Making Baby Jesus out of Clay

So, the 8 year-old boy that I'm nannying this summer LOVES to play with his action figures. I was trying to think of a fun arts and crafts activity, so I thought we could make our own action figures out of bake-able clay! When I asked him which super hero he wanted to make, he said, "Can we make Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph?" How precious is that? Jesus is his super hero!

He told me that he KNEW how to make them and that he wanted to teach me. So here is 'How To Make Baby Jesus out of Clay' in terms of an 8 year-old!

(He helped me write the directions! How cute!)

1. Buy bake-able clay! You can find it at any arts in crafts store in a variety of colors!

2. Choose skin-color clay and roll it into a ball to make a head.

3. Make a log with any color clay, squish it so it is a little more flat, then poke a hole with your finger in the top that you can put Jesus' head in. Then poke two hole in his face for eyes.

4. Make two little white balls and put them in each eye hole. Then make a black ball and squish it on there for a pupil.

5. Mix together 3 types of brown clay to make a wood texture. Then form the clay into a box to act as a cradle.

6. Roll out little spaghetti strips of yellow clay to make hay for the cradle.

Look! A Baby Jesus in his cradle made out of clay! (And apparently he is on top of the world!)

We then continued on to make a Mary and a Joseph. The above picture is the set that I made, and the one below is the one made by the kid that I'm nannying!

We baked them in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes and placed them on the counter before his mom came home! She was so touched!

Happy Crafting!


  1. That is the sweetest things ever that he wanted to make baby Jesus! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun :)

  2. Oh my goodness! This is adorable!!! I think you should get him to make you another set and you can display them in your home from now on. Such a sweetheart he is.