Mini Nativity Displayed in Jars

I’d like to wish all my American friends and followers a very special Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a great day with your friends and families.

Here in Canada we celebrated our Thanksgiving in October, so I’ve been busy for some time now with Christmas decorating projects.

Last week I was lucky to find an adorable mini nativity scene set at the thrift store for $2, and I just couldn’t resist it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to display it until I got home and saw the set of four lidded glass jars that I thrifted awhile back for $5 sitting on my craft room desk.

Here’s my mini nativity scene display.


Mini Nativity Set Display

I started with these nine pieces. The wise man in green is the tallest at 3″.


Mini Nativity Set Display

I used the three largest jars for this display. I sprinkled in some decorative snow and then arranged the pieces inside the jars. Easy peasy!!

Here are some close ups.


Mini Nativity Set Display
Mini Nativity Set Display

I arranged the jars on a shelf and surrounded them with craft batting to look like snow. Then I added a few trees that I borrowed from our Christmas village display.


Mini Nativity Set Display

I decided that it definitely needed a star. So I cut one out of cardboard, covered it with mod podge, and then sprinkled it with silver glitter. Once it was dry I attached it to the back of the inside of the jar with double sided tape.

Putting the pieces in these lidded jars keeps them dust-free, and away from mischievous felines. So simple… but I love it.

Thanks so much for reading!


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  1. Did you glue them to the bottom? I have a mini-set, too, and the kids are constantly loosing pieces (sweeping under the fridge in July and found a wiseman). This idea could solve that problem!
    Found you at Rooted in Thyme.

    1. I didn't glue the figures in the jars because mine have nice flat bottoms and are standing OK on their own. You certainly could glue them in first and then add the snow. That would work perfectly! Especially if you think the jars might be handled sometimes. I'm so glad my project might be helpful to you. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Very cute idea, I found a tiny nativity set put out with someone's trash. It is really teeny and have been looking for a way to display it. xo

  3. What a fantastic idea! (I have cats too – ha). Will have to tuck this idea away for if I ever have a tiny nativity. Love it!

    1. Thanks so much Cecilia! Our feline friends do have a way of getting into things. lol. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Love how the jars give importance to the pieces. So often nativity scenes seem overwhelmed by their surroundings, but the jars focus our attention. Wonderful idea.

    1. Thanks Sue! That's exactly what I was trying to achieve. I'm so glad it seems to have worked. Thanks so much for visiting!

  5. Great ideas and lovely too! 🙂 Visiting from Friday Chaos and your new follower.

  6. What a fun way to display the nativity scene! I love the bottle brush trees and fake snow in the backdrop too. I came by to say HI from Inspiration Cafe. We appreciate you visiting! I'm following you too. 🙂

  7. Found you via blog parties.

    This is such a cute idea! It looks really great and the fact that it's cat proof is a definitely plus, as I would have that issues as well. Such unique looking jars, I've never seen square ones like that. Cool!


    1. Thanks Jamie! I was so lucky to find these jars. I wasn't sure what I was going to use them for, just knew I would find something eventually. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. What a cute idea, so creative. I found you on Debbie's Newbie Monday and am looking forward to following you. I'm a new blogger and am having fun discovering this new world. Ronda

    1. Thanks so much Ronda! Welcome to the wonderful world of blogland. It's really a lot of fun and there are so many fabulous and friendly bloggers out there. I really appreciate you stopping by and following. I'll be sure to pop over for a visit.

  9. What a great idea! I love it. Now if I could just kitty-proof my Christmas tree. That darn cat loves to climb it. LOL
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Kathy! Trees and cats can be a recipe for Christmas disaster. lol. We tie our trees up with fishing line, and so far so good. It's so sweet of you to pin my projects.

  10. That is so cool! Perfect for the little hands that I have around the house 🙂
    Stopping by from Twirl and Take a Bow Party. Love for you to stop by and return the follow when you can. I am hosting Like Me on facebook later tonight. Love for you to link up your fan page 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by and following. I'll be sure to pop over to your blog and check it out. I'll make it over to facebook tonight if I can. Thanks for the invite!

    1. Thanks Jenifer! By the sounds of it you don't have your set anymore. Well, if you even see another one you could certainly try this. We are enjoying ours. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I saw your link on Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop and the nativity scene idea caught my eye. I love nativities and had to come and see what you did with yours. I love it. It's a beautiful display. My little boy would be messing with the pieces all of the time if I had a miniature set but not in closed jars like that. Clever!! Love it!

    1. Thanks Bridgett! I love nativities too, and I really wanted to give this one a special place. It's such a sweet set. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  12. This is very creative! I really do love it! I might have to check into making one of my own… if I can find a place for it amongst all my other decorations 🙂

    I love Christmas time!

    Feel free to stop by my blog sometime, I'm still new and learning 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Demetria! It's so much fun to decorate at Christmas time. I really appreciate you stopping by and following. It's so nice to have you along.

  13. Very clever…and at my house something like this would be safe from grandbabies hands!