“This liturgical season is about shaping softened hearts, making them ready for our coming King.” -Bishop Barron from Word on Fire.
As I listened to Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon from the first Sunday of Advent this year, I couldn’t wait to start creating our own version of the baby Jesus inspired by Jill Howarth’s The ABCs of Christmas. Helping my daughters try to understand the real meaning of Christmas for us was the most important thing I could do this season. Actually, anytime I sit down to read Bible stories, Christian children’s books, or even just to teach them about who God is and how to pray, I cannot think of anything more important I could be doing with my time. Couple that feeling with creating art inspired by our faith… well that’s just the best thing EVER for me. I hope to be doing more projects like this in the future. 🙂
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The first time I flipped through this precious board book, I couldn’t help but smile. Not only is the cover spectacular with it’s glittery goodness, but the adorable illustrations didn’t shy away from the Christ in Christmas. It’s a simple, beautiful and meaningful read for my little ones. It was part of our Advent calendar of picture books, but boy, reinforcing this message of Christmas is the best gift I could’ve given them.
Here is what you need to make this baby Jesus:
- 12″ x 18″ yellow paper (heavyweight sulphite construction paper is best)
- 9″ x 12″ teal or light blue paper
- 9″ x 12″ gold metallic painted paper (painted white paper with metallic gold paint ahead of time)
- 6″ x 6″ peach or tan paper
- Round templates: 1 large (paper plate) and 1 small (Tupperware lid about 4.5″ in diameter)
- Scissors & glue
- White liquid tempera paint
- Cardboard rectangles
- Round sponge brush
- Glitter foam star stickers
- Oil pastels or crayons
- Optional: star shape sponge brush & Mod Podge & glitter
This project (like most of my projects) was able to be done in one quick art session (about 15-20 minutes). If you want it to go faster, you could have the circles pre-cut. My daughter (4 years old) enjoys practicing her tracing, so she helped with that.
- Trace the paper plate onto the teal or blue paper. Cut out.
- Trace the smaller circle onto the skin colored paper. Cut out.
- Fold the gold paper in half and draw a simple curved line from top to bottom and cut along the line. Unfold and open to reveal a symmetrical oval shape for the body. (baby swaddle). Refer to the video for more details.
- Glue teal circle or halo onto the yellow background in the top third section of the paper.
- Dip the cardboard into white paint and print radial lines around the halo.
- Add white painted circles around the edge with the sponge brush.
- Glue body slightly overlapping the blue circle.
- Draw a face and hair to the tan paper for the head and carefully glue to the center of the teal circle overlapping the gold paper body.
- Use scraps of metallic paper to cut out triangles and glue around the head.
- If you have a star shaped sponge brush, add white painted stars to the background.
- Add foam star stickers to the background.
- If you are up to adding glitter, paint on some Mod Podge to the body and SPRINKLE some gold glitter. My daughter grabbed the glitter and dumped a ton on hers. Whoops! But she had fun. 😉
The sparkly foam stickers really added something special to this. And there you have it!
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
Merry Christmas to you and your little ones. And may the peace of Christ comfort us this season and always.
Let us know what you think! If you read this book and did the project, please tag us on instagram: @picturebooksandpeonies
We’d love to see what you make.
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