STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Round & Jolly Folk Art Santa

The holidays are all about tradition.  Create your own family heirloom with STYROFOAM™ Brand foam and air-dry clay.  You’ll cherish him for years to come!
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Rebekah Meier

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Ball, 1-1/2"
  • Disc, 3" x 1"
  • Egg, 4"
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: black; cream; fleshtone; red
  • Air-dry modeling compound, one package
  • Gloss-finish varnish
  • Black cardstock, one 12" x 12" sheet
  • Antique silver glitter
  • Wool felt: black; natural; red
  • Natural wool roving
  • Pink cream cosmetic blush
  • Mini Christmas light bulb strand
  • Floral tape
  • Paper-covered floral wire

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden items: toothpicks; skewer
  • Small, clay-dedicated roller
  • Paintbrushes: fine liner; 1/2" flat
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors: standard; pinking-edge paper cutters
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread: red; white button
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire cutters
  • Matte-finish dcoupage medium
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Foam glue
  • Optional: Sewing machine

Instructions

Note: Use foam glue unless otherwise indicated.
  • 1. Trace foam disc onto black cardstock; cut out with pinkingscissors and set aside.
  • 2. Insert two toothpicks halfway into bottom of foam ball.Apply glue to free ends of toothpicks and push into center ofnarrow end of foam egg, creating Santa form.
  • 3. Insert wooden skewer into center bottom of egg body.Following manufacturer's instructions, roll large, thin sheetsof air-dry modeling compound. Using fingers, gently moldmodeling compound around Santa form to completely coversurface. Continue adding bits of modeling compound as needed.
  • 4. Roll two 1"-long logs, tapered at one end, for arms. Pressto Santa's body at shoulders; bend into "light hanging" shapeas shown. Smooth surface with wet fingers. Roll pea-sized ballof modeling compound and press to face for nose.
  • 5. Cut two 4" wire lengths and bend each into an "L" shape,creating Santa's legs and feet. Wrap each wire with floraltape, wrapping boot areas a bit more to create dimension andtexture. Insert wire ends into bottom of body, securing withglue gun. Cover legs with bits of modeling compound, moldingbottoms into larger boots. Add additional modeling compound tosmooth out legs as needed. Smooth surfaces with wet fingers.
  • 6. Place skewer in heavy glass or jar and let dry completely.Gently sand all surfaces and wipe away dust with damp paper towel.
  • 7. Holding skewer as a handle, use flat brush to paint Santa'sface fleshtone. Paint suit and tip of nose red. Paint mittensand boots black. Place skewer in glass and let dry completely.
  • 8. Refer to photo as a painting guide. Use liner brush topaint red line for mouth. Use pencil tip to dot eyes black.Use toothpick to dot each eye cream. Use liner to paint creameyebrows. Use finger to blush cheeks with cosmetic blush.Place skewer in glass and let dry completely.
  • 9. Apply one coat varnish to entire piece. Place skewer inglass and let dry completely. Remove skewer.
  • 10. Cut pattern as indicated. Fold hat in half, wrong sidesfacing, and hand- or machine-sew 1/8"-wide hem along straightedge using red thread. Turn hat right side out and use gluegun to glue hat to head. Use button thread to tack top of hatdown to one side.
  • 11. Glue small bits of roving to head and face for hair andbeard; glue thin strip of roving to face for mustache. Let dry completely.
  • 12. Cut long, 1/4"-wide strips from black and natural woolfelt. Glue natural strips around tops of boots, down center ofcoat, and around each mitten cuff. Glue black strip aroundSanta's belly for belt. Cut small square from black wool feltand glue to belt for buckle.
  • 13. Trim hat with natural roving, spot gluing to secure. Rollsmall ball of roving and glue to tip of hat for pom pom.
  • 14. Use glue gun to glue Santa's feet to foam disc; supportSanta while glue dries. Paint disc and toe area of Santa'sboots with dcoupage medium; while wet, sprinkle with glitterand shake off excess. Let dry completely.
  • 15. Glue cardstock circle cut in Step 1 to bottom of glittereddisc. Glue bulb strand into Santa's hands. Glue several morebulbs to disc near Santa's feet. Let dry completely.