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Ho Ho Ho Santa

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Have a Merry Christmas by using spackle, cake decorator and some other materials. Create a Santa in seven easy steps. Kathleen George sure knows how to do the holidays.
 


 

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Products:
    • Cone, 12"
    • Wreath, 4-1/2"
    • Balls, four 1"
  • 8 oz. Spackling compound
  • Acrylic craft paint: red, pink
  • Cake decorator with tips
  • Doll's eyes, 7mm black, two
  • Pink beads, 3/8"
  • Serrated knife
  • Table knife
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothpicks
  • Pencil
  • Old candle
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

 

Instructions:

  1. Wax serrated knife with old candle for easier cutting. Cut 2" section from wreath ring; cut remaining wreath in half, forming arms. Positioning arms slightly downward, glue to back of cone; insert several toothpicks through arms and into cone for extra support. Let dry.
     
  2. Outline face area with pencil. Cut one 2" ball in half; glue halves to face for cheeks. Compress cheeks with fingertips, forming pressed, smooth surface.
     
  3. Thin 1 tablespoon of spackling with water. Brush thin coating of spackling on face and cheeks. Let dry; sand lightly. If needed, add second coat. Let dry; sand lightly.
     
  4. Paint face pink. Mix small amount of red paint with pink for cheeks; paint cheeks. Paint remaining cone red. Let dry.
     
  5. Glue two foam balls to ends of arms for hands.
     
  6. Prepare spackling compound to use as icing. Place 1/2 of spackling medium in bowl and whip with table knife until smooth. Add water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, till smooth and thin enough to extrude through cake decorator. Conduct a test run; add more water if necessary.
     
  7. Using round tip, pipe on swirls for beard and hair; add eyebrows. Let beard dry a few minutes and break off excess spackling by tapping gently with fingertips. Using open star tip, pipe on trim around hat and sleeves; when dry, add second layer. Add a single layer of trim down center and around bottom of coat. Add a dab of spackling to top of cone; press foam ball into spackling.
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