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DIY Lenten Paper Chain Countdown

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

As Christians we believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus is the most important thing to ever happen to us! Just as Advent is a time of preparation for the miraculous birth of Christ, so Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. This Lenten paper chain is a wonderful way to walk with your children through the season of Lent. They can actively walk through all of the feast and fast days and have a sense of expectation that Easter is on it’s way!


Purple, White, Black, Red and Blue construction paper

Glue stick or glue


Colored pencils


Rip strips of colored paper using the ruler along the width of the paper. Interlock strips and glue the ends together.

You will need:

36 purple strips The purple represents the days of Lent. Put a black cross on 1 of the strips to represent Ash Wednesday.

7 white strips The white strips represent the Sundays of Lent which are always feast days since they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. (Put a gold cross with flowers all around one to represent Easter)

1 blue strip for the Feast of the Annunciation. It’s a feast day where we celebrate Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary that she would have God’s Son.

1 red strip to represent Palm Sunday. Put a green palm on it.

2 black strips represent Good Friday and Holy Saturday

The order of the strips:

4 purple (Put a black cross on the first purple strip for Ash Wednesday), 1 white, 6 purple, one white, 6 purple, 1 white, 6 purple, 1 white, 5 purple, 1 blue, 1 white, 6 purple, 1 red, 3 purple, 1 white, 2 black, 1 white (decorated with a gold cross and flowers for Easter)

Have a blessed Lent +

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