Make a clothes-peg nativity scene

Handmade clothes peg nativity scene

This delightful nativity set can be displayed on a mantelpiece, shelf or windowsill.

You will need

● Short wooden model pegs or dolly pegs
● Felt
● String
● Wire
● Fabric glue
● Raffia – natural and white
● Straw
● Fabric scissors
● Gems/jewels/beads
● Small piece of hessian
● Thin gold ribbon

Instructions

To make baby Jesus, wrap a rectangle of white felt several times around the wooden model peg, just so the round ball (head) shows and glue in place.

To make the manger, bunch together some raffia and tie at both ends, to make a boat shape. Place a little straw inside.

For the other characters, wrap felt around the pegs to make a simple cone-shape body, sticking together the edges of felt with fabric glue. The cone body will allow them to stand.

Attach extra felt to the cone shape using glue to give all the characters decorative clothing.

Embellish each figure to suit his or her character. So, the angel has felt wings and a wire halo wrapped in thin gold ribbon. The shepherd has a wire fork, string belt and hessian headpiece. The three kings have hands holding their gift and a crown made from the same material as their cloaks. To make the crown, cut a strip of felt and snip triangles out of one edge using fabric scissors. Pull into a circle, glue and then glue to the king’s head. To make the hands, cut a small circle from nude colour felt. Snip a small triangle out of the top and bottom and stick on to each of the king’s cloaks. Then glue a gem, button or jewel on the hands.

Joseph has a rustic belt made from string and a hessian headpiece. Use muted, neutral colours for Mary and Joseph.

Assemble on a mantelpiece, table or window ledge.

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