Angels & Shepherds & Wisemen, Oh My! A Nativity Crafts Collection

Enjoy some family fun with this collection of nativity crafts for every age that includes each character and symbol commonly found in the Christmas story.


My kids love to make crafts and do projects. Since we’re focusing on the Christmas story this Advent season, I’ve compiled a list of Nativity crafts for all ages.

Each one of these depicts characters or a symbol commonly found in the Christmas story. There’s a great variety here, so kids of all sizes can find one that’s age or ability appropriate.

Scroll through and find something fun to create with your family. If you’re not a fan of traditional crafts, then maybe you’ll like the Jesus in the Manger cookie at the end. I happen to be partial to that one since it’s one of my few original ideas!


A Collection of Christmas Nativity Crafts


Printable Paper Nativity Scene | Made By Joel – includes backdrop and moveable figures; color or simply print and play


Popsicle Stick Nativity  | What to Expect – dress them up with paint or fabric scraps; ornament or package decoration


Simple Felt Nativity Ornament | Do Small Things With Love – for the older kids; felt, glue, and a few stitches

Felt Nativity Ornament


Lego Nativity Set | Frugal Fun 4 Boys – for the construction minded; instructions to build your own stable, people, sheep and star from your piece collection


Jesus in a Manger Handprint Craft | Crafty Morning – cute for a homemade card


Paper Bag Manger Craft | I Can Teach My Child – make a bed from a paper bag and wrap up the baby!

Paper bag manger craft


Nativity Chalk Silhouette | The Chaos and the Clutter – another beautiful, artistic option for the older kids; with printable silhouette guide


Stained Glass Nativity | Housing a Forrest – contact paper and tissue paper make a lovely, easy craft for little or big kids


Graham Cracker Nativity Scene | Gluesticks – love this gingerbread house alternative; complete with gumdrop people and animal cracker animals

Graham Cracker Nativity


Starry Night in Bethlehem | Kids & Glitter – a nativity centered chalk or pastel drawing inspired by Van Gogh


Paper Christmas Star | The Inspired Housewife – these can be made in any size from tree-topper to ornament


Bethlehem Star Ornaments | Equipping Godly Women – made with wooden clothespins; simple and classy

Christmas Star Ornament


21 Angel Crafts | Mommy’s Bundle – make one angel or a whole army of heavenly hosts! Choose your style based on the supplies you happen to have on hand. I like the cupcake paper ones.


Toilet Paper Wisemen | Intoxicated on Life – look at all the personality these little guys have; they crack me up!


Candy Cane Shepherds | Flame Creative Children’s Ministry – this happy little sheep watcher is sweet too!

Shepherd Christmas Craft


Popsicle Stick Stable | Adventures of a DIY Mom – just a simple stable outline


Handprint Nativity Animals | Planet of the Apels – these are adorable, albeit mess! The camel is my favorite.


Popsicle Stick Scripture Tree Ornament | Fun at Church – a tree shaped ornament that announces the birth of Jesus.

for unto us a child is born Christmas tree ornament


And if you’d rather bake than craft, then these are for you!

Jesus in the Manger Christmas Cookies | Joy In My Kitchen – bake a simple cookie to remember Immanuel, God who came to be with us.

Jesus in the Manger Christmas Cookie


Merry Christmas!


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