Don’t you just love quick and easy crafts? Especially this time of the year, when it’s a mad rush to get everything ready for the festive season. This weekend we made ourselves this beautiful rustic clothespin Nativity Scene using fabric scraps and twine.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings. #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

Nativity scenes hold a very special place in my heart. I still remember as a Sunday school teacher how excited the little ones would get when we huddled together to make a stable and handcraft Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. 

This easy to follow tutorial with show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

For a few weeks, the big commercial hoo haa around Christmas would take backstage to the special tale unfolding before us.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

And that’s what I love most about this clothespin nativity scene. It reminds me of what Christmas is really all about. Love, forgiveness, and making do with what we have.  

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

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What you Need

  • Jute twine
  • Instant glue /Superglue
  • A cardboard box or deep serving tray for the stable
  • Seedpod for the manager
  • Coconut fiber (optional)
  • Cardstock, printer, and angel wings printable
  • Fabric scraps. I used fabric rag offcuts you can find in most hardware stores

A collection of fabric rags you can buy at hardware stores
  • Craft paint (optional)
  • Old-style wooden clothespins. You can also use the modern wooden pegs since most of the “body” will be covered with scrap fabric and other bits

Pegs and Twine used for the Nativity Scene

How to make a clothespin nativity scene

Did I already mention how easy this nativity scene is to make 😀 Each little character takes about 10 minutes to put together. We’ll start off with Mary and the angel since they’re very similar, and then move onto how to make Joseph and finally the most important person; little baby Jesus.

This easy to follow tutorial with show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings. #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

Clothespin Mary

Mary and the angel are made in a similar fashion. They both have long locks of wavy hair and are dressed in a cloak and cape made from scrap fabric rags. So let’s start with how to make those wavy twine locks, shall we 😉

Giving the clothespin some hair

Cut the jute twine into 15cm (6″) long strands. You’ll need about 8 strands. Put a few drops of clear instant glue on the round top of the clothespin and glue the twine hair strands down, starting about 1/3 of the way up on the front, and working your way up and around to the back of the head.

To make the hair, cut equal lengths of twine and glue on

Take another piece of the jute twine and curl it around itself and glue down on the crown of the head. Carry on winding the twine around the crown gluing as you go.

Wind the twine around itself to form a circle. Glue to the crown of your peg doll

Use a toothpick to untwist the strands of twine and fluff out to create those gorgeous wavy locks.

Split the twine threads to create gorgeous wavy locks of hair

Dressing the clothespin – Mary

For Mary, I used a blue and a grey piece of scrap fabric. For the cape cut a rectangular shape that’s as wide as what your clothespin is long. Double that measurement to determine the length of the fabric. Find the middle point and glue it down on the crown of Mary’s head.

To make the cape, place the clothespin on the fabric on the half way mark

To make Mary’s dress or cloak, measure the height of the clothespin, and cut a square piece of fabric. Rotate the square and cut one of the corners off at an angle as shown below.

For the dress cut a square that's the same height as your clothespin (peg) and glue on

Flip your clothespin Mary over and glue the fabric down at the back.

Glue the dress onto the back of the clothespin (Peg)

Trim the bottom of the dress.

Trim the hem of the dress if need be

Clothespin angel with wings

The clothespin angel is a variation of Mary, with a few small changes. She has two small plaits in her hair…..

You can add embellishments to the hair. Here I added a small braid

And her body got a coat of white paint first before I add a tulle dress.

If you're using transparent fabric you can paint the peg body first to match

For the angel’s dress, I used leftovers from when we made our wine glass Christmas trees. If you don’t have any tulle, you can use clean bandages, toilet paper, or any other “floaty” fabric.

Making the tulle dress

Rip the tulle into strips that are about 3 cm (1,5”) x 15 cm (6”). Fold the strips in half…..

Rip the tulle into long strips and fold in half

…. and then glue them around the neck of the clothespin.

Glue the folded tulle strips around the "neck-line"

Give the angel a tulle veil using the Mary’s cape pattern.  

Adding angel wings

Print the free “angle wing” printable on some cardstock and cut them out. Glue the wings on the back of the angel clothespin.

Print the free wings printable, cut out and glue onto the back of the angel

Clothespin Joseph with a beard

Joseph has a rich full beard and no hair 😀 To make the beard, cut a V-shaped piece from some furry fabric and glue it down.

For Joseph's beard, cut a triangle shape and glue it on

Give Joseph a cape and cloak using the same technique shared above.

Baby Jesus and his manger

Now for the star of the Nativity scene, baby Jesus. You can either use a small wooden bead or cut the “body” of the clothespin shorter. Cut a long strip of fabric and place the cut clothespin in the center. Wind or wrap the fabric around the head and body as shown below.

Cut a strip of fabric about 1/2 the height of baby Jesus and wrap it around the peg

It’s just like swaddling a real baby, but on a smaller scale 😀 Glue the little Jesus safely inside a seed pod or on a bed of coconut fiber. You can also glue the little guy to Mary’s dress.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

Finishing off the clothespin nativity scene

I placed the angel, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a deep wooden serving tray lined with coconut fiber. If you don’t have a serving tray you can make one using paint stirrers or you can use a cardboard box.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings. #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

There’s a small wooden donkey lying in the coconut fiber hay. I made him using this rustic reindeer tutorial. For his mane, I simply glued some twine down his back and gave him a twine braid for a tail. His ears are made from the tips of the other half of the seed pod.

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings. #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

The tulle angel has been hung from the serving tray with some fishing line so she can watch over everyone. Don’t you just love her floaty dress?

This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene
This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings. #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene
This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene
This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene
This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings. #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

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This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

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This easy to follow tutorial will show you how to make a rustic clothespin Nativity scene out of fabric scraps and wooden pegs. The tutorial includes a “free to download” printable for the angel wings and detailed instructions to make Mary, Joseph, the Angel and baby Jesus #ClothesPinCrafts #DIYNativity #WoodenPegCrafts #ACraftyMix #ChristmasCrafts #NativityScene

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