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These figures of the child and crib are part of the origami Nativity Scene series. In two previous posts I’ve shown how to make the figure of Joseph and his staff,  and Mary.

In my native Colombia the tradition is that baby Jesus is the one who brings the Christmas presents. I remember one particular Christmas when I was only four years old. I woke up early that day and there it was, perched at the foot of my bed: a large red tricycle, my present that year from Baby Jesus.

My father placed the tricycle on the floor and sat awkwardly on the seat. His big feet scrunched up on the pedals, his knees almost touching his ears. I’ve never forgotten that Christmas, my Dad showing me how to ride a tricycle. It’s a warm and cozy memory that I’ll never forget.

Here is the video tutorial to make this origami baby Jesus and crib. I hope making this Sacred Family in origami contributes to your own warm memories of Christmas!

Tips and suggestions for making the figure of the Child and the Nativity Scene in origami

  • The finished figure shows both sides of the paper.
  • Paper known in the US as “kami” is a good choice, but it can be made with heavier papers.
  • Paper size for the baby: the side of the square has to measure 1/4 of the side of the one used to make the father figure. The video will show how to cut it to the appropriate size.
  • If you have paper of the same color on both sides, before folding, you can color the paper by hand as described in this post.
  • The crib is based on the traditional “Water Bomb”.
  • As for paper size for the crib, the side of the square has to measure 1/2 of the side of the one used to make the father figure. The video will show how to cut it to the appropriate size.
  • Here is a diagram of the proportion of the papers for each figure. The videos explain how to cut it.

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The following videos will show you how to make the other figures of the Nativity Scene:

Origami Joseph for the Nativity Scene
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Origami Mary for the Nativity Scene
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Nativity Scene in different languages:

• English: Nativity, Creche Spanish: Nacimiento, Pesebre, Portal de Belén, Misterio

• German: eine Krippe, Weihnachtskrippe, • French: La crėche de Noël

• Portuguese: Presépio • Italian: Presepe • Dutch: Kerststal

origami-nativity-family-560Sacred family in a Nativity Scene. Origami figures by Leyla Torres

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