Thursday, December 23, 2010

Clay Pot Nativity Tutorial: Last Minute Gift

What you'll need to get started for 1 Nativity

2- Mini Clay Pots (Packs of 6 for 99 cents)
1- 1 11/16" x 5/8" Wooden "Boy Pieces" ($1.47 for 5)
2- 1/4" x 1 3/16" Wooden Ball Knobs ($1.47 for 4)
Skin Tone Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint for eyes
Various Acrylic Paint Colors depending on you preferances
3- 5" circles of fabric again depending on your preferances ( I buy 1/4 yard of each color= 32 or more fabric circles)
Spanish Moss or staw
1- Mini Clay Pot Saucer
Total Cost for 1 Nativity Under a dollar if you get your supplies 1/2 off at your crafting center

Begin by painting your pieces skin tone
Next Paint your pots their base color: I chose a tan color for Mary and only painted the rim a rust color for Joseph
I paint "Mary's" body like so
and Joseph's like this
Next: attach your heads to their bodies using hot glue
Mary's Headdress: Fold 1/3 of the fabric down
Attach to the top of her head with hot glue making sure the back of the circle of fabric is even with the bottom of the pot
Press the fabric forward like so
Add a dab of hot glue to her neck and press the fabric forward
Repeat with other side of fabric, tie a bow with twine or hemp
Josheph's Headdress: Fold 1/3 of the fabric circle down
Hot glue the fabric to his head
Push the back sides of the fabric forward around his neck and glue to the inside of neck
Next push the sides of the headdress down to create a fold, glue the undersides down
Tie a circlet of twine around his forehead and knot it in the back
secure the knot to the nape of his neck with hot glue
Swaddling Baby Jesus: First fold 1/3 of the fabric circle down
Fold the bottom half of the fabric up over the baby
Fold the right side straight down to create a triangle
Repeat on the left side
Loosely fold the right side over and glue in place, repeat on the left
For the eyes: Dip the end of a small paint brush in black paint
Make sure to reload the end for each eye to get EVEN eyes
For Baby Jesus' eyes I loaded the end and then tapped it off once on the plate for a smaller circle
Isn't it sweet?
Option: to finish the nativity you can add a bed of straw or spanish moss to a mini clay saucer (I was unable to find any at the local HL recently) for a manger. Have fun making these and I'd love to see them if you use this tutorial. Have a great day!

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