Each character is made in the same fashion. Paint each pot a different color. In this case, Joseph is dark blue, Mary is light blue, the Wise Men are yellow, green, and purple, Jesus is gold, and the Angel is white. You will probably need at least two coats of paint. You can also paint a pattern on each for their clothing. On Mary and Joseph, I painted praying hands (flesh paint) and sleeves (use light blue on Joseph for outline and dark blue on Mary). I painted buttons on two wise men and pleats on the third (just use a different color than the base paint).
Paint 4 of the doll heads using the flesh color paint, one doll head brown, and one doll head tan. Paint the small wooden bead flesh color (this is for the Baby Jesus). Paint the 1/2" clay pot gold. Once the doll heads dry, you can paint on the eyes. Use the opposite end of a small paintbrush or a toothpick. Dip the end in paint and just dot on the eyes. You can use black paint for all the eyes or vary the colors. On Joseph, dip the paintbrush in black paint and then dab it on a paper towel. Dry brush on his beard, mustache, and hair. Do the same for Mary's hair, but use brown paint. You can put hair on the wise men, or leave them bald. I put a mustache and beard on one, a balding head on another, and no hair on the last - just to make them all a bit different. For the angel, I painted on a silver halo, and painted the rim of the flowerpot silver. If you want to seal everything, use ModgePodge in gloss or matte to seal the paint.
Once everything is dry, you can glue the dollheads to the bottom of the flowerpots. Use a glue gun or double sided tape. They adhere better to the paint and wood better. Then cut a half oval out of the dark blue and light blue felt. The length should be about 3" long, but you can trim it to fit your figurine. The dark blue felt will go on the Joseph figurine. With Joseph's hood, you can glue or tape the straight edge of the felt a little past the very top of the head. Then glue or glue or tape the front just where it sets on the figurine. In the back, glue or tape the bottom of the rounded edge to the base. Do the same for Mary, but the front end should start closer to her forehead.
Then cut angel wings out of the white felt. For this angel, I folded the felt in half and cut out a heart shape. Then paint the edges silver, and attach to the back of the angel. For the one wise man, I cut a strip of yellow felt and wrapped it around his head for a turban effect.
When putting the nativity on display, it is simple to just lay down some quilt batting and place the figures on it. I used a small box underneath the batting to give the angel some height. Also, you can use straw or rocks to give the baby Jesus a bed.
Some years ago I made a nativity which was in a flowerpot and had Mary, Joseph and Jesus made out of wooden spoons. Would anyone have the pattern for it. I've lost it.
Dianne from Norco, CA
Where can I buy 2 inch and 1 1/2 inch clay pots for the Clay Pot Nativity?
The only place I know of that sells them in various sizes is a Michael's store. We used to have a Michael's here in Lima, Ohio, but ever since they left Lima it is almost impossible to find anything you need for crafting. We have Joann Fabric and Hobby Lobby but neither even come close to what Michael's has to offer. It's a shame that you have to order online, things that you could and should be able to get at any good crafting store. If you want to check online - go to: michaels.com
Hope this helps!