Most of us have a nice nativity sitting on our mantles. Or as my husband would say, I have several. OOPS! Many people wouldn’t even think about letting our kids play with them. I do though, somehow my kids add dinosaurs, ninja turtles, and more at times to my display. However, I found when they were really small, having their own nativity set to play with was such a great idea. That is why I love these DIY felt nativity finger puppets that my kids can play with and reenact Bible stories.
I love this time of year and what it symbolizes. Setting up all my nativities and admiring them makes me happy. It’s the story of Christ and the heart of why we celebrate Christmas at my house. I wanted my children to embrace and explore the true meaning of Christmas with a nativity they could safely handle and play with every day. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found this DIY Felt Nativity Finger Puppet project.
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Make Your Own DIY Felt Nativity Finger Puppets
I’ve wanted to make a nativity set my kids could play with throughout the holiday season. There are plenty of nativity set toys to buy, but I wanted something durable and different. This felt set fit the bill plus it’s soft and fun to play with. Plus, I can make it with my kids and we can discuss the Biblical story of the nativity and the miracle of Christ. That’s what Christmas is about.
I know there are several types of nativity sets out there and many ways to make one as a craft. This one is nice because it is attractive and easy to make with the kids, and inexpensive too.
Do I have to use hot glue?
I chose the hot glue gun because it’s easy to use and, personally, saves time. You can choose fabric glue if you like. You can also stitch the pieces together, but that will add time and make the project take quite a bit longer.
How long does it take to do the craft project?
The longest part of making these DIY Felt Nativity Finger Puppets is cutting them out. It’s going to take an hour or two. I set aside an afternoon to make them with my kids.
How do you use the felt finger puppets?
I let my kids act as the quality control agents with the finger puppets. They’ve used them to retell the Christmas story many times over. Sometimes, I play with them and tell the story to them again. Kids are creative, and while the main goal is focused on the true meaning of Christmas, kids will find plenty of ways to create elaborate stories with the finger puppets.
What You Will Need to make DIY Felt Nativity Finger Puppets
Here are the materials you will need for this project:
- Felt sheets or felt scraps in 10 different colors (light blue, blue, white, gold, yellow, brown, camel, forest green, purple, maroon, and flesh)
- Fabric scissors
- Printable nativity finger puppet pattern ***See Below***
- Hot Glue Gun and clear glue sticks
- Paint pen in black
Directions for Making DIY Felt Nativity Finger Puppets
Gather all the materials and supplies listed.
Choose 10 different colors of felt sheets as listed above. You will only need a small amount of felt for each finger puppet, so it’s okay to use pieces or scraps.
Preparation and Cutting
Print off the nativity finger puppet pattern on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper.
Working on one puppet at a time, cut loosely around each of the individual pattern pieces.
Place the pattern piece over the felt sheet and cut the felt pieces out along the solid line.
Cut out each piece in the desired color of felt.
Continue cutting out the other finger puppet patterns.
Assembling the Pieces
Using the printed template as a guide, paint the eyes and the mouth on the felt face pieces using the black paint pen.
Preheat the glue gun.
You will need to work quickly since hot glue dries quickly. Apply a bead of glue along the outer edge of the felt body piece as shown. Leave the bottom edge without any glue.
While the glue is hot and soft, press the matching felt bogy piece on top.
Next, glue the remaining felt piece on top. (This includes the face, hands, hair, etc.)
For the angel puppet, glue the halo to one of the body pieces before gluing the body pieces together. This will sandwich the halo in between the two body parts.
Similarly, for the baby Jesus puppet, glue the straw piece on one of the body pieces before gluing the body pieces together. You want to sandwich the straw in between.
Continue assembling the finger puppets in the same manner until they are all complete.
What if I don’t have the right colors of felt?
Feel free to substitute or switch out colors for what you do have on hand. That’s one of the neatest things about this project is it is flexible and inexpensive.
This is a fun project to do leading up to the Christmas holiday. I like it for a lot of reasons. For one, I love reiterating the story of the gift of Christ to the world. Secondly, it’s a fun project to do with my kids during the holiday season. Thirdly, it’s not over after the DIY Felt Nativity Finger Puppets are made. That’s when the fun really begins!
Don’t forget to print out the craft for later!
Freezer Bag Instructions
1) Score the top of the tenderloin a few times. This will allow the meat to marinade better and release excess fat while cooking.
2) Place the pork tenderloin in a freezer bag.
3) Cover the tenderloin with the remaining ingredients.
4) Seal the freezer bag and remove any excess air. Shake up the bag so that the marinade is mixed. Write the cooking instructions on the bag then roll it in half and place the tenderloin in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Cooking Label: Honey Soy Tenderloin 75 Minutes or 1:15 (25 minutes per lb.)
NPR Cooking Directions from frozen:
1) Defrost the tenderloin enough to be able to remove it from the bag.
2) Place the tenderloin and all the marinade in the Instant Pot. Scored side up. Do not set it on a trivet or add any extra liquid. The marinade is enough liquid to bring it pressure as it defrosts.
3) Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook the tenderloin on high pressure for 75 minutes or 1 hour 15 minutes using the "Meat/Stew", "Manual", or "Pressure Cook" options. Let the pressure naturally release.
4) Check the internal temperature to make sure it reaches 170 degrees then remove the tenderloin. Set it aside to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. If the internal temperature hasn't reached 170 then let it cook for another 10 minutes.
5) While the tenderloin is resting, simmer the juice left in the Instant Pot on sauté mode to make a glaze. Let the juice simmer for 10-15 minutes until it has reduced and thickened. Then spoon it over the tenderloin and serve.
Disclaimer: I have inputted all ingredients into a program. I am not a nutritionist or dietician. So I cannot be held responsible for the validity of these calculations. ~Laura
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