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


Sippy Cup Central Mom said...

Feel better soon, great job! Karen

Kylie said...

oh I love this. Kid made is always the best isn't it!

Not Hannah said...

That might just be the most adorable thing I've ever seen ever in the history of ever.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

This is precious. You should link this up to the Nativity Parade (I have given a shout out today at my blog) which is going on at Crap I've Made so that other people can enjoy it and find inspiration. Blessings to you Pink & Green Mamma!

Seamingly Sarah said...

The nativity is so cute!

Greg and Donna said...

Your Nativity is great and what a fun craft to do with your daughter! I taken up the coughing habit too ~ nasty habit ~ need to break it.

teachmama said...

no. you. didn't.

I LOVE, love, love it, and I think it's THE cutest thing ever done w/ paper rolls ever. And I bet Jesus is smilin' at his wine cork body.


Glad you're on the mend, and after the holidays, we have a coffee date to plan!

Heather said...

I LOVE this nativity!

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

i'm seeking out meaningful christmas ideas for children and i love this craft! would you please share it on my link party? come grab a button and join the fun!

Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families said...

I love your TP roll and popsicle stick nativity!! Would you consider linking up to my Homemade Nativity linky here?
I would love for it to be part of the collection! Thanks!

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