How to make your own:
1. Take 2 egg cartons, and cut off the lids.
2. Snip slits in one carton just before the last 2 cups.
3. Overlap 2 sets of cups and fit together with the slits.
4. When you're sure you have them fitting right, secure them with glue.
This will leave you with "one" long egg carton with 11 cups across.
5. Print, color, and cut out my downloads (scroll down for downloads).
6. Glue one person to each upside down egg carton cup. You may have to cut them a little shorter than I drew them depending on the egg cartons you're using. Glue them all across the front side of the back row, and make sure the 2 tall ones go on the ends. See the picture:
7. Color and cut out the table from my printables (scroll down for downloads) and fold them in half along the dotted line. Adjust the length needed for your egg cartons, and glue the "table" on across the tops and front of the egg carton cups. The table will print in 2 pieces- you have to piece them together.
When you're all done, proudly display this adorable craft on your mantel, or use it as a centerpiece for your Holy Thursday dinner table :-)
Here are my downloads so you can make this yourself! You can print all the sheets for free! Enjoy, and send me pictures of your projects if you take some ;-) This would also be a great craft to go with a first communion lesson, and we all know first communion is coming up! :-)
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If you'd like to include an art lesson about Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper as you do this project (which as an art major myself, I think is a fabulous idea) here are some things you can do. Tell your children that this painting is supposed to be the instant that Jesus says to the disciples "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me" (Matthew 26:21). Ask your children what they think of the apostle's reactions. Then go over these things:
- The apostles are all reacting, but Christ is the calm in the midst of the storm.
- There are many symbols of the trinity in the painting- 3 windows behind Jesus, Jesus' arms make him the shape of a triangle, and the apostles are all seated in groups of 3.
- In the first group of 3, the apostles all seem surprised- Andrew to the point that his hands are in a "stop" gesture. Bartholomew has stood up so quickly his legs are still crossed.
- Peter is holding a knife, foreshadowing his upcoming violence at the garden of Gethsemane.
- Judas is holding a bag- symbolizing the bag of silver he will betray Jesus for. His face is utter shock at Jesus' knowledge of his plan.
- John seems to be "swooning". The most asked picture about this painting is "Why does John look that way?"
- Doubting Thomas, with his finger in the air, indeed looks doubtful!
- James the greater seems stunned with his arms in the air, while Philip seems to request an explination.
- Matthew and Jude both look to Simon for an explanation, while he seems unable to provide one.
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