DIY nativity costumes: 5 crafty tricks for creating final-minute ensembles

No matter whether you have been shepherd quantity one, a lowing cow in the stable or Joseph himself, absolutely everyone remembers their college nativity perform. The anticipation the excitement your head becoming wrapped in a tea towel. What if you don’t get the role of Mary? And if you do, will you keep in mind your lines? No a single needs to be on stage and stuck for words.

In brief, any child’s 1st nativity functionality is kind of a big deal. But for teachers and parents, it can also be a stressful time. Creating positive Joseph and Mary don’t have a pre-efficiency tiff is the least of your worries when faced with the job of receiving a troupe of kids dressed appropriately to reconstruct the birth of infant Jesus.

This 12 months, rather than buying pricey shop-purchased costumes or props that value you a tiny fortune, why not get your star performers to shine on stage with less costly, upcycled choices? It doesn’t want to be complex or time-consuming – and, frankly, occasionally produced outfits lack the pizazz of some thing more rustic and homemade. Here are our crafty tricks for providing nativity outfits a increase.

Sheep produced from cotton wool

What you need:

Cotton wool balls (£1.50) *get a jumbo pack you will need about 150 per vest
An old t-shirt/vest
Black headband (£3.00)
Black card

A sheep outfit to accompany the shepherds is something that you can make effortlessly. Grab an outdated t-shirt, preferably white but it does not matter a wonderful deal as it will be covered up. Then get some glue – a powerful fabric 1 functions best – and stick cotton balls across the entire body. Be ready, this portion can consider longer than you believe.

For the sheep ears minimize out ear shapes from a black card. You can discover ear templates right here. It is a wonderful notion to cover them with felt or black tinsel, if you have any to hand. If you desired to give your little one a woolly hat then you could stick cotton wool on a hoodie rather than a t-shirt or add cotton balls to the headband. For the rest of the outfit get a pair of black leggings and plimsoles.

TIP: Attempt a Uhu fabric glue which will only set you back about £4.00 to get the cotton balls on.

TWIST: If you’re nifty with a needle and thread then you could sew them on for guaranteed stick.

Angel wings

Card (£1.00 for 20 sheets)
Muffin situations (£1.99 for 125)
Elasticated string (£1.99) * household string is just as excellent
Silver glitter pen for decoration (£1.00)
Glue stick

Angel wing templates
How to make angel wings. Photograph: Lisa Spiller

This notion is inspired by Actual Simple’s DIY halloween costume suggestions. It may possibly appear tough but it’s is really fairly simple. We even received a single of the Guardian Teacher Network team’s nieces concerned – 9-year-outdated Livvy had fantastic enjoyable.

Very first draw half a heart-form on a piece of A4 card, then reduce it out and employed it as a template for the second half. Then put the straight edges of both bits of card with each other to kind the wings. Next separate the muffin instances and fold them into halves. Utilizing twelve instances for each wing glue them in area, commencing from the round edge and working you way inwards.

Angel wings with star
Angel wings with star. Photograph: Lisa Spiller

When the glue has dried minimize two little holes down the straight edge of the wings and thread string through both pieces of card. Tie the ends together on the inside so that the knots don’t present. Do the very same on the round edges generating loops to place your arms via. Include glitter at will and voila!

TIP: Pound retailers are complete of crafting bargains and significantly more affordable than a high street stationer.

TWIST: Locating coffee filter papers (as recommended in the website link above) is quite tricky so improvise and use muffin circumstances (they are slightly more substantial than cupcake instances).

Star headdress:

Gold card (£1.00 for 20 A4 sheets)

3 pipe cleaners – yellow and gold (£1.00)
Skinny gold tinsel (99p)
Glue stick

Initial cover each sides of the card with wrapping paper. Then use the pencil to draw around a star template – you can uncover plenty right here. After you have lower out the star, staple the tinsel to its face (the glue might not hold it in location). Twist two yellow pipe cleaners together to make a ring for your child’s head, and then connect a gold pipe cleaner from the back of the star to the headband ring and correct in area. The star should be in a position to sit on your head.

TIP: Utilizing coloured card tends to make this task considerably simpler and for extra sparkle you could also reduce out smaller sized gold stars to hang from the pipe cleaner close to your head.

TWIST: Use glittery nail polish if you’re out of glitter.

Smart males crown

Paper plates (£2.00)

For the wise mens’ crowns the choices are endless. There are dozens of templates on the internet which you can use. Or alternatively get some thin-ish paper and do an origami crown.

Our favourite is a crown employing a paper plate. Get a plate and make a dot in the middle. From there divide the plate into triangles of equal size. Employing a pen knife or scissors pierce the middle and lower along the lines of the triangles to make the spikes of your crown. Adults will want to aid youngsters with this portion. Then, decorate it as you see fit, utilizing paint, colouring in crayons, felt, or gems for extra sparkle.

TIP: You can use gold spray paint, but if you do use it outdoors to stay away from inhaling fumes. Include texture to your crown with wire or tinsel.

TWIST: Use brown leaves as an alternative to paper. Fold the green leaves in half to make triangles and then include them collectively with golden ones, peg them with each other with paper clips right up until the glue dries. Make confident you have measured your child’s head. It is an idea inspired by Mother Natured who have produced a crown with backyard leaves.

Dressing Joseph

For the head dress

Chequered tea towel
Two yellow pipe cleaners (as prior to)

Pop the tea towel above you head, hyperlink the two pipe cleaners collectively to make a ring and slip it more than the leading maintaining the tea towel firmly in place.

Joseph costume
Joseph costume. Photograph: Lisa Spiller

For the beard

Black card
Lolly stick
Black felt tip

This a single is truly easy – Livvy manufactured it herself from scratch. Get your pupils to draw a beard on card employing a template and then cut it out. You may well want to assist young children with this bit. Colour the lolly stick with a black felt tip and stick onto the back of the bottom of the beard. For extra panache, you could use felt or cotton wool.

Not undertaking a traditional Christmas nativity?

This yr not absolutely everyone will be opting for a traditional nativity. The story is getting modified and modernised in some colleges with conventional religious figures getting replaced by Elvis and footballers and some schools calling the efficiency a winter celebration. Whatever you are planning you can uncover tons of useful crafty ideas on Pinterest. Just variety on your sought after costume and DIY, upcycle or homemade.

Share your nativity tales with us. We want to hear your successes, mishaps or alternative strategies. Tweet us by means of @GuardianTeach or send an email to with a picture and explainer about your story.

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