Illuminated Glittered Nativity Set Makeover~DIY

A few years ago, I came across this Nativity set at a thrift store for a couple bucks. It was a perfect find at the time because my kids were little and still very curious. I needed an inexpensive Nativity set that could be touched by little hands.  Each Christmas, I placed it low on our bookcase so they could interact with it. Now that they are older and less "hands on" I decided it was time to give it a makeover.

I sprayed painted each of the figures with Krylon spray paint in Dover white (a nice warm white, not too cream but not too white). While the paint was still wet, I applied loads of glitter. For drama, I taped a plug-in clip light to the back of the structure.

I placed the set in the same spot that it's always been in on our bookcase. Only this year, it has a whole new look. 

It is really pretty at night when the house is dark and the manger is lit up. It serves as a majestic night light. The backlighting makes the glitter on the figures dance and sparkle. 

My little thrift store find has turned out to be one of our favorite Christmas decorations. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but the kids have special, lasting, childhood Christmas memories attached to it. 

Have a wonderful holiday! Enjoy your home and family time.

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  1. omg I love this!! The simplicity of the white is so pretty and the light added is the perfect touch!! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

  2. It's beautiful. A sweet little crèche that looks elegant just like the Christmas story itself. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  3. I'm a grandmother now, but when I was young we had a similar Nativity scene. Baby Jesus was separate from the manger and he was always getting lost because my siblings and I were always playing with it. You're right about the memories.... Merry Christmas and I enjoy reading your blog. You are very talented!

  4. I like the " before" better. Somehow I think a Nativity set should have more meaning than matching your other decor.


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