Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ho! Ho! Ho! (A Santa craft.)

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I worked on a craft project today that turned out sooooo caute, I could not resist going ahead with a post tonight. It was snowing all day (not like some of you are getting!), so it was a great day to sit down and craft while the Bub was napping and Hubs was watching a game. Snow makes me feel all Christmasy-like. ;)

I saw some cute Santa hat/suit decor things in Stein Mart a couple months ago and Tweeted about them, saying I could totally make them for cheaper. Well, I decided to go for it, yes. I. did. I started with three foam cones, in different sizes:

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I got them all for about $10. I think I used a coupon on the largest. If you can catch them on sale, you could spend even less!

I found red velvet at Hob Lob for less than $5 – I only got 22 inches (the width is 54”) and didn’t even use all of that. I figured out the size by rolling the cones and then cutting the fabric:

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I hot glued the fabric down the back and then on the bottom and top to secure the ends:

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I almost used sparkly red felt, but went with the velvet to the get look I really wanted. Either would be adorable and the felt would be even cheaper!

Then, I got four inches of vinyl (that looks like leather) to make the “belt.” This was less than $2 and I didn’t even need four inches…I only ended up making it 2.5 inches wide:

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Again, just with some hot glue, I wrapped it around and secured it. Then, the fun part – the fur. I got some fluffy stuff in the ribbon section at Joann’s to use for this:

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Isn’t it adorable? It looks like Santa’s beard! I’m dying.

For the buckle, I found a package of little square crystals. This package had 52 and I used most of them. I figured out the size and shape I wanted before I hot glued them on:

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A fluffy puff ball on top, and it was done. And I squealed! I did!:

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I don’t think I could love these more than I do. Seriously, I’m dying. 030

I wasn’t happy with the old Christmas candles I had in this tray (which was a $1.99 tray I got at Goodwill and spray painted white) and I hadn’t even spray painted the bottom of it well enough yet, so I just filled it in with some Dollar Store ornaments: 052

The ornaments are to make another one of these wreaths, but that may not happen this year. I like them here much better anyway!

My favorite part is the blingy buckle!:

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They aren’t perfect, but you don’t even notice. :)

They are the perfect, festive, fun touch to our family room!:

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What do you think? The Stein Mart version is on the left, mine on the right:

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(Mine are looking a little pink in this pic, but they are a deep red.)

Stein Mart had three sizes – I think about $9, $15 and $20 each. My three cost about $25 total. (And I had fun making them!)

Adorable!

I’m dying.

122 comments:

  1. I LOVE them!!! I might try to score some stuff at after-Christmas sales to make these for next year. :)

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  2. Those are so cute!! I always see things I would like to make and then I never make them.. So props to you for actually making something that you knew you could. :)

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  3. I LOVE them!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an easy and fun craft!

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  4. They are the caaa-uuu-test Santas ever! :)

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  5. I am totally saving this to make them for next year. your are so creative.

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  6. Execelent job - I like your version much better !!!!

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  7. Totally adorable! They look store bought to me, so kudos to you on a job well done!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  8. So, so, so cute!! Definitely going to go on my to do list!! Thanks for the adorable craft idea!!

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  9. Oh, Dear Chicky! Please don't die! I'm so impressed with the cuteness and your creativity of this little project! I could almost die, but I have cookies to eat! :)
    This is adorable! Love love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. oh goodness my heart be still...those are just stunning..even I, miss I can't make anything, could probably make these..what a neat gift for next year..

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  11. shoot I just took some cones back to the craft store that didn't work for my last project and now I have to go get them again to make these lol!! so cute

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  12. Oh, how cute. I'm glad you had fun doing it too. Yes, I'm snowed in today.

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  13. I'm dying, too. They are so cute. I'm totally impressed. Way to go!

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  14. I love these! How cute! I can't believe how much they are selling for! Maybe I will attempt it sometime, but I am sure they wouldn't turn out as adorable as yours, you are so talented!

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  15. Absolutely just as cute, if not more, than the store ones! I think your fur is much cuter! Looks great in the tray with the ornaments!

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  16. Totally awesome! Utterly and totally awesome!

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  17. Love these! Also, I just wanted to say that I love your blog in general. My mom used to sell SLAH (I am guessing around the same time as you, because ya'll have the same stuff)...and I love seeing all of your cute crafts and decorating ideas!

    Happy Holidays and a Wonderful 2010!

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  18. I'm dying too! You did a great job! Those turned out super cute! I'm glad I'm not the only one STILL doing Christmas projects!
    Merry Christmas!

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  19. Oh my gosh, you are a genius! They are adorable and SO much better than Steinmart's!!! Good job!

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  20. These are ridiculously cute! I like yours soooo much better! I need to make these next year - adorable!!

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  21. Those turned out so classy! You know you'd spend lots more money if you would've bought them at a store!

