This Christmas project can be made on your Cricut Maker. I prefer the Cricut Maker for cutting any kind of felt or fabric. This machine has a special blade called a rotary cutting tool that works like a charm!
I love retro style ornaments from the 1940’s-1960’s. This Santa Claus is constructed out of paper, felt, cotton balls, and pipe cleaners. It was important to keep the materials simple, just like the originals shown below.
GATHER & CUT OUT YOUR PIECES
I’ve separated the project into Part 1 and Part 2. You will need a piece of red card-stock (8.5 x 11″) and a piece of red felt (9 x 12″) for this project. This project will yield six Santas!
Please note; In order to make this project, you will need to pay a small fee for the Cone/Baby Shower # M46879 (SVG file) in Cricut Design Space. Hummingbirdtravelerstudio.com will not recieve a commision from anything that you purchase on Cricut.com.
LINK TO MY PROJECT OVER AT CRICUT.COM
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GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
Find a “paper scrap” for the face. I downloaded this one from Etsy.com. Make sure the forehead, eyes, nose, and mouth measures “about” half an inch. Pro tip; You will need to reduce the image, this can be done in the print settings. Pro tip; print on glossy photo paper, and set the image quality on high.
Long’s Extra Absorbent Pipe Cleaners will need to be purchased online, I have a link for them at the end of this post. If you don’t want to order them you can substitute them for the white chenille ones that you can buy locally. But, I want to point out that the new chenille pipe cleaners don’t have the antique look of the Long’s. The other three varieties of pipe cleaners (thick & thin chenille, Canadian Pine Stems) can be found at your local craft store. Pro tip; make sure your red felt matches the red chenille pipe cleaners.
There are a couple of options for the bases. You can cut them out of mat-board by hand or on your Cricut Machine, or you can purchase the wooded ones that will need to be painted white. Pro tip; cutting mat board on a Cricut Machine requires a Cricut Knife Blade. If you don’t have this blade, please buy the wooden ones or cutout the bases by hand.
This collection of goodies are supplies needed to create Santa’s little tree. You see, Santa can never arrive empty handed!
TIME TO ASSEMBLE THE BASE, HEAT UP THAT GLUE GUN!
Once you have glued the base together, cover it carefully with the outer felt layer. Don’t worry if you see bits of glue sticking out! It takes practice, and it doesn’t need to be perfect.
This is the hardest Part! Glue the pipe cleaner to the lower edge of the cone. Carefully hold it down until it cools, without burning those fingers. Small glue guns work best. Pro tip: with small sharp scissors, cut off the excess glue. Pro tip: “curl” the pipe cleaner over your finger to give it a rounded shape before you attach it to the cone.
With a sharp awl, make a hole for the arms. Make the hole big enough so you can pull the chenille thru, it shouldn’t be a struggle to pull the chenille thru.
LET’S MAKE THAT HAT!
I made dozens of these before I got it right! Talk about “fiddle & Faddle.” I cracked the code by taking an old one apart to see the exact shape that was needed.
Glue the pipe cleaner along the edge. Pro tip; bend the pipe cleaner at the correct angles before you glue. Pro tip; if you have gaps, simply add a touch more glue to seal up those edges.
Fold over and seal the edge with glue. Pro tip; give that top a gentle pull.
PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER
Glue on the face, the pipe cleaner front piece, the belt & hat. Trim the arms if needed.
ATTACH THE BEARD
Just like the old ones, the beard is a simple cotton ball.
Shown above is the glue pattern for the cotton ball beard. The glue helps give the beard it’s shape.
Fill THE BASE
With a 8″ piece of Canadian Pine Stem, curl the edge like pretzel…then wind the remaining piece into a cone shape. Doesn’t need to be perfect!
Fill the interior with glue and press the greenery in until the glue has cooled.
For the legs, place two, 4″ pieces of black Chenille stems. Secure with a bit of hot glue. Pro tip; the pipe cleaners should be placed a bit apart so that the Santa can stand up.
Fold up the edge of each stem to create the little feet. This should be a small amount, about 1/4 of an inch. Pro tip; make sure the legs are level with one another before you glue them onto the base. This way the Santa will be able to stand up straight. You don’t want Santa to look like he had too much spiked eggnog, those naughty elves.
Make a puddle of hot glue in the center of your circle. Hold it until dries. It will hold up your little Santa, I promise.
I used the leftover greenery to make the trees. I started with a hint of white ink. Once the ink had dried, I then glittered them with semi-opaque white glitter and green glitter. Then I added a star sequin to top it off.
With hot glue, attach the bell to Santa’s other hand. Santa likes to call his reindeer this way.
THE LAST STEP! YOU’RE ALMOST DONE!
GLITTER & ADD SNOW TO THE BASE.
For the base, I like to add a generous amount of molding paste. This is an old, old technique. This is also, a good time to glitter the base. For glittering the beard I used a simple glue. If you don’t want to buy the Molding Paste, you can substitute it with a generous amount of white paint.
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BJ Long Standard Pipe Cleaners-10 Packs, stock up for future projects. This link is for a bulk order of 10.
Wha-What!!! You don’t Have a Cricut Maker!!!
Cricut Maker, Champagne. The Champagne color is just one of many colors to chose from. The Cricut Maker listed below comes with two mats, a rotary cutting blade, and a fine point blade.
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