lessons from the nativity {baby Jesus ornament}

***This is the fourth installment in my lessons from the nativity series, where I’m sharing some activities I’m doing with my kids this Christmas season. We’re talking about what we learn from different characters in the nativity story, then making ornaments to go along with what we discuss. I’ve included scriptures, songs, discussion questions, and step-by-step tutorials for making each ornament. Find them all here: angel | star |manger | Baby Jesus***

The Baby Jesus teaches us to BE LIKE HIM

Scripture (from Isaiah Chaper 9):

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

(from Isaiah Chapter 53):

4 ¶Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

(from Luke chapter 2):

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Song: Away in a Manger

Discuss: What does it mean to be like Jesus? What did He do in His lifetime? How can we follow His example?

Craft: Begin by downloading the free pattern, found here.

You’ll need the following supplies: felt in three different colors, glue, Sharpie, thin string or embroidery floss, large-eyed needle. Assemble as shown below.

1 – Cut pieces from the pattern – 2 bodies, 2 blankets, 1 head.

2 – Glue one blanket piece down on one body piece.

3 – Flip second blanket piece over and glue down on top of first blanket. Glue down head. Use Sharpie to add eyes.

4 – Place completed body on top of second body piece. Using thin string or embroidery thread and a large-eyed needle, blanket stitch around body. Begin by knotting string and sending needle just through back body piece, about 1/4 inch from the edge.

5 – About 1/4 away from where you’ve just come down through the body piece, come back up, this time through both pieces. Don’t pull thread all the way through – just pull until there is a small loop of thread in the back.

6 – Run needle down through loop of thread and pull thread tight. This completes the first blanket stitch.

7 – Continue blanket stitching by sending the needle up from the back, 1/4 inch away from where you came up last time, then sending needle down through the loop of thread and pulling thread tight.

8 – When there’s a small opening left, stuff with a small amount of polyfil or other stuffing material. Continue blanket stitching the opening closed.

9 – Add a loop for hanging – finished!

Linking to some of these parties:

Monday: Skip to My Lou | Brassy Apple | Craft-o-Maniac

Tuesday: Tip Junkie | Ladybug Blessings | Sugar Bee Crafts | The Blackberry Vine | Hope Studios | Funky Polkadot Giraffe | Not JUST a Housewife | Homework Today’s Assignment: Be Inspired | Shwin and Shwin

Wednesday: Handy Man, Crafty Woman | Southern Lovely | Sew Much Ado | SNAP | Someday Crafts | The NY Melrose Family | Printabelle | Simply Kierste

Thursday: Somewhat Simple | House of Hepworths | Momnivore’s Dilemma | The Shabby Creek Cottage | Yesterday on Tuesday | Fireflies and Jellybeans | The Taylor House

Friday: Chic on a Shoestring Decorating | The Shabby Nest | Stuff and Nonsense | Naptime Crafters | It’s a Hodgepodge Life | At The Picket Fence | 504 Main | Blissful Bucket List | Whipperberry

Weekend: Tatertots and Jello


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    Allie (as in your sister in law) says

    I have followed brown paper packages for a couple of years…she is simplykeirste now. I wanted to shout to someone that I knew you when I saw you won her link party with the most hits! Super Cool! Congrats!

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    Lara says

    Thank you for these. I teach Sunday School to a group of 1-3 yr olds. It’s always challenging to have something that’s age appropriate for them for Christmas. I usually have about three children, so I might get busy and make them all some basic manger’s with the baby Jesus for them to put into them.

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      autumn says

      Lara – little ones will LOVE playing with these little baby Jesus ornaments! It’s a great idea to give them to the kids you teach. Thanks for your comment!

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    Shannon says

    just retired from teaching kindergarten. bought the felt today to do this craft as a volunteer in “my class” tomorrow. we will use glue rather than sewing. but i love the simplicity of it. thanks for the idea.

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    Libby Dreier says

    I have seen your pretty projects on Pinterest. I see JESUS in them! I would love to make a baby Jesus, and am wondering if you have printable patterns for this? I’m disabled, and I was thinking that making Christmas decorations for family and friends, would be something I could work on. Being poor is tough. Find JESUS in other people is a blessing! Thanks so much!


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