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For unto you is born this DAY
a Savior
 
“DAY” is capitalized on our project because my daughter’s married name is “Day”.
 
         Materials
~   a white canvas: How large? How many feet will be printed?
~   acrylic paints: green, bright yellow
~   paint brush or sponge applicator (soap and water, too!)
~   craft or popsicle stick
~   ¾” round wooden ball
~   straw
~   12" X 4" strip of white or ivory fabric for swaddling
~   small piece of ribbon or sisal
~   small wooden star for each tree
~   permanent pens: red, gold 
~   If you can write freehand, go for it. I chose to print out my title and use graphite paper (art supply shop) to transfer the lettering to the canvas, and then I wrote over the transfer with a red permanent pen.
~   scissors
~   hot glue gun
 
Pick a special day. We chose the day after Thanksgiving, this craft launching our Advent activities.
 
Paint feet green, tickling as much as possible.
 
Press feet gently, heels overlapping to form the top of the tree, with toes forming tree base. Immediately take child to a sink for soap and water.
 
You may want to start with the oldest child first, letting them set the example for the others to follow.
 
Have kids paint stars. Wanting the contrast, we used bright yellow.
Hot glue each star to the top of each tree after the paints dry.
 
Hot glue round wooden bead to ½ of a craft or popsicle stick. I simply break mine in half. The fabric will cover all but the bead.
Wrap the fabric around the stick and ball, as swaddling a baby.
Secure the swaddling with a little hot glue and tie with a ribbon.
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Glue bed of straw to the center of the canvas. Glue Baby Jesus into the straw.
 
To form the tree base, we used each child’s initials.
 
Write Scripture at top of canvas as described in materials list.
 
Print out a paper with notes about the experience and glue it to the back of the canvas. If they’re old enough, have everyone involved sign the back of the canvas. Date it.
 
Glue some of your prettiest Christmas ribbon to the back and hang it in a special place.
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"Selah" ~ see
God Shares
His Secrets
Unto You This DAY...
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O Holy Night
 
            Materials
~   a white canvas – four children filled the 11 X 14 shown
~   acrylic paint: blue, white pearl, silver, gold
~   sponge applicator (soap and water, too!)
~   craft or popsicle stick
~   ¾” round wooden ball
~   excelsior straw
~   12" X 4" strip of white or ivory fabric for swaddling
~   small piece of ribbon or sisal
~   2” wooden star
~   gold permanent pen (O Holy Night)
     If you can write freehand, go for it. I chose to print out my title and use white graphite paper (art supply shop) to transfer lettering to the canvas, and then wrote over transfer with a gold permanent pen.
~   scissors
~   hot glue gun
    
   
Paint canvas with blue acrylic paint.
 
One child at a time, paint hands silvery white and press gently against canvas, forming a layer from oldest to youngest. We did the following:
     Jeremiah – base of tree - four hands
     John Daniel – three hands, overlapping Jeremiah’s hands
     Emma Kathryn – two hands, overlapping John Daniel’s hands
     Caleb – one hand, a sufficient task for a sixteen month old
 
Paint a base of silvery white, a field of snow below your tree.
 
Hot glue the round wooden bead to ½ of a craft or popsicle stick. I break mine in half.
Wrap the fabric around the stick and ball, as swaddling a baby.
Secure the swaddling with hot glue and tie with ribbon.
Glue bed of straw to center of canvas, at the base of your tree.
Glue Baby Jesus into the straw.
 
Have the kids paint the star. When all paints are dry, glue star to top of tree.
 
Have kids dot their fingers with silvery white paint to make falling snowflakes in the blue sky.
Using a gold pen, write “O holy night.” (See comments in “Materials” - “gold permanent pen.”)
 
Print out a paper with notes about the experience and glue it to the back of the canvas.
If they’re old enough, have everyone involved sign the back of the canvas. Date it.
 
Initially, I had the kids use green paint to make the tree. It was barely seen against the blue canvas. When I ran out of time, energy, and ideas, I left it with Kristina. After the paints dried, she grabbed the kids, painted their hands with the silvery white paint, and made a snowy hand tree with fingertip snowflakes in the sky. It’s one of my favorite projects ever.
  
