31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Nativity Lightbox

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  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 2:10-12

This is honestly my very favorite project we’ve done for Christmas.  Last year we were looking for ideas for handmade Christmas decor to make for a craft show and Leslie came upon a kid’s craft where you have a silhouette cutout and make a stained glass look with pieces of tissue paper behind it on contact paper, a lot like this one from Meaningful Mama:

Stained Glass Nativity Kids Craft by MeaningfulMama

I took that idea and turned it into this:

Nativity Lightbox by Sprinkles and Sawdust

This is made from pallet wood, but it could easily be made with new wood and stained for a classic look.

I’ve already written up a tutorial on how to make the lightbox itself, which you can find here.  It will walk you through the pretty easy process of putting these together. These do take a bit of skill with a scroll saw to make, but the results are SO worth it, guys.  This looks so amazing when the room lights are off and the colored lights can really shine through.

Nativity Lightbox by Sprinkles and Sawdust

If you’re not comfortable working with intricate cuts or you don’t have a scroll saw, you can easily build the box out of wood and then use a Cricut or Silhouette cutter to make the front cutout out of vinyl – it would produce the same effect without the need for a special saw.

Free Printable Pattern!

And since we’re in the giving spirit, I’ve included the pattern I used to make this one as a printable!  It’s 12×12, so it won’t fit on one standard sheet of paper.  To make up for that I’ve turned it into a PDF file that you can print as a poster print (pick “poster” from the print options box in Adobe Reader when you print).  It will print on two pages and then you can cut out and fit them together for the perfect size.

You can download it here!

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  1. Love this! I have been makin little wooden nativity scenes for family and teachers with my kids. The first year we made Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. The next the Angel, this year shepherds, etc. love a handmade Christmas!

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