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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Of course he is, it's December!  The jigsaw has been getting a workout creating Christmas goodies and today I want to show you Santa.
I am loving my pallet wood and things you can make with it.  I wanted a Santa so I started searching on Pinterest for ideas.  After looking at several options, I created a pattern (using the various ideas) to create my own original design.  I wanted the main piece to be 4 boards wide and I wanted to fit 2 of them on the full-length of the board.  Does that make sense?  Since my pallet wood is about 40" long, I made each Santa 19" in height. Here are the pattern pieces I drew on newsprint:
After tracing them on the wood with a marker, the jigsaw got to work:
You'll notice I chose 2 lighter-colored boards for the center pieces. That way I didn't have to paint Santa's face.  After sanding to smooth the wood, I used super glue to attach the 4 main pieces and finishing nails to give it more support.  
Time to paint:
The red is acrylic craft paint and the white is leftover house paint. Yes, I use whatever I have around the house!  The edges got a little distressing and it was time to assemble.
Attaching the brim, pom-pom, and mustache was easy with some Liquid Nails.  I painted the eyes by hand using the stencil I made as a guide.  The blue dot was added with a pencil eraser dipped in blue craft paint.  
Santa was done.  He was sprayed with Krylon for a little protection and a piece of twine was stapled to the back for hanging.
I made two.  My neighbor has one hanging in her house and I have one. I think they're kinda cute!
I hope you're off to a wonderful start this holiday season. Please pin, share, follow...whatever you do, and thanks for stopping by the Cottage!

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  1. What a darling idea. This is sure to bring a smile to whoever sees it.

  2. Ann, your Santa is adorable! Do you ever sell at craft shows? Your creations would surely be a hit. :)

    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence, Pam. I don't sell at craft shows, but I've thought of it!

  3. This is super cute! I hope you link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Check us out

    1. Thank you, Charlene. I just linked-up!

  4. This is Brilliant, I may have to try one here. #InspiremeMonday

    1. Thank you! I hope you give it a sure to share if you do. I'd love to see it!

  5. I love the rustic element of this decoration. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  6. Thank you so much - I always love reading your comments when you visit!

  7. Stopping by from Sunday Best Linkup. How creative, I love pallet wood. I wish I had your skills. This would be adorable on a mantle or hanging on the front porch. Thanks for linking up.

    1. Thank you, Rhonda. I love it too! My Santa is hanging on the side porch door.
      So glad you stopped by!

  8. Very cute ! Great decoration love it.

  9. I love this pallet DIY! that's so cute!

  10. Omgee...this is such a cute Santa. I love that you made your own pattern for a unique Santa piece. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday. Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Erlene - I wanted it to be an 'original' so I HAD to make a pattern! LOL

  11. Your Santa's are super cute Ann and using the two lighter pallets in the middle was really clever. I wouldn't have thought of doing that but I think that's what makes it. You can still see the character of the wood and it adds to the whole look.

    1. Thank you, Michelle, I'm so glad you noticed that. So glad you stopped by - have a great week!

  12. Your pallet wood projects are just the best! I absolutely adore this one!!! Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party.

    1. Thank you so much! I'm really pleased with how this project turned out! So glad you're pinning & sharing.

  13. This is just darling! Thank you for sharing with us at the To grandma's house we go link party! Hope to see you there tomorrow morning when the new party starts!

    1. Thank you, Tarahlynn...I'll be there!

  14. What a cute Santa! Thanks for sharing him @Vintage Charm!

  15. I love your pallet Santa! I've selected him as one of my features from the Christmas In July Link Party at! Enjoy the rest of your week!


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