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40+ Beautiful Nativity Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Look at these different scenes for inspiration to make your own.

Look at these different scenes for inspiration to make your own.

DIY Nativity Scenes

Christmas is a favorite time of year for children and for the child in each of us. We all have memories and mementos of Christmases past. Have you ever thought about making a Nativity scene that could become a family heirloom? Would you if you just knew how to make one?

In this article, I'll show you how to craft Christmas Nativity scenes. This article will show you pictures of different Nativity scenes and stables and will take you, at a click, to directions on how to make them.


1. Felt Finger Puppet Set

To make the finger puppet set shown above, go to The Idea Room.


2. Modern Peg Doll Nativity

You'll find an easy-to-follow tutorial for making this modern peg doll Nativity set at DIY CANDY. All the supplies are inexpensive, so this is a perfect Nativity when you have young children who like to touch the characters.


3. Nativity Stable Scene

Find the tutorial for making this cardboard Nativity stable at Prince August.


4. Lighted Nativity

A clear carry-out container is used to make this shadowbox. For a more permanent Nativity, purchase a shadowbox to make this craft. Find the instructions at I can TEACH my child.


5. Outdoor Pavers Nativity

If you've ever wanted an outdoor Nativity that was easy to make, this is a great project for the family. You'll find the pictured tutorial at mollie’s mom.


6. Nativity Peg Dolls

Make Nativity characters that the little ones can play with. A great way to tell or read the Nativity story to the kids. Find directions for making these peg dolls at Christianity Cove.

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7. Nativity Blocks

I love the idea of letting the little ones play with this set of Nativity blocks. Go to Helping Little Hands for directions on how to make these blocks.


8. Easy Nativity

I think this would make a great Christmas classroom project. There are three examples, and the instructions that are found at AMY’S FREE IDEAS.


9. Cardboard Box Stable

This outstanding cardboard box stable is perfect for any handmade Nativity set. Find the tutorial for this project at the bright apple blossom blog. A super craft!


10. Away in the Manger Dice Game

This is a cute little Nativity game to play with your little tykes. Find the tutorial and downloads at The Activity Mom.


11. Wooden Spoon Nativity

Make beautiful and appropriate centerpieces for a Christmas holiday banquet. This is an inexpensive-to-make Christmas craft and the centerpieces could be given as gifts after the party. Find the information you need to make this project by going to Bargain Mom for the tutorial.

12. Dollar Tree DIY Nativity


13. Craft Stick Christmas Nativity

Such a simple but beautiful Christmas creche. Who would believe, from the looks of this project, that it is made from craft sticks and wooden dollpins? The directions are simple and easy to follow. You'll find all the information on Craftbits.


14. Wooden Dolly Pegs Nativity

Find the instructions for this project at House Beautiful. Display on a fireplace mantle or end table.


15. Nativity Scene

This project uses tp rolls or empty gift wrap rolls. You'll find very nice directions and patterns for this Nativity scene at Catholic Icing.


16. Children's Nativity

I am so impressed with this project. This would make a great gift for someone with limited space. Find the instructions for this Nativity at Today’s Fabulous Finds.


17. Nativity Tutorials

Then She Made has tutorials for making the stable and all the Nativity characters shown in the picture above. An outstanding project!


18. Free Printable Nativity

You can make these magnetic like the directions on learn create love suggest, or you can make them standing by making half circles with a slit in the center of the rounded side. Then make a slit on the bottom of the printed figure. Fit the slits together and the figures will stand on their own.


19. Finger Puppet Nativity Set

You can find the directions and patterns for these Nativity set puppets on the Hart of the Mountain site.


20. Felt Nativity Ornament

You'll find a great tutorial for making this felt Nativity ornament at wild olive.


21. Clay Pot Nativity

Isn't this little three piece Nativity just too cute? The site, Craftily Ever After, has easy-to-follow directions and pictures to help you make this project.


Wouldn't this Nativity under glass be a beautiful focal point on a mantel or shelf? I love this project, with great instructions found at The Lettered Cottage.


23. Nativity Puppets

Nativity puppets are easy enough for the little kids to do and they'll love to hear, and act, the Christmas story also.


24. Quilted Ornament

Although the instructions for this project are a bit short, I believe that the quilters won't have a problem following them. The directions for this super cute ornament can be found at carla-at-home. Consider making this larger and use it as a wall hanging.


25. Crocheted Nativity Set

This set would be a perfect gift for someone in the nursing home or for children because it would be easy to store and unbreakable. You can get the instructions for this project at favecrafts.


26. Christmas Nativity Peg Dolls and Stable Download

Everything you need to make a cute Nativity scene. Find the directions at lil blue boo.


27. Wooden Block Nativity

Simple but so elegant is this wooden block Nativity. Impressive and yet easy to make.


