DIY Nativity window display

With Christmas just around the corner, we decided to set up a wooden nativity scene in the window of our church to remind our town about the real meaning of Christmas.

Here are the steps I followed to create our nativity, using mostly resources that I or friends already had, and only spending about $20 and a few hours.

1. I started by finding some MDF (We had left over from another project) and drawing my characters. I found a picture on the internet to use as my reference.

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2. Then it was time to cut out the characters. I didn’t have the best tools so I asked a friend to help with this part.

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3. I painted each of the characters black with spray paint. I only painted one side because that is the side that will be visible from the window.

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4. Once the paint dried, I used some doily patterned paper from the $2 shop and cut it into strips, then wrapped each strip over the characters and taped them over the back.

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5. Then, time for another spray of paint over the pattern, this time in silver.

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6. Once the paint dried, I pulled off the doily paper to find an interesting pattern underneath.

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7. Then I found some large pieces of heavy wood (we had these leftover from a retaining wall) and attached them to each character to help them stand up.

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8. Once all the characters were ready, I arranged them inside a large box with a section cut out.

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9. I bought a string of LED Christmas lights and arranged them around the characters within the box.

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10. And some hay to finish it off!

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11. And that was it! I put the box in front of the window, turned on the lights and came back at night to check it out.

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Sarah Clark

I'm a freelance graphic designer, church volunteer and first time mum with a passion for bringing a new level of creativity into churches through inspiring leaders and providing resources. My goal is to be able to self-fund my ministry goals through my freelance projects while being able to work from home and be a full-time mum, and I want to help others do the same.

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