by Karen & Grace Morris
Decorate the tree with Christian ornament crafts. The crafts are appropriate for children's church or Sunday school. The kids can make Bible characters that represent the Christmas story found in the Gospels of Mathew and Luke.
Or make 3D ornaments. They are easy enough for preschoolers to do. All they have to do is cut, fold, and glue.
To make the nativity scene ornaments, you will need some felt and craft sticks. The star, bauble, and bell are made with construction paper.
Have fun making these Christian ornament crafts out of Popsicle sticks. You can hang Joseph, Mary with baby Jesus, a shepherd, an angel, and the wise men on a Christmas tree.
Before you make the ornament, read the story found in the Gospel of Luke chapter two.
The robes are all made the same for each of the characters. Cut a felt rectangle 7 by 2 inches. Fold in half and make a small slit for the craft stick to go through.
Also, cut a thin strip approximately 1/4 by 6 inches from the matching felt for the belt. The belt can be a little wider and longer. Don't make it too thin because it will break when you tie it.
Also, for each character, cut a 12-inch piece of craft string. Tie the ends into a knot for a hanger.
Joseph, Mary, Shepherd, Angel, Wise men
Joseph was the husband of Mary.
Fold a 6-inch piece of pipe cleaner in half. Slip the string in the center. Place the pipe cleaner behind the craft stick. Thread the string through the hole in the felt.
Tie the thin piece of felt around the rectangle like a belt.
Fold the pipe cleaners to look like arms.
Mary gave birth to a son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths.
Christian ornament crafts would not be complete without Mary and baby Jesus.
Cut another rectangle 2 1/4 by 2 inches from the same color for the hood. Make a small slit in the center of the hood for the craft string to go through.
Cut a piece of craft string 12 inches.
Cut a 2 3/4 by 2 1/4 inch rectangle for the blanket.
To make Baby Jesus, place both ends of the black pipe cleaner through the holes in the wooden bead. Twist the ends together.
Bend the loop of the pipe cleaner so that it is slightly smaller and thinner.
Slip the craft stick in the slit of the larger rectangle. Place the smaller rectangle behind the robe and Popsicle stick. Add a drop of tacky glue to the top sides of the robe. Fold the corners of the smaller rectangle over the sides and into the glue. Use clothespins or place the figurine under a heavy object and let the glue dry.
Wrap the blanket around the baby. Add a drop of glue to the corner. Add a clothespin so that it will stick.
After the glue is dry, add the craft string to the center of the pipe cleaner. Place the pipe cleaner behind the craft stick. Poke the craft string through the hole in the hood.
Place Baby Jesus in the arms of Mary.
There were shepherds in the fields guarding their flocks.
Make the robe and belt. See above for directions.
Put the craft stick in the hole in the felt.
Fold a 6-inch piece of pipe cleaner in half for the arms. Add the string to the center of the pipe cleaner.
Pull the craft string through the hole in the felt. Bend the arms to the front.
Fold a 12-inch brown pipe cleaner in half.
Twist the two ends together. At the folded end, bend, to make a cane.
Add the cane to one of the arms on your shepherd.
An angel of the Lord appeared among the shepherds.
From white felt, cut the belt and robe. See above for directions.
Place the pipe cleaner and string behind the craft stick. Thread the craft string through the hole in the rectangle.
Add the belt, tie it around the rectangle to make the robe.
Cut a piece of lace 12 inches.
Fold a sparkly pipe cleaner into two oval shapes for the wings.
Wrap the lace around the sparkly pipe cleaner.
Twist a 6-inch piece of pipe cleaner around the center of the wings.
Slip the end of the pipe cleaner in the back of the belt.
Wrap the end of a 6-inch piece of gold pipe cleaner around your finger to make the halo.
Slip the pipe cleaner through the belt.
After Jesus was born, wise men came from the east asking about the child. You can read the story in Mathew chapter 2.
See above for how to make the belt and robes.
You will also need pipe cleaners to match the felt. Two of the pipe cleaners are 6 inches. The last one is 12 inches.
For each wise man, place the hanger in the center of the pipe cleaner. Place the pipe cleaner behind the Popsicle stick.
Tie the thin strip of felt over the robe for a belt.
Add three gold beads to a 6-inch pipe cleaner. Next, thread the other end of the pipe cleaner in the beads. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaners together.
Now thread a button on the arms of another wise man. Bend the end so it will not come off. Place the other end of the pipe cleaner under it.
On the 12-inch pipe cleaner, add the oval bead. Add the matching bead to the top. Bend the pipe cleaner from the top of the bead to the bottom of the oval and twist.
Wrap the other end around near the bottom of the bead and twist. Cut the extra piece off.
You will want to make a crown for each of your wise men. Wrap a gold or silver pipe cleaner around the top of the craft stick twice. Take the crown off. Add a drop of glue to the front of the craft stick. Slip the crown over the glue.
More nativity crafts. These Christian ornament crafts can decorate more than just the tree.
Make easy 3D paper Christmas ornament Crafts. Just draw a bell or bauble on paper, fold, and glue. Or you could simply download the PDF. The PDF also includes a star.
You can either download the PDF with the bell, bauble, and star or make your own using construction paper.
Fold a 4-inch piece of paper in half. On the top, draw a “c” shape. From the end of the “c” draw a line at an angle about 2 1/4 inches. Then draw a small line down. Next, draw a line back to the fold. Just before the fold, draw another “c” shape. It should look something like half of a bell.
Or you could use the downloadable bell and a template.
Cut on your lines.
Open the bell shapes and write Good News.
Fold the shapes on the fold line. Make sure the words are on the inside.
Glue the sides together with a glue stick. Before gluing the last side, add a hanger made from craft string. Then glue the ends together.
Use the pattern or make your own with construction paper.
The bauble is made similar to a bell. Fold three pieces of paper in half. Draw a large “c” shape. At the top of the “c” shape make a small rectangle. (By the way, this bauble is larger than the template.)
Cut your shapes out.
On the inside write Jesus. On another shape write Savior. On the third shape write Son of God.
Fold the shapes back up and glue the sides with glue.
The easiest way to make the star is to download and print the page on colored paper.
Cut along the lines.
Then fold it in half. Glue the halves together. Add a string hanger in the center. Then glue the last side together.
Hang your Christian ornament crafts on the tree. When you have an opportunity, tell others the meaning of Christmas.