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The Shepherd’s Treasure Family Advent Resource

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Looking for something new to add to your family’s Christmas traditions? Checkout theshepherdstreasure.com. I found this resource las
t year while on church staff, and think it is a fun way to connect with your family during Advent. 

This resource can provide you a fun, new way to help your kids “find” Jesus during this Christmas season.

 

Last year, I believe they ran out of stock early so don’t wait!!

 

 

(I am not affiliated with The Shepherd’s Treasure. I just REALLY like it!)

Nativity Backdrop

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Christmas Nativity Scene Design-a-Room Pack

I wanted to put up a large Nativity scene in the foyer of our children’s building at First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa.

I found a backdrop scene at Oriental Trading called Christmas Nativity Scene Design-a-Room Pack for $39.98.

LINK: orientaltrading.com/web/browse/processProductsCatalog?sku=70/57450

Note: this backdrop scene is made of the common Oriental Trading cheap plastic.

After receiving the kit, I couldn’t find any helpful information on how to assemble this kit. So this is what I decided to do. I hope it helps you.

Cost

Nativity Kit = $39.98

Foam Boards = $43.92 (4 x $10.98)

1/2″ white Mounting Tape = $79.60 (20 x $3.98)

1″ clear Mounting Tape = $9.96 (2 x $4.98)

Total: $173.46


Additional items I purchased from Lowes

4'x8' insulation foam board from Lowes

4’x8′ insulation foam board from Lowes

Four 4’x8′ 1/2″ foam boards (lowes.com/pd_15355-46086-389697_1z0vill__?productId=3365568&pl=1&Ntt=insulation+board#img)

mounting tape from Lowes

mounting tape from Lowes

20 packs of 1/2″ and 1″ Scotch Double-sided Mounting Tape (I love this stuff!) (lowes.com/pd_488024-98-410/DC/SF___?productId=50053419&pl=1&Ntt=mounting+tape)

I used some old lumber I had lying around from other projects to build a wooden frame to prop the panels on so I didn’t have to purchase any lumber for my frame.

 

 

 


First I opened and laid out the 30’x4′ backdrops to get an idea of how they would fit together.

NOTE: The lower section (city scape) was shorter and not the full 30′

I slid the four foam boards underneath to measure where the cuts would be.

 

 

trimmed excess from backdrop

I trimmed the excess from the backdrops leaving about 12″-18″ on each end, just in case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

long strip of mountain tape

taped backdrop to foam board using mounting tape

Using the 1/2″ Mounting Tape, I put a 4′ strip down the edge of the board making sure to press the tape down well.

I used one 4′ strip for each side. 1 piece for the upper section and 1 piece from the lower section.

 

 

 

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There may be a better way to do it, but I attached my tape on one side of the backdrop. Then I stretched and trimmed the other side.

After I trimmed the plastic, I placed a 4′ strip of 1/2″ tape on the opposite side and attached the backdrop.

One of my favorite things about this Mounting Tape is that I was able to de-attach and re-attach the backdrop several times without ripping the plastic. If you’ve used anything from Oriental Trading made from this plastic, you know how HUGE this is!

I cut and attached the lower section (city scape) on each board first then came back to do the upper section (sky). I overlapped the upper section over the lower section by 1/8″ or 1/4″.

 

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Frame:

I wanted the backdrop to be completely free-standing.

I had some old lumber lying around that I used as frames. I didn’t have to build it because I was making use of some old pieces that were already put together.

 

 

 

 

propped wooden frame support

 

I let the frame lean just slightly and screwed in 4 additional pieces of lumber to prop up the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

used command strops to attach foam board to wooden frame

I used command strips to attach the foam board to the wooden frame. These seemed to work fine. My backup plan was to use some of the Mounting Tape.

 

Also, I duct taped the seams of each board in effort to keep them together (see pic above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

tied frame down with sand buckets to keep from tipping forward

 

Then finally, to keep the frame from tipping forward, I used some small rope to tie it to a bucket of sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attaching the Characters:

The characters come on 2 sheets (per pack) in random orientation. The will need to be cut out.

Using scissors, I (and some ladies helping me) cut out each of the characters. We cut them relatively close to the edge, but I was not very concerned to get them unnoticeably close.

I cut thin strips of the 1″ clear Mounting Tape, as many as needed, to attach the characters to the backdrop.

 

This is what I ended up with. While not perfect, but I am happy with the final product.

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