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Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

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Create your own cute nativity scene with materials you have at home already. This Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene is a great project for the kids and an easy way to create green crafts while keeping more green in the bank! You can make this with a sturdy cardboard tube or you can use a paper towel tube or even toilet paper rolls to create the same effect. Your children will love making this kids Christmas craft while learning about the true meaning of Christmas.

Materials:

  • Inner cardboard tube – I used a plastic wrap tube (a paper towel or baking paper tube will do the same) – I used approx. 12″ long tube
  • Left over fabric, white for angel/Jesus – Blue for Mary and brown for Joseph
  • Natural coloured raffia
  • Glue gun with spare glue
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard from corrugated cardboard box
  • Balls of some kind to fit as heads into the tubes – I happened to have some polystyrene ones at home
  • Paint: white, brown and orange / paintbrush
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 2

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut the cardboard tube up to pieces about:  Baby Jesus – 2″ long; Joseph 3 1/4″ long; Mary 2 3/4″ long; Angel 3 1/2″ long.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  2. Glue gun the “heads” on (balls) – I did squeeze the tops first to make the balls sit better on their “shoulders”.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  3. Mix a large amount of white paint with a drop of brown and a smaller drop of orange.  This makes a kind of skin colour. The more brown you add the darker the skin colour.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  4. While the people are drying cut out your corrugated cardboard pieces – first by printing the below Jpg’s (see pattern 1 and 2 above) – then trace the pieces on the cardboard.  Manger - print the manger largest part, long edge at almost 4 1/2" structure - print walls of structure at - 5 1/2" high (that's the bottom shapes)Here’s what the structure and manger look like when assembled.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  5. Glue gun the raffia onto the manger and structure.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  6. Now dressing the characters of our story.  I glue gunned on the fabric. I am not going to draw faces. They are staying blank. I’ll never be able to do the faces justice.  Baby Jesus is wrapped as follows:

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  7. Mary, Angel and Joseph are all wrapped from middle of the fabric – and the sides folded down.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  8. And then the head gear is put over top.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  9. Here is Joseph – I did it in the same way.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  10. The Angel base is the same.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  11. Here are the wings.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
     
  12. Sheer fabric doubled really made the wings work.

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene

    Cardboard Tube Nativity Scene
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