As Christmas approaches, millions of people throughout the world gather as a family to complete one of the most deeply rooted customs in the Christian tradition, which nonetheless has surpassed the limits of the religious to settle as a habit in the Christmas of each home. We are referring, evidently, to the setting up of the Nativity scene portal.

Especially in houses where there are small children, it is very enjoyable to assemble pieces, placing the figures or scattering on the table the different materials that simulate sand, snow or grass. In other homes there are real artists who spend months perfecting their masterpiece and year after year surprise both locals and strangers.

But, for the less advantaged and those who think that Bricomanía it does not go with you, today we bring you 5 tips to mount the nativity scene. Of course, we will leave behind the discussions about some anachronisms and contextual errors of the manger and we will focus on exposing the most traditional elements, without entering into controversy or historical scruple.

 

# 1.- The location of the portal.

The first thing you have to decide, if it's the first year that you mount it, is where to place your home portal. The advisable thing is that you install it in the main hall of your house, because it is where more visits you are going to have and where else you are going to enjoy it. You can use the low table in the living room or that auxiliary table that is usually full of portraits.


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Image of the Belenista Association of Palma del Condado.

# 2.- Highlights several scenes.

So that the image of the Birth or the Castle of Herodes stand out on the rest of the scenography, try to elevate them with tin cans or empty cardboard boxes. Once the desired height is achieved, line the boxes with paper or cardboard and paint them with watercolor or surround them with moss or sand to look like a natural mound.

In the rest of the scenario, place the other buildings. You just have to have a minimum order and sense of taste to get the assembly of the portal is the most curious.

 

# 3.- The moss and the sand.

Natural moss is very cheap and you can buy it in any plant nursery -Remember that in much of Spain it is forbidden to take it from the field-. Be generous and spread enough on the entire surface of the portal. Leave a gap for the road where the Magi will arrive and cover it with sand or gravel. We leave the snow to your liking ...

If you put the portal up, you'll have to give it some access. You can simulate a slope of the same previous form, with boxes placed at different heights and lined with paper. After, spread the paper with glue and spread sawdust and breadcrumbs on top. And put some moss or pebbles on the edges. It will be as natural as possible at a ridiculous cost.

 

# 4.- The characters.

Once the surface is prepared, you will have to place the characters. The classic portal has as its main protagonists the child Jesus, the Virgin, Saint Joseph, the ox, the mule and the angel. All of them placed under the shelter of the portal. Out of it you will have to place the Magi, some cowherd boys, shopkeepers, animals ...

 

# 5.- Customize to your liking!

Once the figures are placed, your portal is ready to give you one last hand with your imagination. Invent, imagine and discover new ways to give more realism and see perfecting the scenery every year. Lighting can help you a lot in this task. It includes LED lights in the streets, inside the buildings, in the back of the portal to simulate natural light ...

 

And, if you want to go one step further, today there are automatic control systems to be able to set different lighting stages for your nativity scene. In controllers.net we have basic drivers to start in the nativity scene for an incredible price. Who would not want to have more realism for the nativity scene?

 

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Fecha: 04 / 01 / 2016|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , |

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