Inspired by the Shower of Roses Jesus Tree post, I came up with my own paper version. Although I used some of the images from the kit that Shower of Roses posted, I added my own images for many of the days and formatted them into little stamps. I also added some stamps for Ash Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, the Solemnity of St. Joseph and Jesus’ Birth.
I bought these really cool little glass pebbles at the dollar store: purple for most of the days of Lent and white for the Sundays and special days like Ash Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day, Holy Thursday. (I know that some of these should probably be purple or red, but I was trying to simplify.=)
I found a great EMPTY “Baci” chocolate box (no, I didn’t eat all the chocolates) and lined it with carpet tiles I found at the dollar store. This was probably a bad idea, as the velcro sticks a little too easily to it, since I chose the pointy side for the underside of the stones. I would use craft foam next time to line the box.
I arranged velcro pieces in a path around the box (that will close for storage later!).
I like the way the stones can be stored in one half of the box until they are placed during Holy Week.
I’m going to make a “key” or mark some of the stepping stone locations so that some of the stones are placed in particular places.
The Birth, Presentation, Growing Up, Temptation, Baptism immediately follow the first stone for Ash Wednesday and each Sunday will have a specific stone corresponding to the Gospel reading.
Some stones will be kept aside, specifically for Holy Week.
The other stones representing stories of Jesus’ Ministry can be chosen randomly.
I finished the scene with some of my favorite clipart…a crucifix from Nippert Artworks