How to Craft Nativity Cutouts

Overview

Religious decorations are common during the Christmas season, including Nativity scenes. Traditional Nativity scenes are made with statues. Paper cutouts are an alternative way to make a Nativity scene. Using a silhouette of the scene is an elegant way to make a cutout. When hung in a window and illuminated at night, Nativity silhouette cutouts make beautiful Christmas decorations.

Step 1

Find images of the Nativity scene from a book or the Internet. Include the stable, baby Jesus in a manger, Mary, Joseph, three wise men, two shepherds, camels and sheep.

Step 2

Make photocopies of the images or print them out with a printer. Adjust the scale of the cutouts by changing the size through a computer program or on the copy machine.

Step 3

Cut each image out of the paper. Tape the images together to create the Nativity scene. Have Mary and Joseph on either side of the manger inside the stable. On one side of the stable, position the wise men walking toward the stable with camels. On the other side, have the shepherds and sheep walking toward the stable. Make sure all the pieces of the Nativity scene are touching one another.

Step 4

Tape all the pieces together once the arrangement is complete. Lay the taped Nativity scene onto the black paper and tape it down.

Step 5

Put a self-healing cutting mat under the black paper. Use a craft knife to cut around the Nativity scene, removing the negative space and leaving you with a silhouette.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid putting your free hand in the way of the craft blade when cutting out the Nativity scene.

Things You'll Need

  • Black paper
  • Nativity scene images
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Tape
  • Double-sided tape

References

  • First-School: Nativity Craft
Keywords: nativity scene craft, Christmas decorations, religious decorations

About this Author

Lynn Johnson is a textile artist, fashion designer, mother and small business owner. Johnson has been copy writing since 2006. Some of her work is published on sites like eHow. She writes about parenting, crafts, fashion, games and textiles. Johnson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and has attended Master of Fine Arts programs.

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