As we begin this holy season of Lent, I would like to share with you a special Lenten activity that has become a yearly tradition for our family – making a homemade Crown of Thorns. The crown of thorns is made with anticipation of the Lenten sacrifices your family prayerfully hopes to make. Place the crown in a prominent place in your home as a visual reminder throughout Lent. It makes an excellent centerpiece at the family dining room table. For a striking effect and added beauty, you may choose to place it upon a royal purple cloth, the liturgical color for the Lenten season.
For each Lenten sacrifice a family member makes, he or she pulls a toothpick out of the crown. This activity is a wonderful hands on reminder of the sacrifices Our Lord made for us and the suffering He endured for our salvation. Explain to your children that our sin brings additional pain to Jesus’ suffering and our good works and sacrifices are a way we can comfort our Lord and show our deep love for Him.
The goal is to remove all the “thorns” from the crown by Easter Sunday. Once all the “thorns” have been removed, you can paint the crown gold and decorate it with colorful craft jewels, beads, or flowers, where the “thorns” once were. The crown is then transformed into a beautiful sign of the triumph of our risen King! It can also serve as a lovely Easter centerpiece coupled with a great story to share.
Follow the instructions below to make your family “Crown of Thorns.”
4 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
1 Cup warm Water
Start our by mixing the flour and salt.
Then mix about 1 cup of warm water to make a stiff clay.
Knead the dough until smooth to remove any air bubbles.
Roll 3 long ropes and loosely braid them together.
Form the braid into a circle.
Loosely insert the toothpicks so they are not too difficult to remove later. Bake at 350′ for 1 hour.
Your crown of thorns is now ready to be displayed and utilized.
God’s blessings to you and your family as each of you journey these next 40 days closer to Christ.