I received so many requests for my silhouette nativity templates that I decided to share them again this year. I originally made these last Christmas and loved them so much, that I decided to use them again this year. I will share how I made them and the templates will be at the bottom of this post. I also got a lot of requests for templates of my “O Holy Night” banner. So, I am also including those at the bottom of this post. The templates are the same size as mine and are ready for you to print on your home printer on card stock. Just cut them out, punch holes at the top ends, and string some ribbon or twine through the holes to hang your banner.
The quality of this glitter is beyond what you can buy at your local craft store. It is actually small particles of real silver. It does tarnish over time, but I like that look too. To keep your nativity pieces from tarnishing a bit longer, store them in an airtight container like a large ziplock bag.
I made the stable with birch branches that I found at my local garden recycling center. I used tiny nails at the four major joints and then reinforced those joints by wrapping them with jute twine in an “X” pattern. To get your silhouettes to stand up, I added more birch branches in layers in front of the stable. I used hot glue to attach the lower parts of the silhouettes to these branches to keep them in place. The layer of glue and glitter add sturdiness to the silhouettes and they stand up nicely.
Once each silhouette is hot glued in place, I added some greens to the scene. This year I added less than last year because I like to see the birch branches peeking through.
Here are the templates for both the nativity characters and the “O Holy Night” banner. To download and print each pattern, click the bold titles under each image. I am so happy that so many of you liked the nativity set. Please let me know if you decide to make one of your own!