Debi Schmitz is back today with a Prairie Point Santa. (Don’t miss the Prairie Point Pumpkin she shared last week.) This favorite, folding technique works with paper and fabric, and there is a lot you can do with these folded, paper prairie points. As you’re making the Santa, if you need a little help making the points, check out the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes to see just how to fold the paper strips.
To make a Prairie Point Santa, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, one each 5” and 2-1/2” balls
- Acrylic craft paint in skin tone
- Wood dowel, 1/8” x 4”
- Scrapbook paper, three 12” x 12” sheets in red
- Flat head pins, 7/8”
- Snowflakes, three 1” and one ¾”
- Black, two ½” (eyes)
- Wood, ½” (nose)
- Pompom, 1” in white
- Felt: 2” square in tan; 4” square in black
- Powdered blush
- Chunky yarn in white
- Mod Podge
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; Xacto® knife; cutting mat; burnisher, ruler or other flat edge tool for pressing folds; acrylic ruler; paintbrush, ½”; pencil; cardboard, 6” scrap; optional: thimble
To make a Prairie Point Santa:
1. Insert and glue the 4” dowel halfway into the bottom of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Brush on a thick coat of Mod Podge and let dry.
2. Paint the 2-1/2” ball and the wood button and let dry. Glue the button nose to the face.
3. Cut one sheet of the scrapbook paper into 1” x 2” strips. On each strip, mark the center along the 2” side with a pencil. Fold in the end of each strip to the center, forming a point. Burnish the folds with a burnisher, ruler or other tool. (Watch the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes if you’d like to see a demonstration on folding the points.)
4. Pin four points on the bottom center of the 5” ball, with the points meeting in the middle. Place a pin on each side and the point. Add another row, offsetting the points with the first row, and overlapping the row slightly. Pin the sides in place, but do not pin the points.
5. Continue to add rows, keeping them as even as possible, and overlapping the row below it by about 3/8”. Make more prairie points as needed. At the top of the ball, leave the center 1” – 1-1/2” uncovered.
6. Glue a 1” snowflake button to the bottom center of the ball so the Santa will stand.
7. Glue black buttons to face for eyes. Cut eyelids from tan felt and glue to face, over eyes. Blush cheeks.
8. Santa’s beard: Wrap about 120” of white yarn around your four fingers. Slip loops off your hand and tie off with another piece of yarn. Glue tied end to Santa’s face, just under his nose.
9. Insert and glue the other end of the dowel into Santa’s body. Be sure the two balls fit together snugly.
10. Accordion fold a 1” x 12” strip of red paper. Make the pleats about ½” wide. Glue the pleated strip around Santa’s neck.
- Cut two, 3-1/2” x 4” strips of red scrapbook paper.
- Fold in half to measure 3-1/2” x 2”, and then in half again to measure 3-1/2” x 1”.
- Cut four mittens from black felt.
- Glue mittens together in pairs.
- Insert one mitten pair in the end of each sleeve, and glue the sleeve closed.
- Glue sleeves in place under collar; if needed, pin in place till glue dries.
12. Santa’s hair: Wrap about 120” of white yarn around a 6” wide piece of cardboard. Slip loops off cardboard and tie off with another piece of yarn. Glue tied center to top of Santa’s head. Trim yarn, if needed.
13. Santa’s hat: Roll into a cone a 4”x 4” square of red paper, and glue ends. Glue to Santa’s head. Fold over the point, and glue in place. Glue 1” pom pom to point of hat. Glue large and small snowflake buttons to hat.
14. Glue large snowflake button to Santa’s body.
He’s so cute! If you have extra prairie points left over, go watch the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes and Candie Cooper will show you how to make this ornament.
Go nontraditional and change it up with different papers like Rebekah Meier did when she make these Pink Paper Pineapple Ornaments.
Kathleen George made her Folded Paper Pine Cone Ornaments to look like mini trees, and she used nontraditional colors, too.
Have you tried making prairie points? What did you make?