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Wooden Santa Claus

By: Meggan Maravich

Find out how to make a Santa Claus out of wood. This Wooden Santa Claus is an ingenious way to use up any old barn wood. Scan through these craft instructions to find out how far a little paint and sealer will take you. It's a lot easier than it looks and by the end you'll be thrilled to have a new Santa. This is one of those DIY projects which will give you a great decoration every Christmas.

Wooden Santa Claus


  • Wood Plank
  • Power Drill & 1/8" Drill Bit
  • Baling Wire (12" length)
  • Fabric Scraps or Tulle for bows
  • Acrylic Paints: Flesh, Red, White, Black, Brown, Light Green, Dark Green, Metallic Gold
  • Sponge Roller
  • Paint Brush
  • Pink Powder Blush
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Oil Based Wood Stain or sealer of choice
  • Clean Rag (to apply stain)
  • Sanding Block
  • Tracing Paper (for pattern)
  • Transfer Paper
  • Stylus


  • Squeeze some white acrylic paint onto a paper plate and use a sponge roller to apply several coats of paint to the planks. Don't paint all the way to the edges so that the barn wood can show through.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Drill two small holes in the top corners of each plank, so you can thread some wire through for hanging when finished.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Make a pattern by sketching out a skinny Santa face onto a piece of tracing paper; and transfer the pattern to each plank using a stylus and transfer paper.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Paint the hats and suits with red acrylic paint, and the hat brims and beards with another coat of white paint. Paint the faces flesh tone.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Next, shade around the beards with a chocolate brown paint, and I shade underneath the hat brims with a golden brown paint.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • To give the cheeks a little color, use a cotton swab and pink powder blush.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Next, paint three holly leaves onto the bottom of each Santa plank. The green paint over the red paint never really achieves opacity; but once you've shaded and highlighted each leaf, the blotchy base coat actually looks really good.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Shade around each holly leaf with chocolate brown paint.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Next, shade the lower and left sides of each leaf, and then highlight the top and right sides of each leaf with a lighter green paint.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Use a liner brush and metallic gold paint to add swirly stems and curls. Add metallic gold and red dip dots.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Use a hand sander to remove some of the paint from each plank, then dot the eyes and highlight the tops of the noses. Shade under the mustaches.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Stain each piece with an oil based stain.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Add a jingle bell to the hat by painting a 1" flat wood circle with metallic gold paint, outlining with black paint and a thin liner brush, and then attach it to the hat with a 1/2" nail. Add some white outlines on the beard, the mustache, and the eyebrows. Thread some baling wire through the holes you drilled earlier, and curl the ends to secure the hanger.

    Wooden Santa Claus
  • Add a tulle bow.

             Wooden Santa Claus

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