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Craft Stick Manger Ornaments for Christmas

I really have a great job. As a nanny, I get to be directly involved in shaping the life of an adorable little boy that will definitely go places in his life. It’s great practice for my own kids as well, and plus I just get to do a lot of fun things. In the summer I got to teach him to swim, and in the winter (cold Fall, whatever), we’ve been doing a lot of crafts. With Christmas right around the corner, we’ve been making ornaments for gifts, and this is my favorite!

I found a variation of this on Pinterest, but there were no directions on how to do it, so while I made my way through it, I decided to take a few pictures and share it with you! I also used this opportunity to share the good news of the birth of Jesus with my young charge, and he really enjoyed it all!

The tools:

  1. 20 craft sticks

  2. Scissors

  3. Craft hay

  4. Wooden people

  5. Cotton balls

  6. Hot glue gun

  7. Ribbon

  8. Wooden stars

First get all of your craft sticks together and trimmed. You’ll need twenty sticks, and eight of them should be trimmed as shown above.

To trim them equally, line them up like this. Six will be the same exact size, two will be cut so that they are a little longer (see the picture).

Line them up as shown, and hot glue one stick across the bottom. Next, turn it around and glue it on the other side too for support.

Glue two more sticks across the top to form the roof.

When you’re done, you should have two sticks left on every side.

Just keep gluing them onto each other in a pattern to make the ornament 3D. You’ll use up all of the sticks.

Completed, it’ll look like this. I made three 🙂

Next, glue on the star. I cut it so that one had a longer point, pointing down.

Hot glue the bottoms of the stable and pat on some craft hay (I got everything at Michaels).

For baby Jesus, I used a wooden person, and for the swaddling wrap, a half of a cotton ball, stretched out thin.

Wrap the little guy up and glue it all together.

Finally, attach the baby to the hay and tie a ribbon along the top. You’re done!

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place whileQuirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2: 1-20 NIV

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