Foam Nativity Scene for Christmas

Check out these bits for foam. You don’t have to have a CNC machine. Just draw what you want and carve it out with a router. There’s much less resistance than cutting wood, so this can be done with a low-powered trim router. Draw it, set the bit depth, and carve!

Foam bits mentioned in the video:
→ 1/8″ x 1″ LOC foam cutter
→ 1/4″ x 1″ LOC foam cutter
→ 1/4″ x 2″ LOC foam cutter


  1. Can you provide a source for a pattern for the nativity? Most I have seen are not for the entire scene, but for smaller components of the scene and not all the characters are within the stable.

  2. Nicely done Jay. Did you try adding 2 screws across the centre?
    You could try contact adhesive, I seem to remember that when we made poly castings we used that to add extras.
    Merry Christmas to you and the family.

  3. Glue a 1 x 4 PT strip to the foam wherever you have a rod and then you are screwing into wood. Will also stiffen foam.

  4. Really nice Jay. Always appreciate you trying out new things with the CNC.
    Have you tried drawing with a pen attachment to do artwork? Not sure if you can run G code without the spindle running.
    All the best for the holidays to you and your family and thanks again for the content!

  5. Cool idea and great job. I built some high school marching band props out of the same foam and I found that original Gorilla Glue worked really great to stick foam to foam or foam to wood. I doubled up 2″ sheets to make 4″ thick pieces. I then cut squares out of 3/4 plywood and glued them into routed pockets in the foam with the gorilla glue to create attachment points in the foam.

  6. Nice project Jay. Wondering if you could use Gorilla Glue or the foam in a can for sealing windows and doors to fasten a 1x material to the back to screw to.

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