow to dry on some paper towels.
When you pack away your grapevine wreath, also pack away your toothpicks in a ziplock bag so you never have to do this again. Make sure you make more than you need the first time around to make up for the ones you are sure to loose.
Set your grapevine wreath on your purple painted platter and fill with toothpicks.
Each time someone does a good deed or makes a sacrifice, they get to pull a toothpick out. You can just put it in the middle of the platter. Encourage children as Easter gets closer to make more sacrifices to get the crown empty, and be sure you are helping, mom! 😉
Here is an easier, cheaper (easier and smaller) version of this crown of thorns craft– perfect for doing with a whole classroom of kids.