Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah are in just two days! For those of us who celebrate Christmas, the serious planning, shopping, decorating and baking will begin in earnest! For my new friends, my mother-in-law, Emme, was a long-time crafter and we made a lot of things together over the years. Last summer, we found a paper twist Santa Face door hanger that Emme had made. I decided to remake it, giving it my own spin while staying true to the spirit of Emme’s original. This Santa Face Door Hanger – Reinvented! is easy and he just has the sweetest face. Put your own special spin on this craft!
Emme’s original Santa Face Door Hanger was made out of cardboard, natural and red creative twist and twine, with eyes that were drawn by hand. The original Santa had white acrylic paint added to the beard and mustache. Here’s the original inspiration!
Here’s how I put my reinvented version together, using chipboard, cardstock and red and white paper twist.
I started with a piece of chipboard and drew an 8 and 1/2” oval that is 4” wide at the bottom and tapers to 1 and ½” at the top. The chipboard was covered with a piece of cream colored cardstock. 6” pieces of red paper twist were untwisted and glued together to circle the chipboard oval. About 4 and ¼” from the bottom of the oval, I wrapped the red paper twist around the chipboard and adhered with hot glue to form Santa’s hat. A 5” piece of white paper twist is “twisted” at the center and glued on for Santa’s mustache.
The beard is a lot of fun to do – you can make is as full and wild as you like! I started with 4” pieces of white paper twist, hot gluing them in layers under the mustache and all around Santa’s jaw. I definitely gave Santa quite the statement beard, but hey, it’s his signature! I used 26 pieces of paper twist and trimmed the pieces of paper shorter on each layer. I rolled the paper twist pieces of the beard around a pencil and held it for a bit, to give that famous beard a little movement!
Next, I cut a 6” piece of paper twist in half and glued it around Santa’s hat and face, tucking it beneath his mustache. Two goggle eyes, some eyebrows drawn with black permanent marker, a fluffy pink pompom nose, a curve of untwisted red paper twist for his smile and of course, a little dab of pink chalk for some chubby, happy Santa cheeks!
To finish the hat and for hanging, I tied a length of ¼” red satin ribbon tightly around the top of the hat, about 1 and ¼” from the top. I added a big white pompom to the front of the hat and a holly leaf & berry button. It’s a little hard to see, but to give Santa a bit of holiday sparkle and shine, I added lines of Stickles in Icicle.
How do you like my reinvented Santa? He’s jolly and happy and just oozes Christmas cheer! Not just a door hanger, this happy guy would look great on a wreath, hanging from a cabinet or how about as a fantastic topper for a special gift package? You almost wouldn’t even need wrapping paper! Another gift with a gift – you all know how much I love that!
Grab some paper twist, chipboard and a big helping of Christmas spirit and you can whip up a Santa Face in no time! You can make Santa in any size you like and decorate it your way, because you should totally reinvent him however you like! I hope Emme would like how I took her inspiration and made it my own – I’m pretty sure she would have love it!
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