Sunday 23 December 2012

Upcycled Nativity

Thanks to Pinterest I discovered this wonderful up-cycled activity which was first showcased on Catholic Icing in December 2009.

It's a printable DIY Nativity for Kids. One word of caution this is not an hour long activity, it took us six hours to colour and glue onto the toilet rolls on Wednesday. In future I will definitely plan to do this over a few weeks rather than one day as Sir N found it a lot of colouring in. Needless to say Mom had the pleasure of colouring in most of the pieces and together we enjoyed constructing the set.

We printed the pages and coloured in.
It took us over 3 hours to colour in the pieces

Our pieces ready to be applied to toilet rolls.
Glitter Glue
I really wanted to use the glitter that's been sitting in the cupboard but did not want glitter everywhere. I decided to make our own version of glitter glue.

  • I used a water based PVA glue.
  • Add a generous amount of glitter in a container. This is the holder for roll on deodrant from the local store. When ever I do my shopping if I see empty ones on the shelf I bring them home for glue / painting projects.
  • Next I added around 3 ml of glue to each one and mixed. I then used a paintbrush and added two drops of water to each. Do NOT make it runny. If it's runny then it spreads too thin and you don't get a solid glitter look.
  • Use a paint brush and apply glitter mix where you want it to be.
Our Nativity Up Close

This in turn has inspired Sir N to design his own take of the nativity using toilet rolls.

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What are some Nativity projects have you done this season ?


This post is linking with: Look What We Did


  1. Even though we don't do christmas I do appreciate a good craft.

    Great job. :o)

  2. What a beautiful craft! You can tell how much work went into it! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :-)

    1. Thank you Lisa. It was a lot of work but it is so worth seeing the completed project :)
      Christmas Blessings to you and your family too

  3. Love, love, love this!!!!!!!!!!! Pinned it on my Christmas board :) :)


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