Chalkboard Nativity

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. 

I Did Something Different on My Mantle

I Did Something Different on My Mantle

Now, I will be the first to admit I can not draw! I so cheated this nativity. Here’s how!

Whatcha Need

  • 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
  • paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • chalkboard
  • 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)Chalkboard Nativity 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!  

Chalkboard Nativity

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.

IMG_2459 Using your finger smooth it all out, carefully staying in the lines.

IMG_2461 Lift the paper up and see how it looks. 

IMG_2462 This manger had a cut out piece in the center. To get that on my board, I carefully cut it out from the paper and laid it on top of the board and traced around it. 

IMG_2463 Lift it off and erase the inside with a cotton swab. 

IMG_2465 It may take a couple of cotton swabs. 

Now, lay the other characters down where you want and repeat the process. 

Chalkboard NativityFill 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.

IMG_2468First, 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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About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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4 Responses to Chalkboard Nativity

  1. pattisj says:

    This turned out well for you. I like the look of the chalkboard, and the not-the-same-height posts.There’s one in every family–at least!

  2. Hey, it looks nice! I liked the cursive especially.

    Re your comment on my post “What the Mirror Can’t Tell You,” I always wanted curly hair as a teen, Jayne, and still think that would be fun many days! :) Enjoy it for me. :)

    How is the decorating going? How is life? When do your grown kids get to visit this month?

    Jennifer Dougan

    • Jayne says:

      Thank you, Jennifer! Well, Decorating is slow, as always! haha Life is great! Hopefully my boys will be home by Tuesday and my daughter and her husband will be home the weekend before Christmas for the whole week! Having everyone home under the same roof will be the best present a mom could ask for!

Hearing from you makes my day!