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These simple nativity ornament craft for kids is not only beautiful on the tree, but it is a perfect afternoon activity for preschoolers!
I love looking back over the homemade Christmas ornaments my kids have made over the years. We’ve got thumbprint ornaments, candy cane reindeer, a mouse in a walnut shell, and more. It’s nice to reminisce about them as we decorate our trees each year.
If you love kid-made ornaments, too, you’ll love this nativity Christmas ornament that your kids can assemble with just a little help from you.
Nativity Ornament Craft
With just a few craft supplies, you and your kids will be ready to assemble this beautiful nativity ornament in no time!
What You’ll Need
- Tissue Paper
- Brown Paint
- Popsicle Sticks (regular and mini)
- Black Cardstock
- Contact Paper
What You’ll Do
Glue 2 mini popsicle sticks to a regular popsicle stick. Make an arch by gluing 2 mini popsicle sticks together. Glue the 2 pieces together to form a stable. Refer to photo below.
Paint the stable brown. Allow to dry completely.
While the stable dries, download the Nativity silhouette template. Print and cut out. Set aside.
Rip tissue paper into small pieces. Cut a piece of contact paper a little larger than the size of the stable. Cover the sticky part of the contact paper with the tissue paper.
Cut a second piece of contact paper a little larger than the size of the stable and cover the tissue paper. Press out any bubbles.
Cut the contact paper into the shape of the stable.
Glue the silhouette onto the contact paper.
Glue the contact paper onto the back of the stable. Glue a small piece of twine to the top of the ornament for hanging on a Christmas tree.
Your ornament is finished. These would make wonderful family keepsake gifts!
More Nativity Crafts for Preschoolers
• Popsicle Stick Manger Craft from Housing a Forest
• Baby Jesus in a Manger Fingerprint Craft for Kids from Crafty Morning
• Graham Cracker Nativity Scene from Gluesticks Blog
Preschool Nativity Christmas Books for Kids
• The Nativity – The biblical story of the Nativity is one about faith, love–and a miracle. With illustrations that are enchanting and unexpected, Julie Vivas reveals the human side to Mary’s story, beautifully imagining the Angel Gabriel delivering the news to her, the exhausting journey with Joseph to Bethlehem, and at last the deliverance of the baby Jesus.
• The Birds of Bethlehem – On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields–not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born.
• Who is Coming to Our House? – A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus.
• The Christmas Story – The simple but poetic text of this story gently invites children to hear the story of Jesus’ birth in a stable in Bethlehem.
• The First Christmas Night – Here is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem through Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men.