The craft stick manger makes an adorable Christmas decoration it can be displayed on a mantle, end table or shelf. This simple accessory can be an inexpensive gift for family members, neighbors or coworkers.
Start by making a template of the frame of your stable. You will need approximately 65 small craft sticks to create the entire nativity. You will make the outline of a house using two sticks crossed at the top like the beginning of a triangle for the roof outline, then use scissors to trim two additional sticks which will be the sides of the stable outline. Now place one whole stick at the bottom to complete the frame. Make 11 of these house outlines and glue the outlines together with hot glue.
Place 6 sticks (three on each side in the back to partially fill in the back of the stable; you will cut the sticks at an angle to fit through the stable roof (lengths for the sticks approx. 2.5”, 3”, 3.5”).
Cut the doll pins different sizes to represent Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus. (approx. 3”, 2.5”, 1.75”)
Use tongue depressor size sticks to make the manger. Cut the sticks with sharp scissors into pieces. Cut two pieces that are 1.75” long for the sides of the manger and then for the ends cut 1” pieces and angle them in order to create a cradle-like look. Stick small pieces of raffia in the manger and glue them inside to look like hay. Then glue the 1.75” doll pin piece on top of the manger and adhere the manger with the doll pin into the middle of your stable.
Glue the larger doll pin pieces on the sides of the manger and baby Jesus to represent Mary and Joseph. Place Mary (2.5” doll pin) in back of the manger and Joseph (3” doll pin) on the right side of the manger this will create the nativity scene inside of the stable.
Now glue the wooden star on the front of the roof then stain the entire creation with a wood stain and let dry. Do not stain the craft sticks ahead of time or you will have a hard time getting them to glue together.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.