40 Beautiful Nativity Craft Ideas
Christmas is a favorite time of year for children and for the child in each of us. We all have memories and mementos of Christmas' 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 lens will show you pictures of different nativity scenes and stables and take you, at a click, to directions on how to make them.
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1. 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.
2. Nativity Stable Scene
This is the most time consuming of the Nativity projects, but also the one that you will treasure when you have finished it. The step-by-step directions for this Nativity Stable Scene are found at Kids & Glitter.
3. 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.
4. 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 .
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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.
10. 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 just Lu for the tutorial.
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12. 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.
13. Wooden Block Nativity
This super easy Nativity can be made any size that you choose, so it could be displayed inside or outdoors. Find the instructions for this project at Brimful Curiosities.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. The Three Kings
The three kings traveling to Bethlehem to present their gifts to the King of the world, Jesus. This is a great class project leading up to Christmas. Find the patterns and directions at Kids & Glitter.
17. 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.
18. Tissue Box Nativity Set
You can find the directions and patterns for this Tissue Box Nativity Set on the Mommie911 site.
19. Felt Nativity Ornament
You'll find a great tutorial for making this felt Nativity ornament at wild olive.
20. 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.
21. Cookie Jar Christmas
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.
22. Nativity Scene Download
Download the Nativity images from makingfriends.com to make this cute little Nativity scene. Easy enough for the little kids to do and they'll love to hear the Christmas story also.
23. Quilted Ornament
Although the instructions for this project are a bit short, I believe that the quilter's 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.
24. 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.
25. Christmas Nativity Peg Dolls and Stable Download
Everything you need to make a cute Nativity scene. Find the directions at lil blue boo.
26. Popsicle Stick Nativity
I like projects like this for classroom art activities. Find the instructions for this crafts at WHAT TO EXPECT.
27. 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 Scrapbook Scrapbook site.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. Nativity Family
You can find this clay pot nativity family scene and the directions at A Girl and a Glue Gun.
31. Spoon Nativity
Keep a little reminder of the real reason for Christmas in your kitchen. The directions for this cute project is brought to you by Bargain Mom.
32. Nativity Printables
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 Kim Mitzo Thompson for the printables and instructions.
33. 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.
34. Baby Jesus Song
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.
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. Christmas Nativity Pop Up Card
This looks like it would be a lot of fun to make. You'll find the printables and instructions for making this craft at BIBLE STORY PRINTABLES.com. I love all the projects that can be used in the classroom, and this is one of them that I love.
39. 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.
40. 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.
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