After a lot of cutting and sticking, tying of ribbons and drawing on faces, I’m finally proud to say that my handmade, cardboard toilet roll nativity is complete! Let me introduce you, though you probably know them all already…
First we have the shepherd and his sheep: whilst the shepherds were busy tending to their flocks, an angel came to them and said ‘Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped incloths and lying in a manger.’
Next we have the three wise men: three magi ‘from the East’ spotted the Star of Bethlehem in the sky and followed it all the way to the birth place of the baby Jesus. Here they worshiped him and presented Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And finally we have Mary, Joseph, angel Gabriel and the baby himself (below): the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her that she will have a baby whom she will name Jesus. Joseph accompanies his wife from Nazareth to Bethlehem and Mary gives birth in a stable (because there was just no room in that inn).
All the people in my homemade nativity scene are made from toilet roll tubes that I’ve bedecked with glitzy papers, ribbons and materials out of my craft box. Look closely and you’ll see the three wise men are carrying their gifts, that the sheep is made of cotton wool, that angel Gabriel has a golden pipe-cleaner halo and that the baby Jesus is wrapped in swaddling and balanced on a lollipop stick manger tied together with string!
This is definitely one of the best Christmas crafts I have ever made. Thanks to my sister for the inspiration, this lovely nativity scene will stand proud on my dining room table this year – let me know what you think!