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Was not sure where to put this but this seemed the most appropriate category.

I got the Schleich nativity set for Christmas 2 years ago and I love it! But it doesn't have a "creche" with it. I made do with a repainted toy one last year but wanted something a little more creative and decided to try my hand at handcrafting one. I have never been artistic in the sense of crafting things etc., so I learned a lot about this and will not call myself a woodworker nor a skilled craftswoman. But I like the result and will probably add things over time.
Here is my display from this past Christmas.
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Here I replaced the backing and added a loft (the pig snuck up there in place of the chickens I forgot to grab for my photoshoot), and then placed a thatched type roof and some lichen for color. Not terribly realistic but I think it is a classic style chreche.
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Best part is the original building was 1.50$ at a thrift store and falling apart, the straw, lichen, and spray mod podge were all a 1$ each, and then the added additions in the loft are dogwood shrub branches trimmed from my backyard this spring.

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So cool! It came out great, definitely a better display. Love the pig in the loft. Razz
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Wow, I think that's a great job! The 'stone' wall in the back really works for me.
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That is such a nice little diorama, and best to make something six months in advance, it's ready for next December either way.

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Thank you Jill, Kelly, and Burger!

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That's beautiful, you have made such a wonderful nativity and it will be perfect for the coming Christmas! sunny
I loved spotting your four-legged helper in the third photo too, such a sweet boy! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Thank you on both counts Bonnie. Wink Buck says hello. Flynn was present too but much happier minding his own business unlike the other. Rolling Eyes Razz

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Thank you on both counts Bonnie. Wink Buck says hello. Flynn was present too but much happier minding his own business unlike the other. Rolling Eyes Razz
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Addendum photos. Very Happy I shaped some green floral foam and spray painted it with a sand texture paint. Bought and glued some diorama palms to them to add a little bit of scenery and allow some of the figures to spread out a little and not look so odd being crowded together.
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I am debating adding a proper texture base for the whole thing to sit on... besides that I have one other detail I am going to try to create before the holiday comes, but my crafting skills may not be up to it so we will see if it works out. Wink

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Beautifully, beautifully done, you have made such a wonderful scenery! flower
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It all looks so beautiful! I admire all your dedication to this kind of projects, it certainly requires a lot of patience but the result surely worth.

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