Welcome to Day 2 of the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!
Lots of designers and manufacturers have come together to share great ideas for holiday gifts and décor.
Be sure to hop through all the blogs on the list at the bottom of this post – and enter to win a huge prize package full of crafty swag!
This “peek-a-boo” Santa is great to use on a plant stake, or tuck him into wreath or between the branches of the Christmas tree.
‘Tis the Santa season for many of us and he is popping up everywhere! Where will we find him at your house, I wonder…?
You will need:
6” Smoothfoam ball
1” Smoothfoam ball
3” Smoothfoam ball (optional)
Craft paints: black, red, beige
2 wiggle eyes
White jumbo chenille stems
Black glitter ribbon
Wide, flat paintbrush
Bamboo skewers, wax paper
Toothpicks, straight pins
1. Push a bamboo skewer into the small hole in the 6″ ball to use as a handle while you paint the top half of the ball beige for Santa’s head and paint the bottom half red for his body. Use the seam around the center of the ball as your guide.
TIP: Smoothfoam requires no prep and its smooth surface makes it easy to paint. Red paint is often transparent however, so 2 or 3 coats may be required. Let paint dry thoroughly between coats. Dry with a hair dryer if you’re in a hurry!
2. Wrap black ribbon around the center of the ball. Overlap the ends then secure with a straight pin.
3. To make Santa’s nose, push the 1” ball onto a toothpick and paint it red. Let dry, then push the opposite end of the toothpick into Santa’s head above the belt. Glue the wiggle eyes in place above the nose.
4. Bend a 6” length of jumbo chenille into the shape of a mustache and attach it beneath the nose with a straight pin. Use a skewer to make pilot holes on either side of the head, then push one end of a 9”-12” length of chenille into each hole to bend into a beard as shown. Add one more tuft of chenille to the top of Santa’s head to finish. Push Santa on to a skewer to use as a plant stake.
Option: If you want Santa to be freestanding, carefully cut a 3” ball in half, then paint one half black. Secure the painted half to the base of the Santa ball with a toothpick.
TIP: To smooth out the cut side of the ball, wrap it with wax paper, secure a skewer pushed into the top (rounded part), then carefully go over the cut surface with an iron on medium heat. The wax paper will prevent the foam from sticking to your iron.
Here are the blogs participating in the hop today:
Clearsnap | Craft Attitude – Jonathan Fong | Smoothfoam
Donna Salazar Designs | Walnut Hollow | 100 Proof Press
Graphic45 | ICE Resin | Stampendous | Sizzix – Eileen Hull
Graphic 45 – Romy Veul | Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman
Sizzix – Tami Mayberry | 100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell
ICE Resin – Cindy Cima Edwards | Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo
Graphic 45 – Susan Lui | Sizzix – Lorine Mason Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer
Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella | Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu