STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Birch Bark Father Christmas

Craft a Northwoods celebration around Father Christmas! Wrap a cone of STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand foam in birch bark and embellish with leaves twigs and a frosty blossom or two.
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Egg, 2-1/2"
  • Cone, 12" x 4"
Other Materials
  • Birch bark, two 8" x 10" sheets
  • Velvet leaves, 36 or 12 three-leaf sprays
  • Miniature evergreen spray with crystal berries
  • Small white silk flowers with pearl centers, six
  • Beige oven-bake polymer clay
  • White wool roving
  • White chunky yarn
  • Sage green ribbon, 1/16" x 1/3 yd.
  • Wooden dowel, 3/8" diameter
  • Brown floral tape
  • Craft wire

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Wire cutters
  • Small saw
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Baking sheet and oven
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions

  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut1"-thick slice from narrow end of foam cone. Use glue gun toglue narrow end of foam egg to cut end of cone; let dry.

  • 2. Line work surface with small piece of aluminum foil. Working onfoil, follow manufacturer's directions to condition clay.

  • 3. Roll small piece of clay into an egg shape and gentlyflatten to 1/8" thick. Roll a second smaller piece for noseand press firmly to face. Press clay against foam egg so itfits snuggly. Remove clay and place over aluminum foil roll on bakingsheet so it will retain curved shape. Bake and cool as directed.

  • 4. Use glue gun to secure clay face to center front of foamegg. Use marker to draw two dots for eyes.

  • 5.If birch bark sheets do not bend easily, peel thin layerfrom back of each sheet to make it more flexible. Place sheetwhite side down on work surface. Gently peel back one cornerof bark until able to grasp it firmly. Pull down at rightangle to horizontal markings on bark to prevent ripping. Usecraft knife to gently cut through knots in bark and resume peeling.

  • 6. Wrap one thin piece of bark around foam cone body, securingwith hot glue gun and extra-long straight pins. Cut awayexcess bark at bottom of body. Cover any exposed foam with asecond piece of bark; glue and pin in same way. Cut away excess bark.

  • 7. Use saw to cut two 5" lengths from dowel for arms. Cut two2" x 4" bark pieces and glue around each arm, leaving 1" ofwood visible at top of each arm. Temporarily wrap craft wire tightlyaround each arm to hold bark in place until glue dries. Remove wire.

  • 8. Use tip of craft knife to make a small hole in bark on eachside of body, 3/4" down from neck. Glue exposed arm ends intoholes so arms hang down and out as shown.

  • 9. Roll a scrap of bark into a cone-shaped hat, glue seams andtrim away excess around bottom so it will sit on Santa's head.Set aside.

  • 10. Gently pull several 4"-long tufts of wool. Use white glueand pins to secure hair around foam head. Glue more wool tohead for beard. Gently roll ends of beard between fingers tocreate slight curl. Roll a 2" tuft into a mustache; glue to face.

  • 11. Glue and pin bark hat to Santa's head, over hair. Glueseveral rows of velvet leaves around base of hat. Glue a fewsilk flowers and bits of lichen from bark to hat; let dry.

  • 12. Glue chunky yarn around base of body and ends of arms.Glue four leaves together in pairs; let dry. Cut mitten shapesfrom leaves and glue to ends of arms. Glue leaves and flowersaround base of body as shown.

  • 13. Glue greenery bunch into one arm. Tie ribbon into bow andglue to greenery.

  • 14. Make a vine from craft wire and brown floral tape and wraparound body and one arm. To make vine, cut an 18" wire lengthand tightly wrap with floral tape. Make extra tendrils byrolling a piece of tape between fingers and wrapping endaround wire; curl tendril around pencil. Glue one end of vineup under beard; pin opposite end to body. Glue leaf over pin.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Woodland SantaCrystal SantaWoodland Birch Bark & Twig Wall Art