Felt Nativity Advent Calendar

Felt Nativity Advent Calendar

When my daughter was 3 and starting to become very aware of the holidays, I wanted to try to keep Christmas as non-commercialized as possible.  For us, that means focusing the holiday around the Nativity and the biblical story.  I also wanted to find something with which she could interact and engage with both her creativity and scripture.  As most parents, I also loved the idea of Advent Calendars as a way to navigate the constant question, “How much longer until Christmas?!”

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While I don’t have a full tutorial for the individual pieces, here is what I developed, and I hope it sparks your creativity to create something that works for you and your family!  It was a labor of love, and I found myself engaging with the Holy Family and their story in a more visceral way than before through the process of creating this Felt Advent Calendar for my kid(s).

What I Used:

  • Felt by the yard in
    • White (2/3 yard)
    • Red (1/2 yard)
    • Black (1/3 yard)
    • Green felt (1/4 yard)
      • I used two different shades of green
  • Fusable Pellon (2/3 yard)
  • Felt sheets in a variety of colors (I don’t think there is a right/wrong way to do this, but here is what I used)
    • Glittery black x2
    • Light blue (Mary)
    • Giraffe print (stable house)
    • Dark brown
    • Yellow
    • Orange
  • Gold ribbon
  • Felt glue
  • Needle/Thread
  • String
  • Dowel rod
  • Scripture verses (some are quoted scripture while others are paraphrased to fit what I wanted to display in the nativity to best capture the interest of my littles)

  • Numbers

(1)  Cut your white felt and Pellon to 40″ x 20″.  Fuse Pellon to felt.

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(2)  Cut black felt to 20″ x 12″.  Glue glittery black felt sheets to black felt piece.  Sew combined black pieces to white base.

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(3)  Cut red felt to 5 strips of 20″ x 3″.  Starting at the bottom, sew red strips to the white base, allowing for 1″ space between each strip.  Sew vertical lines in the strip every 4″, giving you 5 pockets per strip.  Cut out numbers from white felt and glue to coordinating pockets.

If you do this step before proceeding, you will have a good idea of how much space your can allot to the green felt.

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(4)  Cut 3 strips of remnant red felt (3″ x 3″), fold in half, and sew ends to the white base, creating loops.  Drill a small hole in each end of your dowel rod and attach a string/ribbon/thread for hanging.

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(5)  Cut green felt to desired shapes and sew to the base (dark on the black felt and light on the white felt if using two different shades).

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(6)  Cut rough house shape out of felt (I used giraffe print here), allowing for a window opening.  Cut eaves out of dark brown.  Cut “hay” out of orange and yellow.  Glue house/eaves to the black felt and use “hay” to cover the line between the green felts.

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(7)  Cut out each scripture verse and loop string/ribbon/thread to the center hole if desired.  If desired, laminate the paper to make it a bit more durable.  I also wrote where the verse occurred in my sequence of dates for quick reference when re-pocketing.

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(8)  Design and cut out items for each day/scripture.  As you’re making your individual items, make sure they will all fit on the space you have available for them.

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I will add some templates for these guys at a later date, but here are pictures to give you a basic idea of how they came together.  I recommend designing what you want on paper and then cutting out segments to use as a guide for cutting the felt.

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Mary
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Joseph
felt_advent_calendar_bethlehem
Bethlehem
felt_advent_calendar_inn
Inn
felt_advent_calendar_window
Window (stand-in for stable)
felt_advent_calendar_cow
Cow
felt_advent_calendar_goat
Goat
felt_advent_calendar_donkey
Donkey
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Shepherds (if you’re using my verses, you will need three)
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Flocks
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Angels (if you’re using my verses, you will need four)
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Manger
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Wise Men
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Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
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Star
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Baby Jesus

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Anne, along with her husband and growing family, live in suburban America. Follow us on our adventures both at home and away!

Simply put, we are a family trying our best to defy the odds and make the most of these crazy blessings called marriage, family, and life.

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