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Make a Manger


  • Jumbo or regular popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Brown construction paper

Instead of keeping your sacrifice straw in a basket, you can also make a popsicle-stick manger to put it in. Then, on Christmas Day, lay Jesus in the warm manger lined with straw. (In “Advent Adventure” we have a short video with a fuller explanation of how to use this craft!) All you need for this craft are popsicle sticks, brown paper, and glue. Use a piece of square paper as the base, and lay out 2 jumbo popsicle sticks. Lay 2 more popsicle sticks perpendicular to and on top of these sticks. Trace around the outline of these popsicle sticks and cut out to make a base.


Then, start layering popsicle sticks, first on the original two sides and then on the other sides. Glue each layer of popsicle sticks to the layer underneath.


You will be building four walls. Between 5 and 10 popsicle sticks on each side will probably be high enough.


You can also make a variation of this manger, using 6 popsicle sticks for a base. If you would like to get even more adventurous, try experimenting at building a real manger with the popsicle sticks, by crossing 4 sticks for a vertical base, and then gluing other sticks on top to make four walls.

Margaret used both these variations to make a really great manger! You can look at the picture of Margaret’s special manger made to help you make yours! This is an especially good craft for preteens and teens!