So anyway, without father ado... here is my nativity.
I love it!
I have to admit I had a hard time trying to decide how to make it my own. My first instinct was to scrapbook paper them (because I LOVE me some scrapbook paper) but in the end I couldnt get away from the silhouette look. And I LOVED how Melinda had sanded hers is certain places to give them some character.
I'm kinda in love with this little lamb!
So in the end I decided to make mine on a board. I love how it stays together and can be easiely moved around, but has way more depth then a sign would have.
Here is how I did it.
First off, you need some wood. I got all my peices at Lowes. The board and the bottom peice are all 1/2" and the board to cut the nativity out of is 1/4".
Then you need to get a copy of Melinda pattern. You can find it HERE. I had to scale it down a bit to fit my board, but then you just transfer it your wood and cut it out.
Once its cut, you can glue (I used wood glue) the bottom board to the main board and then arrange all the pieces. (Don't glue down the nativity yet though) You may have to put some scrap wood on the back of a few pieces to keep them in the foreground.
Then paint everything. I used white paint with a stain over treatment on my nativity pieces and used teal for the board.
I also decided to glitter my star. LOVE it! (Oh, and the star I bought at Micheal's. The star I tried to cut out looked awful! Apparently I can cut a camel but a star is too hard for me... go figure!)
Now you can glue that nativity in place! I used hot glue for this part.
And last you add the text. I used vinyl to create a stencil and paint, but you could just use vinyl letters too.
And thats it!
Its a super cute addition to my (faux) mantle display and I had a ton of fun creating it!
Thanks for the inspiration Melinda!