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A few wool scraps, yarn, and floss make for oh-so-cute Santa (and friends) decorations. We've got the patterns to make it easy!
Quick as a wink, Santa bedecks basic glass votive holders to cast a holiday glow across your tabletop. Purchase puffy Santa stickers from your local crafts or scapbooking store. Dot clear glass votive candleholders with the Santa stickers and other Christmas-motif stickers, such as stars, snowflakes, snowmen, reindeer, or packages, to create a pleasing holiday scene.
Editor's Tip: Create a tabletop vignette by arranging three or more Santa-embellished votive holders on a clear-glass plate or shallow dish. Surround the votives with golden jingle bells, tiny ornaments, decorative Christmas candies, or colorful lightbulbs.
Trim your tree with the classic Santa image depicted in The Night Before Christmas. To make the tiny book ornament, print and cut out the book-front image, available below. Glue to the right side of a 6x4-inch piece of solid-color cardstock; fold cardstock in half to make a 3x4-inch card. Fold four pieces of 6x4-inch parchment paper in half. Glue crease of each piece to inside center of folded cardstock to resemble pages. Glue a narrow ribbon loop to inside crease for hanger.
Editor's Tip: Replicate this look with your favorite holiday image. Choose a vintage image or copyright-free graphic, and follow the ornament instructions. Images with the appearance of a book cover work best.
Tiny tart tins make the leap from cookware to cheery Santa-theme wall decor. Painted, glittered, and joined with metal jump rings, the three tins earn festive status with holiday chipboard buttons as their centerpiece.
Wave a flag for Santa's favorite season. Reuse Christmas cards featuring the Jolly Old Elf's image in a festive banner. Choose a single Santa style or string different depictions for an eclectic view of the season's familiar gift giver. Add printed or handwritten sentiments between ribbon-hung Santas for a banner that expresses your personal holiday perspective.
Welcome Christmas guests to your table with Santa hat place cards. The glittery fur-trim hats also make great party favors.
Store your holiday snacks in a festive Santa Claus container. Cut scrapbooking paper into the following shapes: a mustache, a hatband, and a Santa hat. Adhere the cutouts to the top of a large flat plastic container using a glue stick. Using crafts glue, attach a cotton ball at the tip of the hat and a group of cotton balls underneath the mustache to create a beard. Fill the container with cheese puffs or another favorite Christmas snack.
Make Christmas cards inspired by Santa's suit using red and white construction paper, black ribbon, and glitter. Fold red construction paper into 4x6-inch cards. Glue a black ribbon across the center of one card for Santa's belt, and add a frame-shape buckle made from black construction paper and gold glitter. Make a Santa-hat card by gluing a 2-inch strip of white construction paper to the bottom of a red card. Run a glue stick over the white section and sprinkle with white glitter. Adhere a red right-angle triangle as shown to create the look of a folded-over hat. Attach a round piece of white paper covered in glitter to the bottom tip of the triangle.
These darling Santa Claus and Rudolph finger puppets are sure to please a young audience this Christmas. To make Santa, wrap a rectangular piece of red felt around a dime coin wrapper; glue in place. Add shorter layer of red felt for Santa's coat, gluing at the top and making a slit in the front as shown. Cut small pieces of white and black felt for his collar, coat trim, belt and button; adhere the pieces using crafts glue. Glue a wooden bead (available at crafts stores) to the top of the coin wrapper; let dry. Attach a piece of white pipe cleaner for Santa's beard and a cut out for his mustache. Draw Santa's eyes onto the wooden bead. Sew a hat using red and white felt and a white pom-pom, and glue the hat to the top of Santa's head.
Top a Christmas gift with this fun Santa Claus paper ornament. Using the patterns, cut a chimney and hat from red construction paper; the chimney top, beard, mustache, and hat trim from white; face from cream; and mittens from green. Draw bricks on the red chimney with gold glitter glue; let dry. Layer pieces to make Santa's hat and face, and use marking pens to draw his facial features. Spread glue on Santa's hat trim, beard, and mustache, then sprinkle with white glitter. Add glue to the mittens and sprinkle with green glitter; let dry. Glue the pieces in place as shown. Glue a jingle bell to the top of the hat, and place a holly sticker on the chimney. Punch a hole in the top of the hat and thread a ribbon through for hanging.
Giving your home Santa-inspired flair can be as easy as adding a black ribbon and an O-ring belt buckle to a pillow to create the look of Santa's belt. We used this holiday pillow, but a plain red pillow would work well, too. Thread the ribbon through the buckle and sew the ends into the seams of the pillow. Sew white fluffy trim (available at fabric stores) around the edges for a festive Santa Claus craft.
Use a window sill to capture this scene straight from the North Pole -- Santa hanging out with his reindeer pal on a snowy landscape. The twig-and-felt figurines are held together with hot glue, but with this easy-to-make project, you can sub in crafts glue and make it with kids.
This Santa has all the requisite characteristics: fluffy beard, twinkling eyes, and a red hat with jingle bell tassels. The only thing missing is his sleigh loaded with presents.
The patina of this Santa gives him an aged look, but painted polka dots and stripes give the sculpture modern appeal. Follow our step-by-step instructions for molding, sculpting, and painting this keepsake trinket box.
This shimmering chipboard star will add a vintage look to your Christmas decor. Start with a small chipboard star and trace the shape onto old sheet music. Cut out the music and glue to the glossy white side of the star. Use an ink blending tool to spread raised felt dye ink onto the star, blending it into the center. Secure a Santa face to the star using two adhesive dots. Cut a small strip from ecru scrapbook paper (making inverted V cuts into each end), accordion-fold ends to match the picture, and glue across Santa's beard. Print Merry Christmas on a separate strip of ecru paper and glue to banner.
Cover a large chipboard star with double-sided adhesive tape, trimming the excess. Adhere the smaller star to the larger one with two adhesive dots. Sprinkle ultrafine German glass glitter over the large star, shaking off the excess. To hang, punch a hole in the large star and add a wire hook.
Use our free pattern and a purchased needle punching kit (from a crafts store) to create this classic portrait of Father Christmas.
Get ready for Santa's big appearance with a stocking featuring none other than the big guy himself. Sew a pretty stocking from silk (with our free pattern) and embellish it with pleated paper medallions and Santa scrapbooking stickers.
Send warm holiday wishes with a card handcrafted from paper and antique-inspired scrapbooking supplies. Or for the real deal, scout out vintage cards from flea markets and antiques shops, and use in place of the scrapbooking materials.
Santa doesn't seem to mind the blue bird perched on his head. The duo makes for a cheery holiday pillow with whimsical appeal.
Lots of little pieces come together to make this stunning stocking, and we have patterns for all of them. Download the free patterns and start by working one area at a time. Cut out the pieces for one section, applique, and embellish, then move on to the next area. That way, you won't have to keep track of lots of small pieces.
New to applique? Try this easy project. It starts with a premade blanket and involves bigger pieces -- which are easier to work with. Machine stitching means you can whip it up in no time.