Would you buy a pile of old wood scraps? If you would, you could be my best friend! I bought all these back on my last trip to Antique Alley, in Texas, with no idea what to use them for. But our friendly neighbor was telling me that he went to Hobby Lobby with his wife and saw they were selling pieces of wood. So he came home and cut up all the scrap wood he had. Then they brought it to Antique Alley and sold them for 10c – 25c each! I hauled these home in my suitcase and a few months later decided to turn them into nativity ornaments.
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Supplies for Nativity Ornaments
- scrap wood slices
- nativity stencil
- stencil brush
- wire or jute to hang
First, drill holes in the top. Either one in the center or two, one on each top corner. I used my little Dremel drill for this. It’s small but it does a great job on these little projects. And it holds a charge for a LONG time!
I usually use spray adhesive to temporarily hold my stencils on but this wood didn’t need it. If you don’t spray it just be careful not to rub the paint so much that it goes under the edge. Be careful not to load your stencil brush with too much paint. Offload some of the paint and then pounce lightly. That’s probably the biggest secret to stenciling.
Check out LOTS more small stencils at Stencil Expressions‘ new website! (BTW, not a sponsor… they just have cute stencils.)
Ta da! This is a QUICK project!
FYI, I’ve had my stencil brush for years… and years… and years… But it still works! Shows that when you get a good quality brush it’s worth paying a little extra for.
Which shape do you like best?
I really like the free form shapes! These were cut from cedar trees so they smell great, too! They made my fake Christmas tree smell real.
If you enjoyed these nativity ornaments, you might also like these DIY Christmas projects:
- Doily Christmas Ornament
- 20 DIY Christmas Wreaths
- Vintage Frame Advent Calendar
- Bakers’ Twine Spool Christmas Ornament
- 20 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments
As you can tell below, I didn’t let cracks in the wood stop me. I just stenciled right over them.
I added these to my nativity collection that comes out every November. Every year I try to add at least one nativity that I make myself and one from somewhere we’ve visited. My collection is getting pretty big… take a look.
‘Til the next project,