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If you’ve ever wondered how to make a beautiful Christmas sign, check out this step by step nativity DIY light-up Christmas decor tutorial!
It’s probably not hard to guess… but, I love Christmas decorations. I love Christmas crafts. I love the holiday season. And I especially love the true meaning of Christmas.
I’ve written a lot of posts about DIY Christmas decor and I still have quite a few more. I saw a few nativity DIY signs on Pinterest and I knew I had to make one.
I made a large nativity sign to go above my mantle so it is in the center of our house to remind us all what we are celebrating.
It is actually a pretty easy sign to make and I used everything I had on hand so essentially it was free!!
I hope you get inspired from this nativity light up Christmas decor tutorial.
Materials Needed for Nativity Light Up Christmas Decor
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- any type of large piece of wood, MDF, etc… I had mine in my garage. I don’t even remember what project I had it leftover from or what kind of board it was!
- paint – I just used some paint I had on hand. Gray spray paint for the bottom and white chalk paint for the rest
- vinyl or contact paper to make a stencil with
- Cricut Explore Air™ or another cutting machine (A Cricut can make so many cool Christmas and everyday decor! Check out my Cricut guide here!)
- transfer tape
- string of lights – I had one short string from the dollar store
Prepping Large Wall Decor
Let’s get started! I had this large piece of something (not even sure what material it is), but it worked perfectly!
I spray painted the whole thing with Rustoleum granite spray paint found here!
That is one of the great things about Cricut and Design Space, you can upload almost anything you want and convert into a file to cut.
Silhouettes are really easy since there are no layers to them.
Since I am using it for a stencil, I used contact paper for most of it since it’s much cheaper. I cut out with just whatever I have on hand. I had to slice the image in half in CDS since it was so big.
Weed out the images and letters leaving all of the surround for the nativity stencil.
Apply transfer paper to the top of it and then align it on the board. I put blue tape on the edge of mine to keep it aligned where I want it.
Pull up the transfer paper along with the vinyl. I did half at a time. I cut the paper, placed half down, and then took the paper off the other half.
Scrape it all down well and then pull off the transfer tape. This is mine all ready to paint!
I painted mine with a cream chalk paint and added a little sparkling paint to the star and the wording.
Once it’s dry, peel off the contact paper/vinyl and voila, you have a nativity DIY sign!
Adding Lights to DIY Three Wisemen Sign
Now to add the lights, just drill some holes the same size as your lights wherever you want the lights to poke through.
You don’t want them too big where the lights will fall out, then need to fit snugly.
You might have to try a couple of different drill bits. Start small and work up till it fits snug!!
Then stick the lights through the backside and you’re done!
If you need even more inspiration for Christmas decor, click here to read my post on DIY Christmas decor and gifts.
There my O Come Let Us Adore Him Sign is up on my mantel.
We used some velcro and hinges to hold it up. I love having the lights on at night and staring at the nativity DIY scene!
The DIY stocking hangers are really easy to make out of scrap wood.
Some years I put the large nativity scene decoration on a table in my living room. You can check out my full Christmas home tour here.
Thank you for checking out my post on how to make a DIY light up Christmas sign! I hope you got some inspiration today!!
Have a creative day,