Guest post by Bren of Brendid.com.
It may only be early December, but the holiday season is well underway! Neighborhoods are filling up with lights, blow up reindeer, abominable snowmen holding ornaments, and even Frozen snowmen. Yet, while these decorations are festive and cute, none immediately call to mind Jesus or the story of his birth. One classic symbol of Christian Christmas celebrations is the Star of Bethlehem or Christmas star.
A fun way to introduce the Star of Bethlehem and the Christmas scriptures to your Christmas décor and to your children is with Christian Christmas crafts for kids. While you’ll have to do the hot glue yourself, your children will love spending time with you making this beautiful, easy and affordable Christmas ornament craft. This tutorial will show you how.
Not only are these Star of Bethlehem ornaments beautiful, but they also cost only about $0.30 each, making them an affordable craft project. All you need is clothes pins, glue, and paper. You can add paint or glitter if desired. You may even already have all of the supplies on hand already, making this the perfect craft for those times when you need something to occupy the kids NOW.
Don’t have small children? This would also be a fun activity to do with a Sunday school class or Bible study group as well. Participants can assemble the crafts while discussing the Scriptures.
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The Star of Bethlehem Ornament Supplies
- 4 standard clothes pins and 4 mini clothes pins per ornament. The mini ornaments are about 1 ¾ inch long.
- Glue. I used a hot glue gun, you can also use craft glue. It takes longer to dry, but is safer with small children.
- Paper and a printer for the printable scripture scrolls.
- Twine, string or ribbon for hanging.
- Optional: Gold acrylic paint or spray paint and/or glitter.
The Star of Bethlehem Ornament Instructions
1. Remove the springs from your clothes pins.
2. Glue 2 clothes pin pieces back to back to make rays for the stars. Continue until all clothes pins are made into rays.
3. Glue 4 large rays together at 90 degree angles to make the base of the star. Continue until all large clothespins are made into bases.
4. Glue 4 mini rays together at 90 degree angles to make the top layer of the star. Continue until all mini clothespins are made into top layers.
5. Glue the top of each star to the base making sure the rays are off set (do not line up directly).
6. Get creative! Paint and/or glitter your stars. I used gold spray paint on mine. If you want to add glitter, apply an even coat of school glue and sprinkle with glitter. The stars would be cute in many colors.
7. Print out scripture labels and cut out. (Due to space constraints these are not the full scriptures, they are shortened verses that call to mind the entire reading.) I used blue, white and parchment colored paper.
8. Bend the Scripture cut-outs slightly by pulling them over a pen or marker (the motion you use while curling ribbon). I like the ends to curl outward.
9. Glue the scriptures to the front of the star ornaments using a dab of hot glue or school glue.
10. Add a loop of ribbon, string or twine to hang the ornament. I used twine attached with hot glue.
11. Enjoy your ornaments!
These ornaments look great on the tree, as gift package tie-ons, or even hanging from windows. I hope you try making a few and add the Star of Bethlehem to your Christmas!
Or, if you’re too lazy to take the time to make these beautiful ornaments (don’t worry–I’m not judging!), you can always just grab some pretty Star of Bethlehem ornaments from Amazon and call it a day 🙂 Click on any image you like for additional information:
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Bren is a creative SAHM mom, Navy wife, blogger and part time college instructor. She loves connecting with her family through crafts and cooking. If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more like it head over to BrenDid.com where she shares more easy crafts, delicious recipes, DIY projects and natural home care tips. You can also find Bren on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.