Simple steps to make a rustic nativity.

diy rustic nativity by NellieBellie. An easy tutorial for this darling project.

I don’t have a nativity set.
I don’t know why.
I don’t like them.
They are just fake looking.
Or cutesy.
I don’t know why I judge nativity sets. pooh on me.
So, I made a simple rustic nativity.
a simple reminder of why Christmas is.

This is an easy project that requires little in the way of supplies.
that’s how we roll around here.
easy and cheap.




blocks of wood.
white paint.
sharpie (or black paint)
sand paper.
glitter (I put a light bit on…glitter makes everything better Smile)

1. Sand the edges of your blocks to give them a bit of a worn look.

2. Slather the blocks in white paint.

3. Sand off the edges to “distress” it a bit.

4. rub in black paint on the distressed bits…rub off. Repeat until you get the look you want.

5. pencil in your nativity scene you are using. I did this freehand from a picture I found on Google.

6. fill in with a Sharpie or black paint.

7. after sufficient drying sand a bit to rough it up.

8. I recommend gluing another block of wood to the backs if needed so they stand properly. My big block needed the extra support…the little one didn’t.

I put my baby Jesus in a wood crate with raffia around and placed the star on top. I love the simple look…it’s so effective!!

DIY rustic nativity: NellieBellie

See you tomorrow when we chat about homemade, old-fashioned goodies. Okay, I chat. You listen.
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