Cork popping: Make Your Own Nativity

I can’t remember when I started saving Champagne corks. In our last house we had a lovely big hand-blown glass bowl, bought on the very first holiday that DH and I ever took together, that sat on a table, filled with champagne corks, all of which had a significance. They all bore the date and event at which they were consumed, and I loved adding to them, or plucking one from the bowl, reading the information and remembering the happy event they represented. Once we moved, and had children, glass bowls and corks were put away to be replaced by plastic, plastic and more plastic. But last winter, round about this date, I came across a fabulous Champagne Cork Nativity on Snowfairy’s blog, and vowed to dig out the bag of corks and shamelessly copy her brilliant idea.

Choose your corks: they are surprisingly different when you stand them next to each other.
Sketching the figures on the corks, which have been undercoated in white emulsion

Admittedly it’s taken a year, but I have finally gotten around to shamelessly cribbing paying homage to snowfairy’s efforts. I am ridiculously pleased with myself. And once I’ve given them a couple of coats of varnish to protect them, I’m hoping the girls will too.

Three Kings from Persian lands afar
An angel of the Lord came down…
While Shepherds washed their socks
Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
nativity from champagne corks
The Full Nativity


  1. says

    What a fantastic DIY Nativity! And we can have all the fun in the supply gathering process! Thanks so much for reminding me about this post Kelly. We will be sharing it on our Twitter feed on Thursday morning! Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Karin (on behalf of Wauwaa)

  2. says

    What a great project this would be for children… they could create any little village they want… love your idea.
    thanks for sharing

  3. Domestic Goddesque says

    Thanks RedTed, am very flattered. Working hard on an idea for Valentiunes for you.

    Lacy: glad I could help 😉

  4. Lacy @ Catholic Icing says

    This is riciculously cute!!! As a crafter, I have been saving wine corks for more than a year now with no knowledge of why. Now I know. Thanks for posting this!!!! :-)

  5. Domestic Goddesque says

    Madhouse- I confess these corks are relics of days gone by. I barely drink now, but I imagine if you really wanted the corks, you could persuade friends to imbibe on your behalf.

    Thanks Paula- I confess i am rubbish at this sort of thing, but the corks do lend themselves shapewise, and I did rely quite carefully on snowfairy's pictures!

    Thanks snowfairy- sadly mine suffered massively when PD put them in a bag to take to church so they will need a repaint and a layer or several of varnish. I so enjoyed it, so thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Snowfairy says

    Wow, how very cool. They look so brilliant. I must dig mine out of the loft and see how they've survived.

  7. The Alexander Residence says

    I did exactly the same with champagne corks for years, now I am wondering where on earth they are…probably hidden from small children at the back of a cupboard somewhere.
    These look really fab, what a lovely idea.


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