Monday, December 3, 2012

Day #3 Bleach Bottle Santa

Happy 3rd Day of Christmas dear friends!  I have something a little different for you today!  For those of you who love to use recycled products in your crafts I have the perfect jolly old elf for you to try!
1 white bleach bottle
1-2 skeins white yarn
41 white pipe cleaners
Red felt
Flesh colored felt
2 google eyes
1 white 1/2 inch pompom
Ice pick or nail to punch holes

·      First remove the label from an empty and clean bleach bottle. Then cut the bleach bottle in half length wise through the handle so that each section has half of the handle and half of the spout.
·      Make the hat. Cut the red felt into two triangular pieces with a base of 9 1/2 inches and height of 15 inches. Sew the long edges together and then turn the stitched side in. Cut 9 pieces of yarn 4 1/2 inches long. Fold the yarn pieces in half. Place the looped end on the tip end of the hat with the loop extending about 1/2 inch on to the tip. Tie in place with another short piece of yarn. Glue the hat in place along the side to side seam line on the outside of the bottle.
·      Next make the hair and beard. You will be making 41 looped yarn pieces. The measurements are for the length of the loop not the length of the yarn piece needed.
·     You will need:
10 - 12 inch loop pieces
2 - 10 inch loop pieces
2 - 9 inch loop pieces
2 - 8 inch loop pieces
3 - 7 inch loop pieces
2 - 6 inch loop pieces
2 - 4 inch loop pieces
2 - 5 inch loop pieces
16 - 2 1/2 inch loop pieces
·      Make the loops by winding the yarn around a piece of cardboard the length of the loop pieces needed by using 20 loops for each. Secure in the center of the loops with one pipe cleaner, twisting to hold tightly.
·     Punch 7 holes about 1/2 inch apart, 1/2 inch from the edge, down the sides of the bottle. Punch ten holes across the bottom of the bottle about 1 1/4 inches from the bottom. Punch 16 holes across the middle of the bottle directly under the bottom edge of the hat.
·      To make the face: Glue the flesh colored felt to the bottle between the bottom of the hat and the holes on the bottom and sides. Cut to fit. You may do the next steps of making the face now or wait until you've attached the hair. Glue the pompom 2 1/2 inches from the edge of the bottom of the hat and 4 3/4 inches from the side edges for the nose. Glue the two google eyes above and to each side of the nose. Cut three circles of red felt one inch in diameter. I used a water bottle lid as a pattern. Glue one on each side of the nose for cheeks and one 1/2 inch below the nose for the mouth. Punch a hole under the nose between the nose and mouth. Insert one of the 7 inch yarn loops here for the mustache.
·     To do the hair and beard:  Insert one of the 2 1/2 inch loops in each of the 16 holes under the bottom edge of the hat. Twist the ends together in the back. Starting with the 4 inch loop going down the sides, put first the 4 inch then 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,and finally the 10 inch loops in each of the 7 side holes on each side of the face. Now insert the ten 12 inch loops in the ten holes across the bottom.
·     Create a loop out of extra pipe cleaners and attach to the back of your santa to hang.

Thanks for joining me in today's 12 days of Christmas celebration.
I'll be back tomorrow with some Glitzy Inspiration!!


Dee said...

my mother used to make these...a blast from the past! Glad to see it back!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I lost my Santa and the instructions on how to make another one.