Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Spoon Santa

It's Day 7, which means we're more than half-way through the 12 Days of Homemade Christmas.  I'm actually kind of surprised I haven't given up, but now there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm thinking that maybe - just maybe - I'll make it through all 12 days.

Today, we've got another classic from the trees of my childhood: the spoon Santa.

You'll need:
  • A spoon
  • Pliers
  • Peach paint
  • Sharpie
  • Some white felt, fleece or other fabric
  • Some red felt
  • Pom-pom ball
  • Hot glue gun
 First, bend your spoon.  This is the hardest part.  Channel all of your He-Man (or He-Woman) strength.  Or, go find a real He-Man, and make him do it for you.   I muscled my way through by using two pairs of pliers and doing a lot of grunting and groaning.  And a little swearing.

Also, in case you couldn't tell, this bend in the spoon is what creates the "hanger" for the ornament: You just hang the bend over your tree branch, and you're good to go.

Next, paint the back of your spoon a nice flesh tone.

Once your paint is dry, draw a face.  Also, glue on a hat made out of red felt and a little fleece (or cotton batting if you're like me and don't have any fleece).

Next, add your beard and mustache.  I had this odd, fuzzy fabric that worked perfectly as facial hair, but any white fabric should be good.

I decided he looked a little funny with no nose, so I glued a little black bead on for the nose.  It's still a little funny, but I kinda like it.
And you're done!   I think this would be a really cool way to use some family silverware that's not a complete set.  You know, the kind of thing you want to save, but what are you going to do with just one or two spoons?  Or just buy a package of four spoons for a buck at your local dollar store like I did...