Nov 24, 2012

DIY Blown Egg Nativity Scene: The Reason for the Season

As a parent, teaching my daughters the significance of Christmas is a responsibility I take seriously. Competing with the commercial noise generated by the retail industry can be a challenge, but not one that intimidates me. This year, I was determined to find fun, age-appropriate ways to engage my children in dialogue about the true meaning of the holiday beginning with a nativity scene.

In searching for the perfect nativity scene, I found myself gravitating towards handmade, simple sets the girls would be able to play with and rearrange while fabricating scripts to their versions of the Christmas pageant. Looking at several nativity sets that were egg-themed, it occurred to me that eggs are the perfect vehicle for conveying the message of Jesus' birth, the egg itself being a symbol of new life.

 I have plenty of blown eggs on-hand, courtesy of my backyard chickens and got busy crafting a nativity scene for my children.

How-to details:
Since the eggs already had holes in each end, I sealed up the bottoms with hot glue, immediately dipping them in sand. This gives the egg some weight on the bottom and seals the bottom hole. I next funneled some sand through the top hole to give the egg some stability.  

Using scraps of material I have around the house, I began folding, hot gluing and dressing the Magi.
You'd never guess that Disney played a role in clothing the Wisemen, would you?
Don't tell my daughters that I upcycled their tattered, Snow White dress, it was for a worthy cause!
Each egg was wrapped in a small piece of material and glued in place.
 I stained some scrap wood with the faux barnwood technique here. My husband then made the barn structure, manger and a simple tray for displaying the nativity scene. 

I filled the base of the tray using the sand we keep for replenishing our coop floors and runs. I decided that sand was going to be the only substrate that would keep the pageant participants standing.  

The star was made by my children from cinnamon, applesauce and glue. Joseph's belt is made from jute and his staff, paper-covered craft wire.
I finished the creche in the wee hours of the morning and was delightfully surprised to find that someone had added their own, special touch to it.  ♥ 
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62 comments :

  1. Kathy what an adorable Nativity Scene... You are so creative... So much is lost in the true meaning of Christmas what a great idea to explain it to young children... God Bless you...

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  2. This is so great! Eggs! Never seen something similar before!

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  3. TheChickenChick11/24/12, 4:26 PM

    Thanks Ana. :)

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  4. TheChickenChick11/24/12, 4:27 PM

    THank you Diane. ♥

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  5. How adorable!  I'm sending this to a friend that decorates eggs.  Love your creativity!

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  6. Barbara Falzone11/24/12, 4:44 PM

    Love this egg themed Nativity!  Beautiful and so unique.   Happy holidays to you and yours, Kathy.  xo

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  7. Marci Vaughn11/24/12, 5:34 PM

    I love your Nativity Scene!  -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  8. How clever. Can't wait to make one or two for the grandkids!!!

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  9. TheChickenChick11/24/12, 6:25 PM

    Thanks Marci!

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  10. TheChickenChick11/24/12, 6:25 PM

    Thank you Debby! :)

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  11. TheChickenChick11/24/12, 6:25 PM

    Thank you Barbara! Merry Christmas. ♥

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  12. TheChickenChick11/24/12, 6:25 PM

    Thank you, Susan and thanks for sharing. :)

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  13. JoAnn Hutcheson11/24/12, 6:37 PM

    This is a very imaginative yet simple way to show the reason for the season!

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  14. Marlo RepurposeMyLife11/24/12, 10:16 PM

    hysterical, unique and I LOVE it! The wise men dressed in the snow white costume is great! 

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  15. Daniel LaFrance11/24/12, 11:15 PM

    Egg-cellent images and creativity!

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  16. Oh my goodness, that's so cute!  How creative!  WoW! =)

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  17. TheChickenChick11/25/12, 12:56 AM

    Thanks Tricia. :)

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  18. TheChickenChick11/25/12, 12:56 AM

    LOL, thanks Daniel! ☺

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  19. TheChickenChick11/25/12, 12:56 AM

    Thank you. I think Walt Disney would have approved, don't you, Marlo? ;)

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  20. TheChickenChick11/25/12, 12:57 AM

    Thanks JoAnn. ♥

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  21. How clever!!  I love it!!

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  22. TheChickenChick11/25/12, 11:43 AM

    Thank you. ☺

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  23. Oh my those are cute! Creative idea.

    ahumblebumble.blogspot.com

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  24. Peggy Eiland11/25/12, 9:13 PM

    I love your Nativity made from eggs; it is ultra creative and simply beautiful!  Keep em coming! 

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  25. TheChickenChick11/25/12, 10:05 PM

    Thanks Peggy. ☺

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  26. TheChickenChick11/25/12, 10:07 PM

    Thanks Becca. I just love your email address this time of year especially. ♥

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  27. Madelyn Bloom11/25/12, 11:14 PM

    I LOVE this, so clever and cute!  Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #58!

