Wire Tree

We have been crafting the past few days … and ending off this year’s homeschooling.

We made  Jesse Tree ornaments with my new-found favorite corn starch clay.

I found plenty of Jesse Tree inspiration on Pinterest and printed out these basic Jesse Tree patterns  which Miss.L10 used to cut and shape her clay decorations.  These basic designs are perfect – ready to print and color in and mount on cardboard, or cut out from felt and sewn.  (I think I may still make a felt set as a gift for a family with 3 young boys who may enjoy doing the Jesse Tree next year.)

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  • Pinterest is an incredible research tool – just type your theme in the search box and pin away!
  • I also open the pins I really like to read the original post.
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We usually use Ann Voskamp’s Jesse Tree devotionals.  Here is a good overview set out in a basic table at The Voice with the dates, person, event/ theme, scripture and symbol.

This year I decided to let my youngest make a wire tree.

We looked for a suitable rock. It be flattish underneath.  We found a great heart-shaped rock!

We used thin binding wire bought at a general hardware store.  Most our wire pieces were about 1m long.  A simple wrap around the rock and twist started the process.We kept adding more wires from different angles around the rock and twisted them all together.  Maybe 12 or so pieces formed the basic tree. We then folded each wire end doubled back to the trunk and twisted the wire to form a branch with a little looped end. 

We twisted several different length branches together to form a fairly sturdy branch with its side branches.

Finally we twisted some wire around the roots to bind them together and prevent them slipping off the curved sides of the rock.

A few more twists, added a few more branches, arranged the shape of the tree and it was done.

Now it is ready for our clay Jesse Tree ornaments.

Have you prepared for Advent?

Blessings,

Jesus’ Names Paper Chain

In our Jesse Tree Advent devotions, we came to Isaiah 9:2, 6&7. Here the Lord Jesus names are declared ~

Wonderful Counselor

Mighty God

Everlasting Father

Prince of Peace

We took a tangent and adapted an Advent Names of Jesus Christmas Tree Decorations.  Because we did not want a “traditional Christmas tree ” decorations this year, I made paper name strips and included all the other names of Jesus.

For an excellent Advent Bible study on Jesus’ names, pop over to easyfunschool.com where Karen Caroe shares her Names of Jesus download.

We didn’t do this full Bible study, but took turns taking the strips and reading Jesus’ names aloud.  We then stapled the strips to form a lovely paper chain and draped it over our Jesse Tree.

You are welcome to download the Names of Jesus Paper strips.

There are 2 version in the download;

  • full coloured strips (on pages 1-5),
  • or a black and white outline version (on page 6-9) which we printed on some coloured paper and coloured the writing with gold pen.

Click the title below ~

Names of Jesus Strips

For more Bible Crafts pop over to Bible Story Printables.com.

PS:

Some of you have had problems with your Free Jesse Tree Download.  There is NO direct link to the download.  If you click on the Free Jesse Tree Advent download page,  you will go to Ann’s Jesse Tree Christmas Advent page at Holy Experience.   At the bottom of this page, in a blue box, she asks you to subscribe to her and she will send you emails of her posts. When you receive her email, go to the bottom of the email where she provides the download link. (I hope this helps.)

Many Blessings as we wait,