Crafting Holiday Ornaments

Santa

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  • 2 plastic foam balls, one medium, one small (3" and 1/2" in diameter)
  • Toothpick
  • Glue
  • Plastic bowl or plate
  • Small foam brush
  • Craft or quilt batting
  • Pink paint and artist brush
  • Blue rhinestones, black beads, and large, flat red bead
  • Straight pins, needle
  • Scissors Red felt
  • Silver string

1. To make Santa's nose, press the small foam ball to flatten it a bit. Insert a toothpick into the center of the larger ball so about 1/2" projects out. Apply glue around the toothpick, stick the small ball over it, and squish it onto the larger one.

2. Cut a piece of batting 7" to 8" in diameter. Squeeze glue into a bowl, thin with a few drops of water, and have your child brush it on the half of the ball below the nose. Stretch batting over glue for beard and hair.

3. Dab glue on the back of two blue rhinestones, and place above the nose for Santa's eyes. Thread the pins on two black beads, and press into the ball below the rhinestones to make his pupils. Repeat with a red bead for a mouth. (Younger children can glue on small buttons instead.) Let your child add pink dots of paint to the cheeks and nose. Let dry.

4. For the hat, cut a 9"-long triangle from red felt. Apply glue along one side, shape the triangle into a cone, and press until dry. Next, form a 9" by 1" strip of batting. Brush glue around the hat's base, and apply batting. Glue a ball of batting to the hat's point. Add glue around the base of the inside of the hat, fit it on the head, and let dry.

5. To hang, slip an 8" section of silver string through a large needle. Fold the felt hat in the center. Insert the threaded needle through the top of the hat's fold. Take out the needle, center the piece of silver string, and tie the loose ends in a knot.

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