My sister-in-law sent me a photo last year of a clever “empty tomb” centerpiece, and I’ve been waiting ever since to make one for our home. I love that it’s such a perfect visual for the kids to understand what the tomb looked like and how the stone was rolled away.
To make it, I used a table-top fountain I already had, since the purple pottery bowl looks amazing for an Easter table. The one my sister-in-law saw was made in a large pottery plant saucer. I actually tried to buy one of those, but the garden centers here are still buried in snow and there’s no pottery to be found. Happily, I spied the fountain and realized it would work.
Anyway, I took the fountain parts out, leaving the bowl almost full of small river rock gravel. I half-buried a clear plastic punch cup in the gravel and arranged large rocks from the fountain around it. I covered the whole thing with green Spanish moss (from the floral crafts department at Walmart) to represent a hill.
To make the crosses, one of the kids chose twigs from the yard (fortunately there were a few sticking out of the snowbanks) and I bound them together with some fancy yarn. Then we could stick them through the moss and into the gravel so they were pretty secure.
Once I figured out I could use the rocks and bowl from the fountain, this project took us about half an hour to complete. Until I saw those rocks in the fountain, I was stymied as to how I could find appropriate rocks under the foot and a half of snow we still have in the flowerbeds.
It’s been a tremendous source of conversation as the kids see it each evening, which makes it simple to emphasize the true meaning and discussion of the events of Easter.
Speaking of Easter, here’s a little Princess Thundercloud story to brighten your day. At Mass this weekend, during the Sign of Peace, I turned to exchange Peace with my husband first, as I always do. Apparently she forgot that we shake the kids’ hand after that, as I heard her exclaim, “Mama, I’m tryin’ to give you your piece of the Lord!” After she offered pieces of the Lord to all those around us, they all wished me extra peace. Heaven knows I need it!