Country Wooden Santa

I’m starting to feel the pressure of Christmas, and all the craft projects that come along with it. There are so many to share with you and so little time!

Here’s another project I made in 2001. We had been working on our deck and had lots of scrap wood left over, so I put together several different little decorations.

This Santa is made from a triangular scrap of wood, but you could even use a small cardboard box (maybe from pasta or granola bars, etc). Just cut the box on an angle, tilt sideway, insert a zipper bag or rice, rocks or sand for weight, and tape up the opening. Then just follow the instructions as outlined with the wood below :)

Country Wooden Santa
by Amanda Formaro

[printable version]

You will need

triangular block of wood
acrylic paint in black and pink
muslin material, enough to cover entire piece of wood
holiday material scrap for hat
gold accent holiday ribbon
gold button
white curly doll hair
small holly & berry leaves
blush & blush brush (make up)
white craft glue
textured snow paint
small paintbrushes

What You Do

Begin by sanding all rough edges around the wood to eliminate the possibility of painful splinters while working. Cover the entire piece of wood with muslin material, gluing as you go and keeping seems in the back (and to a minimum).

Use the holiday material and wrap it around Santa’s “head” to fashion his cap. Use craft glue to tack down as you work your way around, keeping seams in the back. Use ribbon to create the cap rim, again, keeping seams in the back, gluing as you go.

ANOTHER CRAFTY IDEA >>  Paper Plate Santa, Snowman and Rudolph

Use blush brush to gently add blush to Santa’s cheeks. Dot on eyes with small paintbrush and black paint, dot on nose with pink paint.

Glue the holly leaves & berries in the bottom corner before adding the beard hair. Glue the doll hair in place to crate the beard, working small sections at a time to ensure full coverage. Fill in empty sections where necessary.

To finish, glue gold button to the top of the cap and add a few flecks of textured snow paint to the holly berries and leaves.

See more fun ideas on the We Made It Friday Showcase!


  1. Janice says

    What a clever use of a scrap of wood. My DH has lots of scraps of wood lying around, must see if there is something suitable.

  2. Rocio @ Casa Haus says

    Wow Amanda, I can't believe how many beautiful crafts you have! And the number of blogs you write! Amazing! I'm still trying to find time for my little one. You are great!

  3. Leanne says

    Thanks for sharing all your great craft ideas. I'm marking a bunch of them to work on next year. THanks for the visit and the kind words.

  4. Catherine D says

    Thanks for sharing the county santa with the triangle wood…very cute idea and inexpensive for gift ideas!

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