This a fun family craft. It can be made in under an hour. Adults and kids help make the pieces. Adults need to handle the hot glue gun and sharp scissors. All of the supplies are probably in your craft box. Turn the TV off and spend some family time crafting together. Along with the supplies listed, basic craft supplies will be needed, such as tape, glue, pencil, and scissors. Use caution when cutting wooden sticks. They tend to fly away from the pressure and may hit people.
Box and Baby Jesus materials:
1 shoe box or large popcorn box
1 small wooden bead
1 pipe cleaner
1 small wooden spool (7/8 x 1 3/16 inch)
Scrap of yellow paper
3 Popsicle sticks
1. If using a food box, cut the front off. Paint the inside of the box blue. Allow to dry. Place star stickers on the blue paint. Cut out a large star from the yellow paper and tape to the front of the box.
2. Bend a pipe cleaner in half. Thread through the spool and the bead. Fold the ends of the pipe cleaner over the bead. Wrap the remaining section of pipe cleaner around the spool.
3. Wrap a small scrap of fabric around Jesus. Secure with glue.
4. Take 1 Popsicle stick and cut in half. Form a square with the cut sticks and the remaining 2 sticks. Glue to secure. When dry place Baby Jesus in the center. Place in the box.
Mary and Joseph materials:
2 (1 ½ inch) Styrofoam ball
10 small wooden sticks ( arms and legs)
2 Popsicle sticks (base)
Scrap of paper
Scraps of fabric
2 pipe cleaners
1. Poke 2 small sticks into the bottom of the ball. Poke the other 2 sticks into the sides of the ball for arms.
2. Cut off the top 1/3 of a Popsicle stick. Glue the legs onto the small piece of stick. Glue the rest of the stick perpendicular to the small stick.
3. Draw a circle and facial features on a scrap of paper. Cut out and glue to a small stick. Press the stick into the ball.
4. Cut a slit in the center of a rectangular piece of fabric. Slide the head through the slit. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center for a belt. This will hold the fabric in place. Place in the box.
1. Construct Mary following the same directions. Make Mary shorter with arms in the front. Take an extra piece of fabric and place on her head. Secure with pins into the ball. Place Mary in the box.
You now have a box Nativity to enjoy.