This old fashioned St. Nick craft is fun to make, it’s also a great project to do with your kids!
St. Nicholas Craft
We have always celebrated St. Nick’s day with our family. It’s part of our German heritage, and this year will be no exception. I had fun making these crafty, old fashioned St. Nick’s to add to our Christmas decor. They are easy and inexpensive to make with the addition of a few extra supplies from the craft store.
These little guys are made from cardboard tree bases and covered with wool. My wool scrap bin came in handy and I was able to adorn them with little robes, patches of fur trim, and pouches for holding gifts. The eyes are made from stick pins with dark colored heads, the nose from a wooden piece of herb (astragalus root) which has been in our spice cabinet forever and I can’t bring myself to eat. We are firm believers in using what you have on hand to make things, why buy stuff when you don’t have to?
The wool in my scrap bag is from quilting crafts, thrifted cut up cashmere jackets, mens suits and old wool trousers. These pieces are very fine quality and I have had them forever because I couldn’t bear to part with them. How can you possibly throw away cashmere???
We are just getting started on our Christmas decor, but getting ready for St. Nick’s Day takes priority. Even though our kids are adults, I can’t help but keep the tradition going.
The St. Nick’s feature wind blown beards and warm furry hats. Little scraps of wool cut into leaves and pinned in place with red headed stick pins give him an old fashioned festive look. A few tiny wreaths from the craft store here and there add character to his appearance. Here’s what you will need for your own St. Nicholas.
St. Nicholas Craft Supplies:
• Paper mâché tree forms in two sizes
• Scraps of wool fabrics (tan, beige, red, green, multi-colored plaid, black)
•Craft glue or a hot glue gun
•Stick pins with colored heads (mine had black and red heads), broken tooth picks, herbal roots or tiny scraps of wood for the nose
•Faux suede leather shoe laces or faux suede for making necklaces (used for the belt and tying on the waist pouch)
•Mini holly berries and mini wreaths from the craft store
- Wrap the fabric around the tree base at a 45 degree angle, gluing as you work with the hot glue gun. Trim away excess at the bottom edge so it will sit on a flat surface.
- Let the fabric extend above the tree top 3-4″ to make the pointed hat. Glue edges in place.
- Add a strip of craft fur 4″ down from the tip of the hat to make the hat trim.
- Glue a small piece of fur on the tip of the hat for trim.
Add the wooden nose and beard. Fluff the fur out to look wind blown.
6. Attach the facial features and beard with glue.
7. To complete the St. Nick, cut a “robe” from a rectangle of wool fabric about 6″ x 8″. Use pinking shears to trim edges if desired. Fold the top of the rectangle down 2″, then wrap around the shoulders of the St. Nick. Tie in place with a length of faux suede or shoe lace around the waist.
8. Add a small piece of fabric at the belt for the gift bag, tie in place with the faux suede. Attach faux mini wreaths, holly berries and tiny scraps of green wool for holly leaves on the belt, hat or lapel to decorate.
9. Display on wooden candle holders or on a flat surface.
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