Boo’s Box o’ Princesses and BOYville dolls were such a big hit last Christmas that I decided to commission my friend Stephanie Corfee to make a Christmas Nativity version! I spent the last few days painting Baby Jesus, Jo-Fess (as Boo calls him), Mary and the rest of the Christmas peeps:
I used 2″ peg dolls for Mary, Joseph and the three wise men. I purchased mine from Casey’s Wood Products.
I used an angel peg doll, boy pegs and baby pegs for the angel, shepherds, and baby Jesus (also from Casey’s Wood Products):
I use regular inexpensive craft paints. Here are the flesh and hair colors I used. I mix them together for blends:
I always paint the flesh colors first:
And then work backwards in terms of layers: hair…..
It makes sense to work on all of them at once and in stages so you don’t sit and watch paint dry!
A little secret I’ll share….for small details I use Chalk Ink markers! They are opaque and juicy…..great for faces and clothing detail. You just need to make sure you spray the finished dolls with a clear protective spray when they are finished.
When my dolls were finished, I printed out the download on to card stock:
I cut out all the pieces and created little easels for the backs of the smaller ones:
Here’s a look at how the manger is created. I printed the download out twice and to add wood panels to the end. Also to make the double sided angel wings.
The finished Nativity scene! Great for a gift or holiday decor. Let your little ones color in the scene as they see fit with markers or crayons:
The sheep and the shepherds:
The three kings with their crowns and camel:
The angel of God:
Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus:
To give it as a gift you can put the pieces into little linen bags…..
And add it all to a jar….so the barn piece doesn’t have to be folded:
Note: I closed my digital shop and I am unable to offer these for free anymore. They are now listed on Etsy but only for $1.00 to help cover the cost of upkeep for this website. Thanks for understanding!
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Make sure to check out the other peg doll projects I’ve done with Stephanie….great for handmade Christmas gifts,
Note: A quick note before I get a gazillion comments….it’s not illegal to alter coins….as long as you never try to spend them again.
I checked with the treasury department. I might be breaking some law with the international coins….so extradite me.
Everywhere I’ve traveled overseas….I’ve kept a coin from that country. I had them in a jar, but I recently took each one and stamped them with the year I traveled there: [Read more…]
There is something very gratifying about carving into a rock. This project was kind of therapeutic. I was thinking I’d carve some words into rocks and maybe start leaving them around Palm Desert to see if people find them…. [Read more…]
I made these little illustrated doodle labels to label my office supplies with. You can download all three templates (plain, lined and with editable text) at the bottom of the post! [Read more…]
Boo and I made this iPad cover highlighting some of our favorite Instagram photos from the last year. Wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift for family members? You can have custom iPad covers made for around $55 online but this one cost me around $20 to make.
I used this blank “transfer ready” iPad case: [Read more…]
Boo and I made the little charms shown above using Instagram photos and jumbo popsicle sticks. Aren’t they cute? We made a few photo magnets with them too for our chalkboard wall. (Just a tip: make sure to use neodymium scientific magnets.….they are super powerful. But keep them away from kids under the age of 3!) [Read more…]
I saw some large totes made from recycled canvas sails in Tahoe the last time I visited and wanted to make a similar nautical-inspired tote. I used a plain white tote as my starting point. If you don’t have one you can always make one from plain white canvas or even a canvas table cloth. I’ve got a simple pattern in the shop here and you would just leave off the handles.
Large “snap” curtain grommets (you can get these at Micheal’s or Joann’s)
3/4″ “by the yard” rope from the hardware store