Free Printable Nativity Craft (for Preschool & up)

Christmas crafts don’t get much easier than this (3D) paper printable nativity scene!

Do you have a little one who adores crafts?

If so, you know that it’s a chore finding craft ideas that don’t require 9,000 craft supplies and lots of prep time.

(Ask me how I know!)

My kindergartner would seriously choose a craft for every day of the week. If we only had the time!

When it comes to special holidays, I do try to accommodate my budding artist by adding a few fun creative projects to our homeschool schedule.

Image of how to make the nativity scene craft and the finished craft image with text-free printable 3d nativity craft for kids.

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Printable Christmas Nativity Scene

The paper nativity scene template I’m sharing today is easy to cut and assemble.

All you’ll need (besides a printer) is cardstock (preferred), scissors and some glue.

How better to tell the true story of Christmas than with a colorful nativity diorama that kids can make themselves?

Image of completed nativity diorama 3D kids' craft made from printable template.

If you would like a great Christmas book recommendation for kids to read along with your activity, check out This is the Christmas Story.

It’s one of my absolute favorites!

Download your Free Printable Nativity Craft

Follow the instructions below on how to assemble your printable manger template.

This simple Christmas craft would be perfect for ages preschool and up!

Feel free to use in your homeschool, Sunday School or Wednesday night children’s ministry programs.

Nativity Craft Printable (3-D Diorama)

Click here to download your Nativity template on cardstock paper along with printable instructions. Or, follow the steps below!


  • White cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Cut out the templates on the 2 separate pages along the solid black outlines. Nativity craft template
  2. Carefully cut out the hexagonal-shaped window on the first template. Manger craft step 2
  3. Apply glue to the last tab on the right at the end of the first box.Printable Nativity Craft step 3
  4. Fold the dotted lines inward. Note: Before folding, you may want to score the dotted lines with the non-serrated edge of a butter knife. Use a ruler to keep your scored lines straight.
  5. Glue the tabs to the inside of the shape, working your way around until the entire hexagonal box is formed. Nativity craft step 5 image
  6. Cut out baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It's fine to leave some white space around these images.Printable nativity scene template- Step 6 image
  7. Fold and crease the dotted line of the family to make a stand. Apply glue to the back side of the tab. Nativity craft step 7 image
  8. Center the family inside of the box. Press the tab down firmly. Nativity manger scene printable -step 8 image
  9. Next, cut out the angel, palm tree and star.
  10. Arrange these around the outside of the box and glue in place to complete the manger scene diorama.Nativity scene 3-D printable craft-finished image

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