Building An Outdoor Nativity!
This is a huge piece of cardboard that he is coping this grid onto, which will serve as a pattern to draw out onto a 4X8 ft. sheet of plywood.
Then he cut it out. He did this all for me! 😍
Now that the patterns are all cut out. Time to trace them and fit everything onto the sheet of 4X8 ft. plywood.
It was difficult trying to finagle all the pieces to fit onto ONE sheet of plywood. Hubby made it work. 😊
I was involved here and there. But now I can really get into the project! Power tools!! This was sooo much fun to work on! Oops... you can see another project going on in this shot.
To cut the really tight corners and detail, we used a drill bit and a hole saw to make space for the jigsaw to turn.
You can see it a bit more clearer here.
This was all my part in the construction of the nativity scene... Painting! I used one coat of primer, sanded lightly. Then I applied two coats of exterior paint. You can see one of the roof top pieces there.
Here we have most of the pieces laid out, just to kind of see how this was going to fit together.
We used 1x3's for the "fence" and the supports for the "roof". I painted them the same as the nativity pieces.
Where we live it can be cold, wet and snowy during this time of year. We wanted to make sure that this was quick to put up and tear down and that we could unassemble it to store easily. That's where the hinges come into play. We used regular door hinges, about 13 of them in all.
We wanted to be able to just pull pins out of the hinges and have individual pieces to carry and put away.
Some pieces had to be screwed together, but we can easily take those apart as well. We'll see how it goes this year.
Here we also attached hinges to the side fence gates.
I am sooo thankful for our 3 car garage! It's nice to have room to work on projects like this out of the elements. 😊
Here we set up the nativity scene to see if it was even going to work. And it does!! Yay! I love how big it is!
Awesome! Thank you, sweet Hubby, for all your hard work! 😘
That's how we did it! Cool, right?!