December 21, 2011

Guest Post: TP Nativity!

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HI! I am Andrea, a  stay at home that lives in beautiful city of St John’s, with its colourful and famous jelly bean houses, in the unique and scenic island of Newfoundland, Canada!  I blog at The Simple Craft Diaries
I am the wife of a wonderful and supportive husband that puts up with hot glue drops on our kitchen countertop and a ridiculous  amount of  paper + scissors + fabric + thread + paint  + mess on our dinning room table.  I am also the mommy to a precious, funny and happy little girl, who is my inspiration. Until I had her, late in life maybe, but certainly in the Lord’ s time, sewing , stitching , sandind, painting and glueing were abstract words that belonged to another world,  not mine for sure!

And now toilet paper rolls and things alike are my best buddies, who would say??
I am a girl in love...........with toilet paper rolls!! hahaaaahhha
I have a bag full of them at the moment, with tons of ideas of what I can do, and will post here slowly as they are so many :0)
Some are inspired by something I have seen out there,  and some are maybe originals (?), I do not know, but anyways, what a fun thing to work with, very kid friendly and cheap!
This is the perfect craft to do with your child! I made mine with Sofia. She helped me glue the fabric, she made the ( cute) figure faces and she played with them a lot! 

For this toilet paper roll  nativity I was inspired by this ( cuuuute!):
She used medicine bottles instead of paper rolls, but it is an inspiration anyways!

What I used:
Scrap Fabric/Burlap/White Felt/Scissors
 Toilet paper rolls (3)
 Jute yarn, craft glue and  tiny small wooden dowels ( dollar store). Also handy to have  a hot glue  gun and/or E-600 nearby
 One big jump ring
 Paper circles ( 3)
I also used 2 baskets I already had a home, a bigger one and a small one, but this is optional .

It is cute already isn't it??
 Can you visualize the  Holy Family already? Wait and see!
Measure the fabric to fit the roll, cut it to fit and use lots of craft glue ( or hot glue if you want) and glue the fabric to the rolls ( one for Mary and one for good old Joseph)
 By the way, this is Joseph :0)
 Ah, here,  little Sofia had  fun drawing the faces as well. Glue to the body.
 I then cut a rectangular piece of burlap for the head coverings
 Hard to explain this part, so hold the piece like this, glue (hot glue works best here) and finish with  a piece of the jute yarn
Joseph
Mary 

For baby Jesus I cut one of the rolls a bit, to make him baby size. I used white felt to cover the little body.
For the halo...a small wooden dowel  and a bit jump ring.
A tip: cut a small groove in the dowel to make it easy to glue ( here I used E 6000). Glue the stick inside the roll. Ready!
It is a bit flimsy still but did not break yet with all of Sofia's handling it to play, so I can say it works:0)

A tiny piece of burlap in the basket, I mean, the manger
I also covered the bottom of baby Jesus figure with a piece of felt, for a better finish
Away in a manger, how sweet. I love the happy face Sofia gave baby Jesus



I am still not sure which way looks better, with or without the manger ( as it is a bit high for a baby) 
What do you think?? help!

 You can go on and on and make the wise men  and shepherds as well, we are also making them, will post later!
Jesus, the the gift of Christmas!


Thanks so much, Andrea!  Love it!  And be sure to stop by and say hi to Andrea at The Simple Craft Diaries.  










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3 upcyclers said:

Bama Girl said...

Oh,I love this project! It is so sweet!

Augmented Gem said...

How very creative! I am now following you over at your blog and look forward to your future posts.

Andrea said...

Hi Rachel!
Thank you so much for featuring these cuties!!!!
I love them too!
And girls, thank you so much for your comments,they made my day!!

Merry Christmas!!
Andrea