Craft a Divine Mercy Novena Counter for Kids

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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. πŸ™‚

Divine Mercy Novena

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! πŸ™‚ He’s made using a toilet 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.

Popsicle sticks poked into egg cartons

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:

Popsicle sticks poked into egg carton with numbers written on

I cut a piece of foam board to mount ours on and glued it on kinda curved. Again, hot glue.

Popsicle sticks poked into egg cartons with numbers written on

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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!

Divine Mercy Novena

Here’s the view from the top:

Divine Mercy Novena

More Divine Mercy Resources For Kids

And I now offer a printable Divine Mercy Jesus and St. Faustina peg doll as well! You just paint the head, and decoupage the rest. πŸ™‚

saint faustina and divine mercy printable peg doll

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! πŸ™‚ This is the perfect pairing with this Novena counter!

 Find all of my Divine Mercy Ideas here.


  1. I also suggest you DVR or buy the Divine Mercy Novena for kids on EWTN or watch/listen to the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Youtube to keep the kids engaged. The Divine Mercy Kids is on Friday at 4:30 on EWTN.

  2. Vallimasoos says

    Oh My…I love this!!!

  3. I’m so glad you could use this, Lacy! Thanks for the link, my little blog hasn’t seen so many page views in a day, EVER ;).
    Have a Blessed Easter!

    • Well, you deserve them! This was such a clever idea! My mom said “how do you come up with this stuff?” and I said, “Well, I didn’t come up with this one. My readers are awesome!” πŸ™‚

  4. Clever! I really must get a hot glue gun.

  5. Thank you for posting this! We actually go to a parish named after St. Faustina and our parish celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday, so I cannot wait to do this craft with my kiddos!

  6. this is brilliant. I need this for ME!

  7. aussieannie says

    Brilliant idea!!

  8. Thank you Lacy! I made this and we’ve been praying the novena. Yippee! Also, planning to reuse it with your toilet roll St. Joseph from the Catholic Icing book to do a novena in thanksgiving after my family moves into our new house this month! Thank you, thank you!

  9. Hi Lacy!!
    Thank you so much for this lovely idea!! You inspired me to make one for Pentecost, hope you like it!

  10. You are the toilet paper roll bomb. πŸ™‚ I love this. We did the Divine Mercy craft earlier in the year with your preschool book….I wonder if I can hunt it down…I find myself wanting to put something on those popsicle sticks as the novena counts down…maybe some flames or something? Hmmm….

  11. How am I just finding you NOW Lacy? I don’t know but I’m happy I have found you now and am super excited to use all of your great ideas with my own family. I LOVE this novena visual and have shared it with my Moms of Mercy group (a group dedicated to reading Sr. Faustina’s Diary and praying the chaplet)! Super excited to use it with my own family πŸ™‚ Thank you for all your hard work and all you do to share your great ideas!!!!