Wood Manger - $3

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DIY manger from fence pickets - build for $3! Free plans from Ana-White.com

Hello DIY Friends!  Happy Friday!

You know what that means!

It's gift plan day!

Jaime from That's My Letter and I have been teaming up to bring you a brand new gift plan every Friday until Christmas.  Just in case you missed it - here's the past week's plans:

As we get closer to Christmas morning, the plans are getting simpler and simpler - so you can get them done in time!

I'm really excited about today's plan - it's so simple and inexpensive ($3 in lumber!!!) to make, but so darling!!!

A DIY Manger!!!

Isn't it adorable? 

Of course, the DIY Nativity Figures don't hurt the cuteness factor - and of course, you can make those too - Jaime's got a full tutorial here.

This would be such a fun project to put together with your children too!  The free plans for the manger follow - hope you like them!

And also - take a second to check out Jaime's manger building post here - she's got lots of details on how she built this manger that you won't want to miss!

Thanks Jaime!

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

1 cedar fence picket measuring 5-1/2" wide x 1/2" thick x 72" long
1/4" scrap plywood for back OR cover back in cedar fence pickets
Hot glue and glue gun for attaching
Can also be nailed or stapled

Cut List

1 @ 15" long (bottom)
2 @ 8-1/2" long - longest point measurement, top end BEVELED at 25 degrees off square (sides)
2 @ 10" long - longest point measurement, top end BEVELED at 25 degrees off square (roof)
Cut back to fit

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Attach sides to bottom, make sure the top angles are placed so the bevel is long point on inside.

Step 2

Mark the roof pieces one inch in from square cut end (to mark roof overhangs). Hot glue the two roof panels together, and then attach the two panels to the sides, lining up roof overhang marks with outside of sides. Glue and staple or nail to sides.

Step 3

For the back, trace the shape out on a piece of 1/4" plywood or other backer board material. You can also plank the back (like Jaime did here) with cedar fence pickets.

Cut a window out with a jigsaw. You can also check out how Jaime trimmed her window out here.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.