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Silhouette Nativity Painting

We've been reading a lot of stories about Christ's birth so last week I decided to have the boys paint a little manager scene.

Since neither are super skilled at detail paint work yet, I decided to have them try resist painting. I cut out the silhouettes and helped with the tape but they did all the rest.

materials we used: paper, manager silhouettes (via these template),
glitter, painters tape, sponges, tempra paint. 
1) tape circles on the back of the silhouettes
2) press silhouettes down in desired locations 
3) cover silhouettes and rest of paper with paint
*it's very important to paint with a dabbing
motion or the paint will seep under your silhouettes
4) sprinkle glitter on top of wet paint 
5) wait for paint to dry and peel off  silhouettes 

big buddy's finished manger
mini man's finished "manger" - he decided joseph was batman and
mary and baby jesus followed suit 

If we were to do the project over again I would start the boys off with a little less paint. They ended up sponging on a lot so the pictures took a while to dry and some paint did end up seeping under the silhouettes.  The boys had a lot of fun though and daddy was impressed, so I couldn't be happier.


  1. aw i love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  2. You have so many beautiful ideas! I think we will try this next week.

  3. I love it! We are focusing on the Nativity next week, and I've never tried resist painting with my boys, so we might have to try this!


  4. Great craft idea for Christmas season! Will definitely be trying with my little bugs!

  5. What a gorgeous picture! Love all the glitter!

    Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty.


  6. Ahhh, this is so beautiful!! What a fantastic idea.

  7. I have two toddlers - so I just LOVE the title of your blog!

    I found this post via the friday fun linky - and it's reminded me that paint is messy but fun - great job with the template idea!!

    I've joined your site and if you want to help a fellow crafter get to 50 followers (LOL!) I'd love you to join my site too!

  8. Hi! I think that this is just great!
    I would LOVE for you to stop in and link this up in my Homeschooling on the Cheap! Link up. It is fairly new and I post it every Thursday. IT stays up all week. I'm looking for ideas on things homeschoolers can do. This looks like something for sure!

    Thank you, Kelli

  9. This painting turned out beautiful. You all did a great job :) I'm following you through GFC. Hope you get a chance to visit me :)


  10. This is super cute! What a fun idea! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Merry Christmas,
    Beth =-)

  11. Very cool and creative!

    Thanks for sharing!


  12. That's pretty darn cool! Must try this!
    New follower here from Monday Madness :)

  13. What a great idea! I love the way this Nativity painting turned out, what a fun painting technique and who doesn't love glitter!!


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