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  22. LOVE it (esPECIALLY the bling) ... those are just too cute! I'm definitely tucking this idea away for next year. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  23. I think yours looks just like the store version! The best part is the price! I'll have to put this on my list of ideas for next year! I'm determined to make an ornamnet wreath before Christmas!

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  24. WOW!! I love this! You did an awesome job! I am so doing this next year...thanks for the inspiration!

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  25. Very cute! We don't have a Hobby Lobby here. :-( Sounds like they have great stuff and great deals. I love how you use your mirror for a card holder-perfect!

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  26. Yours look every bit as good as the more expensive store-bought version. And, as you said, you had fun making them. There's also a lot of satisfation in doing it yourself. Very cute and fun project. The turned out great!

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  27. Yours are infinitely better because they have love and squeals built in and nothing can top truly jolly decor.

    Well done!

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  28. I'm dying too! Very adorable!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. Great job. Your version looks even better than Stein Mart's version.

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  30. So stinkin cute! I love them! Do you think you could make the cones out of cardstock, to save a few more $$ and to get that pointier top? I'm thinking cute little 5 inch ones on the Christmas tree would be too cute also! Thanks so much for sharing! Sue

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  31. These are fantastic! I love the bling, the more the merrier! I think I need to make some today! I also love your mirror with all your xmas cards tucked in, what a great idea! Just started following your blog and I love your decorating. I just started blogging myself and posted my xmas but after looking at yours I may have to go and tweak a few areas. Thanks for your inspiration!
    Megan

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  32. I love these! Yours are better than Stein Marts :-)

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  33. Love 'em! God's blessings, Sarah :D

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  34. Wow - I like yours better than Stein Mart! They look great, I love the bling belt!

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  35. Oh my WOW! These are absolutely great. I definitely love your version. Looks like a fun project for next year!

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  36. Are you kidding me???? Those are to die for, and yours are better anyway!
    Serious. Love. It.

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  37. What a great project...they turned out FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. What a great idea! Thank you so much for posting this idea.

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  39. Gotta do this, it will have to be for next year...I have a plan for 2010...something Christmas EVERY month...this will be at the top of the list!

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  40. Ooo! I like your's better! Nice.

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  41. Those are soooo cute! I would check out the thrift store for an old red velvet robe to use even cheaper. Great idea!

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  42. Those are soooo cute, but for some reason, they looking at them makes me giggle. They are really cheerful.

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  43. Very cute ... love the bling buckle!

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  44. AGH!!!! I HAVE to make these! Thank you thank you thank you! I want so bad to be cool like you!!!

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  45. OMG those are rocking!!! love the BLING!!!

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  46. I love yours more than the Steinmart version! Have to do this myself. I am sad that Hob Lob is closed today :(

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  47. Too much fun!! I like yours just as much, if not more, than Steinmart's, and the price is definitely better. ;) Ho Ho Ho!

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  48. LOVE these!!! Very adorable. Isn't it great when you can make something yourself rather than buying it??? It's soooooo satisfying :)

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  49. how awesome is that? i like yours better! so cute & i love the bling!

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  50. They're beautiful! You should be very proud of yourself!
    Brenda

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  51. I linked your cute idea on my blog! www.kamibuchanan.blogspot.comI love it! So cute!!!

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  52. Okay...obviously we both have a thing for cones too. :-)

    Were we separated at birth?

    XO,
    Layla

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  53. LUHHHVVVE IT! It has my mind reeling with so many other possibilities...miniatures as placecard holders?, WITCHES hats for Halloween?, Pilgrim Hats? I'm so going to make these, and probably some witches hats, too! Thanks for such a fun and inspirational blog! ooh, another thought...party hats for b-day centerpiece? such a great and easy idea for decorating!

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  54. OK those are adorable, you did a great job. I can't wait until i get to run over to hobby lobby and get me supplies. Super cute.

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  55. Love them. They look almost identical to the original. Don't you just love when you're able to get the same look for less?

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  56. I totally love them!!! They are sooo cute! I might have to try to make those myself.

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  57. i AM DYING TOO. I love them. I am putting them on my to-do after Christmas list. I loves em. Squeeeeal!

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  58. I LOVE this project!!!! I think I have the foam and fabric already, lol! I am SO enjoying your blog. I can't remember if I have ever posted before but I am back after a long break! Anyway, thanks for the FUN project! :)
    Kristi

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  59. Oh my gosh this just screams cuteness. You are such a clever girl I love that you can see something and just like that you make it! Merry Christmas my new friend I just enjoy you so much you really are a blessing!

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  60. Wow did you got REAL velvet for $5 or is it the Velveteen.
    They look amazing.

    Cheri

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  61. I'm in awe of this cuteness. I featured these at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button.

