Did you see our Three Kings Nativity Craft and Angel this week for our Storybook Advent? We’ve got some more of the characters for you today all made from toilet paper roll tubes. It’s a classic craft but one that we’ve enjoyed doing time and time again with the kids. It also gives them a playable Nativity Set to use to retell the story of the Very First Christmas. So here we go another Nativity Craft for Kids, Cardboard Tube Mary and Joseph to add to the manger for your own DIY Nativity Set.
Toilet Paper Roll Mary and Joseph for the Nativity
My kids have always loved to play with the Nativity characters, from my old set that is a wooden one I got when I was Christened to the finger puppet version we made back when they were both toddlers.
The year after that I made a Nativity Set out of Cardboard Tubes just like my Mum had made with me and my brother when we were kids.
They lasted for a while and the kids would play and reenact the story. Then they got wet and that was the end of them.
This year as we are focusing on the Nativity Story for our Storybook Advent they have asked again whether we would create them and I was happy to oblige.
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Mary and Joseph Cardboard Tube Nativity Craft for Kids
We have a box of cardboard tubes of various sizes that I keep for crafting. Whether it’s a dragon or a snake there is always something there for the kids to dip into.
In the end, I made a second Joseph with them and used this as a shepherd combined with our Egg Carton Sheep and Lambs we made in the spring it was perfect for completing the set.
Now my kids are older we were able to use a low heat hot glue gun to stick on the fabric and felt headdresses that Mary and Joseph have.
However, a PVA / Elmers type glue will work just as well. But you will need to leave it to dry unlike with the hot glue gun.
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Cardboard Tube Nativity – Mary and Joseph
- Paint brush
- Paint Palette
- Hot Glue Gun
- 2 Toilet Paper Roll Tubes
- Blue and brown ready-mixed paint
- skin tone ready-mixed paint
- burlap or similar fabric for Joseph
- blue felt for Mary
- black marker
- brown felt for Joseph's beard
- Pour the paint into your paint palette so that your kids can easily access it.
- Set up for messy paints. Painting toilet paper roll tubes with kids can get extremely messy.
Painting Mary and Joseph
- Take the tube that will be Mary and paint in blue. Leave the space for the face free from paint. You may find it easier to help your child to paint it by putting your fingers inside the tube.
- Repeat the step above with the other tube and paint it brown for Joseph.
- Leave to dry.
- Once dry use a skin coloured paint and paint their faces. Again leave to dry.
Adding Headdresses to Mary and Joseph
- Cut a piece of blue felt around the height of the cardboard tube.
- Using the hot glue gun glue the middle of one long edge to the front of the cardboard tube. Let it cool down.
- Now glue the back of the headdress to the back of the cardboard tube. This will secure it in place and will allow you and your child to fold it over and down the sides. Let cool down.
- Now complete with the sides glue them in place down the side of Mary's body.
- Finish off Mary with drawing on her face.
- Cut out a beard for Joseph from the brown felt and glue this in place.
- The repeat the steps but with the Burlap or brown felt for Joseph's headdress and add details for his face.
More NativitY Crafts for Kids
- Make your own Nativity Story Stones this simple craft is great to make with or for kids.
- Create some traditional wooden peg nativity ornaments for the tree. Ideal to make with kids and perfect for a craft stall they can run themselves.
- Use crafts sticks and yarn to create this cute little Nativity Ornament with the kids.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.