How to Make Christmas Nativity Scenes Out of Paper


Children love to make crafts, especially for holidays. It helps to get them in the celebratory mood and they love to show off what they have made. An easy craft for Christmas is a paper Nativity scene. It is easy to put together, and provides a good opportunity to tell them the Christmas story as they work. It can be made in conjunction with school or Sunday School, or just as a craft at home. By keeping the figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus freestanding, you allow the children to re-enact the story of the birth of Jesus. They are able to play with it day after day, and not just the day they first make the craft. This craft is easy for children age two and older.

Making the Nativity in Two Dimensions

Step 1

Print out the black and white templates from the Reference or Resource at the end of this article.

Step 2

Color the different parts of the templates.

Step 3

Cut out all the pieces in Template #2.

Step 4

Glue or tape the pieces onto the corresponding areas on Template #1.

Step 5

Fold Template #1 on the dotted line.

Step 6

Glue or tape the toilet paper tube on the back, to help it stand up straight.

Making the People Freestanding

Step 1

Cut out the figures of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus from Template #2.

Step 2

Color the figures.

Step 3

Fold the figures on the dotted lines, forming a small triangle.

Step 4

Tape the paper where the ends meet.

Step 5

Place the figures in front of the stable.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper or card stock
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Toilet paper or paper towel tube


  • Paper Nativity Instructions

Who Can Help

  • Templates and Instructions
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