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Manger Scene Centerpiece

I signed up to help decorate for our church Christmas brunch this year. Sadly I missed out on a meeting and didn’t get the full vision of how they were going to decorate. Then I got assigned to do the centerpieces. So I had to make something that wouldn’t clash with the other decorations, was fairly cheap (since I needed to make 30 of them), and looked good. I think I came up with a pretty good solution.

Basically all it is is a piece of plastic with a vinyl manger scene on it, sammiched between two pieces of wood.

My mom decided to help, without me asking her. Thanks mom! 30 centerpieces is a lot.

We got the plastic at Hobby Lobby for $5-$6. They come in different sizes, we got two of the biggest kind and cut them into small pieces. This stuff comes with a plastic film on both sides to protect it, it does scratch easily! So we left the film on until it was time to put on the vinyl. To cut it we scored it a couple of times with a box cutter and snapped it apart. It made a pretty clean cut.

My mom cut some wood, which we got at Lowes for about $1-$2 each for a long piece. I’m not sure how many pieces we used to make thirty centerpieces. The vinyl came from Robert’s,  It’s normal price is $2 a foot off a 12″ wide roll, but the store is closing so I got it 30% off. We bought 12 feet of vinyl. Everything in the store was 30% off this week, and I think each week they’ll take off a higher percentage. I’m so sad they’re going out of business, they’re the only place I know of that sells vinyl by the foot. They have TONS of different colors too! I’m going to have to go back when it’s around 50% off or more and stock up.

Then we made an assembly line. I cut out the image, which I bought from the Silhouette store (a special online store if you own a Silhouette cutting machine), my mom weeded the images, I transferred the images to the plastic, and my mom hot glued them together. It went a lot faster than we thought it would! yay!

My mom came up with a trick to make gluing easier. She propped the top and middle of the image with wood, and laid wood next to the bottom piece of wood to keep it all straight.

And that’s it!  I suppose you could paint or stain the wood or something, but I thought plain ol’ wood went well with the manger theme. And it was cheaper and quicker, which is always good.

Aren’t they cute?!  Someone actually bought one after the party,  It made me happy.

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  1. tonia Perl

    Alissa, they turned out WONDERFUL!!! I would like to buy some from you, if they are still available. I am thinking 5 or 6 at least. Let me know!

    1. Alissa

      I think Tina has them, you can ask her. I’m sending in my receipts for a reimbursement.

  2. VIctoria @obSEUSSed

    These are beautiful! At first I thought they were metal cut outs. I love that they are vinyl on plastic. Our church is doing a Nativity this Wed. but I wish I’d seen these sooner to recommend to the decorating committee. I’ll have to show them for next year. I’m coordinating the children’s live nativity so that has kept me plenty busy. Glad I found you on Tip Junkie’s linky.

    1. Alissa

      Thanks! Yeah, it’s a great idea for church parties. It looks more expensive than it actually is.

  3. Janet

    What an absolutely wonderful idea! I love this! I bet they looked so nice on the tables. Thanks for sharing your idea. :)

  4. BJ_mama

    So easy…and Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lorraine

    Very Nice! I think they are perfect little centerpieces that will be used for years to come!

    So nice stopping by to visit with you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  6. Chrissy Boerman

    thanks for linking up this amazing craft. love it and would have never thought of it!

  7. Shiloh

    Those are beautiful! I think they are a perfect centerpiece. I think it would be fun to do a project like that with my mom. Although it probably wouldn’t look like yours.;)

  8. Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It

    That is beautiful! I love the simplicity of it, so perfect! I’m pinning this so I can remember it for next year.

  9. Amanda

    I love this idea! I would love to buy one too! How would I go about that?

    Merry Christmas!

  10. 16642829576531991521

    Hi Alissa, these are definitely great – you did a wonderful job and I’m sure they were loved by everyone. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  11. Linda Miller

    What an absolutely wonderful idea! I love this! I bet they looked so nice on the tables. Thanks for sharing your idea

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