It’s almost Lent! We’re really big at our house on observing Lent, then celebrating Easter. Burying the Alleluia is a great way to kick this off! Before I started this site, I never realized that Catholics don’t say Alleluia or Gloria during Lent. It’s so awesome to be more in-tune with cool stuff like that! Now, when I’m at Mass following along in my Mass booklet, I can follow along with what’s going on and be more aware of our waiting.
Several years ago, we began the tradition of burying the Alleluia with our kids, and we just printed out an Alleluia. It’s cheap, fast, and easy. The basic idea is that you make an Alleluia of some kind, hide it away during Lent, and re-surface it on Easter. We leave ours out for the entire Easter season.
At this point, since we do this year after year, I wanted a nice set that we could use forever. I decided to finally spring for the supplies to do this with wooden letters from the craft store.
Supplies Needed for Wooden Alleluia Craft:
- Wooden letters to spell “Alleluia”. Prices vary a lot depending on what size letters you get. Check out your local Hobby Lobby, AC More, or Michaels.
- Wooden box. If you go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels, be sure to search for a print a 40% off one item coupon first and use it for your box.
- Spray paint. We used purple and gold.
- Wooden cross. Optional- these are pretty cheap.
Lay your items out on newspaper to be spray painted. Always lay more newspaper than you think because you WILL overspray the paint if you don’t. (I’m the worst to do this- lol).
Spray the letters and cross gold, then spray the box purple. Allow to dry.
I love spray paint because it’s SO FAST! Sometimes I start thinking that I don’t want to deal with the hassle of spray painting something, but it’s just so much less work than brush painting stuff. Totally worth it.
That’s it. The idea is that on Mardi Gras, you parade around with the letters, preferably singing an “Alleluia” song of some variety.
Then, you pack all the letters away in the box, bag, cloth… whatever… and keep them hidden until Easter.
Then proudly display them for the entire Easter season!
We painted the box purple because that’s the color of Lent. You probably got that, but just thought I’d make sure.
When you’re at the store buying your letters and box, make sure they all fit, mkay?
If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to do this, see the printable set we used to use. I am really excited to have this nice set now, but the printed set worked just as well. We’re going to a pancake party tomorrow, and we’re bringing this along to use with the kids. I’m very excited!
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