Before I made miniatures and dollshouses I did a lot of origami ( Japanese paper folding art).
Using this technique I tried to fold as small as possible to made all kinds of dollshouse scenes.
 In 1991 I made my first two Nativity scenes in origami.

A Nativity scene made of coloured origami paper in a little matchbox. 
4,3 x 3 cm.

A Nativity scene made of white origami paper in a large matchbox.

7,7 x 5,2 cm.

The same year I visited the Nativity exhibition in De Heilig Land Stichting in Nijmegen.
It was great!
I was astonished to see so many different Nativity Scenes from all over the world.
In the museum shop they sold Nativity scenes and I bought a few.

  Nativity scene from Peru. 4 x 6 cm.
Nativity scene from Peru. Made of white stone with old dentisttools.  1.5 x 2.5 cm.
Nativity scene in a nut from Peru. 3.5 x 2.5 cm.

This was the begining of my collection.



 I bought these white plastic figures at the dollshouse fair in Arnhem.

After I painted them I glued them back into the box they came in.


Nativity with doors from Peru

4 x 3 cm.


A tiny iron Nativity scene bought at the dollshouse fair.

1 x 1.4 cm.

Nativity scene of grey and white stone from Peru.

1,7 x 2 cm.

Than I stopped collecting until……………………I found out that making Nativity scenes was fun!


I made this Nativity scene out of wood, little branches, moss,
paper and beads. 

2.5 x 2 cm.



 Wooden stable with fimo figures.

Made by Manja Nelen.

3.5 x 3 cm.


These fimo figures were made by Veronica Vleugels.
I made the stable. 
4 x 3.2 cm.



 A tiny Nativity scene made from a mussel and other shells I found during a holiday. 

1.5 x 0.8 cm.


Paper Nativity scene made by Ria Gouwerok. 
4.5 x 3 cm.


Paper nativity scene made by 
Lia van der Spek.

3 x 2.4 cm.


Wooden nativity scene with plastic figures made by Else Koning.
2.8 x 3 cm.


Nativity scene from Peru.

3 x 2.8 cm.


Nativity scene from Peru in a nut.

Looking at these figures always makes me smile.

3 x 4,3 cm.


I designed and crocheted this Nativity scene.
The pattern is in my book: "Needlework for Christmas in Miniature".

4 x 4 cm.

2003 - a lot of nativities this year.


Wooden Ikea-nativity made by Wilma van Elderen.

2 x 1 cm.

3-D cut out nativity made of white paper in a wooden frame.
Made by Margreet van der Woude.

4.5 x 2.5 cm.


Nativity scene in an iron thimble.

2 x 2.2 cm.


Hanging Nativity scene decoration- made of tin. Designed after old models. Handpainted, bought in Solingen-Germany.

4.4 x 6.8 cm.


Nativity scene made by Eline Jansen.

5 x 4 cm.

I designed and embroidered this nativity scene.
16 stitches per cm.

6 x 2.5 cm.

Same nativity but now much smaller.
Embroidered on silk gauze of 32 stitches per cm.

3.5 x 1.3 cm.

Margreet van der Woude bought this nativity scene in Guatemala.

3.7 x 5 cm.


Silverplated tin nativity scene.

4,2 x 1,8


Nativity scene made of red copper by Loes Snoodyk.

7 x 4,5 cm.

I made this scene in a shell. The figures are small stones from Italy and the sheep are sea urchins.
4 x 2 cm.

Nativity made of hand painted tin.
Albstadt, Germany

4 parts, 3,5 x 2,5 cm.


Nativity bought in a religious shop

3,4 x 2,4 cm.


Fimo nativity made by
Petra Brijl.

3,2 x 2,3 cm.


Nativityscene from the Ertsgebirge, Germany.

2,3 x 2,3


Crocheted nativity made by
Lia van der Spek.

2,5 x 1,3 cm.


PaperNativity scene using the 3-d technique. Made by Lia van der Spek.

1,9 x 1,3


PaperNativity scene using the 3-d technique. Made by Lia van der Spek. 

1,9 x 1,3


Crystal engraved with a Nativity scene. Present from Dorothee Chabot-
New Zealand. 

2 x 3 cm.

I made a flag from a picture printed on fabric.

With an angel on top.

3,5 x 17


Nativity scene made of lead
Wilma van Elderen.

3,7 x 3,4 cm.


PaperNativity scene using the 3-d technique. Made by Lia van der Spek. 

2,1 x 2 cm.

 Although I did not want to buy more Nativity scenes from Peru; I bought this one because it was so different from the others. 5,9 x 4,3 cm.

 A musicbox with Nativity scene! The 3 kings go around the stable while Silent Night plays. 
8,5 x 5,5 cm


Nativity scene of terra cotta made by Klara Meijer.

2,5 x 3 cm.


Nativity scene made of shrink plastic is similar to pictures by Dick Bruna.
5 x 4 cm.

