At this point in my life, I am trying to accumulate less stuff. But I have a weakness, as you well know, for vintage Christmas. And, more specifically, vintage Christmas nativities.
Back in May I found a rather unique cardboard nativity made by ClemCo, probably in the 1940s, at a church rummage sale. What I loved about it was that the three chalkware wisemen were on a circular stand that rotated when you wound a music box that plays "Silent Night."
Charming, yes, but the nativity had some issues. The three wisemen had been ripped from their spots, which left some holes on the surface of the rotating stand. I knew this nativity, so different from anything I had ever seen, was definitely a keeper, so I set out to fix it.
I thought I might be able photograph the surface of the circular stand in detail and duplicate the pattern. But the photos couldn't match the detail of the existing paper. So I found a piece of gold scrapbook paper that had a similar mottled look.I sponged on a couple of shades of green paint and, eventually, created a similar pattern.
The tricky part was getting the paper onto the stand. I didn't want to cover an original area of leaves in the center so I had to blend the new paper with the old. I cut a circle of my new patterned paper that matched the diameter of the stand. I removed the center of the circle to let the old leaf pattern show. Then I slid it onto the old stand and glued it in place with some Mod Podge.
To blend the new with the old, I added some additional paint here and there, especially around the edge that met the leafy area. Finally, I glued those three kings back in place.
You can see the result here:
All this brings me to the announcement that Christmas is starting to find its way into my Etsy shop. Yes, Christmas in July. I am beginning a serious de-stashing of my vintage Christmas collection and I will be listing many items in the coming weeks that are ideal for Christmas crafting. Many of the listings will be lots of like items.
Go and take a look here. And of course enjoy the video of the restored nativity too.