I am making a Nativity crib with water, watercolor, pastels and paper. I took some scrapped paper from the recycle bucket, and some painting tools I have, to do this.
You can make one too. By tearing paper into tiny pieces and mixing it with a bit of water in the mixer, or if you don’t have a mixer tearing it a little more with your hands or some other tool. Then add water, not much, only a bit, and mash it to make a dough.
I use the cupcake cups to put the figurines into them and make it easier to move them, because I make them really small, and while the paper dough is still wet it is easy to break them because they are not strong enough. My Jesus baby is half the size of my little finger nail, so tiny!
Once you have mixed the water and paper into a dough, mould it with your hands or any other method of your choice to the size and shape you want the figurines to be.
I make them small because I don’t have much space to put big scale figurines, and this way I can fit it all into a little rectangle, but if you have a lot of space you can scale to any size (well… I mean as long as you do not need your neighbor’s house to set it all 🙂 ).
It is not finished yet, it needs some time for it to dry completely. You will see the cardboard bend while being painted with watercolor, put some weight on the free surface to settle it down. Once the figurines are dry you can paint them the color of your choice.
Personally speaking, I will not paint them in green!
You know? It is not easy being green, and I do not wish to make their lives difficult.
(Finished nativity crib).