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It's Christmas Time! I love this time of year and its hard not to make something to give to someone else. Sadly nativities are becoming harder and harder to find. Well the inability of finding something in a store can't stop an Instructables member. Here is what I did to make my own nativity stable.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Method to apply paint or stain to wood (paint brush, sponge brush, old rag, hands)...
...and a place to hold it (paint bucket, plate etc.)

Paint  or stain
wood, the amount depends on the size you want your stable to be
Twine, the natural fiber stuff is the best
Moss, preferably from the store but if you want to dry your one feel free to do so! I'm afraid I cant help you with that though
newspaper for protecting the surface you are working on

That's about it! lets get started

Step 2: Plan

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For any project you should have a plan. For this specific project I planned for a structure with a base, a back side, and a basic roof that slants off to either side. the front would be completely open while the two sides would have a fence of some sort on it. Than at the two front corners their would be some sticks to help hold up the roof. Look at the drawing for more clarification and the measurements that I wanted, although you may want different measurements if your nativity pieces are of a different size or just for personal preference.

Step 3: Measuring and Cutting the Wood

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This is pretty self explanatory so one doesn't really need many if any pictures. Use a ruler and a square (for perfect right angles) to measure out your different pieces that you need. Than use a saw and cut out those pieces. I prefer a jig saw but a regular hand saw should work just fine. Don't forget to cut out all of your sticks out of the board/tree but don't try to be precise until a later step.
ChrysN3 years ago
Nicely done, do you have it set up with the little figurines in it?
TheGreatS (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
No, sorry. This is a gift for someone else who needed a stable so I wasn't able to take any pictures with the figurines in it. If I make this again I'll post a picture with the figurines.