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Light Bulb Santa Craft

How to Make a Santa Using a Light Bulb


Light Bulb Santa Craft

Light Bulb Santa Craft

Sherri Osborn
This little Santa will look adorable adorning your Christmas tree or anywhere else you want him to hang out. You can also use these same directions to create little elves instead if you prefer.

  • Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

I started off by covering the light bulb with 3 layers of paper mache. Rip some newspaper into strips that are about an inch wide and about 3-inches long. Mix up a batch of paper mache paste and start layering the paper strip on your light bulb using this tutorial.

Paint the light bulb with flesh-colored paint. You don't need to paint the neck (the part that goes into the light socket). Let the paint dry completely. I set the neck of the light bulb into an empty film container. This worked great while the paint dried.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 12-inches long, and tie it around the neck of the light bulb. Add a few drops of glue to secure the ribbon. This will be the hanger for your ornament.

Now, you will make Santa's hat. Cut off the top of the red sock, you will want about 6 inches to work with. Slide it over the neck of the light bulb; and make sure the ribbon comes out through the top. Pull the edge of the sock down the light bulb to the desired spot.

Tie a piece of ribbon around the top edge of the sock just above the end of the light bulb. Tie it into a knot and trim off any long ends. Glue the pom-pom on the top edge of the hat to hide the ribbon you tied it with. Secure the bottom edge of the sock onto the light bulb with a few drops of glue.

Make Santa's beard using the curly, white chenille stem. Glue it in place; start from one edge of the hat, go around the bulb, and end at the other edge of the hat. Cover the tips of the beard by gluing on the white chenille stem around the bottom edge of the hat.

To complete your Santa ornament, paint on some eyes, and glue on the pink pom-pom to be his nose.

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