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Seasonal Saturday – Easy DIY Sunday School Nativity Craft

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It is Christmas time, and in an effort to promote the true meaning of Christmas, I am going to share a nativity craft.  I teach Sunday school to kids ages 6 to 8.  I love to have a little activity to go along with the lesson.  Here is one I thought I would share with you.  It is great because it is cheap, quick, and super cute.

What you will need:

  • brown paper bag
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • nativity cutouts
  • I used some found here
  • or Google “Nativity” or “Nativity Cutouts”many are black and white for coloring
  • or you can have children draw their own characters, (make sure you have ample time if you choose the “Draw your Own” option)
  • If you’re feeling VERY ambitious, take pictures of your favorite nativity, print and cut from there

Extras: Not needed but adds pizzazz!

  • Burlap or hey (dry grass works, I used Spanish Moss, because it’s free and EVERYWHERE!)
  • A tea-light or flashlight to place in the bottom of the bag (it gives the nativity a beautiful glow at night)
  • Glitter/ sequins, anything!


Making the Nativity

  • Cut out your nativity people first, then set them aside for later
  • Fold your paper bag in half (Long Way)
  • Cut on an angle STARTING on the side where the two ends meet

wrong way right way

  • If you cut on the wrong side (I did that) your manger will look like the one on the right below

when cut right way

  • Open the bag and choose which side you would like to be the front
  • Fold ONLY THE FRONT portion in half (you will not be able to fold the whole thing, that’s ok)
  • Cut out a triangle making sure to leave a nice strip of brown at the top (this was very difficult to photograph while my little one was trying to jump on my head–but here’s what it looks like)

Cut front of paper bag

  • Unfold, and check the shape, if you want to tweak it a little, trim more away, here is mine trimmed

Trim Extra

  • The Cutout should have a nice “House” shape and be framed by a small strip of the the paper bag
  • Now you are ready to add the important people in the scene, I placed the star and angel on oposing sides at the top

place the characters

  •  You can fold some of the characters as shown then glue them in the middle

bend the characters

  • Place the cut-outs however you like, I put baby Jesus in the back because I wanted to eye to be lead to the most important part!

Final feature image

Important Notes:

You may want to pre-cut your nativity and bags so the children can enjoy putting it together.  Kids can get a little frustrated with intricate cutting.  If you want more sturdy cut-outs, print on cardstock.  Use the folds in the bag to place your cut-outs, it creates deapth and a 3-D feel.  Have fun!

  • Brittnei
    December 8, 2013

    Oh my goodness! This is so easy. I first love the idea of promoting the real meaning of Christmas and it is a very cute activity. I can see myself doing this with my kids when they get older! Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to stop by to see if you are featured! xo

  • Sophia Efthymiades-Wybraniec
    December 10, 2013

    This is absolutely adorable! I really want to do this with my son. I’m guilty of getting caught up in the not-really-the-reason-of-the-season. The fat man in a red suit. The cookies. The shopping. All those things. I’ve sort of let my son’s preschool step in as the Baby Jesus authority, so he knows why we celebrate Christmas, but I’m not exactly following through at home. This inspires me!!

  • April
    December 13, 2013

    Last year, our advent calendar was Christ-based, building a magnetic nativity scene. My son loved it! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!


  • Tiffany
    December 14, 2013

    What a great and quick kid friendly craft! Thanks so much for sharing at the Blog Hop Blitz!

    • admin
      December 14, 2013

      Thank you! Nice seeing you here, and thanks for the hop!

  • arod
    December 16, 2013

    such a cute craft love this idea thanks so much for sharing it

    • admin
      December 16, 2013

      Thank you, Its nice and easy!

  • Valerie
    December 21, 2014

    This is so cute & creative–how do you come up with this stuff?!? It’s great! Thank you for such a fun idea for my Sunday Class of 6 year olds. 🙂

    • Losingit
      December 22, 2014

      It’s amazing what you can do when you ignore dishes and laundry 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Rebecca Taylor
    December 16, 2016

    Did you use cardstock or did the normal paper stand up ok?

    • Losingit
      December 31, 2016

      Regular paper is great!

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