If you are looking for a personal, yet inexpensive Christmas gift for a neighbor or co-worker- these primitive nativity set ornaments are for you!
I made six of these nativity set ornaments for under ten bucks!
- Wood Doll Pin - 3 packages ($2.61 for 6 dolls)
- Wood Man Doll - 3 packages ($2.61 for 6 dolls)
- Wood Furniture Buttons ($0.97 for 6)
- Navy Blue Paint ($0.77)
- Hunter Green Paint ($0.77)
- Flesh Colored Paint ($0.77)
- Brown Paint (for distressing) ($0.77)
- Jute ($3.97)
- Natural Colored Muslin Fabric
- Cotton Balls (on hand)
- Hot Glue Gun (on hand or $2.47)
- Sand-it Gadget or Sandpaper (on hand or $2.97)
- Scissors (on hand)
Total: 6 sets for $18.68 or less (depending what you have on hand) = $3.11 per set or less
Here is a tip to make it easier to paint your small wooden furniture buttons- apply some paint to the bottom of the button, and use the paint to “stick” the button to a piece of scrap paper. Once the button is “stuck” you can paint easily over the top and sides of the button, without it sliding around on you. The bottom of the button will not show, so do not be worried about paper sticking to it!
While they are drying, you can begin assembling your babies.
Cut your muslin into approximately 3″x3″ squares. Lay a cotton ball in the middle of the square.
Begin by folding the top flap down- (where it would cover a baby’s head) and continue folding. Keep the bundle in proportion to your figures- wrap tightly and secure with hot glue.
Be careful with the hot glue here- I chose to use my Hot Glue Gun tools, after I burned myself a few times. (I figured my burn-my-fingers vulgarities were not appropriate for this particular project.)
You should end up with a bundle that looks like this (above)- if you folded the top flap down.
Using hot glue, attach your painted button to the bundle. I tried to tuck part of the button into the bundle a bit.
Take some sandpaper to the figures. I did not sand the heads- just the darker painted areas.
Then, using a small amount of brown paint on a cotton ball, go over the entire figure. You want a very thin layer of paint. This will make it look distressed and primitive.
Cut a 3″ circle from your muslin. This does not need to be a perfect circle- just eyeball it. Then cut it in half.
You can be done here, or if you would like to turn your project into an ornament- it is very easy to do so.
Just add a section of jute to the back of the nativity set.
Then add a star to the top of the jute. I created my stars out of cardstock following an easy tutorial for folding 3D stars.
Run hot glue down the sides of two of the star’s “feet?” (prongs? legs?) Then, attach the star to the loop on your jute.