Tuesday, December 7, 2010

* Homemade Christmas: Homemade Nativity

Get ready for my latest favorite green craft project! 
How stinkin' cute is this little Nativity?! 
This mama has been down for three weeks with the Worst. Cold. Ever.
Long story short -- my new hobby is "coughing."

It has meant a lot of time spent indoors so we've been keeping busy with 
art projects and crafts  made with stuff that's already in the house. 

"C" (age 3.5) and I decided to make our own  homemade Nativity last friday.
My kitchen table still has glue gun glue and glitter residue on it but it was totally worth it.
"C" did a great job and it sure is cute!

We made the manger with the Shutterfly box our Christmas cards arrived in.
I cut out the front with a knife and she and I worked together to glue popsicle sticks to the outside.

We left a hole in the top to stick our pencil angel. 

"C" drew faces for Joseph, Mary, the Angel, and Baby Jesus. 
I love Joseph's soul patch and Mary's Eyelashes!

We made Joseph and Mary by wrapping
toilet paper tubes with felt and gluing fabric scraps on them.

The Angel started with a cardboard shape I cut out of the leftover box front
with a fabric scrap dress.
 "C" cut out and added doily wings and another sweet face.

I glue-gunned a colored pencil (that never worked well anyway)
to the back of the angel so we could stick her in the top of the manger.

Yes, we used a wine cork to make Baby Jesus.
(I thought it was kind of funny)

We wrapped and glued a swaddle of scrap fabric and added another cute "C" drawn face.

For the cradle, we used another toilet paper tube with two pieces glued to the bottom for feet.
Added another scrap of fabric inside to make it "fancy." 

We didn't have a sparkly star
so we added glue and gold Martha Stewart glitter dust to a foam craft star
that mama glue-gunned to the top of the manger.

We glued some raffia in the bottom of the manger to be the "hay." 

When it was all dry, "C" set up the manger with visiting ponies, sheep, and unicorns. 
Gifts of gold rocks, gems, and presents from the three wise Polly Pockets.

If you look carefully at the last photo you might be able to see that she also
glued some doily snow flakes on the back wall of the manger.
She worked so hard to cut them out carefully and said they had to be there because, 
"Baby Jesus was born on a cold winter night" 

"C" loves her new Nativity set and so does our whole family. 
I think I'll be setting this one up for many, many years! 

Happy Green Crafting!

pink and green mama

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