This Holy Family set is made from old-fashioned clothespins and felt. This set would be perfect for a Christmas project or to give as a gift. These cute little craft doll/statues can be used as a doll for young children, as a statue, or as an ornament for the tree. This craft requires the use of hot glue, so if you plan to make these with small children they will need help. Older children may be able to do these on their own if they are accustomed to using hot glue.
For Mary :
- blue felt dress *(see felt cutting instructions)
- felt head covering we used light blue
- wooden old fashioned clothespin
- 4-inch piece of string
- Hot glue
For Baby Jesus:
- mini old fashioned clothespin or a craft stick
- Scrap piece of white felt (about 1/2 the size of the head covering)
- wooden ring (to help the doll stand, if it needs help)
- Hot glue
For St. Joseph you’ll need:
- brown felt robe*(see felt cutting instructions)
- green head-covering -half the size of the one shown on the *cutting instructions.
- brown string for waist and head
- Hot glue
NOTE: The instructions for St. Joseph are the same as those for Mary, just use different colors and a smaller head covering. After gluing on his head covering it looks a bit more masculine if you fold the sides of his head covering back away from the face and glue it in place. Add a string around the head covering, too. You may need to use a few tiny drops of glue to keep it in place. Hot glue a stick to his waist as pictured. Use a brown colored pencil to draw his beard.
*Felt Cutting instructions, click to enlarge:
Materials for Mary and baby Jesus:
After cutting out your felt pieces, push the round clothespin head into the small head hole in the dress. You may need to add a drop of hot glue at the upper chest and upper back of the doll clothespin to keep the dress from sliding down the clothespin. Pull all the dress parts down against the clothespin and tightly knot a string around its waist. You may need an extra hand to hold the dress down while you knot the waist string. Now, cut off the extra string ends. If the dress is too long, cut it to the correct length. If the opening on the sides of the dress are showing, hot glue it together. Add hot glue to the top and sides of the dolls head and cover the top of her head with the head covering. Note: You may have to cut a slit in the back of the veil, (from the bottom of the veil up to the head) so it will lay down properly. Then hot glue the back of the veil down in a way so you don’t see the cut.
Now for the baby:
I hope you enjoy making these little doll/statues as much as we did!!
Take care and God bless.