STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Crystal Santa

Crystal snowflakes and silvery gems adorn this elegant Santa perfect for a festive holiday centerpiece. Fill a tray with silver balls to surround this glamorous fellow!
   Completion Time - 
3-4 hours
   Designer - 
Debra Quartermain

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Cone, 9" x 4"
  • Egg, 3"
Other Materials
  • Cardstock: white 8-1/2" x 11", four sheets;
  • 6" square metallic silver
  • White tissue paper, two sheets
  • Decorative snowflakes: white glitter, 2"; silver, two 1-1/2"
  • Silver ball ornament, 1-1/2"
  • Shiny silver craft wire: 19-gauge, 24" length; 22-gauge, 12" length
  • Brads, two each: silver snowflake; 4mm black
  • Heat-activated adhesive crystals and applicator
  • Trims: white marabou, 1-1/2 yds.; silver
  • braid, 14" length; silver ribbon, 3/8" x 1/3 yd.
  • White/iridescent glitter: chunky; ultrafine
  • Cotton balls, two
  • Cosmetic blush

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewer
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Dry-embossing stylus and embossing pad
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Laminate paper glue
  • Waxed paper

Instructions

1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 1/2"-thickslice from wide end of foam egg and narrow slice from narrow end;discard slices. Insert wooden skewer into one end of egg.
  • 2. Line work surface with waxed paper. Holding egg by skewerand foam cone by bottom edge, use brush to apply generous coatof laminating glue to entire surface of each shape. Wrapshapes with tissue paper and apply another coat of laminatingglue. While wet, sprinkle bottom half of cone with glitter;let pieces dry on waxed paper.

  • 3. To make coat, see Diagram 1. Fold back top corners of onesheet of white cardstock and wrap around foam cone, aligningfolded edges at center front; see Diagram 2. Brush laminating glue overoutside of coat and sprinkle bottom 4" with glitter; let dry.

  • 4. Cut pattern pieces, except shoes, from white cardstock orfolded white cardstock as indicated. Cut shoes as indicated.

  • 5. For beard, cut three pattern pieces from folded whitecardstock as follows: entire beard A, B and C for bottomlayer; middle layer A and B combined; top layer A only. Cutslits in each layer along long dashed lines as indicated; curlends around pencil or paintbrush handle. Glue layers together.

  • 6. Using thin line of glue, glue cape pieces together betweendots A and B shown on pattern. Glue hand pieces together inpairs, leaving straight edge open as indicated; gently stuffeach hand with cotton ball. Glue hat pieces together alongedges; leave bottom edge open.

  • 7. Slide cape down over top of cone, matching cone tip withtop edge of cape; glue to secure. Glue narrow end of foam egghead to top of cone body.

  • 8. Slide open edge of hat 1/4" down over head; glue to secure.Brush cape and hat with laminating glue; sprinkle withglitter. Let dry completely.

  • 9. Use stylus and embossing pad to score lines in bothmustache pieces as indicated on patterns. Layer and gluemustache pieces together; curl ends of each piece aroundpencil or paintbrush handle.

  • 10. Lightly brush embossed areas of mustache, and randomstreaks on beard, with laminating glue; sprinkle withultrafine glitter. Let dry.

  • 11. Insert black brads into head for eyes; use fingertip toapply blush to cheeks and around eyes. Glue beard to facebelow eyes; glue mustache over top of beard.

  • 12. Glue open ends of hands into bottom of cape on each sideof body. Glue marabou trim around bottom edge of cape, alongfront edge of coat on both sides, and around bottom edge ofhat, including back of neck.

  • 13. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply heat-activatedcrystals randomly to hat and front of body. Apply one crystalto center of each snowflake brad and glitter snowflake. Insertsnowflake brads into front of coat for buttons.

  • 14. Cut two 2" and two 4" wire lengths; curl wires aroundpencil. Glue shoe pieces together in pairs, sandwiching 2"wire lengths between shoes at tips. Gently curl wire endsaround stylus. Apply one crystal to tip of each shoe. Glueshoes to bottom of body.

  • 15. Glue silver snowflakes together, sandwiching 4" wiresbetween them; curl wires and adhere to tip of hat.

  • 16. Cut ribbon in half. Tie one piece through ornament loop and the otherthrough the glitter snowflake. Glue ornament ribbon to one hand.

  • 17. Fold 19-gauge wire in half and twist. Gently untwistsilver braid trim slightly and insert wire into center oftrim. Spot glue trim at both ends of wire; let dry. Curl triminto shepherd's hook as shown. Hang snowflake ribbon fromcurved end. Glue hook into hand.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Vintage Paper Santa and ReindeerWinter Trees WreathGlamorous Winter Wreath