I love having a nativity set around that our kids can play with. This craft is extra sweet because the kids can play with it and they made it! So far, we have a Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus but you could easily keep the craft going and make more clay characters…an angel, wise men, and shepherds
Here’s what you need…
- a scissor
- heavy duty glue (I used Liquid Fusion)
- mini clay pots
- mini clay saucer
- paint brushes
- large wood beads
- 1 smaller wood bead
- straw (I substituted spanish moss)
Step 1: Paint the clay pots. Clay will soak up a lot of paint and dry quickly!
Step 2: Use markers to draw a face on a large wood bead. I found beads with one flat side at a big box craft store…very handy when it comes time to glue the head and the body together.
Step 3: Create a head scarf by gluing on a square piece of fabric onto the wood bead. You can tie a piece of yarn to add a bit more detail.
Step 4: Cover the bottom of your painted pot with glue…
….and attach the head. You can repeat these steps to create as many clay characters as you want.
Step 5: Paint the clay saucer to use as a manger. Again, the paint should dry quickly on the dry clay. Glue down the straw onto your manger. This way you won’t be picking up straw every time your kids play with the nativity.
Step 6: Draw a face on a small wood bead to create baby Jesus. Add glue to the bead and wrap the bead in a square piece of fabric.
Enjoy & leave a comment letting us know how this project went at your house!
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