Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Felt Nativity Scene

DIY Felt Nativity Scene for Kids - http://www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


Two years ago, Katie and I were inspired by Johanna's felt Nativity scene from Crazy Blessed Life.  What a great way to put more of the focus on Christ during the Christmas season.

DIY Felt Nativity Scene for Kids - http://www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

And why not make it together?  We set aside a "Pinterest day", where our husbands watched the girls, and we went to town.  It was easy cutting and gluing everything, but let me tell you, it took us all day to make 2 Nativity scenes.  It's a lot of cutting and gluing.  But it was so worth the end result:

DIY Felt Nativity Scene for Kids - http://www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

DIY Felt Nativity 

Materials needed:

Felt (You can buy small sheets of them in every color at Hobby Lobby for 25 cents a sheet)
1 Large Sheet of felt in a neutral color for the backdrop (size depends on how big you want it)
Fabric Scissors
Fabric Glue
Pen OR Paper and Printer (depending on if you freehand or use her pattern)

What we did differently:  We freehand drew our patterns, but based it all off of the pictures from Johanna's blog.  (She does have patterns on her post, but we did not use them.)  We did change several things, such as the sheep, Mary, the stable, angel, and backdrop.  We also used fabric glue, which is lighter in weight than hot glue.  Felt sticks to felt, but if it weighs too much, it won't stick very well.

So...

1.  Cut, assemble, glue together.  Allow 24 hours for glue to dry.

2.  Read the Nativity Story to your kids, and then let them play out the Christmas scene!

DIY Felt Nativity Scene (with link to patterns!) - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
As soon as J saw Baby Jesus, she started rocking Him.  My heart just melted!


Hope you're having a wonderful Advent and Christmas season so far!


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20 comments:

  1. I love this so much! What a great idea!

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    1. Thanks! The kids love it! I'm so glad we took the time to make it! -Jess

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  2. How fun and it's not breakable :) Perfect type of nativity for little ones!

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    1. Non-breakable is key! I know all moms think of that first when it comes to Christmas decor for their kids! Haha -Jess

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  3. oh my goodness that is sooo cute Jess (& Katie)!! You guys did such a great job on that! so many nativity scenes for kids fall apart so easily or are cheap and plastic, that looks like it will last a long time and it is lovely!
    gonna have to try it someday :)

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    1. Thank you so much! You should definitely make one. Our kids love it! And it's a great way to get them to truly learn about what happened on Christmas. I think I'm going to make a Christmas tree one next. Then maybe they won't rearrange the real tree...right? A mom can hope! ;) -Jess

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  4. I love this so much! What a great idea~
    Elizabeth
    www.allkindsofthingsblog.com

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    1. Thank you! The kids are really learning what happened on Christmas since they are acting it out themselves. They love it - and I love it! -Jess

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  5. Beautiful nativity scene! Just perfect for little ones! Thanks for sharing.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! They are really enjoying it...and me too! Merry Christmas! -Jess

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  6. Really adorable. This will probably keep your little ones occupied for hours :) So glad that you joined us at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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    1. Thank you so much! They really do love it. Thanks for hosting and Merry Christmas! -Jess

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  7. This is too cute! Love that you guys set aside a "Pinterest day" - I need to do that soon :)

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    1. Seriously, have a Pinterest day! I love it because then I actually sit down and make the projects I've pinned. It's especially fun to do it with your sisters/friends! Thanks for hosting the holiday link up, and Merry Christmas to your family! I bet you're having a wonderful first Christmas in your new home...with your new puppy! :) -Jess

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  8. This is so cute and a great way to help kids learn what's really important about Christmas!

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    1. I love hearing them act it out and learn all about the birth of Christ. Seeing their faith grow is so beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family! -Jess

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  9. It's adorable! Especially with that last photo. What a fun idea for the kids to interact with, and those time-consuming projects are worth it in the end when they turn out so great... unlike some of the Pinterest fails I occasionally have :) Thanks for linking up again!

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    1. Thank you! I know what you mean! I've done a few where I've thought, "I sure hope they like this!!!!" Hope you and your family had a great Christmas! -Jess

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  10. This is fabulous! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party! I hope you stop by on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you. Merry Christmas! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you! We love how it turned out, and the kids love it too. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for hosting! -Jess

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