How to Make Biblical Costumes for Nativity & Christmas Plays

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How to Make Biblical Costumes for Nativity & Christmas Plays
Nativity (nativity image by JoLin from

A typical Nativity scene consists of Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, the angel Gabriel and the Three Kings or Three Wise Men. Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus are the centrepiece of the scene. All of the costumes can be easily constructed out of items found in your own closet and with a few small purchases at a vintage or fabric store.

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Things you need

  • Robes
  • Dress
  • Cloaks
  • Fabric
  • Sandals
  • Wings
  • Boxes

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    Assembling the Costumes

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    Dress all of the participants in loose, flowing fabrics. For Mary, a long, ankle-length dress will work best, covered by a long cloak or with a shawl wrapped over her shoulders and head. Dress the men in long-sleeve shirts and slacks, with a bathrobe draped over the ensemble.

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    Keep the colours of Joseph's clothing simple and plain; choose earth tones such as browns and tans. Pick fabrics in blue hues for Mary. For the Three Kings or Wise Men, keep the colours bright and regal. Reds, blues and purples are best. Dress Gabriel in all white.

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    Add accessories to complete the ensembles. Have Mary carry either a real baby or doll, swaddled in an assortment of rags and fabrics. Dress everyone in sandals. Give the Three Kings small dishes or boxes as gifts to carry and give Gabriel wings.

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