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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 6 - Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration & Giveaway

Good morning dear friends.
Thank you for all the well wishes and virtual chicken soup!  I am feeling much better today...even my chest cough seems to have faded...must be all the lovin' you have sent my way...and of course, my dear hubby taking care of me!

We are experiencing a winter storm here this morning.  It's snowing and blowing, but oh so cozy inside.  I was surprised to see my hubby sitting on the couch saying his morning prayers, when I got up at 7.  He decided to work from home today rather than battle the bad road conditions.  He has to travel about 40 minutes to work on mostly rural roads, which are usually the last to be plowed.  It will be nice to have a little company today, other than our three kitties and dog, Jack.


Through the years, I have accumulated two special collections of Christmas decorations...one is nutcrackers and the other is Santas.  I LOVE vintage Santas, Belsnickles or Saint Nicholas.  I think they are my favorite to display, and I'm always looking for more.  As a matter of fact, I'm kicking myself for not purchasing one I saw this weekend at a local craft sale.

With this theme in mind, today's tutorial is for

Vintage Paper Santas

You will need:

Brown paper grocery bags
paper towel or tp cardboard roll
Facial tissue or stuffing
Tacky or hot glue
Vintage Santa Images (provided below or you can use your own)

1.  Cut two pieces of brown grocery bag to 8 ½” x 11”.  You will iron one of the sheets so it is nice and flat, to feed into your computer.

2.  Copy and paste the Santa images onto your computer.  Adjust the image to fill the page.  Print the image onto the brown bag sheet piece that you ironed.

3.  Holding both sheets of brown paper together, cut around the image leaving about an inch margin around the image.

4.  Slightly flatten one end of a tp roll.  Place and tape the rounded end of the tp roll to the center bottom, and the backside of the Santa image sheet. 

5.  Slightly wad up Kleenex or stuffing and place them above and around the tp roll.  Loosely tape in place.

6.  Run a line of glue around the back, top half of the Santa imaged sheet.  Lay the sheet over the blank sheet of brown paper.  

7. Slide the glued side so that about ½” of the back sheet can be seen.  This makes the back sheet smaller than the imaged side, and gives some depth to your Santa.  When the top side starts to stick, apply glue to the bottom half of the imaged paper, again sliding the top paper so that ½” of the back paper can be seen, and glue down.

8.  Once the glue is set, trim the extra paper on the back sheet so it’s even with the Santa imaged side.  Trim the bottom edges of the brown bag sheets to make the Santa stand on its own.

9.  Spray with a matte sealer to give them a little extra glow.  Arrange in threes for a more pleasing display.

You can also use this idea to make ornaments for your tree.
Simply print smaller images, omit the paper tube and stuff lightly, glue all the way around.  Attach hanging ribbon by placing a small hole in the top.  You can use other holiday images for ornaments as well...use your imagination and have fun.(Kids& Glitter tutorial)

Here are the vintage images I used:

Today's giveaway question is:

"Do you have any special collections you like to display at Christmas time?"

See you tomorrow!


  1. I love how you stuffed these so they stand because of the roll. My most treasured thing to display is my knee hugger elf we also had one as far back as I can remember now I have the same vintage one from childhood. So many memories of him. Glad you feel a little better today. Enjoy your snow day with hubby. Warm Blessings! Amy

  2. This is a wonderful tutorial, I have never seen this done and the end result is beautiful and thank you for the Santa images.

    Over the years I have collected stick Santa's and we display them on the mantel over the fireplace. I also have a small collection of snowmen, oh and I can't forget my reindeer collection

    Blessings on your day.

  3. I collect cats and every year I would get new ornaments for the tree, so now I have a tree, full of cat ornaments and a cat tree topper, lol.


  4. I have a collection of santas and one of angels. I love to see them as they come out of the christmas box. Some old, some new and so much fun to see again. Cute idea for the paper santas. I can see them as cute ornaments too.

  5. HELLO, yes we have a small glass Nativity set; a wooden manger scene with the Holy Family, and a white stoneware angel group. Thanks for sharing!


  6. So glad you are feeling better. I display all of the ornies from previous swaps with blogging friends. They are on a shelf above my TV :)

  7. Glad you are feeling better today and glad your hubby decided to stay home rather than brave the storm. Stay safe and warm you two! What a great idea Wendy and thanks for the Santa images :O) I have several collections that I display as groups each year, the largest groupings are my Santa Clauses, snowmen and angels. I also have a growing collection of woodland crittters (moose, deer, bears and such). All of the 'collections' are in different styles and sizes but somehow they all look wonderful when grouped together. Thanks again for your continuing generosity!

  8. Hi Wendy, happy to hear your feeling better. Love the Santa's, look wonderful... I have a collection of the sweet Putz glitter houses, love them on the tree.Blessi go Francine.

  9. Your hubby was smart to work from home. Love your Santas

  10. So happy you are feeling better.
    What a stinkin cool Santa project.
    Besides for all our treasured ornaments.
    We have collection of christmas houses we arrange on our bookcases.
    Love my Ginger dudes too.
    Warm Woolie Hugs

  11. Neat craft idea! Glad you are starting to feel better. How nice that your hubby was able to stay home on this snowy day.
    I don't have many, but I love gingerbread men and candy canes. I seem to gravitate to those when buying decorations or making them.
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Better to keep safe and stay put ")
    We have a snowman family I made of us that goes on display each Christmas.

  13. Glad to hear your feeling better, Wendy.
    Snowmen, are my special collection. Oh I Love one and all and can't wait to display them every year. Sometimes I leave a few out all year.


  14. I have a great collection of full nativity sets. Then there are a few reindeer that reside in my powder room at Christmas!

  15. Such a neat craft.Thanks for sharing. I have an old little elf that hung on our tree when I was a little girl and a silver bell that played Christmas songs. I display them every year as they hold precious memories of Christmas past.

  16. What beautiful images and a pretty project. I like to get my knee hugger pixies out and put them on the ladder...and play! Holiday hugs, Diane

  17. Love your fun tutorial! My favorite collection is all the little hand made ornaments my kids have made through the years!
    Glad you are feeling better!

  18. I love Old World Santas. I like to decorate in different themes. This year I am going old fashioned so I have old toys, ornaments, and dolls gathered around trees. I like my little houses from thrift stores. Oh! My mom's vintage silver with red lights ceramic tree. Always! I can't wait to play with this activity! Love!!!

  19. My special collection is my ornaments. My mom has given me an ornament every year since my first Christmas...so many precious memories looking at them every year.

  20. Love the Santas. I always display my little carol singing group that I made in Ceramics class in the 70's.

  21. So many decorations! Ornaments, santa's, snowmen.....love it all

  22. I love all of my decorations but I love my Santas that I put on my mantel.


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