How to make a crown of thorns for a craft project

Updated February 21, 2017

A crown of thorns is a Christian symbol for the sacrifices that Jesus Christ made to remove the sins from mankind and make them forgivable in the eyes of God. The crown of thorns is a common household decoration during both Christmas and Lent. You can create a crown of thorns as a craft with a few supplies from your own kitchen. Use the crown of thorns to decorate your dinner table on these special occasions.

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees.

Pour 960 ml (4 cups) of flour and 240 ml (1 cup) of salt into a mixing bowl and stir them together.

Pour warm water into the bowl, 30 ml (1/8 cup) at a time, until the mixture becomes doughy, but is still thick. Stir each time you add water so you can tell when you need to stop.

Knead the dough to ensure an even overall texture, and separate the dough into three equal pieces.

Roll each piece of dough into an 45-cm (18-inch) long snake-shaped roll.

Braid the three rolls together. To do this, press the ends of the rolls together on one end only. Cross the left roll over the middle, then cross the right roll over the one that is now in the middle. Alternate sides, crossing the outer rolls over the roll in the middle, until the entire length is braided.

Join the ends of the braids together to form a circle. This is the crown. Place it on a baking tray.

Insert 50 to 60 toothpicks into the crown, all the way around the braid. Place them so they stick out in different directions.

Place the baking tray in the oven for about an hour. The crown will be a golden brown when finished. Remove the baking tray with oven gloves and set it aside to cool for about 20 minutes.


The toothpicks can symbolise sins. You can use the crown of thorns to document good deeds by removing a toothpick each time you do a good deed.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • 960 ml (4 cups) flour
  • 240 ml (1 cup) salt
  • Mixing bowl
  • Warm water
  • Baking pan
  • 50 to 60 toothpicks
  • Oven gloves
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Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.