Mangers or Nativity Scene Displays Using Recycled Papers and Materials

Updated on November 24, 2016
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A Symbol of Christmas

We call it "Belen" in the Philippines. Belen means Bethlehem, which is all about Jesus Christ in a manger. Our month long celebration of Christmas includes making and displaying Belens for our offices on the chosen floors. The Mangers will be placed in the corridors right in front of the the elevators, where it can be easily seen by everybody including visitors.

The challenge is to make a beautiful manger using materials from scratch, something that requires a lot of creativity.

Prizes were awarded to the mangers that stand out among the rest.

1st Place

At first glance, you will wonder if this manger was really made from recycled materials. The face of the images were made of coconut shell, the hair was made of corn hairs, and the other background decorations were made of corn husks. Clothes were sacks used to store chestnuts. The group really exerted effort finding those materials.

2nd Place

The common materials for this manger were newspapers, corn husks, and plastic bottles. The house was made of woven newspaper that was then painted, imitating the natural color of wood. The images were made of plastic bottles.

3rd Place

Main materials used here were obviously corn husks and newspaper... Mangers were made of weaved newspaper with a varnish of dark brown colors. Colored papers were scattered around the floor. These materials were also combined with Christmas lights.

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The manger was made of newspaper rolled thinly and then glued together for durability. The images were made of plastic bottles, crowns were covered by cookie and snacks wrappers, and shredded papers were used to appear like grass in the manger... Brown, used manila paper was shredded into smallest particles to add more dramatic effect.

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Though not all were selected to win, I laud the groups' effort. Because of those mangers, the spirit of Christmas in our office became more magical and wonderful, and they did it without spending too much...

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      • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

        Maria Cecilia 

        5 years ago from Philippines

        Moonlake thanks for visiting, yes I was also impressed with my officemates for their creativity..... but what your mother-in -law did with the towel is something new, hope you can share it with us too..

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        5 years ago from America

        How nice they are all so pretty. I really enjoyed this hub. My mother-in-law once made a nativity from old towels. I can't remember how she did it but when she was finished it looked like gold. Voted up and shared.

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        Maria Cecilia 

        7 years ago from Philippines

        hi Joyce hope this can help you and hope the materials are also available in australia, I would like to suggest the use of old newspaper. they just rolled up sheets until it will look like a stick then combined them all using glue in a glue gun and that will make a durable house for belen

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        joyce sturdy 

        7 years ago

        Hello thanks for posting this i live in Australia and am homeschooling I'm plannin to make one of this with my girls so i'm getting some ideas with you...

      • Maria Cecilia profile imageAUTHOR

        Maria Cecilia 

        7 years ago from Philippines

        Dominic thanks for visiting, I love Christmas too

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        dominic bautista 

        7 years ago

        very artistic..creative ,so great...ilove christmas hahaha

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        Maria Cecilia 

        8 years ago from Philippines

        Thanks Dolores Monet, I love that part of our Christmas celebration, aside from that we also have this Crazy hats parade. Thanks for visiting.

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        Dolores Monet 

        8 years ago from East Coast, United States

        How cool is this! I love the creative side of Christmas. Those people sure took a lot of time and effort with these projects - the pix are lovely!

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        Maria Cecilia 

        8 years ago from Philippines

        thanks hope my christmas hubs really made you feel the chrsitmas spirit here in the Philippines. Anyway I wish to see your comment in my crazy hats hub, it's my favorite because I really enjoyed the day looking at our hats and I admired my officemates for their creativity.. see you around..

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        Website Examiner 

        8 years ago

        Thank you for giving me the opportunity - belatedly - to celebrate Christmas with you! You have made one impressive photo collection after another; I did read the previous hub about the huge Christmas party as well. If I could not respond in time, you should know that I wished you a Merry Christmas in my heart and mind.


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