DIY tiny Jesus manger…Blogmas day 6


 “ A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn.”

                                        Lyrics O’ Holly night.

In our garden there are always many art supplies to create with. Twigs from our trees, clippings from our grape vines and even corn husk from the corn we grew this year can be used in our Christmas decorations. This year I decided to make a tiny baby Jesus and a twig crib using supplies from out side.

Just collect some small twigs and start out gluing two X’s. Let that dry for a few hours.

Next glue a twig across each twig holding the two together.

After that dries glue smaller twigs all around to form a crib. I used a combination of pine twigs from up north as well as grape vine twigs from here in our city garden.

I needle felted baby Jesus using sheep’s wool. Then I added bits of corn husk to fill the crib.

I also needle felted sheep. I am new at needle felting and don’t get a lot of practice in so it is best to get books and watch tutorials on YouTube from the experts if this is a craft you think you might be interested in. Be warned though…your little fingers will take a beating, or should I say poking. Either way, it is not a friendly art.

But I am having fun learning about this new craft when ever I find time that is. My family got me involved with this when they bought me a felt kit one Christmas. I also got a loom and need to learn how to weave rugs. Just haven’t found the time to start that craft. My family always buys me kits to try my hand at. Like a puzzles to me.

I would eventually love to felt a whole Nativity one day and also a Noah’s ark.

Happy crafting everyone. Remember to try new things, even if you don’t think you can do it, still give it a go and you might surprise yourself. Great exercise for our brain, keeping it healthy too by introducing new skills to challenge it.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Gersom Clark says:

    The wood, the manger, and the wool is so realistic, Cheri! Especially the wood! GOD bless you and your family!

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    1. Awww…thank you so much, I love to be able to make the whole nativity sometime and a Noah’s ark would be so fun. This was suppose to be published Sunday, how funny that it was published today. I guess there were some date mix ups. God bless you too.

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      1. Gersom Clark says:

        Looking forward to see your take on the Ark!

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      2. That is a huge project to take on but I would love to have something like that in my home.

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  2. mel says:

    Super cute and look at those details!

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    1. Thank you Mel, this was a fun one for me to make.

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  3. This craft of yours definitely wins my unofficial “cuteness award” !!
    Love it….and looking forward to see what else you’ll come up with and leave us speechless 🙂 !!

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    1. Awww thank you Manuela, I had a lot of fun making this little set. I especially loved making the tiny sheep with the twig legs. I could make those all day they were so fun. I used real sheep wool trimmings to make them look more realistic.


  4. I absolutely must research this felting thing. My initial thought was, “oh, I especially love love these sheep!” 💕

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    1. Thank you Laura. There are all kinds of sheep up north and every time we would be up there I would see them and want to make little sheep using natural twigs for legs and felting the rest. Finally got around to making some, practice ones since these were my first sheep ever. Some 4-H kids at the county fair one year gave me bags of wool that I took home and I cleaned by hand with Dawn soap. I used some of that wool to make some of my little sheep look more natural.


  5. That is so cute! What’s great idea!

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