Since I’ve been writing a DIY and decorating blog, we’ve lived in 3 different houses! The current house we just moved into in September and are in full blown renovation inside and out… so sadly there won’t be an outdoor nativity displayed here this year. But my head is already thinking about how and where I’ll display it for next year!
Tips for Displaying the Nativity
Here are some outdoor nativity display tips I’ve learned over the years…
At our former, former house… the one in the country we displayed the outdoor nativity in the back yard, next to one of the large spruce trees.
The First Shed is Now Gone
The actual nativity shed we made with some logs my husband cut down and I painted some faux barn boards on the back of the thin plywood we used for the back and top. That was fine for the 17 years we used it in the country… But when it was time to move to town, the old logs just gave out and fell apart. They had worked for many years though… One of the issues was that each year we screwed new holes in them when the outdoor nativity shed was re-assembled. This just gave more room for decay to find it’s way into the multiple holes in the logs.
Our 2nd Shed Made from Pallet Wood
Once we moved to town, we built a new nativity shed from a big pallet that had wide boards on it…
It really was more of a packing crate of some sort…
but the wide rough sawn boards were perfect for this project!
On the Porch was Just OK
At our former house in town… a 100 year old house, there was a huge front porch, and the first year we set it up there on the porch.
That was OK, but not great looking… We had to boost it up high enough to clear the front concrete walls of the porch… You can read more about that display and details on how we made the nativity shed from pallet wood. (one big tip was to drill holes and reuse those same holes each year with bolts!)
Log Fence Addition
Then I found this little log fence…
It was perfect. Even though the outdoor nativity would sit close to the sidewalk, the little log fence gave just enough of a border to stop folks from wandering too close, but didn’t block the view to the nativity.
They could easily be set up with the nativity and taken down after Christmas because of the spikes in the bottom of the logs that just simply poke in the ground… or snow if there is any that year.
I really liked this display in the front yard next to the crab apple tree, with the log fence the best!
Our New House
Hmmm… I wonder where I will put the nativity at our new house?
Here’s a picture I took last week with the front of the house boasting some multiple colored siding… (that will be changed next summer) some new windows, (still some to go in the garage side) a new front door, and a big new front porch, still to be finished.
Once the house is painted and all the details are done, it’ll be more inviting for an outdoor nativity…
This year, it’s like my friend said about our new house, right now it kind of looks like a war-zone… Yikes, not so Christmas-y, right?!
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