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|Date:||Friday, November 12, 2004 12:31:06 AM|
|Subject:||Re: Homemade Nativity Scene|
|Message:||There's a really cute Manger Scene in the December/January Issue of Family Fun Magazine that just came out.I checked their website, unfortunately the directions are not posted on it. You could probably pick the issue up at your local grocery or discount store. It uses pipe cleaners, yarn, cotton balls, a toilet paper roll, sequins, tacky glue, a permanent marker, beads, shoebox, etc. It sounds like exactly what you are looking for.
I just finished making a baby Jesus figure for an upcoming Sunday School lesson (I wish this issue of Family Fun would have arrived sooner, I may make a set anyway as a gift). To make the baby Jesus figure, I took a sponge from the dollar store, and cut off a small strip (about an inch wide) the short length of the sponge (rectangle colored sponge). I then took the sponge and wrapped it with toilet paper, by gluing it on with tacky glue. I wrapped it until it was thick enough that you did not see the pink from the sponge coming through. Then I glued a wooden bead (Wal Mart) on to the tip of the sponge for a head. I painted the bead with a flesh color paint, and used black paint for the eyes, mouth, and nose. I used a little yellow paint for a lock of hair on the top of the bead. I glued four craft sticks into two x shapes, and then glued 5 craft sticks along each side of the top of the x's. It made a cute bed to lay the baby in.
Here's an idea for making baby Jesus with craft sticks and a peanut -
To make a basic stable, you can take a shoebox, turn it on it's side, and then cut the top side off (one of the two long sides), and then fold the lid of the shoebox in half,and use packing tape to hold it in the form of a triangle on top of the box. Cover the whole thing with a brown paper grocery bag or paint it to look like wood.
Hope this helps!
Love in Christ,
Sarah in California
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