Nativity scenes cut from brass. Present from Manja Nelen, 5.5 x 6.5 cm.

I made the nativity from soapstone, the floor is a piece of oyster shell 4,5x1,5 , and a card from the magazine P&M 1 x 1,1 cm.

2 Nativity scenes from  Peru, 7,5 x 7,5. Gift from Margriet van Loon.
Nativityscene made from paper made by Ria Gouwerok using 3-d technique, 4 x 3 cm.
I made this nativity from my embroidery design, 6 x 3 cm

Wooden nativity after Dick Bruna, bought on the fair from the fam. Giessen, figures are 2 cm. 
Nativity in a metal star, swapped with  Else Koning, 2,5 x 3 cm.
2 Paper nativities from the internet, 2,2 x 2,7 cm., en 3,2x2,7 cm.
And another nativity from Peru because I liked the shape 4 x 5 cm.


Paper nativity from Germany.
This 3-D stals consists of 1 piece of paper.
2 x 1,7 cm.


Paper nativity.
Made of 2 pieces of paper
2 x 1,7 cm.

Nativity in a theater.
Design Theodor Guggenberger,
designer of the Theatre in Munich
3 x 3,7 cm.

Paper nativity after a Byzantine icon of the Mont Athos.
Unfortunately by printing it very small I lost the beautiful colours
2 x 2,3 cm.


German nativity, 1 piece of paper. Lot of depth in it.
2,5 x 2,3 cm.


Nativity fromPeru.
Gift from Loes Diebels.
3,2 x 3,5


Painted iron nativity.
Bought in the museum shop in Heesch
1,8 x 1,7


I made this nativity from tooth picks
Figures 0,7 - 0,9 cm


A lovely Eskimo nativity made from fimo by  Lia van der Spek.
3,7 x 2,8 cm.


Nativity scene of wool felt made by Manja Nelen. 5,6 x 3,4 cm.


Wooden Russian nativity scene.
5 x 5 cm.


From Peru is this unpainted  wooden nativity.
3,8 x 4,3 cm.


3 paper nativities, the first one is 3,5 x 1,2 cm.,  a paper nativity on a box of the internet,1,7 x 2,5 cm. the third one from the site iceberg, 3,5 x 1,2 cm.

This teeny weeny nativity is my smallest so far. It is made by Nancy van 't Hof.
0,8 x 0,7 cm.

A diy nativity in a matchbox. Gift from Manja Nelen.
The paper parts are in the box..
5,3 x 3,5 cm.

Nancy and Maud van 't Hof gave me these porzellan figures.
Height 3,5 cm.

A lot of paper nativities from the site . I reduced them in size til about 2-4 cm, printed them, cut and glued together. Sometimes I had to guess a little because there was no description with it. I made the floors myself.

These are published bij Schreiber from Germany

These paper nativities are published by Merrimack edition, Ballemann and son-Denemarken, and the last two unknown.

2 nativities from Germany and the last one from Austria?


Publisher NZV.
Design: I ter Koele


Publisher NZV.
Disign: C.Dematons


Publisher NZV.
Disign: C.Dematons


Publisher Jean Maro-Poznan

Nativity in a pistachio nut. This one is made by Sandra Exterkate.
1,4 x 2,4 cm.


Sandra Exterkate made this one too
The stone is a geode
3,2 x 3,2 cm.


Manja bought this nativity for me on a flea market.
3,7 x 3,8 cm.



My daughter Els brought this nativity for me from Bolivia. 
Figures 3 cm.



Lia came and brought this nativity she made herself.
4,3 x 2,1 cm.



An old nativity on cardboard. Probably Germany
3,1 x 3,1 cm.



This nativity used to be a charm for a necklace.
2 x 2,3 cm



Loes Diebels brought this nativity for me from Brasil.
5 x 3,5 cm.



Small metal nativity.
1,5 x 1,7



1,5 x 1,7 nativity from Peru. Made of painted clay.
5 x 5,5 cm



Wooden Russian nativity, beautifully painted.
10 x 7,8 cm.



Simpel wooden nativoty from Germany.
7,5 x 6 cm.


I got this hanger in a Christmas card from Manja Nelen.
5,2 x 5,4 cm



Nativities from the Erz Gebirge. Made by Volker Arnold

5 x 3,7 cm.

3,3 x 3,8 cm.

1,8 x 1,5 cm.

2,3 x 3 cm.

1,8 x 1,1 cm.


Nativity made from fimo after a full size nativity from Peru by  Lia van der Spek, 2,8 x 2,2 cm. 
Nativity wreath from Ecuador, 6 x 6,4 cm.,
2  Nativities made of synthetic material, 3,1 x 2,1 cm. en 2,9 x 1,9 cm.

Very small nativity made of laser cutted wood from Germany, 1 x 0,8 cm.
An even smaller one made of fimo by Sandra Exterkate, 0,5 x 0,5 cm.

