Whimsical Santa

How cute is this little whimsical Santa?

I’ve been in a bit of a funk these past few days; something I go through (and always will) each year at this time.

But this stinkin’ cute Santa is enough to nearly bring everyone out of a funk. Right?

And it’s something different for me. I’m always looking for new techniques or new talents to learn, and I stumbled upon a video from Le Wreath on YouTube that inspired me — so much so that I bought enough supplies to make three; two for me and one to use to drag my neighbor into my crafting web.

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We had a great time!  I still work full-time at a job that I really enjoy and I can work from home, so we worked on these over two lunch breaks, then a little more one evening.

#lunchbreakcrafting

Well, let’s get into, shall we?

Supplies

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1/2 yard of fleece for Santa’s hat (because, the fabric is doubled, you’ll actually have enough to make two Santa hats), 21-inch square of white or off-white fleece for Santa’s head and back, 1/8 yard of sherpa fabric for the rim of Santa’s hat (that’s the smallest amount you can buy), a very small scrap of fur, one skein of white loop yarn, polyester batting, 6 3/4-inch diameter round stryofoam ball (you can buy these in halves if you prefer), flexible copper wire for Santa’s glasses (or whatever color you prefer – available at Dollar Tree), two 1/4-inch doll eyes (you can use whatever you’d like to use, but these are sold at Hobby Lobby in a packet of 12-sets of eyes for $2.99), blush, ladies’ hosiery, a piece of foam board or cardboard to cut into a 6 3/4-inch circle, needle and thread to match the fleece for Santa’s hat, scissors, wire cutters, hot glue gun, and something to attach to the end of Santa’s hat (tassle, ornament, beads, etc.).

Santa’s Head:

  1. If you have a foam ball, using a serrated knife, cut the ball in half right down the center.
  2. Now, on the flat side of the foam ball, and about 1/2-inch in from the edge, dig out a small trench, using a butter knife, all the way around the diameter of the foam, Don’t go in too deep or you might compromise the side of the styro.

Cut a 12 1/2-inch diameter circle from the white fleece. Be sure to cut it all the over to one side, as you’ll be using the other side for the backing.

  1. Stretch the fleece all the way around to the flat side of the styro, then using the butter knife, tuck the edges of the fleece into the trench. Do NOT use hot glue for this. The hot glue will only melt the styro.
  2. Do this all the way around the edge of the flat side, stretching any wrinkles out of the fleece.
  3. Cut away any excess, then continue to tuck in the fleece until it basically disappears into the foam.

Backing to Santa’s Head:

  1. Cut a 6 3/4-inch diameter circle from foam board or corrugated cardboard.
  2. Cut about an 8-inch diameter circle from the remaining while fleece.
  3. With the fleece circle underneath the cardboard circle, apply a circle of hot glue to the edge of the cardboard circle and quickly pull up the fleece to glue it down.

(Look at my hands and arms and all the age marks, glue burns, freckles, etc. Everyday my hands look more and more like my mother’s, which is a good thing.)

Now, you apply the fleece-covered cardboard circle to the back of the fleece-covered styro (Santa’s head).

  1. Put a circle of hot glue around the edge of the fleece-covered cardboard and a bunch around the center.
  2. Working quickly and being careful not to burn yourself, turn the styro flat side down and push into the cardboard.

Hold the two together until you’re sure the hot glue is cooled and dry.

Onward and forward.

Santa’s Face:

Santa begins to develop his personality with the eyes you choose to use. I used doll eyes, but only the black parts that look like black screws. I didn’t use the whites. Remember this is your inspiration. You can paint your eyes on to his face, you can use googly eyes, you can use buttons, etc. It’s your project, so be sure to really make it your own.

  1. I place two pins in the place where I wanted the eyes to be. The good thing about doing this is that you can keep moving them around until you’re satisfied.
  2. Then using an ice pick, I poked a hole into Santa’s head exactly where the pins were stuck.
  3. I put a very small amount of hot glue onto the tip of the black eye screw, and pushed it into the hole created by the ice pick.

Santa’s Hat:

  1. Lay the piece of fleece you have for Santa’s hat flat on a table.
  2. Place Santa’s head on top of the fleece at the point where you want the hat to come down over his forehead and leaving about an inch on the right side.
  3. Fold the left side over to meet the right side, and pin.
  1. Remove Santa’s head. This is the size you will need for Santa’s hat
  2. Cut a triangular shape the length of the fleece.
  3. You now have two choices. You can hot glue the ends together or you can sew it. I sewed mine, but my neighbor hot-glued hers and it held very tightly.

Now it’s time to stuff Santa’s hat.

  1. Turn the hat to right side out, so that the sewn or glued seam is on the inside.
  2. Fill the hat with polyester batting, but keep it fairly light so you’ll be able to gather up the point of the hat later.20200827_121145 (1)

Attaching Santa’s Hat to Santa’s Head:

  1. Place the hat onto Santa’s head, being sure to line up the seam in the back. Place the hat carefully over Santa’s face, approximately one-inch from the eyes. Move it around until you are satisfied with its placement.
  2. Fold up the edge of the hat and apply hot glue to Santa’s forehead, then press and hold the hat down into the glue until it is cooled. Do this all the way around the hat.

