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Christmas is creeping up on us, and I am so happy to start sharing some fun projects I’ve created this year. This project I’m sharing today is one of my favorite-a beautiful, DIY Nativity that will great as a centerpiece on your table or next to your Christmas tree. It came together easily and you can customize it to fit your decor and personality. You can make it smaller too! This projects is one of 18 great wood projects, all created with our favorite tools by Ryobi. They have the most amazing and easy to use power tools.
I have included a download that has the patterns for the Nativity set.
Here’s what you need:
Cedar Fence posts (5.5 inches wide) (can be found at Home Depot)
Sandpaper and stain (optional)
Garland and other Christmas decor (optional)
Begin by assembling the base. Use the Miter Saw to cut out the base bases and the Scroll Saw for the others. The pattern directions have the dimensions needed to cut out the pieces to the set specifications: base, background pieces, Mary, Joseph, the star, and the manger. You will have one board that will act as the base. Cut two other pieces to act as the background, also using the set specifications. Glue these pieces side by side, at an angle to each other but so the sides can be glued. Then, use the wood glue to attach the background to the base.
Next, use the wood glue to attach Joseph. He should be facing towards the inside and will be placed on the side with the tallest background piece. Place Mary slightly in front of him and on the opposite side. The manger is next and will be the in front of Mary and Joseph, in the middle. Finally, attach the wood star at the top with wood glue. For added stability, use a staple gun on each piece once the wood is dry.
If you would like, you can sand the piece down as much as you’d like and stain too. I’m going to make one this way too! You can also add some berries and garland pieces or any other decor you like. I personally like the rustic look of it (though I am going to sand it down a little more!).
Download the instructions:
Be sure to checkout the other great projects that we all have shared using wood:
Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree– Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art– DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity– My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders– Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign– Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
PB Inspired Wall Art– Create and Babble
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story
Advent calendar– Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates– Pink When
Joy wood slice sign– Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor– Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display– Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree– Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 356 Days of Crafts
Wood gift tag– Being Spiffy