Saturday, March 8, 2014

Crown of thorns project


I saw this idea on Pinterest last week while looking for Lent Sunday school lessons and thought, "Yeah, I can do that."

You know those Advent projects where children add yarn/hay/construction paper strips to a cardboard/play doh manger to prepare for Jesus' birth?  This is like that in reverse.  Throughout Lent, we will try to remove "thorns" from Jesus' crown of thorns by doing good deeds.

Here's what you'll need:
- A grapevine wreath (Lots of sizes to choose from, but I got a 14 in. one at Hobby Lobby for $3.99)
- Burlap ribbon (I used a 40% off coupon)
- Toothpicks


First, I trimmed some of the longer grapevine strands.  Then I started wrapping the burlap ribbon.  I just tucked an end into the wreath and started wrapping.  When I was finished wrapping I stapled the ends together.  Because I'm fancy.


Then I grabbed some toothpicks.  I settled on 50.  You know, 40 days of Lent x 2 kids = Gee, I hope these kids can collectively do 50 nice things in 40 days.  


Then I stuck 5 toothpicks in each ribbon section at different angles. Done. Easy peasy.  

We'll keep the wreath on the kitchen table. Each time I catch the girls doing something nice, they can remove a "thorn".  Let's hope they don't then use said "thorn" as a weapon against each other or drop it on the floor for me to step on in the dark.

But seriously, this project is a simple visual illustration for kids to see how our kindness to others brings us closer to Jesus.  

What Lenten projects are happening at your house?

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