One year we made ornaments to give to friends. If you decide to try your hand at this, you’ll need time, patience, and a few supplies.
Prep in Advance
wood clothespins cut in half with small jigsaw
For skilled craftspeople like myself
aloe burn creme (just helping)
black permanent marker thin point
simulated hay or ornamental grass
low temp hot glue gun with glue sticks
Mod Podge or Elmer’s Glue
narrow ribbon or tinsel cord
Draw a sleeping face on each of the clothespin tops. Cut felt into strips long enough to wrap around the body covering the raw wooden end and glue on with Mod Podge or Elmer’s glue with opening in the back. It may be helpful to hot glue the length in the back to hold it in place until the Elmer’s dries. Hot glue one gold ring to the back side of the head so that it protrudes slightly above the sleeping face. Set Jesus aside.
Arrange cinnamon sticks by hot gluing lengthwise adjoining them to one another to form a cradle for the clothespin Jesus. The number of sticks used on each cradle will vary as the thickness of the cinnamon sticks makes each one unique. I recommend aligning two to three as the base, laying in the clothespin occasionally to eyeball it before adding additional cinnamon sticks until the appropriate width is achieved.
Further, add one or two cinnamon sticks one at a time on each side of the base at a slight curve so as to form a cradle shape. Once the cinnamon sticks have been hot glued together and solidly adhered to one another, cut a length of ribbon (or tinsel cord) roughly 6″ – 8″ long. Begin by attaching one end to the center interior of the cradle and along the interior bottom of the cradle from “waist to toe,” leaving unglued a portion to hang, bring it back in a circle, attaching from “head to waist” in the center of the cradle.
Hot glue the ribbon along the length of the cinnamon sticks being certain is is both balanced and securely fastened to avoid losing Baby Jesus when the wind blows. Hot glue the fake hay into the cradle. Hot glue Baby Jesus into the cradle.