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Whimsical Wooden Santa

Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2yrs and up | Written by: Amanda Formaro
[Amanda is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children.]

Make a cute holiday craft using scrap bits of wood.

This rosy-cheeked Santa Claus can be put together in less than an hour. These are wonderful accents for your dinner table or fireplace mantel.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Begin by sanding all rough edges around the wood to eliminate the possibility of painful splinters while working.
  2. Cover the entire piece of wood with muslin material, gluing as you go and keeping seems in the back (and to a minimum).
  3. Use the holiday material and wrap it around Santa's "head" to fashion his cap.
  4. Use craft glue to tack down as you work your way around, keeping seams in the back.
  5. Use ribbon to create the cap rim, again, keeping seams in the back, gluing as you go.
  6. Use blush brush to gently add blush to Santa's cheeks.
  7. Dot on eyes with small paintbrush and black paint, dot on nose with pink paint.
  8. Glue the holly leaves & berries in the bottom corner before adding the beard hair.
  9. Glue the doll hair in place to crate the beard, working small sections at a time to ensure full coverage. Fill in empty sections where necessary.
  10. To finish, glue gold button to the top of the cap and add a few flecks of textured snow paint to the holly berries and leaves.

Recommended Books/Products:

175 Easy to Do Christmas Crafts
by: Sharon Dunn Umnik
The crafts in this book are great. There are so many projects in this book that everyone is bound to find one they like. Some are so simple that they are almost ridiculus. Even if you do not think you are a crafty person you will find a craft you can do in this book. As a pre-school teacher I have used various crafts in this book as patterns for larger or more detailed class projects. This is a great buy at a good price.
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