Simple Wooden Nativity Scene

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Easy to make wood nativity scene

Easy to make wood nativity scene

Simple Wooden Nativity Scene – This past weekend we finally pulled out our Christmas decorations and got our house looking festive. I always seem to forget all the amazing things we have until I see them coming out of the boxes.  One of our favorite decorations is a very simple nativity scene that my mom made a few years back. My Mom is very crafty and artistic… I’m sure that’s where I inherited all my creative genes from (no offense Dad).  My lovely and talented Mother has given me permission to share the details of this project with my readers – oh, and she wanted to mention that my Dad played a vital roll in the creation of these nativity scenes; he cut out all the wood pieces. This sweet and simple nativity scene is great for your home and makes a thoughtful and unique gift as well. It’s also simple enough that children could make these too.


    • 5/8″ cedar or pine wood
    • 1/8” plywood for the star
    • Band saw or jigsaw
    • Template for wood pieces to cut out – Get Nativity Scene Template here
    • Sand paper
    • Acrylic craft paint (use whatever colour you prefer – we used, dark green, brown, dark red, cream, pink – you can mix the red & cream, black and gold)
    • Paint brushes (mini roller and fine brushes)
    • Matt finish varnish


  1. Using the template, cut out shapes and then trace all the shapes (excluding the star) onto your cedar/pine and then cut out your pieces of wood using the saw.  Do the same with the star using the 1/8″ plywood.
  2. Sand all the edges of your wood until they are pretty smooth
  3. Starting with the people pieces, paint on the faces and shawls – just keep it a simple design (feel free to draw a little outline with a pencil on the wood first if that helps)
  4. Paint the star gold
  5. Paint the edges of the trees, arch and people using the mini roller
  6. When the paint has dried, glue the star onto the arch

Cover and seal everything with a coat of matte finish varnish

Looking for more Christmas related ideas & projects: Eco Friendly Christmas Ideas, Homemade Preserved Lemons, Printable Christmas Gift Tags, Oatmeal Honey Face Scrub, Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies

~ Jamey

  1. DIY Wooden Nativity Scene

    DIY Wooden Nativity Scene


9 Comments on Simple Wooden Nativity Scene

  1. Leslie
    December 12, 2013 at 5:32 PM (8 years ago)

    I LOVE THIS! Gah!! I can’t wait to make this! May I share this on my blog with one of your pics and a link? Let me know!

    • Jamey
      December 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM (8 years ago)

      Sure Leslie! I’m glad you like this idea. Thanks for your comments.
      ~ Jamey

  2. Jenni
    December 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM (8 years ago)

    This is such a great tutorial! I have been looking for a wooden nativity set, but never thought to make my own!

  3. Sallyline
    December 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM (8 years ago)

    Hey, I have discover your blog and I love it! I speak about your so beautiful wood nativity scene in my blog if you want to come to see… It’s a selection of the most beautiful and original nativity scene that I have found in the world! Thanks a lot for your DIY and good continuation. I will read you often here…

  4. Betsydu
    November 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM (7 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this – Planning to make a set for each Grandma. These are so cute! My kids are excited!

  5. Jamie at RenoCompare
    November 26, 2015 at 6:34 AM (6 years ago)

    Far and away the most beautiful wooden nativity scene we could find and we’d love to share it over at ours.

    I’ll send you a link as soon as it’s live.

    Thanks Jamie

  6. Anonymous
    October 15, 2016 at 11:19 PM (5 years ago)

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  7. Rose Steeves
    November 28, 2016 at 4:05 PM (5 years ago)

    I love this little wood nativity. I am in the process of making 4 of them to give as a gift to friends. thank you for this.


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