(to read the entire post click on the the above title “51 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS”)

Part 1 What

Though my husband and I attended church yesterday and afterwards spent time with our daughter and granddaughter, I still had time to finish my first project – Nativity Silhouette Wall Hanging.  But I didn’t get around to posting about my finished project until today because I wanted to do more Christmas decorating in our house last night.  

Before
If you want the free pointsettia pattern from JenniferMaker.com left click on highlighted website above and then click on the drop down box that appears.
After

Part 2 Why

 I chose to use the five 4” black discs for little silhouettes that symbolize Christmas.  Disc 1 represents the star that appeared to the wise men (Matthew 2:2, 9-10).  Disc 2 represents the angel who announced Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:13-14, 17), Disc 3 represents the wise men who traveled thousands of miles to see Baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1-2). Disc 4 represents the shepherds who went to see Baby Jesus in the manger (Luke 2:8-12, 15-18, 20).  And Disc 5 represents Joseph and Mary with Baby Jesus (Luke 2:1-7, 19).  The Christmas story isn’t complete though until Jesus comes to take us home to our mansion in heaven (John 14:2).  At least that’s what I believe.

Prayer

Lord I pray when anyone sees my nativity silhouette wall hanging, they will be reminded of why You sent Your Son, Christ Jesus to this world.  I pray for all those who do not know Your Son, Christ Jesus.  I pray they will hear and believe.  I pray John 3:16-17 will become real to them.  I pray they will realize You greatly love and dearly prize all of us.  That’s why You gave Your Son to us. I pray they will believe and trust in Your Son as their Savior so they will not perish but have eternal life.  I pray they will realize You did not send Your Son into this world to judge and condemn us.  You sent Your Son to save us.  And in Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

John 3:16-17 (AMP) 16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.

Part 3 How

This is the ‘how to’ part of the post.  It’s a very easy, inexpensive project. I like the results.

I painted the discs front and back with fresh black acrylic paint.  While the paint was drying I selected the 5 silhouettes I wanted to use.  I believe my selection took more time than the actual painting, gluing and hanging of the project.

To find the silhouettes I wanted to use, I typed into my computer’s search engine – free downloadable nativity silhouettes – and clicked the search button.   When the selections came up, I chose the link with photos already displayed from their website.  When you choose the silhouettes you want to use, right click and save each to your computer.  I saved mine to my picture file. 

I used my Cricut machine to cut out the silhouettes.  But if you don’t have a similar machine, you can cut them out with scissors.  That is after you’ve sized and printed your silhouettes. When I’m sizing different pictures that will be displayed together I size them at the same time on the same page if possible.  So I can make them the same size or scale.     

For this project I used regular white paper but if you’re going to cut them out by hand I believe light weight card stock would be easier to cut.  I’d also suggest that when you’re ready to glue the silhouettes on to your circles (or squares or whatever) you apply the glue (a thin layer) to the back of the silhouette and not to the material you’re mounting them on. (Because even though my glue dried clear, when I looked really close, I could see some shine areas of glue.)  

I chose red ribbon to mount the silhouette discs on.  But use your imagination.  Perhaps you want to hang them separate.  By the way the red rose at the top was made by a pattern I downloaded from JenniferMaker.com.  It’s made from light weight red paper.  This was the first time I used her rose pattern.  Her website is hard for me to navigate but you might have better computer skills than me.  So if you want some free downloadable patterns you should visit JenniferMaker.com.

Final Project Report: My nativity silhouette collection fits perfectly on the hall wall right outside our guest room.  At either end of that hall are two 8½ inches by 11 inches framed silhouettes.  One is of the wise men on their camels following the star with the caption “We three kings of Orient are; bearing gifts; we traverse afar; Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.  O, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding guide us to Thy perfect light.”  The other framed silhouette is of Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph with a star above them.  The caption is “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head; The stars in the sky looked down where He lay; The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.”  

I believe my hall is the perfect location and the three craft projects compliment each other.

Any thoughts, ideas, complaints, I can be contacted at dona@scripturecrafts.com