Christmas Craft for Kids: Upcycled Light Bulb Santas

Dec 16, 2013

The holiday season is in full swing and we've been busy creating homemade ornaments to fill our tree. While store-bought ornaments are pretty, I love seeing our collection of handcrafted ones grow each year. My hope is that by the time my little one is grown, we'll have a big, beautiful tree bursting with memories of years past.

This Santa ornament is the latest to join our fleet. Not only is he adorable, but he's made from an old light bulb, which means one less bulb to recycle or throw away! What you need:

  • old light bulb
  • permanent black marker
  • acrylic paint (red, white, and a skin tone of the artist's choice)
  • paintbrush
  • cotton ball
  • craft glue
  • floss or fishing line
  • scissors
  • clear sealant (optional)

1. Using a permanent marker, create a scalloped line about a centimetre below the lightbulb's silver screw cap. Add a round face shape directly below it with another scalloped line.
2. Paint Santa's face with a skin tone acrylic of your choice, paint the remainder of the lightbulb white, and paint the silver screw top red (a chunk of play dough can make for a useful stand during this process). Depending on the coverage of the paint, you may want to do 2 coats.
3. Once dry, add eyes and a mouth to Santa's face using the permanent marker, then mix a little red and white paint together to add rosy pink cheeks.

4. Carefully outline Santa's beard and hat with the marker and adhere 1/2 of the cotton ball to the tip of the hat with some craft glue.
5. When the cheeks and outlines are completely dry, tie a piece of floss or fishing line firmly around Santa's hat and add a length to serve as a hook.

6. Write the year and/or your child's initials on the bottom of the ornament and cover with clear coat if you wish.
7. Hang on the tree and admire!

And for more homemade ornament ideas, check out our baking soda clay handprint ornaments and our glitter monogram ornaments. Happy holiday crafting!

Article Author Jen Kossowan
Jen Kossowan

Jen is a primary teacher turned stay-at-home mama who strives to be an engaged parent. She's passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, and adores traveling. Admittedly, she's turned into a crunchy mom and enjoys 'healthifying' recipes with the help of her little sous chef. A Vancouverite at heart, she and her family currently reside in the Middle East where they are soaking up as much of the world as time will allow. Her family's adventures, through the eyes of her daughter, are chronicled on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba. You can also follow Jen on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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