This Glove Santa is so cute! I have to “hand” it to designer Kathleen George – she is a whiz at making adorable, no-sew stuffies from everyday items like gloves, mittens and socks. Today, Kathleen shows how to turn a red knit glove into a no-sew Glove Santa. If you are in charge of Christmas crafts for a group of kids, think about adding Glove Santas to your agenda. Or, make one of the other glove crafts I’ve linked up below.
To make a Glove Santa, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 3” & 2” balls
- Chenille glove in red, adult size
- Foamies: 3” square black; scrap of yellow (or a scrap of yellow felt)
- Chenille stems:
- White, ½” dia., two
- Curly white, one
- Black, one
- 1/4″ pink, one (nose)
- 1/2″ white, one (hat)
- 1/4″ black, two (buttons)
- Half-round beads in black, 5mm, two (eyes)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors
To make a Glove Santa:
1. Make the Santa body: Firmly twist together the two balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. You want them to fit together snugly. Glue balls together.
2. Prep the glove: Push the first and fourth fingers into the glove, leaving only the thumb, middle, and little fingers sticking out.
3. Insert the body into the glove, head first, and pull down the glove till the cuff is below the bottom ball. If needed, reach inside and pull the first and fourth fingers back inside the glove.
4. Using the low-temp glue gun, glue the bottom of the cuff to a 2-1/2″-diameter circle cut from the black foamie.
5. Make the beard: To make a beard, measure around Santa’s face with the stem of curly chenille, add 1” to the length, and cut away the rest. Bend each end ½”, and insert the ends into the holes made by the first and fourth fingers. Glue the bottom of the beard against the glove.
6. Eyes & nose: Glue on half round beads for eyes and small pink pompom for the nose.
7. Hat: Wrap a piece of 1/2″ chenille stem around the head for a hat cuff, covering the holes for the first and fourth fingers. Twist the ends together at the back, and snip off the extra. Glue a pompom to the end of the middle finger.
8. Cuffs: Wrap pieces of ½” chenille stems around the ends of the thumb and pinky for cuffs, and glue in place.
- Wrap a length of white chenille stem around the bottom of the 3” ball and above the cuff, and glue in place.
- Wrap a black chenille stem around the middle of the belly and glue in place.
- Cut a tiny, square belt buckle from the yellow foamie or felt, and glue to the center of the belt.
- Glue on two small, black pompoms for buttons.
If you need more ideas, here are the other holiday crafts made with gloves.
I’d love to hear from you – have you made any of these projects, or something else from gloves, mittens and socks?
Merry Christmas Crafting.
P.S. This post reminded me of the time I saw the Santa School in Midland, Michigan . . .