You can’t make me stop using my scroll saw! I’M OBSESSED! I’m gonna show you how to make this Wooden Nativity Set, mkay?!
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When I was a little girl we had a Wooden Nativity Puzzle for kids (similar to this) that I have so many memories of playing with! My dad made one for my girls a couple years ago, and it’s so fun to carry on that tradition with my own babes. I’ve been itching to make a nativity with my scroll saw, but I wanted it to be different. While I was in Prague, one of the shops had a little handmade nativity scene made from wood. It gave me the nudge I needed, and I decided to use that as inspiration to make my own using my scroll saw! (see my other Scroll Saw Projects HERE!)
Supplies for Handmade Wooden Nativity Set
- Slab of wood with a 1” thickness (I cut mine down to the dimensions of a piece of printer paper)
- Painters Tape
- Elmer’s Glue
- Nativity Scroll Saw Template
- Cheap-o paint brush
- Xacto Knife
- Scroll Saw (this is the one I have AND LOVE, but this one is also amazing and more affordable)
- 220 grit Sandpaper
Sand your board down until good and smooth, and wipe it clean with a dry cloth. Begin covering your board with painters tape, one strip at a time! Be sure to overlap each strip a bit.
Once your board is completely covered, flip it over and cut off the excess with an Xacto knife.
Apply some Elmer’s Glue and spread around with a paint brush until the whole surface is glossy. You don’t need a lot of glue, but just make sure it’s enough that the whole surface is coated after you’ve spread it around.
Print out my Nativity Scroll Saw Pattern and carefully place it over the wet glue, spreading it out with your hands to make sure it’s smooth and without any bubbles.
I let the glue dry for about an hour before I went at it with the scroll saw! It doesn’t matter what order you cut the pieces out, so just start cutting! Take you’re time with this, and make sure your blade is leveled before starting.
Mine came out pretty clean, but I still hit it with 220 grit sandpaper to soften the edges a bit. And that’s IT! I love the unfinished look, but you could paint or stain yours if you want! Customize it to your liking!
Be sure to check out all the DIY project ideas we have in our archives HERE!
Also! Check out these other Christmas-related tutorials from our archives!