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.


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.


DIY Nativity Display


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.


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.




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


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



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.


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


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


10. And some hay to finish it off!


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.






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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