Beautiful glass and gold nativity from Mexico. I bought this on the fair in New York. The photo does not do it justice.

Figures 1,5 cm.


Machine cutted wooden nativity. Made in Italy.

4 x 4,4 cm.


Nativity made of soapstone from Peru, 4 x 3,7 cm.,  Nativity made of synthetic material and wood by AnneRie van Maaren, 5,4 x 3,9 cm.,
Nativity made of earthenware from Peru, 7,5 x 6.


Nativity made of synthetic material, made in China, the figures are 2,5 cm.
Nativity in a box, made by Alicia Volta from Portugal, 6,5 x 5,5 cm. 
Ball shaped jig saw, diameter 7 cm., Floor gave it to me at Christmas.
A Szopka, the famous nativity scene made after the dom in Krakov, Poland, 7,5 x 6,5 cm.

Lovely nativity made in a picture frame by Joan and Ymkje, 6 x 5 cm. Nativity of plaster from Mexico, 4,4 x 4,5 cm.
Porzellan scene, these are Santons from France, figures are 3,1 cm. I had so many of them so I show them like this.

Christmas tree hanger made of fime by Sandra Exterkate, 5 x 5 cm.  I knitted this nativity with sewing yarn on knitting needles of 0.5 mm. The firures are 1,7 - 2 cm. Pitoresque nativity made by Petra Brijl, 7 x 3,5 cm.

Wooden nativity from Erz Gebirge in Germany bought as a diy kit, put together and painted, 3 x 2,5 cm.
Glass nativity with goldpaint, gift from Nienke Wouda, 4,5 x 5,5 cm. Nativity from Ecuador, the basic of the figures is a stone from fruit covered with clay, figures 3,5 cm. Very small, beautifully made nativity by Joël Dedianne, figures 6 mm.

I bought an old nativity from Has and John, repaired the figures and made the flooring, figures 3,7 cm.
Scene of felt made by Maria Vleugels, I made the stall and the trees, height 2.5 cm.
Nativity made by Jan Jones from Australia, swapped for 2 pattern books, 4 x 3 cm. 
Nativity from Ecuador, gift from Jacomine, 3 x 4 cm.

 All this information was written in 15 miniature books titled:  "Geen wiegje als rustplaats". I cannot make any more of these books because I do not have the software. Fortunately I had the information on the computer.

Van 2008

Nativity from Guatamala, 5,8 x 4,8. Glass nativity, gift from Wilma van Elderen 3,5 x 5,5. 
Nativity made of metal and olive wood. Gift from Elly de Bruyn, 4,5 x 5,5.

Old nativity painted on back paper and goldpaint, bought on the fair 3 x 5 cm. 2 old nativities on thick paper with sparkles, bought on the fair, 3 x 5 cm. Christmastree hanger of laser cut wood. Present from Jeannette en Ken Fishwick as they stayed with us, 4,5 x 6 cm.
Nativity made of tin, thank you present for joining the nativity exhibition in Vorden.( The Netherlands)


2 Nativities of resin, bought on the fair, 4 x 3,2 cm.4 Paper nativities from the internet, app. 2 x 4 cm.


2 Nativities with 3-d figures from the internet. Figures 1,2 cm. Nativity swapped with Jan Jones from Australia, 4,1 x 1,8. Navajo nativity made by Carolyn Loshbaugh after authentic examples, 2,5 x 2,4 cm

Nativity in an egg from Peru, The agg is made of wood and the painting is folk art. Bought in the " Wereldwinkel", 7 cm.


Nativity of resin in a snow globe. Bought during our holiday in the Harz, Germany, 6 x 4,2. 2 Nativity kits I bought from Arnold Volker.       I put them together and painted them. The first one is 1,4 x 1 cm. , the second one is 3,2 x 2 cm. 
Wooden Christmastree hanger. Present from Philippa Muether during the fair in Rheda ( Germany), 5 x 8 cm                                                          


2  Brass nativities bought during the fair in Rheda ( Germany), a very small one of 1 and a larger one of 2,5 cm.
Wooden nativity called "zwiebogen", bought during our holiday in the Harz made by fam Stäbler in Aalen, Germany, 2,3 x 1,3.
Resin nativity , bought during the fair in Vaassen ( The Netherlands) 1,2 x 2,8.
Wooden nativity in a cherry pip, hand made. Bought on the fair in Rheda from Inge en Klaus Stäbler


Nativity in snowglobe, bought at the Action, 7,5 x 6,5 cm.

The 6 nativities I took over from Trees Vughts. Nativity of jute, actually too large for my collection but I love folk art, 10 x 8,5 cm.
Nativity of painted plastic, 6 x 4 cm. Nativity on a Christmastree hanger, 4,5 x 6 cm

Nativity from Peru in a match box, 5 x 4 cm. Nativity on a stamp, 5,5 x 4 cm, Nativity made of glass, 7,5 x 6 cm.

And then I had 202 nativities! !