The nativity scene is an important part of the Christmas tradition, and it depicts the story of how Jesus was born. Many homes have a nativity scene during Christmas, and you can have one too by making your own nativity scene from recycled items. This fun and easy craft is a great way to celebrate Christmas while teaching kids about the birth of Jesus. This article will provide you with step by step instructions on how to make a Christmas nativity scene from recycled items.
Making a nativity scene for Christmas is a special way to learn about the holiday, and it is even better when you can do it inexpensively using recycled items. You will need many things for this project, and most of them you will be able to find around your home; here I will provide a list of all the items you will need for your Christmas nativity scene.
A medium sized box
A small empty milk carton or box
3 wine corks
A hot glue gun and glue
7 small empty plastic bottles
2 medium sized rocks
1 small round rock
1 small rectangular shaped rock
hay, leaves, or old dried out grass
a few buttons
several scraps of fabric including blue and white
2 empty coffee creamers
Start making your Christmas nativity scene by gluing the sides of the box shut, and cutting the front of the box off so that you can use the inside for your nativity scene. Put this piece of cardboard aside because you will use it later. After the box has been glued securely together paint the inside blue like the night sky. Feel free to add some small distant stars with the white paint, and you can paint the outside of the box or cover it with wrapping paper if you like.
Next paint all of the bottles white, beige, or brown depending on the ethnicity you would like to portray. Next add faces to the tops of the bottles using the black marker for eyes and noses. Use the red marker to make lips on two of the bottles by drawing a round heart shape. Add smiles with the black marker to the other 5 bottles.
Next add hair using the glue gun and the yarn to all of the bottles. One bottle will be made into a Mary figure, and one bottle will be made into an angel figure so remember to give 2 bottles long hair. Cut wing shapes out of cardboard by cutting two triangles of the same size. Cover these wings with foil and save for later on in your Christmas nativity scene project.
Now it is time to dress your bottles. Wrap the angel bottle with white cloth and allow extra so it can hang down like a dress; this is also when you should attach your wings to the back of the angel. Wrap the Mary bottle with blue fabric, and remember to have a blue or white piece covering most of her head. Wrap different colors around the other bottles, and you can add details to make them more like their character afterwards when making this Christmas nativity scene out of recycled items.
Add crowns to the wise men by using foil wrapped buttons or bottle caps. Remember to make gifts for Jesus using different combinations of buttons, bottle caps, and creamers by stacking them on top of one another in different orders and gluing them together. Paint or wrap these gifts in foil and attach them to the appropriate bottles. Use yarn to tie the robes of all of the men tight to their waists. Give the shepherd a hook by cutting a candy cane shape out of cardboard and painting it brown. These little details will complete all most all of the people for your Christmas nativity scene.
Paint all 3 of the wine corks beige and add eyes, a nose, and a mouth to the front side of one of the wine corks. Next wrap the wine cork with white fabric to depict a swaddling baby Jesus. Cut the small milk box in half like a manger, paint it brown, and add some hay to the inside. Put your baby Jesus inside the manger, and you are almost done with your Christmas nativity scene from recycled items.
Now glue the small round rock to the top and side of one of the larger rocks, and paint these rocks brown to make a cow for your Christmas nativity scene. Glue the rectangular rock to the front end of the other large rock to represent the neck and head of a camel and paint these rocks beige. Use an image of a cow and a camel as a reference and add the details of the face with the black and white paint. You may also add a small scrap of fabric to the camel’s back to make it look more authentic.
Next glue cotton balls to the entire center and one end of the two left over wine corks to make sheep. Rip a cotton ball in half and glue the small pieces to the tops of the wine cork that is still bare. Paint eyes and a mouth on the wine cork sheep, and add little oval shaped pieces of cardboard as ears to make your sheep for this Christmas nativity made from recycled materials.
The last and one of the most important parts of your nativity is a star because it is what enabled the wise men to find the baby Jesus. Make a star by cutting a star shape out of cardboard and covering it with foil. Attach it to the right or left corner outside edge of your box. Set the angel on top of the box, and fill the inside with hay, and all of the characters you have made.
This homemade Christmas nativity scene is made from recycled materials, and it is a great craft that can be passed down from generation to generation when learning about they story of Christmas.