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  • Writer's pictureLinda Thomson

Boxed Nativity

Concealed within this plain wooden box is a simple nativity.

Perfectly expressing His birth this nativity

will carry on the tradition of your faith for years to come.


5” x 3” unfinished wooden box

1” and a 2” sparkly star

3” peg person, 2 ½” peg person, 1” peg person

Christmas sheet music to fit the back of the box

Aleen’s Craft Glue

Scrape piece of material for Mary’s shawl

¾” tan/brown button

Paint: blush, burgundy, (Painting twice for best results).

Brush, paper plate, water, napkin for blotting

1/4” by 1/4”- Floral foam


  1. Cut out a piece of music to fit the back of your box, centering your song title and glue it in. Glue on your smaller star near the title but not covering it.

  2. To paint your peg people set out a protective covering for your work space. Have water and a napkin available. Paint all the faces with your first coat of blush color. I use a blow dryer on low between coats to quicken the drying. Paint with a second coat. Paint Joseph’s body with two coats of burgundy. Let dry. (I left the bodies of Mary and Jesus natural.

  3. Glue on Joseph’s button head covering. Glue on Mary’s shawl. Glue Jesus on the front of Mary (see picture for placement.) Let dry. Glue Joseph and Mary in place on the right side of your box.

  4. Glue your floral foam to the center of the back of your larger star. Position and glue to upper left side of box.

  5. Sign and date the back of the box.

Tip: Peg people can be replaced with dowels cut to appropriate lengths. And round balls purchased for heads.

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 11-12
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Sharon Patrick Schutte
Sharon Patrick Schutte
Jan 01, 2021

I didn't get a chance to make the Boxed Nativity ...but my plan is to make one for my granddchildren for 2021 Christmas....if the LORD should tarry.

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