With Christmas coming, this wise men paper plate crown craft is the perfect solution for your nativity play. This is also a great Sunday School craft as you teach kids about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Note that this wise men are also called the 3 kings and the magi. Whatever you call them, they are the three men who followed the star to find Jesus. This Bible story of the wise men is found Matthew 2:1-12.
More information about the magi can be found here. For example, the wise men probably wouldn’t have been found at the manger where Jesus was born, as traditionally shown in nativity scenes. Their visit would have been later.
Wise Men Paper Plate Crown Craft
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Part of the goal for this craft is to make it affordable and feasible for kids. It’s a very easy craft, and kids can use all kinds of craft supplies to decorate their crowns.
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Materials Needed to Make Wise Men Paper Plate Crown Craft
- paper plates
- glitter paint
- gold paint or silver paint
- glitter glue
- jeweled or gem stickers (Thank you Craft Project Ideas for the ones you provided!)
- foam stars
How to Make Wise Men Paper Plate Crown Craft
Fold a paper plate in half and cut on the dotted line. I added the lines here just to show you where to cut. You do not need to have dotted lines on every paper plate.
If you do want the kids to do the cutting, you could add pencil lines.
Next, open up the paper plate and make the two more obvious cuts where the plate had been folded.
The final step is to begin to decorate. Keep the paper plate flat while decorating for easier application.
I painted this one with a glitter paint. Then, using stickers and glitter glue, I created the designs on the rest.
Kids will have a fun time coming up with their own designs. Leave time to dry. Glitter glue does normally take a good 24 hours to completely dry.
I had my son model this wise men crown craft. He is 8 years old, and it was a little too small. We propped it just so to make it work for the photos.
Depending on head size, 6 years old might be the oldest you could go to make the crown fit properly.
Easy Nativity Play Ideas for Kids
Our church has a great nativity opportunity for kids. Part of the beauty is that it also that it is kept simple.
Here is the model: Kids show up in costume or not. There are costumes available. The passage from Lake 2:1-20 is printed out in manageable chunks. These are handed to kids that would like to read. Kids jump on stage to participate in the story and sing Christmas carols with the group.
It is a fabulous away to honor Christ during the season, get all the cute kids in your church on stage and create important traditions and memories.
One of my favorite nativity moments is pictured above.
When I was asking my kids what they wanted to be in the nativity program, Kenzie said, “I want to be the star.”
I’d never seen anyone be the star before, but I thought it was a brilliant idea. We worked together to put together our own costume.
Not everyone can be the star though. We need wise men. That’s where this craft idea comes in. What is an inexpensive way to make a crown? Paper plates! Just see this paper plate crown craft we have done in the past.
Christmas can become awfully commercialized. I am not opposed to celebrating with Santa or Elf on the Shelf.
That said, Christmas is about CHRIST. He came into the world to become the Savior – the free gift for you. With other religions, it is all about what YOU have to DO to get to God. Christianity is all about what God did to get to you.
This is the celebration at Christmas. It’s kind of a big deal, and this is the message we want to make sure our kids hear loud and clear. Here is what Philippians 2 says:
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
This is it: Christ left glory to become man. He did it for your salvation. We are trapped in our sin. There is nothing we ca DO to make ourselves right with God. Faith in Jesus is the answer. He died for YOU. It is our faith in him – not what we do – that makes us right with God. In that relationship and your love for God, there are changes that you will want to make. You will understand that His ways and His will are better than our ways. That’s how transformation of the heart happens.
Thank you, Jesus for coming for us.
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