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Nativity scenes are a display of characters that tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Beyond the historical re-creation, they also act as decorations for the Christmas holiday. Although it is common to have a miniature nativity scene inside your house as a decoration, creating a life-size outdoor nativity can enhance your outdoor decorations. A nativity stable also can house a real-life reenactment of the nativity scene.

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Sketch the elements commonly associated with the nativity stable. The nativity stable often is a simple structure involving three walls and a pitched roof.

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Create scale sketches of the nativity stable you would like to create to serve as references.

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Add supporting beams throughout the walls and ceiling to the sketch.

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Cut the pieces of the wood to the sizes indicated on the sketch.

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Build each wall separately, and lay the support beams for each wall on the ground.

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Connect the support beams before attaching the wall material.

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Lift the pieces and attach them together using nails once each side is assembled.

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Raise the three walls first and attach them together.

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Add a supporting beam across the open side of the structure once the walls are securely attached.

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Construct the roof by adding triangular-shaped pieces in the corners, then connect them together with beams.

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Add the roofing material.

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Remove the front supporting beam to finish the nativity stable.