If you know this children's book, you know that it is all about one thing leading to another.
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That is how I felt this weekend while trying to finish up my Christmas decorating. I built a shelf and coat hook for stockings (You will see these Thursday on my home tour day!) and I thought it would be a perfect place for my WILLOW TREE NATIVITY SET. But, it looked dwarfed on the big shelf.
So, what is a girl to do? Build a pallet table for the nativity set. Which then led to me wanting a stable for my creche.
I started with a very thin piece of plywood, cut 16" wide, with 11" sides. The angle on the roof line is about 25 degrees.
I added barnwood sides. This piece of wood was cracked all the way through, so instead of waiting to glue it, I secured them with scrap pieces of wood at the top and bottom at each side. I screwed through the back of the thin plywood into the edges of the barnwood.
For the stable roof I used some thin barnwood siding type pieces. I wanted it lightweight. At first I joined these to a small 1'' x 1" board. BUT, this made a roof with a 45 degree pitch, oops!
So, I took off one side of the roof and attached the one side to the stable.
I then set the other roof pieces onto the stable and secured them with screws, drilled in at a bit of an angle. See the screws up there. Definitely not the contractor way to do a roof, but it worked an the stable is stable.
I hot glued a copper metal star from Target to the roof.
I painted the inside grey, left the sides their natural barn red color, and added a hand-lettered O Holy Night.
Some FAKE SNOW and battery operated lights finished the look.