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  62. The cuteness is killing me! I'm filing this idea away for next year. Alas, I have no time left this year. The kitchen is calling and I still have two more gifts languishing in my sewing machine that need to be finished...errr...started and THEN finished! :-) Love your blog...so many great ideas! Thanks!!!

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  63. Those are absolutely adorable! I have really got to stop looking at all of the Christmas decor out in "bloggy" land b/c it makes me want to add more and more to my home. Just wanted to let you know that I love it! :)

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  64. Loveit! Thanks for the step by step. Endless fabric combinations! Great job as always.

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  65. Seriously...love those! How beautiful!

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  66. You are a freakin genius! I miss seeing all this stuff everyday!! And the stein mart is way suckier than yours. Ok bu bye!

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  67. Yours are ADORABLE. And what a wonderful example of the fact that you can see something cute, make your own for less money, and that the process of making your own is FUN! That's my kind of decorating--fun to have and fun to do!

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  68. Oh my gosh! These are totally cute!
    Thanks for sharing. Love your blog!!
    Merry Christmas~Joy

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  69. Sarah, I made them today with felt. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! They came out so CUUUUTE!!!! My family went crazy over them. I have a question for you...where can I find the glass cloche? We don't have a Hobby Lobby here.

    Thanks,
    Brandi

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  70. after you post, i raced out to joann's and got everything...my DD and i just spent the afternoon making them and they're adorable! not perfect, but that makes me love them even more!! Thanks for the detailed instructions!!

    email me at kelster5@aol.com and i'll send you a picture

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  71. SO CUTE!!!! I Love them!! I will have to watch for these supplies on sale - I am SO making these next year! Thank You!

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  72. Those look really nifty! I think I'd like to make some for myself at some point!

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  73. Those are GREAT!! I like yours better than Stein Marts! :)

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  74. Loooooooove them!!!! I so want to make these now!!!!

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  75. Wow, so cute, and better than the Stein Mart ones. Nice work!

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  77. I think yours are cuter than the ones at Stein Mart!!!

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  78. I absolutely LOVE these. I can't wait go check for after Christmas sales so I can make mine too. I will probably go smaller cause my house is smaller. I just love copying items for less money. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a very Merry Christmas.

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  79. Okay, for real? This could be the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life!!!

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  80. Now just HOW CUTE is this? Definitely on my decorating to-do list for Christmas 2010!

    Merry Christmas!

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  81. Yours look way better!

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  82. Those are by far the absolute most adorable Christmas decorations I have ever seen. Ever.

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  83. BAH! HOW STINKING CUTE!!! Love it! You rock girl! ox

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  84. I LOVE THESE!! Santa belt decorations are some of my FAVORITE!! They had cute ones at Disneyland too!

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  85. Those are great! Honestly, yours look better than Stein-mart. Theirs are too pointy at the top. Where did you buy the bling?

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  86. I loved these so much I made 8 sets for gifts! Thanks for the great idea! I featured them on my blog and linked them back to you!

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  87. Well, it's after Christmas and I just came across your blog and this post. I have decided to keep Christmas alive all year this year by crafting and sewing for Christmas all year around. I will definitely have to make these.

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  88. I missed these the first time around and I do not know why because I love them!! They are A-DOR-A-BLE!!! Gotta get me some cones and stash them away for next year.

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  89. I am in LOVE with these!! I'm tempted to go get the supplies and make them now and put them away for next year. So.stinkin'.cute.

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  90. I love these, and your blog!! I featured them with a link back, on my blog at www.ascrapoftime.wordpress.com.

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  91. I HAD to to it. I had to make a set of these. They are so cute and I have received so many compliments. thanks for the wonderful ideas!

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  92. I finally made these. The buckles are a little crooked, but I love them. Thanks so much for posting this fun craft!

    http://shaunahowington.blogspot.com/2010/12/christas-crafts.html

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  93. I think your fur trim is way better than their version.

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  94. I pinned these last year, and finally got around to getting all the supplies, but... Can't find the rhinestones anywhere! AARRGH. Went to 2 Joann's and of course we don't have a Hobby Lobby in CA. I think I will have them order them for me. Crazy.

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  95. Love the simplicity of these Santa Cones, and they make such a big impact! Find you through Tip Junkie and had to feature your tutorial on my CraftBliss http://craftbliss.com/ blog. Thanks! ~Dee

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  96. I made these and posted about them; thank you so much for the idea and tutorial!!! http://dimesareagirlsbestfriend.blogspot.com/2011/12/santa-hats.html

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  97. Ok...so it is 2012 and i am just seeing this on Pinterest.

    1st...precious
    2nd ... i love how you had so much fun and delight in making these for your family.... squeal! !!!
    That makes these little treasures... a true treasure"""!

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  98. I think yours are prettier than the ones at the store!! :-)

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  99. I will so try these!!! Darling and so easy!!

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