This week the kids did a simple craft and made a nativity silhouette to hang on our windows.
The materials needed for this craft are: vellum, watercolors, a paintbrush, a glue-stick, scissors, and a nativity silhouette cut out of black construction paper. I found our silhouette through Google images and then Jer tweaked it a little bit and used a laser cutter to cut all the details - there is no way I would of been able to cut this out by hand. 😬 A simpler nativity would work just as well.
The first step to this craft is to paint the vellum. I cut the vellum a little bit larger than the nativity silhouette to make gluing easier. Vellum won't work for detailed paintings, but is great for skies, etc. Little Lady was the inspiration for this craft; she's currently very into painting sunrises and sunsets.
Once the vellum has dried, use a glue stick to attach your nativity. Then you can trim around the edges to make the final product look a bit nicer.
Now it's ready to be displayed!
BabyZ 'painted' with us but his vellum didn't really turn out, so later I had him do a simpler version of this craft with tissue paper.
For this version you will need a construction paper silhouette, contact paper the size of your silhouette, and small pieces of tissue paper. This is a lot less messier of a craft. Jer originally cut these silhouettes for a Christmas party; this was the craft we set out for all the kiddos.
An adult may have to help adhere the silhouette to the contact paper; this can be a bit tricky. Then the kids can start sticking on the tissue paper.
I'm loving the way these are brightening up our home. Do you have any favorite Christmas crafts?