This is a fun craft that was inspired by some of my mom-in-law’s ornaments. Last year, I posted pictures and some folks asked for a how-to post. Well, all this time later, I actually got around to making some more and taking pictures.
First, you need some dried gourds. They lose color and may look rotten, but if they’re not mushy or moldy, they’re not bad. You can even take your chances by painting some gourds that haven’t dried yet, in hopes that they will dry. If you didn’t plan ahead and save your gourds from your fall decorations, you can buy them. Local Harvest has a nice selection.
If your gourds have shellac on them, it will start to peel off as they dry. Lightly sand them with some fine sand paper to remove the flakes. I like old-fashioned Santas that wear maroon or dark green, so I use those colors. Paint half of the gourd in your color of choice for Santa’s clothes; this will be the back.
You’ll probably need to put on two coats of paint. When it dries, the back is done. Then turn the gourd over and paint the top part, which will be Santa’s hat. You can put white on the end for the puffy ball, but I forgot this time!
Next, paint on a face using skin-tone paint. Remember, the bottom half of his face will be a beard, so you only have to do the top part.
Next, use white paint to add a beard, hair and the fuzzy part of Santa’s hat.
Finally, add on some eyes and a mouth, and your Santa is done. Mine are pretty rustic, but if you’re a talented artist, I can imagine beautiful Santas!