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Nativity Crafts

Updated on August 20, 2014

Nativity Crafts for Kids and Adults

A collection of all types of nativity crafts, ranging from simple kids' nativity crafts to more sophisticated crafts for adults or older children, such as crocheted or cross stitch nativity crafts. I have divided these crafts into crafts for kids and crafts for adults, but some children will be more than capable of doing the more complicated crafts and I won't tell if some of the adults do the great kids' nativity crafts.

Every Christmas, for quite a few years in a row, my daughter would make her own nativity set. So maybe this is a tradition you might like to adopt for your family too.

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Nativity Crafts for Kids

Printable Nativity Crafts

Printable Nativity Crafts
Printable Nativity Crafts

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Click the view button for a superb printable nativity scene suitable for kids

Cute printable nativity set

- Includes Mary, Joseph, shepherd, angel, wisemen, baby Jesus, sheep, goat, donkey

Christmas scene with four pieces in color or black and white

Color your own crèche scene

- Includes angel, Joseph, sheep, Mary and Jesus, shepherd, donkey, cow, stable, manger, and star

Cut and fold this printable stable and wise men scene so that it stands up

Another nativity set

- containing Jesus, Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds, angels, sheep, camels and more! Print, color, cut and assemble.

An absolutely amazing detailed 3D nativity scene

A set of matching wise men - and their camels, gifts and a donkey

Links checked May 2013

Christmas Plate Card CHECK PRICE

Christmas Plate Card CHECK PRICE

Christmas easel card CHECK PRICE

Easy-to-Make Nativity Scene

Easy-to-Make Nativity Scene (Dover Children's Activity Books)
Easy-to-Make Nativity Scene (Dover Children's Activity Books)

20 pieces printed on both sides - the creche, wise men, shepherds, and angels.


More Nativity Crafts for Kids

More Nativity Crafts
More Nativity Crafts

Nativity Crafts for Adults

Nativity Knitting Patterns

Knitted Nativity Patterns
Knitted Nativity Patterns

Knitivity: Create Your Own Knitted Nativity Scene

Knitivity: Create Your Own Knitted Nativity Scene
Knitivity: Create Your Own Knitted Nativity Scene

This book contains knitting patterns for Joseph, 3 wise men, shepherds, shepherd boy, ass, ox sheep, angel, the Christmas star, and two different versions of Mary and baby Jesus.


Crochet Nativity Patterns

Crochet Nativity Patterns
Crochet Nativity Patterns

Cross Stitch Nativity Patterns

Cross stitch nativity craft
Cross stitch nativity craft

This cross stitch picture was created using some software my Dad wrote and was based on this public domain nativity picture

Several nativity or Madonna with child large cross stitch patterns. My favorite pattern is the Nativity 2 cross stitch pattern in the third row. (There are a few more on page two of this website.)

Cute nativity figures

There is a mini nativity cross stitch picture on this page

Cross stitch charts for Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the magi.

Links checked Dec 2012

16 Piece Christmas Nativity Set Plastic Canvas Kit


Fabric Nativity Sets

Christmas puppets to make out of felt, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus, an angel, a shepherd, three wise men and a star. These puppets could be sewn or glued together.

Christmas Stocking Felt Applique Kit, Baby Jesus CHECK PRICE

The Christmas Angel Applique 3 Part Quilt Pattern CHECK PRICE

No-Sew Fabric Applique Reason for the Season Nativity CHECK PRICE

Flower Pot Nativity Crafts

Basic instructions for making Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus from mini clay pots.

Make and decorate whichever characters you want for the Christmas story

Terracotta trio - Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus

Links checked Oct 2013

Christmas Characters Charm Bracelet Craft Kits (1 dz)


Manger scene to make beaded safety pin jewelry or perler bead picture

Mary, Joseph and Mary perler bead picture pattern

Angel with a trumpet perler bead pattern

Links checked Dec 2012

Wood Nativity Patterns

Wood Nativity Craft
Wood Nativity Craft

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Patterns and instructions for carving a mini set containing Joseph, Mary, crib, donkey, and ox

Nativity scene painted on wood candles

Wooden stable for nativity

Very cute wooden nativity playset

Snowman nativity made from wooden balls

Links checked Dec 2012

Nativity Craft Comments - Have you ever made a nativity set?

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, in church. The kids really like making them and taking their craft home to share.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "Knitivity", now is that a cool new word! I love the idea of Nativity crafts, it allows for years of children enjoying their creation and the memory of making it all through life and their Nativity will be sure to get a place of honor every year!

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I have not, but looks like a great family project.

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      DearReview 5 years ago

      I love nativity sets, and this will be a good way to keep the kids busy over break.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is a great resource page for Sunday School Teachers. Love these Nativity Crafts. Thank you.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Wonderful Nativity craft ideas!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wonderful Nativity craft ideas... thanks so much for gifting us with this lens. The beads with Nativity charms were a real surprise! I placed a link to this lens on my "Christmas on a Tight Budget" lens and hope the people who search that lens for low-cost ideas will be blessed by what you've shared here, as I am.

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      amandascloset0 5 years ago

      I miss the old punch out paper doll style nativity sets we had when I was a kid. They were inexpensive and simple, but seems like the nights my mother would make hot coco and we'd sit with her and put those together were some great memories!

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      craftycollector 5 years ago

      I used to get my students to make paper sculpture nativity sets, all based on cones

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      CelebStyle LM 6 years ago

      Some of the Nativity crafts for kids are just adorable! Thanks for sharing. I know that when my youngest in Gr1 made a Nativity scene craft it was one of my most favorite gifts and I put it out every Christmas...Merry Christmas!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      These are great craft ideas. Thank you for the inspiration!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      No I never have made one, but these all look like a lot of fun :)

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      brucem77 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great blog

      Christmas Nativity ideas

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Arranging one for the chapel but making these ones I haven't. The beads one is something I just saw for the first time. Will feature this in my lens Christmas in non-Christian world.

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      PopArtGirl 6 years ago

      Wow - I've never seen a knit nativity scene before - very cool! Great lens!