Today I finished up with the Christmas Nativity 3D Layered projects. I’m not the greatest painter, so I came up with this method for some of my project. Make the design into layers, paint the separate pieces and then put it all together.
I started with printing the plan (we sell it in our online store here). The plan provides an exploded view diagram on how the parts go together.
Next, start by cutting out the back board. The arch is next so I use the back board as the template. This way the arch is the same shape.
Then I get the pattern and transfer the inside of the arch to the wood and cut it out too.
This entire project is scrap wood, but that does not mean its no less valuable. I like to make the most of the wood I have, after all, its not cheap anymore. So I take a few minutes to figure out how to make the most of the scrap pieces.
With all of the parts cut out, its time to lay the parts together. No glue at this time, just looking for test fit. It all looks fine.
Only thing left to do now is paint. The cutting took about 30 minutes. The painting took about an hour. The plan does offer suggestions on paint colors but I always suggest that a person kick their imagination in gear and come up with their own color combinations. Measures about 8-3/4 tall, 6-1/4 wide. Another idea would be to reduce the pattern size by 50% and make the project as a Christmas tree ornament.