I love having a nativity on the mantel at Christmas. It just doesn’t feel right when I don’t do one. When we had the TV above the mantel, it was hard to do a nativity scene. But the TV is down and I am free to decorate!
Of Course! What I had in mind to do and how it really turned out were two totally different things.
I had originally planned to do a glitter version of a nativity and tape it to the mirror above the mantel. My paper glitter characters did not turn out at all like I visioned them.
Scrape that idea!
Plan B: Chalkboard
If I can’t make a glitter nativity, I will do a chalkboard!
I grabbed the chalkboard from the foyer and got to work.
Now, I will be the first to admit I can not draw! I so cheated this nativity. Here’s how!
- Nativity pattern (I used this one) This blogger did do a glitter nativity and has all the characters all ready to be downloaded and printed
- chalk and something to erase with (because you will mess up)
Putting It All Together
First, print out or trace each character. I just put a piece of paper up to the computer screen and traced it. Saves ink! Sorry, no picture of this.
Now, cut out the characters and lay the manger one on your board first. You’ll be working from the center to the sides. I did not tape mine down because I was afraid it would pull the chalkboard paint off of the glass. (I made my chalkboard from a large picture frame) Holding the paper in place I carefully colored in around the edges first. Ya know, it’s really hard to hold the paper, color and take a picture!
When you do this, start with the chalk on the paper and bring it down onto the chalkboard. The paper won’t get wrinkled and you keep inside the lines.
After you do all the edges, fill in the rest.
Now, lay the other characters down where you want and repeat the process.
Fill in the bottom by drawing lines to connect the characters and filling in with chalk and smoothing it all out. For the stable, I just free-handed it. I know I said I can’t draw, but I can handle simple straight lines.
Of course, my father in-law saw it and made a comment about one stable post being taller than the other. He would notice that! I thought it made the stable look more authentic. lol
For the star, I traced a cookie cutter. The lettering is my own. But I will tell you how I did it.
First, I found some inspiration. I found mine here. For the words “for, a, child, is” I chose to write them in cursive. Then I wrote over them again in cursive. Where there were gaps, I filled them in with chalk. Those are the thicker lines you see.
That’s how I did it! Simple enough!
If you have any question, please feel free to ask!
Tomorrow, I will show you how I made the star garland.
Until then, Jayne
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