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Folding Nativity Backdrop – December Silhouette Challenge


One of my favorite Christmas family traditions is setting up the Nativity scene. My grandma bought my sister and I our own sets and added lots of characters over the years (what, your nativity set doesn’t have a flock of sheep and a man playing bagpipes?).

Folding #Nativity Backdrop - Ombre Painted Wood and Vinyl #Christmas Tutorial
This year I decided to set it up on the top shelf of the hutch, one of the few places the cat doesn’t go. Unfortunately it was disappearing into the woodwork, ever since I added the book pages it takes a lot to stand out. I decided to paint a pretty ombre sky and add metallic vinyl accents including lines from one of my favorite Christmas songs to create a standing nativity background, the fact that it folds up for easy storage is just a bonus! Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of 12×12 wood (I bought a 12*48 foot board at Lowes and they cut it into 4 pieces for free)
  • 3 shades of blue paint
  • paintbrush
  • 2 small hinges
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Silver adhesive vinyl
  • Die cutter and cut files*

Silent Night Nativity Backdrop


  1. Place your two boards side by side on a flat surface, chances are your boards are not identical so make sure you use the the board edges (not the cut sidea) as the top and bottom. Squirt the darkest paint at the top, the middle shade in the middle and the lightest at the bottom.
  2. Using your brush smooth out the paint covering the whole board, moving from the lightest to the darkest. Blend the colors where they meet so you don’t have 3 rectangles of color but a smooth ombre effect.
  3. Once the paint is dry match up the boards so the dark side matches the dark side and place them face to face. Mark the side for the hinges. I didn’t have a small enough drill bit to put the tiny hinge screws in so I had to pre-drill them and put them in with a screwdriver. I used two hinges.
  4. Set up, cut out and weed your vinyl. Use transfer tape to add the lettering to the board and then manually place all the stars. I cut a lot more stars than I ended up using!


Free cut files: Studio File, .SVG File

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!


    1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
    2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
    3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
    4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
    5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
    6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
    7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley’s Corner
    8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
    9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
    10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
    11. Deer Head Holiday Banner…featuring Santa’s Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
    12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
    13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
    14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
    15. Elf Chalk Sign: “The Best Way to Spread Christmas” by Weekend Craft
    16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
    17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
    18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
    19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
    20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
    21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
    22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
    23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
    24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
    25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
    26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
    27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
    28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
    29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
    30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
    31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
    32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
    33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
    34. “Believe” Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
    35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

Do you have a Silhouette machine? Are you looking for inspiration, motivation and maybe a little guidance?

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  1. Oooooh, this is so pretty! I love it!
    Meredith @ unOriginalMom recently posted…16 Inspirational Silhouette ProjectsMy Profile

  2. The background really does let the nativity set pop out! I love the blue, and the stars are so much fun.
    Kristy gd recently posted…2013 Snowman Christmas Card + A Giveaway!!My Profile

  3. Your background is so pretty, and seems to really complete your Nativity set! Very very nice!
    Bev recently posted…No Glitter was worn…My Profile

  4. This is beautiful! Love the stars to complete the scene.
    Glenna Anderson recently posted…DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style AND GIVE-A-WAYMy Profile

  5. This really makes your nativity pop. Great job!

  6. what a WONDERFUL idea!! Way to think outside the box.. err I mean nativity scene 🙂
    Dee @ From Wine to Whine recently posted…Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) & a $155 Amazon Giveaway!My Profile

  7. Wow, this is really beautiful! Seriously, I love it! Great idea!
    Jessica recently posted…Glitter Reindeer OrnamentMy Profile

  8. The nativity stands out wonderfully against the blue. I’ve had the same issue with a project I’m doing against a window not showing up very well and I opted for blue cardstock as a backdrop but your wood screen is wonderful as it will last you for years and can be placed anywhere.
    The text just adds to the whole beautiful effect.
    Pam- GetSilvered recently posted…Reindeer Card – Double Sided Print & Cut.My Profile

  9. I love this so much! The blues are so pretty and I love your nativity set, too!
    Kirsten @ One Tough Mother recently posted…DIY Sharpie Art JournalMy Profile

  10. I’ve never thought about creating a backdrop for my nativity scenes–thanks for the inspiration!
    Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom recently posted…Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments and #Giveaway!My Profile

  11. Oh, this is SUCH a great addition to your ever-growing nativity scene. It really makes it POP! (And I chuckled at the bagpipes man…why not, though?! I’m sure Jesus had a wide cast of characters come to visit him from near and far.) Such a wonderful Christmas tradition, and now it’s made all the more special by this nativity backdrop. Well done! Thanks for participating in our Special Challenge this month!
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet recently posted…(Rein)Deer Head Holiday Banner & $155 Amazon Giveaway!My Profile

  12. I love what you did here! My mom used to put an elaborate nativity scene under our tree every year, complete with grocery bag “hills” and cotton “snow”. We had a variety of animals, but never a man playing bagpipes.
    Valerie recently posted…DIY Holiday Hostess GiftMy Profile

  13. What an easy and fun idea! Love this! Thanks!
    Bethany recently posted…Consider This As My 2 Week NoticeMy Profile

  14. What a beautiful idea! I have this Nativity set as well. You’ve just inspired me!
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