O Holy Night
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ADVENT BIBLE BOXES
 
            Materials
~ box form with 25 mini drawers (we found these at Hobby Lobby in Christmas section)
~ scrap paper
~ glue sticks
~ Mod Podge & sponge applicator
~ buttons or decorative charms (we used 5)
~ permanent markers ~ we used black and silver
~ scissors
                         Bibles
~ downloaded Bible Scripture ~ link below
~ white or parchment printer paper
~ black construction paper
~ scissors, stapler & glue sticks
 
We simply tore paper scraps to cover the front (exposed) part of each tiny drawer and the sides of the large box container, and applied Mod Podge. Since the drawers are pressed paper, they’re not necessarily interchangeable, there may be slight variations in size. Therefore, use a permanent marker to put the number of each drawer on the back, hidden side.
 
Download the Bible document, print out on parchment paper, and cut on the solid lines, following the numbers given in proper sequence. Do not cut out each square, but only the solid lines. The dotted lines mark where the pages will be folded.
 
Using black construction paper, make a template and cut out 25 black forms to create the covers for each Bible. Assemble the pages carefully; some Bibles will have only one page. Read through, aligning them according to content. If you do not shuffle the pages, they are on your form in appropriate order.
 
With black Bible cover included, fold on dotted line, then staple near the top and bottom of the book pages. Using a metallic permanent pen, write the appropriate number of each Bible on the back of the cover so that you don’t have to open each Advent Bible to determine which box it belongs in. We chose to tear out the labels reading “Holy Bible” and used a glue stick to apply them.
 
Place them in order within each box.
Open one each day leading up to Christmas.
Advent Boxes ~ Scripture
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Advent Boxes 
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ADVENT CANDLE WREATH
 
            Materials
~ 10" Styrofoam ring
~ burlap strips or ribbon
~ 10" square of poster board or card stock
~ small amount of natural colored raffia
~ 6" grapevine wreath (optional) I just happened to have one that fit perfectly.
~ box with a 4" dimension (for manger)
  • When I looked through my boxes, I discovered one from a cell phone purchase that already had a wood grain finish! If yours is a bright color, you can paint or cover it with a wood grain paper. If you don’t have a box, you can also assemble one with craft sticks.
~ excelsior straw - just enough for the manger
~ craft or popsicle stick
~ ¾” round wooden ball
~ 12” X 4” strip of white, ivory, or purple (indicating royalty) fabric for swaddling
~ hot glue
~ scissors
~ knife
~ 3 purple candles
~ 1 pink candle
~ 1 white candle (taper or pillar)
~ separate candle stand for white candle
 
Place wreath on 10” poster board. Draw around outer ring. Cut circle out along line and set aside.
Using a knife, carefully dig out holes for candles in Styrofoam ring.
Wrap burlap strips or ribbon around the ring, securing as needed with hot glue.
Use finger to locate holes. Cut a small slit through burlap over each hole through which you will set your candles.
Glue poster board circle to the bottom of wreath. This will hold the raffia and manger in place whenever it’s moved.
Place natural raffia strings in center of wreath.
Placing a 6” grapevine wreath over this will help secure the raffia so that it doesn’t get too near candles.
Cut small box 2” from each corner of the wedge you will be using. If you can’t find a box, cut out a 4” X 4” piece of heavy paper and crease it. Add edges if you wish, but it isn’t necessary. You may also build a manger from craft sticks. Ask God to inspire you. He will. Above all, if you have any children, involve them. This will create a Christmas memory.
Add excelsior straw to the manger, leaving plenty of room for Baby Jesus.
I simply break my craft stick in half and hot glue the ¾” wooden ball to the finished edge.
Wrap the strip of fabric around the craft stick and up over the top of the wooden bead, finishing off in the back and securing with hot glue.
Lay the Baby in the manger.
Place the manger in the center of the raffia, inside the wreath. Place candles in their holes.
Advent Candle Wreath 
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