Here is a very inexpensive Christmas craft project that comes out looking amazing. This tin can Santa Claus is the perfect decoration for the mantlepiece just above the Christmas stockings. This craft project includes a free pattern for making the red Santa Claus hat. This Christmas craft requires that you use the hot glue gun extensively, so it’s not the best one to do with the kids. However, your children could help with measuring and cutting the different parts of this Santa Claus craft.
Materials for the Tin Can Santa Claus Christmas Craft Project:
To begin making your tin can Santa Claus craft, find a small 15 to 16 ounce can. Wash it out thoroughly and remove the label. Dry the tin can completely. Then wrap some pink construction paper around the can. Measure just enough paper to cover the can and cut it out. Use hot glue to secure the paper to the can. Use caution, as it’s very easy to burn yourself with hot glue.
Print out the pattern for the Santa Claus hat on a regular 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper. Cut it out and place it over a piece of red felt. Carefully cut the red felt out around the pattern. Then gradually hot glue the curved edge onto the top of the tin can. Then seal the seam in back of the Santa Claus hat.
Begin to attach large cotton balls where the Santa Claus hat meets the tin can. This will form the trim of his hat. Don’t use too much hot glue, since you don’t want it to be visible when the Santa Claus craft is completed. Secure the tip of the Santa Claus hat to the cotton balls on the side. Attach some more cotton balls all around to indicate Santa Claus’ beard and hair. Leave a rectangle of pink construction paper open so that you can create Santa’s face. Attach two small wiggle eyes at the top and attach a small red pom pom for Santa’s nose. Cut out two large circles from red construction paper. Use a glue stick to adhere them to the tin can Santa Claus’ cheeks.
An alternative way to display this tin can Santa Claus at Christmas is to place him on top of the tree. Regardless of how you choose to display this Santa, he looks best up high since the hat trim tends to hide his eyes.
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