How to Make Joseph & Mary Costumes With Sheets

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You can make a Joseph and Mary costume with sheets.

Christmas wouldn't be the same without a holiday pageant or parade using traditional details, like homemade nativity scene costumes. You needn't be a seamstress to sew these since DIY sheet costumes are a snap to make. You only need a few supplies and a little bit of time to craft such a costume.

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How to Make Bible Costumes Out of Sheets

Since the original garments from the Bible were functional and straightforward, Bible costumes do not require much effort. You can make basic outfits with earth tones, but you will want bolder, brighter colors for kings, queens and, of course, Joseph and Mary. Grab a pair of scissors and start checking your linen closets for sheets that you don't need. Children, teens and smaller adults can usually get away with twin-size sheets.

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Place a large, round plate in the center of the sheet and trace it with a pencil. Then, cut out the circle to make a hole for your head. You should try it on to make sure it fits over your head. Then, trim the length above the feet, allowing the ankles to show. If the sheet covers the sides of the body, you can cut out armholes. Otherwise, leave the sides open and wear a matching shirt underneath so your skin doesn't show through.

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The belt for such a costume should be made from a piece of thick rope. You can tie it with a loose knot, allowing it to dangle on one side. If you don't have a rope, get a piece of dark material and cut a long strip out of it. Bible characters also need to wear sandals, but this footwear should not have high heels or decorations. A pair of earth-toned slippers or flats could also work.

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Mary and Joseph Costumes

You can make Mary and Joseph costumes for small children with light blue or white pillowcases. Use the pillowcase to make a simple tunic; just cut armholes on the sides and a hole on the top for the head. For a Mary costume, attach some blue or white fabric with safety pins to the bottom of the case if it is not long enough to appear demure. For a headpiece, you can cut out the seams from another pillowcase, shorten it if needed and place it on the child's head. Secure it with a stretchy headband, rope or more fabric. Add a belt and flat leather sandals.

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For Joseph, choose a brown or cream-colored pillowcase and use this for the simple tunic top. Joseph will also need a skirt, which you can make from earth-toned fabric. If Joseph does not wear a skirt, he can wear loose, baggy trousers. Don't forget the sandals, belt and head covering for this costume.

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Additional Nativity Characters

The three kings can wear old bathrobes in solid colors, and you can attach strands of gold tinsel onto them with safety pins. Make an eye-catching pendant out of gold card and glitter and thread it onto some ribbon for a necklace. Also, make a crown out of gold cardstock (or neutral cardstock painted yellow). Top it off with a belt made of gold material or a shiny belt that you already have.

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Shepherds can wear brown hessian sacks (find them at local garden centers). Add a long skirt, belt, sandals and a striped tea towel fitted with a stretchy headband for the head covering. Shepherds can use a garden cane or broom handle for the crook to be fully authentic.

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