Christmas Crib- DIY Project

The very thought of Christmas makes me smile. The colors, the warmth, the jingles, the aroma of freshly baked fruit cakes, it all makes me nostalgic, takes me to the cherished memories of childhood. Christmas has always been a great celebration at my place and as we say for all festivals, I enjoyed and celebrated it the best in my childhood. Winter vacation, cousins, tree decoration, crib making, carols, cakes, handmade greeting cards and best of the lot… staying awake under the blanket just to watch Santa keeping gifts under the tree!, Christmas has always been overwhelming.

The merriment has dimmed much now thanks to changing lifestyle and instant celebration aids flooding the market every festive season. Handmade cards have made way to e-cards and instant messages, cakes get pre-ordered for home delivery and festivals are most celebrated on social media and e-commerce portals. In these easy and name sake celebrations what gets lost is the fun, frolic and warmth of the occasion. I try to celebrate festivals in the traditional way mainly to create some colorful memories for my son.

This year I thought of recreating something from my childhood reminiscence. I decided to make a crib at home. I agree the readymade shop bought crib looks fab but something that is created with our creativity and effort is priceless! I used to join my cousins to make this as a kid. I still remember how we used to force feed eggs to all, just to ensure we have enough egg shells for the crib.

Here come the instructions to make your own crib at home.

Materials Required:

  •  Egg shells (one for each character)
  • Cloth pieces
  • Twigs or straw
  • Hay
  • Farm animals (you can beg, borrow or steal from your child’s collection 🙂 )
  • Carton box
  • Light arrangement with a zero watt bulb

Make a small hole at the bottom of the egg and drain it out. Clean and dry the egg shell. You could collect egg shells over few days to attain the required quantity for your crib project 🙂

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Draw the characters’ face on the egg shell. Trust me you don’t need to be a Picasso to get that right. You can draw as many characters as you want. I drew Mary, Joseph and the three Kings and Shepherds.

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Break an egg shell vertically and draw a baby face on it to represent Jesus.

Stuff the egg shells with straws just to give an appearance of legs for the characters.

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Now wrap the cloth pieces around the characters. I wrapped the cloth for Mary covering her head. Secure it with a pin at the back.

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Cut out the flaps of the carton box on one side to make the manger.


Cover the manger floor with hay. Arrange the characters and farm animals in the crib based on your imagination.


Set up the light to enhance the arrangements in the crib.


You are done with the symbolic Christmas crib, created all by yourself. Have it along with your tree to get the perfect decoration for the season.

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