Mangers or Nativity Scene Displays Using Recycled Papers and Materials
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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A Reused Plastic Case
Used Storage box, Art Papers, and Winnowing Tray
Newspaper and Christmas Balls Combination
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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