Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lenten French Paper Nun

 I saw this idea in a book titled Pancakes and Painted Eggs by Jean Chapman. Long ago when it wasn't common to have a calendar. The children in France made paper nuns to keep track of the weeks of Lent.

I promise these don't take much time to make. Trace out a simple nun on thicker paper. I started at the bottom of her skirt making sure it was long enough so I would have enough space for seven legs. All the feet need to be pointed in the same direction. I wanted ours to be on black paper. I know that isn't good for photos.

So I also started one on some white paper. If you make a nun on white or light colored paper you could color in details etc.

 Just remember not to make a mouth. French children never drew a mouth on their paper nun. That is because Lent is a time of fasting. Cut out the nun and pin it somewhere within reach. Turn one little foot under her gown as each week passes.


  1. I have never heard of the lenten nun, but I am sure my kids will get a kick out of it! Thanks for sharing on Catholic Icing.

  2. I had never heard of them either:)

  3. This is too funny! What a fun tradition! :-)