After working very hard on my Master Thesis the last couple of weeks, it’s finally finished. At least for me. It’s now at my Thesis supervisor, who promises me a lot, but is not doing what he promises. It’s the first time he is reading something from my Thesis. I asked him several times to read parts. But he didn’t do that. And now the time is there, that I am probably too late to sent my Thesis to Nyenrode, because the deadline is very close.
I’m frustrated about it, because I can’t do anything about it.
Right now I need a little distraction, so I searched for a little Christmas DIY project. And it became a mini Christmas crib. I was looking for one for a while, but most of the time I found them too colorful, or too expensive.
So last week I saw a nice one on Instagram. I searched for a shop, but it was sold out everywhere.
After some more searching I found the wooden dolls, so plans for a DIY are ready. Are you in?
i used the following stuff for the DIY Christmas crib:
– Two big dolls for the man and the woman (9 cm), a little one for the Angel (5 cm), a very small one for the baby (3 cm) and a wing for the Angel (5,6 cm breed). Everything made of wood and bought seperately (Bedijs)
– White and Dark grey Chalkpaint (Action)
– A piece of grey felt (de Zeeman, four colors in a package)
– Thin jute rope (I bought it at Sostrene Grene, but it’s also for sale in the supermarket or Construction markte)
– Masking tape and a brush
– Needle and yarn
– Wooden box (I bought one at Sostrene Grene)
– Little fake Christmas tree (mine is around 17 cm)
– Little deer
I made two cribs at the same time, because I also wanted to make one for my Mum.
First I cut a piece of 15 cm of the masking tape, and then I cut from both sides of the masking tape a strip of around 8-10 mm. I taped it on the man and female doll just under the head, with the not cutted side downwards, so you will get a straight line after painting.
I painted the male doll grey ad the female white. Both are painted twice.
The wing for the angels is painted white on both side, also twice.
For the baby I cut two pieces of felt, wide 1,7 cm. The felt I bought is not so tall, only 18 cm, so that’s why I had to cut two pieces. I sewed them together.
I put some glue on the bottom of the baby and sticked the felt on it and wrapped some felt in the length of the doll. After that I wrapped the rest of the felt around the waist of the baby. At the back of the baby I put some glue and taped the end of the felt on it (I made it a little bit shorter than the total length of the two pieces of felt). Use a clothespin to keep everything on it’s place to dry.
So cute these little baby dolls;-)
Now it’s time for the angel. I put some glue on the back of the angel doll and a little bit of glue on the front. This last glue will help preventing the jute rope sliding up.
I glued the jute rope on the back of the doll and started wrapping the rope around the doll. On the bottom of the skirt I glued the end of the rope. I needed a little bit more glue, because the rope wouldn’t stay on it, but finally I succeeded (with my hands full of glue;-).
To tie the man, female and baby together, I first lay a piece of rope on a some paper (easier to turn them around when making a second knot). Then the man and female together on it and on top of it the baby, with the ugly glued side against the man and female. Make a knot with the rope and wrap the rope three times around the three dolls. Again make a knot and shorten the ends to 1,5 – 2 cm.
The last part of this DIY is to glue the wings on the Angel, so now it looks like a real Angel.
For the Crib, I bought a wooden box at Sostrene grene for EUR 2,38. I wanted a wooden box in the form of a house, but I couldn’t find it, so this will do for now. The little Christmas tree is also from Sostrene Grene, but I saw them at The Action too.
The little deer is from Albert Heijn, but I guess you can also find them on a Christmas market.
I think it turned out as a nice mini Christmas crib, with light colors, which fits nicely in a Scandinavian Christmas style. I’m curious about your Christmas crib, it would be nice if you comment something below.
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