Good morning! Wow! Between school activities, work and doctor visits, autumn and Christmas have flown by! I can’t believe it is 2019 and the holidays are over already! I was sad to take the outside decorations down, but hopefully, this project, an Outside Nativity Stable will help you get ready for next Christmas!
With such a hectic fall, I was extremely thankful for the finished Christmas projects from my Year Round Christmas Challenge. You wouldn’t believe it, since the projects are always a few days late (or missed – poor September and October), but I really enjoyed the challenge.
Since I only worked on one Christmas project a month, and posted it on the 25th, I was not overwhelmed. It was fun thinking of Christmas projects and having time to do them. Usually, I resist making red and green projects before Thanksgiving. But this year, I was thankful that wrapping paper, glittery gift tags and festive napkins were ready for use. I was even happy for my candy food flop! It flopped in the spring, not the night before I made cookie trays in December.
I was glad that the Outside Nativity Stable was built a few years ago and also ready for the holidays. I was sooo excited when I got a blow mold nativity scene. It is my only outside nativity, so I was happy when the husband built a stable for it. It was the husband’s Christmas project, but I love it and hope it inspires you to work on Christmas projects!
The stable needed to be frugal, easy to move and easy to store.
My old elbows cannot help the husband move heavy things anymore. Thankfully, he built the stable to come apart. The roof detaches from the base, making it lighter. The walls also fold in, making it easy to store.
It is built using 16 -1 by 6 dog eared fence pickets. They are inexpensive, and sometimes on sale, at Menard’s. 1 by 4s are the supports for the pickets that make up the walls of the stable. There are two rows of supporting boards to hook the picket fence onto . This is also where the hinges for the 2 side walls are attached.
Above is the stable roof, detached from the walls. It also uses 1 by 4s for support, though the two end supports are leftover picket pieces (love being frugal or maybe we ran out of 1 by 4s? I can’t remember). The front edge is a whole 6 foot picket, while the back edge is only 58 inches in length.
The 1 by 4s need to be set in on the back and sides, so the picket fence roof can rest directly on the walls.
The four eye hooks, one on each inside corner, hold the roof on the stable. It holds pretty good, the roof has not blown off in the wind- though once the whole thing blew over backwards!
The back wall measures 54 inches in length. 4 fence pickets were cut in half, and spaced with about an inch gap in between. The angled side walls help to give plenty of room to set up the nativity scene. The gaps in the walls allow the electric cords through, though the main reason is to let the wind go through and not knock over whole stable.
You can see the top sections of the dog-eared fence on the back wall, but thats ok. There are also 2 clamps from an old broken awning. The husband tightens and loosens them every year to hold the pole. Probably a bent clamp or scrap of wood could be used instead, especially since the gap in between the pickets was made large enough to nestle the tent pole in.
We have tried hanging the star on the tree and on the house, but I like it better attached to the stable. The pole is an old tent pole or awning pole (I keep telling him that saving everything is a GOOD idea).
We hang a star using a screw inside the tent pole. The husband drilled a small hole in the top of the star . It has broken in the wind, so it is still a work in progress. I keep telling him we could wire it up, but he’s not convinced yet.
Silly animals are resting on the stable roof. They have a nice view of the star, until I move them.
I love nativities, but did not have one for outside. Nativities are always on my garage sale ‘to buy’ list. It is so fun to collect them. One Christmas, my niece decided to count my inside nativities- I think she lost track around 30.
I really enjoy the outside nativity and I am so glad this stable was frugal and easy to make. I love that it is easy to store and get out again each year when it is finally time to decorate for the holidays.
I hope you are inspired to get something ready now, for next Christmas. I appreciated having projects finished and ready to use so much, that I will be continuing the Year Round Christmas Challenge again this year. I hope you will join me each month on the 25th as I make presents and decorations and try new recipes for the holidays!
Happy Camping (or searching for more nativities!)