I’m like a child pretty much all year through, but ESPECIALLY around Christmas time. This DIY nativity ornament is a riff on one that I actually made in Girl Scouts waaayyy back in maybe 3rd or 4th grade. It’s one that I still have and adore to this day, so I thought it would be a great one to re-create and make with my own kids. It’s very inexpensive to make, and one that hopefully, will stand the test of time in your own home.
Before we get into it, just want to let you know that I’m doing this post as part of a group of 31 wonderful bloggers. Every day, one of us is making and sharing a homemade Christmas ornament throughout the entire month of October! And since October is almost over, you and I have a LOT of catching up to do! All their blogs and info about each ornament can be found toward the bottom of this post!
DIY Nativity Ornament Supplies:
(3) cinnamon sticks
(4) peanuts (in the shell)
DIY Nativity Ornament How To:
1. Hot Glue Cinnamon Sticks to form Triangle Manger.
Arrange three cinnamon sticks into a triangle, and hot glue at corners.
2. Add Twine around corners of manger. Glue in place.
The twine is optional. It simply adds some rustic “flair”…and who doesn’t love flair 😉
3. Cut out and attach felt star to manger with hot glue.
I don’t know about you, but I find it very hard to cut out a star without a template…so I googled “nativity star” and printed one out and cut into a template to trace onto the felt. The kids found this method a lot easier than freestyling it, too.
4. Make and attach angel to manger.
Cut out some felt wings for your peanut angel, and a halo. Hot glue the wings and halo in place, then hot glue the angel to the side of the cinnamon stick manger.
5. Make bed for baby Jesus with one section of egg carton. Attach to manger with hot glue.
I wrapped the egg carton in a brown felt, and secured the felt with hot glue. We have guinea pigs at home, so I borrowed some of their hay to glue into the manger as well (certainly not required…although guinea pigs are super sweet pets, so this could be a good excuse?)
6. Make and attach Joseph and Mary.
Mary and Joseph are both made with a peanut, and some felt for their clothing. I used a brown felt for Joseph, and a baby blue for Mary, but anything goes. The felt is attached with hot glue, as are the googly eyes.
8. Make Baby Jesus and lay in manger.
Use another peanut for Jesus. I attached googly eyes, and made some “swaddling clothes” out of a blue felt, which was simply wrapped about the peanut and hot glued in place.
9. Attach Joseph, Mary and egg carton bed to manger with hot glue.
If you want to also glue Jesus into the egg carton, you can. The kids love to take peanut baby Jesus out and play with him though, so I don’t do that 🙂
10. Attach twine or fishing line for tree hanger.
I simply made a loop with twine to act as a tree hanger. Easy breezy. Your DIY nativity ornament is done!
Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:
Day 1 – The Silly Pearl :: Day 2 –Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 – Cupcakes and Crinoline :: Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 – Knick of Time :: Day 6 – Pet Scribbles :: Day 7 – Simply Kelly Designs
Day 8 – Town and Country Living :: Day 9 – Petticoat JUNKtion
Day 10 – The Everyday Home :: Day 11 – Up on Tippy Toes
Day 12 – Remodelando la Casa :: Day 13 – DIY 180 :: Day 14 – 504 Main
Day 15 – Sum of their Stories :: Day 16 – At Home with Jemma
Day 17 – The Kim Six Fix :: Day 18 – Shabby Art Boutique
Day 19 – Morena’s Corner :: Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Day 21 – Our Southern Home :: Day 22 – Domestically Speaking
Day 23 – The Crafting Nook :: Day 24 – Sweet Pea
Day 25 – Dukes and Duchesses :: Day 26 – Heathered Nest
Day 27 – Lovely Etc. Day 28 – Stone Gable Blog :: Day 29 – Mod Podge Rocks
Day 30 – Running with a Glue Gun :: Day 31 – All Things Heart and Home