DIY Nativity Ornament
These DIY Nativity Ornaments are always a fun craft project for Christmas time. We make these almost every year and then gift them to loved ones and friends. While the craft is fun to make with the kids, it is also fun to talk about the night Jesus was born, how different life was then, and more. I find it is the perfect way to discuss the reason for the season and the things we’re thankful for each day.
The Nativity ornaments are pretty simple to assemble and require only some basic craft supplies. This is an ornament you and your kids will cherish for years. Each time it’s pulled out from your ornament box, your childrens’ faces will light up as they talk about which part or which ones they helped craft.
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Why Do They Call It Nativity
Have you ever wondered why it’s called the nativity? You all know by now that I’m a researcher. Nativity is a Latin word for “natal” which translates to birth. It can also stand for “to be born.” So now we can understand the Nativity Scene means the scene that Jesus was born.
As we’re making these nativity ornaments, we discuss how Mary found out she was pregnant, her journey, and, of course, the night Jesus was born. Then we talk about all the things Jesus then went on to do in His ministry. Without Jesus’ birth and all the things that came to follow, scripture would not have been fulfilled and we would not have the chance of eternal life later.
We are so thankful for that night that Jesus was born and all the valleys he traveled through to eventually take the punishment of our sins.
Did you know the number of wisemen who visited baby Jesus is unknown? The Christmas carol says “We Three Kings,” but if you scroll through your Bible, you will not find an exact number. This Christmas carol makes us instantly think “three wisemen.” The three kings did bring gifts, which were gold, myrrh, and frankincense. This is why we immediately assume the number of wisemen totaled in three.
Creating Fun Nativity Ornaments
We do our best to slow down and focus on the Christmas season and Jesus. As a parent, I work hard to keep the focus centered around Christ during the Christmas season.
By doing activities like this nativity ornament, reading books, giving to others, it helps us to stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas.
We enjoy reading books together. One of the books we read every year is about the nativity. It is a great way to teach your children about all that happened in the days of Jesus’ birth.
The nativity ornaments help remind them of this momentous day in history.
DIY Nativity Ornament
- Pipe cleaners: brown, yellow, green, light blue, white.
- Jumbo craft sticks
- fine tip marker
- hot glue gun
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Measure and cut two pieces of craft sticks to 3 inches.
Wrap these two 3 inch craft sticks, along with 3 more whole craft sticks, with brown pipe cleaners.
Assemble the manger by using two jumbo craft sticks to make the roof, the 3 inch sticks make the walls, and the last jumbo stick makes the bottom. Secure with hot glue, holding in place until it is cooled off.
Cut one stick to 2 1/2 inches. This stick will be Joseph. Cut another craft stick a little smaller for Mary. Cut the last one even smaller and this will be Jesus. Measurements don’t need to be exact.
Wrap the 3 people in pipe cleaners, trimming any excess with the scissors.
Use the marker to make cute faces. Glue on small pieces of pipe cleaner for Mary and Joseph’s hair.
Add a little bit of glue to Jesus and attach him to Mary.
Use a generous amount of glue to attach the three to the manger.
Bend a yellow pipe cleaner to a star shape and attach to the top of the manger.
Make a loop with another pipe cleaner and glue it to the back to act like a hanger for the tree.
The manger is complete.
So there you have it. These ornaments are not only a great way to decorate during the Christmas season, but also an excellent way to discuss the birth of Jesus. Grab your supplies and get to crafting these magical nativity ornaments. I think you’ll love creating these nativity ornaments as much as we do! Every time your child sees it hanging off your tree, they can be reminded of the story of Jesus and that Christ is the center of Christmas.
- Note: Parents, depending on the age and maturity of your child, you’ll want to take care of the glue. The hot glue can be dangerous to little hands.
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