This is a free download I am so excited to share. My family had this set when we were growing up, and let me tell you, it got loved on. I am a huge fan of having nativity sets for Christmas that the kids can play with, and you don’t worry about.
We have a beautiful set we got in Jerusalem a few years ago, and I love it, but I sometimes feel anxiety when my kids want to play with it. It would not be very easy to replace. However, these sets are perfect for hours of play and fun. They are a great way to help your children have a more Christ centered Christmas. I hope you enjoy this project.
The set I am showing you was given to me from my mom. She made it for my kids, and did such a nice job! The download is from a photo-copy that was passed down to me. It is OLD, like way old (think 20 years) which means I have no idea who to credit for this perfect pattern, I just wanted to be clear that this is not my original design. But isn’t it wonderful?
What you need:
You probably already have much of this on hand!
- 13 blocks of wood: Cut six blocks that are- 7.5″, four blocks that are-6″, and three blocks that are-4″ from a 2′ x 4″ x 8′ pine stud. (My mom got her wood by walking over to a construction site and asking the foreman if she could take the remnants. He was fine with it, and she was able to make several sets for almost no cost at all.) You may want to use Sandpaper to smooth the edges down. If you buy a piece of wood at Home Depot, they will usually cut it for free or cheap.
- Tracing paper (or just regular computer paper)- Sax Tracing Paper Pad – 9 x 12 inches – 50 Sheets per Pad – White
- Scissors–Scotch Precision Scissor, 8-Inches (1448)
- Felt in different colors-Chenille Kraft 3904 One Pound Felt Sheet Pack, Rectangular, 9 x 12, Assorted Colors
- White glue–ALEENES 15599 All Purpose Glue, 8-Ounce
- Ribbon, braid, rick rack, gems, and other things for decorating your nativity- Forever In Time Gemstone Embellishments, Assorted Shapes, Colors and Sizes, 30gm
- Felt-tip marker
- This pattern (all 3). You should print each page of the three on an 8.5″ x 11″ (standard size) sheet of paper. It should be full sheet. If it is not, then you will have to adjust the block size.
What you do:
- Start by downloading this free pattern, all 3 files. Remember, they have to be a full sheet, blow them up if you have to, but the download should print out full size.
- Make sure your blocks are nice and smooth (sanded) so that you don’t get slivers.
- Look at the labels on the pattern to determine which pieces go with which figures. Some of the pieces will be used to make multiple figures.
- Use tracing paper to trace the patterns and cut them out, or just cut them out on computer paper.
- Work on one figure at a time. Figure out what colors you want for the various parts. Then use your felt tip marker to trace the pattern onto the felt, and cut it out. Remember you will use the braid, rick rack and different felt colors to make them look different. For Mary and the Second Shepherd. turn the pattern over so that they face different ways on the blocks.
- When you have finished cutting out the felt pieces for a figure, place it on the right sized block:
Jesus and the Lambs go on the 4″ blocks.
Mary, the Third King, and The Donkey, and the Cow are on the 6″ blocks
Joseph, the Angel, First King, and Second King, First Shepherd and Second Shepherd are on the 7.5″ blocks.
- Use the glue to glue each piece on.
- Use the gems. rick rack, braid, sequins, etc. to trim the embellish each piece.
- You can then make features on the faces using the felt tip marker if you want, or small pieces of felt (optional).
I love this set. I enjoyed years of playing with it as a child, and now I get to enjoy watching my children play with it. I hope you love it as much as I do. Leave a comment below, or let me know what you think on Facebook.