Hello everyone ! Welcome back for the first real post of this new Lent-Easter Serie ! Today, I would like to share with you how to make a Lent Coop. For those of you who are not familiar with this concept, this Lent Coop is like an Advent Calendar but with a little twist. With an Advent Calendar you get a treat or a little present every day until Christmas Day, whereas with the Lent Coop, you instead decorate an egg and place it in the Coop everyday until Easter Day. The ideal option for kids would be on Easter Day to replace some of the eggs they made with chocolate ones. Personally I won’t be replacing some of my eggs with chocolate ones as I’m a grown-up girl now 😉 :’D
The version I’m gonna show you how to make today is a wooden one, but you can make a cardboard one with you kids as well, as it would allow them to help and take part into the process.
Let’s get started !
#1 Making the basic structure
To make this coop, I went with a very simple way and design. I used 4 wooden boards with the same dimensions and 4 sticks to hold the 4 boards together, one on the other. This way I was able to create 3 compartiments and another open one on the top. Then, to close it a bit, I used 6 thin boards to create walls on 3 sides, the fourth side needing to stay open otherwise I wouldn’t be able to put my eggs in. 😉
Overall, this ins a very easy-to-make structure. All you have to do is to screw 4 times each sticks into the thickness of each board. Which means a total of 8 screws on one side of the coop, so 16 screws in big total. And you’ll also need another total of 24 screws to attach the panelling pieces on 3 sides (8 screws for each side, since you screw each panelling piece into every horizontal boards.)
#2 Giving it a finished and smooth look with some last details
To complete it and make it look more aesthetic, I added some decorations. I used things I already add, such as rose-shaped pinecones, fake leaves, foamy roses and so on, to give it a Spring look. I’ll also use some hay to fill the compartiments, so that the eggs will sit on something soft and not roll away from the coop.
I wanted to keep both rustic and minimalistic, like an abandonned shed in Nature covered with wild roses and ivy.
That’ll be all for today’s post, I hope you like it and that it inspired you having your own Lent Coop or making one for you kids.
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I’ll talk to you soon in a next post,
Until then, take care of yourself ❤