To make a nativity scene from wood:
Cut template from 3/4" pine if the nativity will be standing or 1/2" plywood if you are making a nativity that will hang like an ornament for your tree.
For the base of a standing nativity, cut a piece of plywood about 10 1/2" by 4" to be the base. Sand all pieces
Using carbon paper, transfer the lines of the template on to the wood. Paint with your choice of acrylic paint.
Glue raffia to the manger to give it a 3-dimensional look.
Yarn or doll hair could be used for Mary's hair - just hot glue it on following the outline of the template. Can also be added to the beard.
Use blush or a pale pink for the cheeks.
If hanging, when finished drill a hole in the top of each head. String wire or gold cord through the holes and loop the wire.