Yes, I know, it is no longer July, but it was when I made these…
I love Nativities, LOVE them.
I like even more, when they are virtually indestructible.
(Three very excitable little girls helped teach me to love that aspect of a good Nativity.)
So here’s your supply list:
- 2x2 cut into 3 separate lengths; 5 inches (Joseph), 4 inches (Mary), and 3 inches (manger).
- 1 2-2 1/2 inch wooden infant (I bought the old school clothespins and cut them down to 2 inches).
- 3 6x6 squares of cloth
- hemp or other fiber (optional)
- paint, paint brushes, and sandpaper.
- Hot glue.
(My specific paint colors were: Light Foliage Green, Wedgwood Blue, AC Flesh, Light Ivory, and Burnt Umber; all Delta brand.)
I only did one coat of paint, and distressed all the pieces but the heads after they dried with the sandpaper.
Glue on the heads too. You don’t want to miss that step!
See, they are cute..
But we’ll add to that.
For the fabric head dresses, take and fold down about 1/2 inch, then do it again to hide the raw edge.
Place a dot of glue in the center top of the head, and position the folded section of the fabric on top.
Dot some glue in the middle back to attach the fabric.
Repeat for the other half of our pair.
If desired, cut some fiber and tie it around the head after the fabric is attached.
And now for our little guy…
All you really see is his little head, so you don’t HAVE to paint the body, unless you are obsessive like me… and this is how we swaddle him.
Fold the fabric in half diagonally and place your little guy in the center, the top of his head at the fold.
Fold down, one corner at a time, and securing with a dot of glue, so it looks like this:
And then like this:
The next fold makes a tighter wrap against the body. Secure these with a dab of glue too.
So he looks like this:
And then, dabbing some glue on the bottom “V”, fold the tail up to meet the “V” in the neck.
Glue your little bundle on the manger, and re-unite the happy family.