1 2″x 2″x 2′ piece of lumber
1 1″x 2″ x 4′ piece of lumber
2 1.5″ round wood doll heads (found at the craft store)
1 3/4″ round wood disk (found in the same aisle as the doll heads)
1 wood star (about 1″across)
3 colors of paint (I used blue, Green, and white but fought the urge for lavender and teal)
1 Piece of burlap roughly 4″ x 6″
Twine long enough to wrap the people twice
Hot Glue Gun
a few nails and a hammer
1) Cut lumber into following pieces 1 @ 2″ x 2″x 6″ (Josephs body) 1 @ 2″ x 2″ x 5.25″ (Mary’s body) 1 @ 1″x 2″x 3″ (baby Jesus’s body) 2 @ 1″x 2″ x 9″ with 1 end having a 45degree angle cut (this is the barn sides, the angles will help the roof connect) 1 @ 1″x 2″x 6″ and 1 @ 1″x 2″ x 5.25″
2) Paint Peoples Bodies and star. I used a paint brush and was super streaky to give it a more rustic/vintage look
3) Once paint drys hot glue heads onto bodies
4) Lay “Mary” down on top of the burlap bring the top two corners into her middle (it will cover her head slightly like a hood) glue… a picture is best to explain how the back looks. Mostly because I can’t explain it with hand motions in a blog
5) Hot glue Mary and Joesph together AND then glue Jesus’s body angled on top.
6) “Tie” the family together with twine.
7) Now to build the barn: Nail the two shorter 1 x 2 pieces together at a 90 degree angle making the shorter piece the “bottom”so both will equal 6” long
8) Pre-drill pilot holes into angled roof where the 2 sides will connect. Line the angled sides up to match the roof so it will all be 90 degrees. hammer nails through the roof and into the sides. (you could also use wood glue if that’s easier just make sure to let it full dry before standing it up)
9) Paint or stain the Barn if you wish. I left mine plain because again it looked more vintage/rustic
10) Hot glue yellow star to the top of the roof
11) Set up and enjoy!