Christmas Cotton Batting Ornaments Holiday DIY

Antique Santa Ornament

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s I used to run a little Christmas shop in Santa Fe, NM. It was there that I first saw the reproductions of antique holiday decorations from Germany. It was love at first sight! The spun cotton ornaments, glass shapes, paper-pulp candy containers and the vast array of whimsical carving captured my imagination. My Antique Santa Ornament is inspired by enchanted Christmases past where holiday decorating was done with carefully crafted handmade treasures that were kept from generation to generation.  

These little Santa’s are made with felt, cotton batting, card stock, and old-fashioned style pipe cleaners.

Let’s Get Started!

Print Out Your Pattern

Guidelines For Printing This Pattern

This pattern will not print the correct size! Each piece is labeled with the correct dimension. Make the image larger, don’t worry if the heading runs off the page. 135% is a good guess.

Antique Paper Scrap Faces

Guidelines For Printing Ephemera

You can print this on a full sheet of 8.5 x 11 piece of glossy photo paper or indicate a 4 x 6 piece of paper (in your print settings). Always set the print quality to high.

Gather Your Supplies

Single Ply Felt & Matching Card Stock
I bought these on store- Sweetemmajean

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The color of these pipe cleaners match perfectly with the cotton batting. This link will take you to This is for a 10 Pack.
Cotton Batting! This link will take you to
Matching Ribbon-Keep Them Under 1/4″ Seam binding works well! They can be found on
24 Tiny Fabric Pine Sprigs from Austria. These are still available on Etsy!! 32NorthSupplies has them. Hurry up before they are gone.

I like to glitter and dry my cotton batting before I use it. Pro tip; I spray with glitter blast, sprinkle on a combination of course + iridescent glitter, and seal with the spray. It works great! Don’t want to buy all of this? Substitute with Glue and glitter.

The Pieces

Cut out all of the pieces. All of them are felt accept for the one labelled card stock. Cut a thin strip 1/4″ strip of cotton batting. With scalloped scissors, trim the 5″ x 1″ pieces.

Make Your Base

Close With Masking Tape
Cover With Felt
Burnish the seams with a toothbrush then, smooth it out with your fingers. This will diminish the seam.
With hot glue, attach the cotton batting.


Carefully roll the felt over the pipe cleaner.
Trim off the excess, Burnish the seam.
Arm holes should be “about” 1″ from the top.
Carefully, make a hole big enough for the arms.
This is the trickiest part! Carefully, Pull the arm thru.
Bend the arms down, and add the cotton batting cuffs.

Santa’s Cape

Attach with hot glue.
Use a fork to make your tiny bow.
Attach the bow and the face.

The Hat

Glue the back edge
Turn inside out & burnish the seam
Attach the cotton batting trim
Glue on the hat and tree

Attach The Legs

Find an extra chenille pipe cleaner, cotton ball & bell. Drop in the bell, Curl up the pipe cleaner and then glue it inside of the base. Once that is cooled, attach the two legs. Fill in with part of the cotton ball.

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