When I was just a kid, my parents started the tradition of giving handmade gifts to others for Christmas. I love making jewelry for my daughters-in-law, but this year we made a joint gift for our family members. Matt is enjoying a new hobby: making things with a 3D printer. Here he is with the mysterious machine.
At first I was quite befuddled by the whole 3D printing idea. I think it’s confusing because of the term printer. Really, if you think of it as a hot glue gun sort of thing that extrudes hot thin plastic layer after layer as it builds up into a three dimensional item, then it makes more sense to me. The Christmas presents all started when we visited my parents this fall. My dad had designed a Christmas pyramid and was printing it on his 3D printer. They asked if I would help paint the figurines.
I was hooked! These things were mesmerizing! I asked if we could use Dad’s designs and make them for our family too. We had to get busy to complete them by Christmas, but we did it. The printer was running non-stop for days in order to make four pyramids. Then came the painting. I thought the Marys looked so sweet.
And the choir boys just precious.
Finally, Matt put them all together and set them spinning. I really could watch them for hours. Here is a video of our completed Christmas pyramids.
Aren’t they wonderful?! I’m so glad Dad shared it with us and Matt made them.
Here are my parents holding one that they completed and figurines that were drying. I wonder if the one they are holding is the one they gave me?
It was a joy to give one to Matt’s parents.
And to our sons.
We sure did enjoy thinking of our loved ones as we made these pyramids. And loved contemplating just what they represented: the love of our Father in heaven who sent his one and only son to come as a baby, endure suffering and death and rise again as our Savior, Jesus Christ! Praise God for his incredible gift!
Who knows what we’ll make next year. This may have started a new trend for us! You can read about the construction of the pyramids on my mom’s blog here: Shirl and You – A Labor of Love and a Keepsake is Made