rustic wooden nativity ornament

Last year, I hosted a Pinspired Pretty Packages Party (phew, that’s a lot of Ps!) where about 25 ladies came to my house to craft at 7 or 8 different stations, making homemade gifts and fun ways to package them!  All of the projects can be found here in Part 1 and Part 2!

Well, the 2013 Pinspired Party happened a few weekends ago and I totally spaced and forgot to take pictures – BOO!  But, I did want to share one of my favorite crafts that we made ..

rustic wooden nativity ornament

DIY rustic wooden nativity ornament // {create this} at shaken together

I pinned a similar ornament a while ago and realized it was an item for sale rather than a tutorial.  So, I put my DIY thinking cap on and knew that it would be perfect to make for a sweet and simple holiday project!  So, here is what you’ll need to {create this}:

Wooden clothespins (the old school, no spring kind) – 2 per ornament for Mary & Joseph
1 3/4″ Wooden peg – for baby Jesus
1″ Wooden star
Metallic Wire – 12″ long
Thin Metallic Cording
Jute twine or ribbon for hanging
Hot glue gun & glue sticks (I am using the pretty pink cordless one I won in a giveaway from The Winthrop Chronicles – thanks, Sarah!)

DIY rustic wooden nativity ornament // {create this} at shaken together
Use the pictures above and the steps below to make these cute, meaningful ornaments!
  1. Tie the thin metallic cording in a bow around the small wooden peg.
  2. Wrap a length of metallic wire around one of the clothespin’s “head”.  I did it sort of like twisting the twist tie on your bread – just tuck in any extra tail of wire and don’t snip off the long length of wire left!
  3. Hot glue your two clothespins together, side by side.
  4. Hot glue the small wooden peg at an angle on the front of your clothespins.
  5. Wrap the rest of the wire around the star at various points until all the wire is wrapped around the star (you can see this best in the main picture above or in the last photo in the collage).
  6. Create a loop with your twine and hot glue the knot to the back of the ornament – my knot fit perfectly in the space between the two heads.
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  1. I can’t even handle how simple and brilliant and beautiful and perfect this is, Keri! Pinning to do with the kids one weekend!

  2. This is great and would be perfect for making with older kids. I see you’ve already shared it at a lot of linky parties, but we’d love it if you’d add us to your list and stop over to share it with our readers!

    Two Kids Cooking & More Sunday Show and Tell

    Hope you stop by!


  3. this nativity ornament is beautiful! I also just saw your guest post on the hot chocolate float…. oh yum!!! :o)

  4. Keri, that is so cute! Simple and sweet… I love it!

  5. Love this idea so much! Tweeting it now. :)

  6. What a wonderful creation! Picture perfect! : ) Thanks for sharing! : ) your newest follower! : ) hugs…

  7. So adorable! What a cute nativity!

  8. What a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Keri, i just adore the rustic simplicity of this. It is so sweet. If you get a sec this weekend, I would be super happy if you linked up at Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time On My Hands. Have a great weekend, girl!

  10. So simple and cute . I really like this idea and am pinning it. Thanks for posting!

  11. I love, love, LOVE this! I just pinned it, and I think I’m going to make it for each of my family members’ Christmas trees. Thanks for sharing!


  12. Oh, I completely adore this!!! I started a new saturday linky and would love to have you come by to share some of your great ideas!

  13. so so precious … thank you for sharing! ♥

  14. Very cute!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. I’ve seen this everywhere and I love it! Thanks for Linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays. Just stopped by to let you know that this is being featured in my Christmas roundup…Its a big party, so make sure to stop by tomorrow morning when the link goes live!

  16. Very cute!! This will be part of our church craft night.

    A question though: what wire gauge did you use?

    • Hi Natalie! I honesty don’t recall the gauge – I think we picked it up in the jewelry making section of our local craft store. The wooden star is not too heavy so as long as the wire is sturdy enough to keep the star upright, it should work fine!

  17. Where did you buy the clothespins and pegs? did you cut the pegs or did they come like that? I’d like to make these for 60 people so looking for an inexpensive way to do that.

    • Hi Tawnie – I bought the clothespins at Walmart and the pegs from Michaels or Joanns. If you are looking to make a bunch, you want want to search for bulk supplies online :)


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