The twins bring home the most beautiful creations from Mothers Day Out each week. They made this baby Jesus in a manger project last week at school and I could not resist sharing it with you. It really is simple to make and if you are a crafty person you likely have most of the materials on hand already.
You will need:
- brown marker
- blue marker (or color of choice for eyes)
- red marker
- empty toilet paper roll
- some raffia
- large popsicle stick
- gold pipe cleaner
- white pipe cleaner
- smaller piece of white felt (approx 2 in x 2 in)
Color your toilet paper roll with the brown marker. They can color every visible spot, or an overall quick color. I like the less filled in look, like the photograph of the manger they made at school.
Then, cut your toilet paper roll in half, long ways.
Take the two toilet paper roll pieces and glue them back to back so there is a top area for baby Jesus to lay and the bottom area serves as the feet of the manger, like photographed here:
Glue some raffia to the inside of the manger to replicate the look of hay as pictured above.
For baby Jesus you will take your large popsicle stick and cut from the top about 1.5 – 2 inches. Using markers draw a smile and eyes on the popsicle stick.
To make the blanket covering for baby Jesus, simply take a small square piece of white felt, approx 2 in. x 2 in., and position the popsicle stick on it like the below photograph. (Baby Jesus is face down.)
Fold like this:
And then fold again by lifting the popsicle stick up to give the tucked-in look. This is how it should look:
To make the halo, take a piece of gold pipe cleaner and form it in the shape of a halo and tuck it behind baby Jesus like this:
Place baby Jesus in the manger….