Telling the Christmas Story – with Jenga blocks

Sometimes I hold on to junk, just waiting for inspiration to strike. That’s what happened with this years nativity we crafted. Old Jenga blocks that have been hanging around forever and an old wooden offering box were converted into a stable and the characters from the story. {and, if you are local and want it, I have one more wooden offering box just hanging out here. Just let me know and it is yours!}


Scrap fabric, ribbons, hot glue, wool, buttons, rocks and glitter completed the wardrobe. The boys picked out who wore what and did some of the gluing. The more detailed “fingers-are-going-to-get-burned” gluing I did. The sacrifices of motherhood are never ending. I do wish I had taken the time to sand the box down and refinish it – I probably will do that at some point as this is one craft we will be keeping and bringing out each year. Our poor button faced sheep are a bit top heavy and keep falling forward. Their bodies are wool, noses pompom and ears pipecleaners.  Gold – a round rock rolled in gold glitter. Frankincense – a black triangular rock with the tip dipped in gold. Myrrh – a pompom infused with myrrh oil.

Crowns are gold cord with a knot in the front.  

The angel wings are hard to see, but it is lace tied in a bow shape. The halo and belt is the same cord as the wisemen.

We made a video of the boys telling the Christmas story with our nativity craft ::

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Jessica Lynette

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  1. Jessica, Paul and family: Mom sent this site to us and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing and listening to the boys. Well done, fellows! Great to see that the “offering boxes” are still receiving the glad tidings of the season. Our best wishes to you all – we feel a part of your lives – thank you for letting us have a part! Merry Christmas and God’s richest blessings for the new year.

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