December 2, 2011

Two Handcrafted Paper Nativity Scenes

For me, Jesus is the main focus of Christmas, and I love Nativity scenes as a reminder-but not your typical statue-like store bought ones. I was browsing online for some possible tutorials for unique ones to make and I found a few really beautifully crafted ones I am so amazed by! I don't think I could make these yet (maybe someday I can learn how to be a paper expert,) but wanted to show you so you could gawk at them, too. 

This one is above is from one of my favorite stores, Ten Thousand Villages, run by Mennonite volunteers. These stores offer high quality handcrafted jewelry and home decor that benefits crafters from third world countries by offering them fare trade rates for the items they sell. A great cure for all the materialism of Christmas--shop here to really give back! 

"Coiled and glued newsprint forms the colorful robes of the Holy Family and the three wise men bringing gifts. Alnos wood faces and abaca fiber hair complete this simple yet unique nativity. 
This nativity is handcrafted by artisans working with the Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative in Baguio City, the Philippines. Using an innovative process, the women turn old newspapers into new and beautiful products by wrapping the paper into narrow rolls and shaping them into forms. The pieces are then joined together with thread and/or glue. The pieces are starched to make them firm and shiny."
  • Recycled newspaper, alnos wood, abaca fiber
  • Set of 7 pieces
  • 4Dx12H inches
  • Made in Philippines
  You can Purchase these here 

This nativity is so amazing! 

"This superbly handcrafted Nativity Creche is made entirely from paper using a technique called quilling. Quilling, or paper filigree, is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. 

Two dimensional quilling is used to decorate wedding invitations, birth announcements, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and boxes. Three dimensional quilling is used to create whimsical scenes and delicate free-standing figures like those pictured in this Nativity Creche. 

Although the nativity is entirely made of paper it is very sturdy. Each figure is glued inside for stability."
You can see more Nativity pieces here

Hope you enjoyed!


1 comment:

  1. oh how pretty! i love them! so so cute, love the simplicity of how the white one looks!


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