By day, Jessica VanBuren is a mild-mannered sales rep for Eerdmans.

By night (and sometimes also by day), she’s a crafting maven.

Jessica’s also not a person to do anything halfway. Launching her brand-new crafting column here on Eerdlings off with a BOOM, she’s put together a series of forty inspiring crafts — one for each of the forty days in Lent.

You’ll find links to the first twenty crafts here today, along with step-by-step instructions, detailed photos, scriptural tie-ins, and suggested reading. The remaining twenty crafts will follow in early March.

The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
The Easter Story

1. A Path to Easter

Print, personalize, and color this calendar/game board to plan and track your Lenten crafts and other family activities. 

2. Envelope Fishing Boat

3. Fishers of Men Chocolate Pretzel Fishing Nets (As seen on Coffee Break)

4. Jelly Bean Bracelet and Prayer

5. “Jesus in My Heart” Watercolor Painting

6. Cross Sun Catcher

7. Ichthus Fish Ornament

8. Praying Hands Prayer Book

At Jerusalem's Gate: Poems of Easter
At Jerusalem’s Gate: Poems of Easter

9. Purple Robed Cross

10. “Sins of the World” Carnations

11. Torn Paper Cross

12. Feathered Friends Cheerio Cross

13. Paschal Candle

14. Beaded Rosary

15. Triumphal Entry Shadow Box Bag

16. Hosanna Shaker Plate

17. Clothespin Donkey

18. Construction Paper Palm Leaves

19. “Servant’s Heart” Foot Painting

20. “Heavy Cross to Bear” Ornament

Stay tuned for the second half of our Forty Days of Crafts Lenten series — coming soon!