I picked up this not-so-pretty nativity from Walmart, each piece was $1.97. I knew I wasn't going to display them as-is (did you notice Joseph's eyes? So exasperated!), I had other things in mind for them.
My Christmas style is quite colorful and modern, so the traditional nativity sets just don't really "go" with my hot pink glittery trees or my favorite bright green metallic trees, you know? But you know what does? Silver spray paint!
I used a few coats of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint, and used a mixture of vinegar and water in a fine mist squirt bottle to try and give it a bit more texture (not sure if it made a big difference, though).
You could also use a white spray paint, with a few coats of glossy clear on top to get the white porcelain effect. Or even bright colors like hot pink or lime green for a kids nativity set.
This little set is the seventh addition to my nativity collection, including this one, which is the kids favorite. Nativities are an important part of our family's Christmas decorations. They have strict instructions to not mess with my fragile and expensive sets, but they can play with their Fisher Price nativity set and one other mini set we have. I love watching my girls play with the baby Jesus. Somehow he ends up getting mixed up with their little princesses and Polly Pockets, and that's just fine with me.