I’m kind of obsessed with our Christmas tree this year! I teamed up with Home Depot for their 2018 Holiday Style Challenge, and used their pastel colored, shatterproof ball ornaments as a jumping off point for a whimsical, vintage inspired tree. I incorporated three generations of handmade ornaments with the sparkly, pastel balls I purchased from Home Depot this year.
I was inspired to make Santa paintbrush ornaments from walking the aisles of Home Depot. The holes in the paintbrush handles are perfect for adding a ribbon, and those paint brush bristles were screaming Santa’s beard!
After a quick Pinterest search, I realized I was not the only one who has ever thought of the turning a paintbrush into a Santa. Suzy’s Artzy Crafty Sitcom made this whimsical Santa Claus paint brushes and My Creative Days made some adorable elf paintbrush ornaments. I bought a few paint brushes and set out for my plan to make super simple, modern Santa paintbrush ornaments.
Here’s what you need to make a Santa paintbrush ornament
- Large paint brushes
- Craft paint brushes
- Skin tone paint
- Red paint
- White paint
- White felt
- Sharpie marker
- Hot glue gun
How to make a Santa paintbrush ornaments
These little paint brush Chrsitmas crafts are the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. I think they would make a great addition to a teacher’s gift too!
Step 1- Paint
Use a small paintbrush to paint the top of the handle red and the bottom of the handle a skin tone color. Don’t worry about the metal part holding the bristles in, that will get covered with white felt. Also, don’t worry about the line between the red handle and Santa’s face, it also gets felt. Give the bristles of the paintbrush a quick coat of white paint.
Step 2- Cut felt
Each Santa paintbrush ornament needs three pieces of felt. Two of the pieces are simple rectangles. I made the rectangular pieces long enough to wrap around the entire paint bush. The mustache is the most fun to cut out! Cut a third rectangle, fold in half, and cut a fun mustache shape. Oh and don’t worry, all mustache’s are different!
Step 3- Hot glue
Once everything is cut out, heat up that hot glue gun! You’re almost done! Simply glue the 3 pieces of felt to each paintbrush.
Step 4- Add eyes
I made these Santa as minimal as possible, so adding Santa’s face could not be easier! All you have to do is use a Sharpie marker to make two dots for eyes directly above the mustache. Voila! Santa’s face comes alive!
Step 5- Add ribbon
Any skinny ribbon works for this step! Simply, cut a peice of ribbon about 8 inches long, slide it through the hole in the top of the paintbrush and tie it in a knot. Hang it on your Christmas tree and admire!
My grandmother made the strawberry ornaments out of walnuts many years ago. I love that 3 generations of handmade ornaments are hanging side by side on my Christmas tree this year!
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