Christmas Craft: Sun Catcher Nativity Scene

I have spent the last few weeks looking for some fun Christ centered Christmas Crafts to work on with my children.  I have always wanted to do a craft with a Nativity Scene as the focal point, but had never come across one that would be simple enough to do with my children’s wide age ranges.  With a few modifications from other crafts, this Christmas craft fits our needs.

Then I stumbled upon this blog post on Pinterest.  For lots of ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. Winking smile

Suncatcher Nativity Craft

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I decided to take this project a bit further and change it up a bit.

We used something I loved to do as a child, and I haven’t done it since my oldest was about 3 or so, waxed paper and crayon shavings…

Supplies needed:

  • Print the below link and paste to black construction paper and and cut out. Winking smile.
  • Waxed paper
  • Scissors, and or and Exacto Knife
  • crayon shavings
  • Iron
  • Paper Towels

Sun Catcher Nativity Craft

To make the silhouette, I printed the above PDF on white paper, and then glued it using a spray adhesive to black construction paper.

Sun Catcher Nativity Craft

Then I used an exacto knife to cut it out. Leave the bottom attached so it is a bit more sturdy.  To cover the white or lighter areas (only at the bottom), I took a black marker and colored them in. All the other white, should be cut away.

Sun Catcher Nativity Craft

My children really enjoyed grating crayons.  We used a grater, vegetable peeler and crayon sharpener.


In this picture, I have a piece of waxed paper, larger than the nativity silhouette, then layered the silhouette on top of it.  Now, add your shaving/gratings to the non-blacked out areas.

Christmas Nativity Sun Catcher

Now cover the nativity scene with another piece of waxed paper, then place a paper towel over it, and iron it. Don’t sweep the iron yet, just press it for 10 seconds, lift and move it over and place down again.  After you have pressed over the entire picture, you can now sweep it around.

Let the nativity cool, and then cut it out, about a half an inch from the edge of the black outline.

Nativity Scene Sun Catcher Craft

Are you doing any special crafts with your children this month?

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  1. I know those kind od days, it’s not the blondeness lol 🙂

    Thank you for fixing it so quickly!! We will soooo enjoy making these!

    Peace and Grace be with you,


  2. I think you linked to the wrong print-out.

  3. I would love to do this, but the pdf is of Pearl Harbor. 🙁


    • I am not sure how I did that, but it is now fixed. Take a look at my picture in the sidebar…See all that blond? Yep, it struck again. 😉 Just kidding, but you know homeschool mom brain might have attacked me. 😉 Thanks for letting me know!!

  4. Great idea, I like it ( and also the pics )


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