Baby Jesus in a Manger Ornament

We had another fun afternoon with our Women of Grace 3rd grade girls yesterday.  For their craft, I showed them how to make these Baby Jesus in a Manger Ornaments. We are taking them through this season of Advent, hitting the most important aspects of it (since we only see them weekly). Today's focus was on the setting of the birth of Christ. My friend talked with the girls about the events happening in Bethlehem right around the time of his birth and why it was so remarkable and unexpected that the King of Kings would be born in such lowly conditions. Our hope is that the ornaments would serve as a reminder to them of the Reason for the Season...Jesus.
Here's what we used to make the ornaments: miniature wreath, brown felt, white felt, wooden boy piece, black Sharpie, pink Sharpie, raffia, jute or ribbon to hang the ornament, and glue gun. If you follow my Pinterest boards, you'll see my inspiration for this ornament.
Start by cutting the brown felt into a circle about the same size as the wreath and run a line of hot glue around the edge.
Press the wreath to the brown felt.  It's now a manger.
Bundle up a small amount of raffia and put a dollop of glue in the center of the brown felt and wreath. Press down to adhere the raffia to the manger.
Take the wooden boy and wrap him in the white felt by putting his head in one corner, bringing up the opposite corner and then wrapping the two sides in. Secure with hot glue. With your Sharpie markers, make a face for Jesus.
Put some glue on top of the raffia and/or on Baby Jesus' back and press him into the manger to secure. Use jute, ribbon or cording for a hanger.

When I see this sweet ornament on the tree, I can't help but think of the song Away in a Manger.

Away in a manger no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky look down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

I am so grateful for the birth of this special baby more than 2000 years ago. May you experience the joy that comes from knowing Him this Christmas and always!

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26 comments:

  1. So glad the girls were able to take that ornament home and put it on their tree as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. So sweet! xo

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  2. I would love to know where you got the supplies....they are adorable! Thank you! Lori

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    1. I purchased all the supplies at Hobby Lobby.

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  3. This is so precious! I'm stopping by from Keep Calm blog hop.
    Thanks
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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  4. Precious! I may have to borrow this idea for my AWANA Cubbies. TFS

    Debra

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  5. Precious! I may have to borrow this idea for my AWANA Cubbies. TFS

    Debra

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  6. I love it! I am thinking of making an ornament during our Chrismtas party with the 8-11 year old boys & girls I teach at church every other week. This would be perfect! :)

    Jillian
    Hi! It's Jilly

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  7. This is adorable!! We are hosting a Focus on the Nativity blog hop and would love for you to share it with us. http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/12/focus-on-nativity.html

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  8. Absolutely love this! I want to make some of these with my Grandkids!

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  9. LOVE THIS SO MUCH!
    Where can I get the wooden boy piece for Baby Jesus?

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    1. Hobby Lobby and Michael's both carry them.

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  10. Very sweet ornament. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Heather

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  11. This is the cutest thing ever!! Our kids will love making their own baby Jesus! Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party! We are so glad you came! -The Six Sisters

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  12. Oh my goodness, this is so cute. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  13. This is just precious! What a sweet baby Jesus!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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  14. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Christmas themed linky party!
    http://tessacotton.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-linky-party.html

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  15. This is so cute! Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing at our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope you'll continue to link up with us! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_11_archive.html

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  16. Hi Nici, These little ornaments are adorable! Thank you for sharing them at the Open House party. Happy Holidays.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your project in last week's Crafty Showcase. We love how you inspire others on the internet! Stop back over and share more of your talent in the new Bowdabra Crafty Showcase starting Friday night midnight! http://www.bowdabrablog.com
    Susie @Bowdabra

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  18. Very fun! Can I share you picture over at my Growing Kids Ministry blog? We love this project!!

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  19. That is adorable. Thank you for sharing.

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