DIY Nativity Triptych

A few years ago we made a cute nativity scene from toilet rolls and felt. But, being made of less than durable materials, it didn’t survive last Christmas. (Also, last Christmas Rafe was a year old, and very curious. Several ornaments also didn’t survive.)

I could have bought a new nativity scene, but if you know anything about me, it’s that this is the time of year when I like to get crafty. I saw some lovely ideas for DIY nativity scenes on Pinterest, but I fell in love with the idea of a painted nativity triptych.

DIY Nativity Triptych

The nativity triptych turned out to be easy to make. Unsurprisingly, the girls also want to make a set, so I guess we’ll be heading to the art shop again this week. (As if we need an excuse to go to the art shop.)

What you need:

  • 3 canvases (I think mine are 5”x7”)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Modge podge
  • Brushes and sponges

Step one: Paint the background of each canvas. (Don’t forget the edges around the canvas.)

Step two: Paint each scene. I did the three wise men on one canvas, Mary, Joseph and Jesus on another, and a shepherd and sheep on the third. (The girls kept asking why I didn’t do faces or hands. “It’s art,” I said, “not a photo.”)

Step three: Wait for the paint to dry, then cover with a coat of modge podge. I used a matte modge podge.

DIY Nativity Triptych

It’s as simple as that. I’m quite pleased with how mine turned out. Now I just need to find the best place to display them.

This is a great idea for a handicraft for your kiddos. It would also be a special gift for grandparents. If you have bigger canvases, you could also add a line from a hymn, or a scripture.

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