MATERIALS Prairie Points Santa Patterns on page 112
Project note: If fingertips are tender, use a thimble when pinning prairie points in place.
1. Insert wooden dowel 1 inch into 2½inch foam ball; secure with craft glue.
2. Use plastic knife to spread spackling paste over entire ball; stand ball in cup to dry.
3. Once dry, paint 2½-inch ball and wooden button. Let dry.
4. Cut one sheet of scrapbook paper into 1 x 2-inch strips. Note: Use acrylic ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter to make the cutting process easier. Use a pencil to mark center on both long edges of each strip (Photo 1). 5. Fold sides into center meeting at marked point; burnish fold lines with ruler or bone folder (Photo 2). This will create one paper prairie point. Repeat with each strip. 6. Place four paper prairie points at center bottom of 5-inch foam ball with points meeting at center; pin in place with one pin at center of each point and two pins at outside points (Photo 3).
7. Repeat step 6 to create second row but only pin outside points allowing center points to be loose (Photo 4). The second row will be offset from first row and will line up with spaces between first row.
8. In the same manner, add a third row aligning row with first row (Photo 5). 9. In the same manner, continue adding rows 3⁄8 inch apart, working toward top of ball evenly. Complete rows one at a time and as evenly as
Styrofoam™ Brand Foam balls: 1 (5-inch), 1 (21/2-inch) 2 (12 x 12-inch) sheets red scrapbook paper Felt: 2 x 2-inch tan, 4 x 4-inch black Bernat Softee Chunky white yarn 2 packages 7/8-inch silver flat-head pins 4-inch-long 1/8-inch wooden dowel 1-inch white pompom Buttons: 3 (1-inch) silver snowflake, 1 (3/4-inch) silver snowflake, 1 (1/2-inch) wooden, 2 (1/2-inch) black flat plastic with 2 sewing holes DecoArt peach acrylic paint DAP All-Purpose Spackling Paste 1/2-inch bristle paintbrush Powder blush with brush Plastic knife Paper plate Plastic cup Object such as a bottle or jar with a 6-inch diameter Ruler or bone folder Cutting mat Rotary cutter Acrylic ruler Thimble (optional) Craft glue Hot-glue gun
possible. Create more paper prairie points as needed. Leave last 1–11/2 inches at top of ball uncovered.
10. Hot-glue a 1-inch snowflake button to center bottom of ball, hiding center points and allowing Santa to stand.
11. Hot-glue black buttons to Santa’s face for eyes.
12. Use provided pattern on page 112 to cut two eyelids from tan felt; hot-glue eyelids slightly over eyes. Hotglue wooden button in place for nose. Brush powder blush onto cheeks.
13. Cut 120 inches of white yarn; wrap yarn around flattened hand. Carefully remove yarn from hand and thread a 6-inch length of yarn through top of yarn loop; tie yarn in a knot. Cut opposite end of loop to create Santa’s beard. Hot-glue center of beard to Santa’s face as shown.
14. Insert other end of dowel into center top of 5-inch ball and secure with craft glue. This is the neck and should be tight so head is secure.
15. Cut a 1 x 12-inch strip of scrapbook paper. Accordion-fold entire length of strip. Hot-glue folded strip around neck of Santa to hide exposed foam ball. Strip should still appear pleated.
16. Cut two 31/2 x 4inch pieces of scrapbook paper. Fold one piece in half lengthwise to create a 31/2 x 2-inch piece. Fold in half again for a 31/2 x 1-inch piece. Repeat with second piece. These will be the sleeves.
17. Using provided pattern on page 112, cut four gloves from black felt. Hot-glue two gloves together aligning edges; insert into end of sleeve and hot-glue in place. Hot-glue sleeve closed. Repeat for other sleeve and hand.
18. Hot-glue sleeves in place on top of collar as shown.
19. Cut 120 inches of white yarn. In the same manner as in step 13, wrap yarn around an object with an approximate 6-inch diameter. Slide yarn loop off object; wrap a 6-inch length of yarn around center of loop and knot to create Santa’s hair. Hot-glue hair centered on top of Santa’s head. Trim as desired.
20. Cut a 4 x 4-inch piece of scrapbook paper. Roll square into a cone shape and secure with hot glue. Place cone on Santa’s head and secure with hot glue; fold point of hat over and hotglue. Hot-glue pompom to point of hat.
21. Hot-glue remaining snowflake buttons to Santa. •
1. Die-cut treat holder from red cardstock; assemble using bone folder to help burnish fold lines. Thread gold cord through holes and tie closed.
2. Referring to photo, die-cut Santa parts from white, red glitter and black cardstock. Cut a piece of peach cardstock to fit behind beard and hat trim as face.
3. Assemble and adhere Santa pieces together. Stamp eyes and mouth onto Santa with black ink.
Adhere Santa and his feet to front of treat holder. 5. Die-cut flag from white cardstock; stamp sentiment on flag with red ink. Fold flag around one end of toothpick and secure with adhesive.
6. Wrap Santa’s mitten around opposite end of toothpick and secure with adhesive. Adhere to treat holder with a foam square as shown.
7. Use glitter glue to add a small nose to Santa’s face; let dry. •