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  28. Amy Stafford11/26/12, 7:38 AM

    I love it when you do these creative things.  I showed my college son your  pics from election night.  He shook his head and said there are other woman like you out there! :)  Have a great week

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  29. It is so important to teach our children the true meaning of the holiday season.  This way when they become adults they will know how to act and treat others…  you did a beautiful job… I’m a big fan… Merry Christmas.

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  30. TheChickenChick11/26/12, 7:07 PM

    Thank you Diane. ♥ Merry Christmas.

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  31. TheChickenChick11/26/12, 7:07 PM

    LOL Amy!! There are LOTS of us out there! Muahahahaha!

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  32. Thanks for stopping by Ducks 'n a Row, Kathy. I LOVE your website and this nativity scene project is adorable. I have friends who teach in a Christian school that would love to do this with their students. I'm sending them the link!

    BTW...I know you love chickens but if you love puppies, too, I'm starting a new blog which has begun with a FB fanpage. Stop by and like us?
    Puppies-Puppies is the name and here is the link! EVERYONE who loves puppies is invited.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Puppies-Puppies/513835721967642?ref=hl

    Thanks again! If you're hopping next week, I'll be back! :)

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  33. Such a clever idea to share the reason for the season with the special touch of being home made! God bless you and your family! :)

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  34. I love your nativity scene, you are so creative Kathy! Your daughters and family are so lucky to have such a dedicated mother to nourish their minds and souls. I am so in awe of you. Women of your caliber are truly a gift - as you influence those around you. You make my heart ache, wishing I'd had such a youth myself. I grew up in a catholic school/orphanage for girls, my brothers in a similar setting just for boys and we had nuns. Unfortunatley, they were not as caring or as nice. I wasn't an orphan, our parents were divorced and our mom was mentally ill her whole life with Schizophrenia. I only say this to you because as a mother and grandmother myself, I wanted you to know what an awesome mother I feel you are. The importance of a mother in every child's life has such an impact not only to your children, but to their friends as well.  What a great job you are doing!
     

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  35. Oh my goodness, this is adorable! What a fun, practical and symbolic project. Great idea.

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  36. Manuela Williams11/28/12, 6:10 PM

    That is just so adorable and creative!!

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  37. Nice! Thank you for being Christmas friendly!

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  38. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 6:52 PM

    Thank you Manuela. :)

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  39. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 6:58 PM

    Thanks Betsy. :)

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  40. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 7:03 PM

    Wow, Deb. I am truly humbled. Thank you.

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  41. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 7:06 PM

    Thanks for linking up, Sinea! I liked your Facebook page, best wishes with it!
    I'm hopping every week and I look forward to reading more from you!

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  42. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 7:08 PM

    Thanks so much Leslie!

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  43. Love this! Merry Christmas!

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  44. I LOVE the nativity scene!  Very creative!  I just stared following your blog and love what I see so far!

    Mona

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  45. TheChickenChick12/4/12, 7:07 PM

    Thank you Mona. It's nice to have you here!

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  46. Debi Bolocofsky12/6/12, 12:41 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.   This weeks party is live.  I hope to see you there.  
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/fabric-covered-can-pen-and-pencil.html
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's)

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  47. This is SO amazing!! I'll be making one with my children this year! Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderful idea! <3 

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  48. Great project for families. I will share with my Grands when they come for a visit. Thanks for the lesson

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  49. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 5:36 AM

    That's so nice to know, Denise! Let me know how it turns out!

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  50. Candy Conrad12/25/12, 2:43 PM

    That is so cute! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  51. Madelyn Bloom12/25/12, 2:50 PM

     Hoping you and yours have a wonderful day together to celebrate the meaning of Christmas ~ faith, family and friends.  Thanks for coming by to share on Christmas Cheer #1!

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  52. How wonderful and unique! Years ago, I had a 'Native American' nativity that I painted and it was very popular.

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  53. TheChickenChick12/27/12, 9:46 AM

    I would love to see it, Betty!

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  54. lisa christensen3/15/13, 5:51 PM

    This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  55. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Christmas 2013.

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  56. ok after this post I am completely more than ever before addicted to your blog and especially your chickens!! Thank you for this amazing idea and for all the wonderful coop cleaning ideas I just learned about, !!!

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  57. TheChickenChick11/3/13, 1:14 AM

    Thanks Sandy! :)

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  58. Laura Stewart Kildow12/1/13, 6:56 PM

    I love this!! Must make a set!!!

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  59. Kathy Ruder12/1/13, 6:57 PM

    Love this!

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  60. TheChickenChick12/1/13, 8:29 PM

    Thanks Laura. :)

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  61. Debi Bolocofsky12/10/13, 8:07 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. Have a great week.

    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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