I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! We have settled into our winter break and are enjoying lots of family time. It is still too cold here to play outside, so we are doing lots of crafts and movies. I hope you and your family have an amazing holiday break!
I am just popping in today to share one of our favorite new, but mostly handmade, Christmas decorations.
Ever since spotting this blue-lined plywood shelf (also available in pink) at Target, I knew it would become the stable for our nativity set. The house-shaped box can hang on the wall as a shelf, but looks equally cute sitting on our living room built-ins. All this stable needed was some DIY peg dolls.
I adore peg doll nativity sets, but preferred to make my own. I scoured the wood craft aisles for the right peg dolls and pieces, but came up empty handed, other than the baby peg doll. Instead, I used a large wooden dowel and round wooden doll heads to make my own peg dolls.
I cut the dowel into 2.5” pieces. Then I used my small Dremel sanding attachment to round the top edges. I used wood glue to attach the doll heads. For the angel and Mary, I used an inverted wood flower pot with a doll head.
I used round wood balls with flat bottoms for the sheep and donkey…so adorable!
With a mix of acrylic craft paint and Sharpie markers, I decorated all the peg dolls. I went for simplicity.
This is the boy’s first nativity set and I am so glad it is handmade. They love to play along and retell the Christmas story. Tomorrow we will put baby Jesus in the manger to celebrate Christmas!
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