28. Stable Scene

A very nice Nativity project for a family or for a church or school class. Instructions for this project are found on the Kate Hadfield Designs site.


29. Simple Christmas Nativity

There is real beauty in simplicity, and this little craft project proves it. You can make this easy Nativity project by following the instructions at Serving Pink Lemonade.


30. Nativity Scene

Although this project calls for one-inch ball ornaments for the heads, I believe I would use wooden beads instead. Find all the directions for this nice, child-friendly Nativity at CraftoArt.


31. Nativity Family

You can find this clay pot Nativity family scene and the directions at A Girl and a Glue Gun.


32. Spoon Nativity

Keep a little reminder of the real reason for Christmas in your kitchen. The directions for this cute project are brought to you by Bargain Mom.


33. Nativity Printables

This project is actually done with fabric and fabric markers, but I can imagine it could be made using poster board also. You can just print off the Nativity people, animals and stable. Then the kids can color and arrange their own Nativity scene. A great project for the kids. Go to Pretty Prudent for the printables and instructions.


34. Toilet Roll Nativity Set

Although this is another toilet roll project, I think it is different enough to be included here. This is a really cute little set that I'm sure the kids will enjoy making. Find the instructions at happy hooligans.


35. Baby Jesus Song Craft Sticks

You can download these Nativity images in color or black and white, to be colored. Just attach a craft stick to the baby and let the kids act out the Christmas story. There are words for a song included, with the instructions for making this project at Bible Fun For Kids.


36. Nativity Garden Flag

This is a great reminder that the birth of Jesus is the reason for celebrating Christmas. You'll find the easy-to-follow directions for making this garden flag at Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM.


37. Nativity Tree Ornament

This is a great Christmas project for a classroom or Sunday school class. The easy-to-make ornament uses clothespins as the basis for the craft. Find the directions and more photos at Creative “try”als.


38. Fabulous Glass Ornaments

This is really a beautiful tree ornament. You'll find the instructions at THE Se*wer THE Caker THE Copycat Maker. The ornament insert download can be found at Lori Whitlock. If I were doing this project in a classroom, I think I would find Nativity clip art and have the kids lay the ornament insert over the clip art and, using a black Sharpie, trace over the image. This would give the kids a huge variety of unique ornaments.


39. Christmas Nativity Banner

Find the printables for making this Christmas Nativity banner at Paper Trail Design.


40. Printable Ornaments

The kids will enjoy making these ornaments for your tree at home and also to give to family and friends for their trees. You'll find the instructions for these printable ornaments at wild olive.


41. Spool Doll Nativity

You'll find a photo tutorial for making this spool doll Nativity project at Holes in my Shiny Veneer. Start saving those empty spools, and have your friends save theirs too, so you can make this impressive craft. Of course, you can also purchase spools to make the Nativity set this year.

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

Is a Nativity set a part of your Christmas? - or thought

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 24, 2017:

Many of these Nativity sets are so original. I love some of the creative ways of using everyday materials. Great hub.

Rock Artist on October 20, 2017:

Great ideas, love this hub! Thank you

Larry W. Fish on September 13, 2017:

I really enjoyed looking at the different nativity scenes. Such creativity. My favorite is the cookie jar nativity. I am sure everyone has a favorite.

C A Chancellor from US/TN on December 19, 2013:

These look like great ideas to keep kids occupied during the holiday season!

Baddew Fibes on December 10, 2013:

A superb array of ideas. Fantastic lens - thanks!

KandH on November 15, 2012:

What a beautiful lens celebrating the true reason for the season :)

Toni Grundstrom from Minneapolis, MN on December 30, 2011:

These are great craft ideas for Christmas. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

hamshi5433 on December 29, 2011:

I love this idea! Might give it a try next year..I enjoyed it very much..

Oracle Post on December 23, 2011:

Great and informative lens for the upcoming Christmas!

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on December 23, 2011:

I love your ideas to create fun family Nativity sets! I'm featuring this on my Christmas Bible lens. *Squidoo Angel blessed!*

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 17, 2011:

I love these nativity craft ideas and appreciate all of the resources here. The music video is wonderful -- great song. And, I absolutely love the quote about love being what one hears in the room when pausing the other activities long enough to listen. Yes!

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on December 14, 2011:

These are wonderful ideas for Sunday school Loraine and they look easy! Squid Angel blessed and sister from Nebraska too :)

JoshK47 on November 23, 2011:

What a beautiful idea - I feel like not enough people pay mind to the nativity element of Christmas. The most important part, after all! Great lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

nsixx99 on October 28, 2011:

My favorite Christmas memories were waking up to "Santa" at my grandparents house with the smell of Christmas dinner throughout the house.

I-sparkle on October 28, 2011:

My best Christmas memory is making a drawing of a sleigh for a Christmas art project. The whole school got to see it! Really nice idea for a lens. One of the few Christmas ideas that I never seem to tire of seeing.