One of the most popular Christmas traditions is to decorate our house with a little nativity scene set. There are many kinds of bethlehem, from the smallest, with the only 3 main figures of the Nativity, the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and Joseph in the stable; to the biggest ones, with representations of entire villages with shepherds, animals, the Magi and the birth. However, today we would like to share with you a very special Bethlehem set made of wooden planks. This is perfect for the garden or the dining room of your house, it requires more artistic than DIY skills.
First, you have to remove from the pallet 3 wooden planks, which we are going to clean with warm water and soap, then we are going to sand them with a sander. This process is very important to avoid the typical chips, and also to paint easily the figures in the table.
If you observe the image, the three planks have the same length to represent their characters. Although, if you want you can always adapt it to different sizes to create your figures (father, mother and son).
Now is the time to start the most creative part, painting the characters. As you see in the picture, we have searched on the internet, a child’s drawing of the Nativity to use it as a guide. From this picture, we have selected the most characteristic features of each character and we have drawn them with a pencil on every plank. Once drawn the silhouettes of the personages, we have begun to color the figures with acrylic paints. It isn’t a complex picture, but you have to have enough pulse to don’t draw out of the line;) After this last step you will have completed your Bethlehem, so you just have to find a corner in your house or yard where it is going to be visible, you can also add some Christmas decorations and some lights.