Santa’s Cheeks:

I simply used my own blush and applied it using my own brush. Look at that personality beginning to shine!

Santa’s Beard:

Now comes the fun part, Santa’s beard!

  1. Using the white loop yarn – and no gluing, yet – lay out the first row of Santa’s beard.
  2. Move it around until you’re satisfied. Remember that his nose and glasses will be added.
  3. Once you’re satisfied, begin hot gluing it in place. See that pink cover over my finger? I strongly suggest you get yourself some hot glue finger protectors. You can get them at Dollar Tree and there are three in a pack. As you glue, hold the yarn down in place for a minute or so.
  4. Glue the whole first row of loop yarn.
  1. For the second row, just continue by holding up the loops from the first row, then gluing down the second row in place. There is no need to cut the yarn. Just go back and forth across Santa’s face.
  2. Continue this until the entire face is covered. It should use about half of the skein of loop yarn. All the way to the bottom where the styro meets the cardboard.     

When you’ve completely covered Santa’s face with beard, cut off the loop yarn at the end and glue the end down.

He’s really beginning to shine!!

The beard will be kind of smashed from holding up the loops as you glue the yarn in place, so just take a minute to fluff up and out his beard.

Santa’s Nose:

Probably the easiest part of this project is making Santa’s nose.

  1. Cut a piece of hosiery about 5-inches in diameter.
  2. Place a ball of polyester batting into the center of the piece of hosiery.
  3. Using a piece of thread, string, or yarn, tie up the hosiery until its very tight.
  4. Use you imagination. Make the nose small like mine, or give a more whimsical look with a larger nose. You decide.

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Santa’s Glasses:

You can probably buy Santa glasses at most craft stores, but I made these using copper wire from Dollar Tree.

  1. Loop the wire around a prescription bottle, letting it overlap about an inch. Pull it off the bottle.
  2. Then, leaving about 3-inches in between, loop the wire around the bottle, again. Overlap the wire about an inch, then cut with wire-clippers.
  3. About half-way in that 3-inch space, pull the wire down as shown.
  1. Place the glasses on Santa’s face, moving them around until you’re satisfied with the placement.
  2. Place a dollop of hot glue onto Santa’s face and also onto the nose.
  3. Press the nose into place and hold for several minutes.
  4. Don’t worry about “snot” coming out of his nose. We’ll cover that up with his mustache.

Santa’s Mustache and Eyebrows:

  1. Using a small piece of fur, draw an M on the back of fur, as shown. It is about 1 1/2-inches by 4-inches long.
  2. Then using small sharp scissors, cut out the mustache. Be sure to cut the fur from the back side and be sure the scissor blade is only cutting the “skin” of the fur and not the fur, itself.
  3. Set aside the small pieces left over.

This next part is delicate work. Be careful not to burn your fingers.

  1. Apply a very thin line of hot glue to the back of the mustache fur.
  2. Quickly place it under Santa’s nose, making sure that the edge of the fur backing (skin) isn’t showing. Hold in place until cooled. (See? His snotty nose is completely covered. ha ha )

Then finesse the fur into the position you like best. I like the fur divided into a kind of handlebar style.

Now it’s time to apply the eyebrows.

  1. Apply a thin line of hot glue to the back of each of the small pieces of fur left over from the mustache.
  2. Quickly press into Santa’s hat right above his glasses. Hold in place until cooled.

Again, this is your project, so you can finesse your eyebrow fur into any position you’d like to see it in.

Curling Santa’s Hat:

This is going to be tough to get to the end, but you’re going to love it.

  1. Using a long piece of thread, doubled through a needle and knotted on the end, push the needle in and then right back out near the hat rim.
  2. Do this a second time, so the thread is secured.
  3. Then begin making long stitches, about 1/2-inch, all the way to near the tip of the hat.

When you reach the tip of the hat with your stitching, you’ll begin to gently pull the thread to gather it. Work with until you’ve formed the curve in the hat. When you’re satisfied, run the needle back through the fabric and knot it off.

This part of the project takes patience. So, don’t do it when you’re in a hurry.

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At the tip of the hat, you can add beads, an ornament to hang from Santa’s hat, a tassel, whatever floats your boat. I made two tassels using left over yarn from other project.

Finally, we attach the sherpa cuff around the hat.

  1. Place the strip of sherpa fur around the bottom of Santa’s hat and move around until you are satisfied with the placement.
  2. Lift the sherpa fur up slightly at the bottom and run a line of hot glue across it then press into place. Hold until the glue is cooled.
  3. Repeat this all the way around the entire Santa head.

Okay, seriously, how stinkin’ cute is he?

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I think he’s so cute that I made two of them. Twins!!

I hope you enjoyed this and if you make one, please send me a pic.

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I love and miss you Jean Elizabeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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