These little Santas were the result of another project I am currently working on. As I was cutting some sticks in our garage, I was reminded of similar Santas we had in our home growing up, a few quick cuts later and I was on my way to my own set. To make the faces, I used oil paint to get a thick layer for the beard and fur - I also happened to have some around, but you could easily use other types of paint. It was fun to come up with a slightly different face for each Santa. I may decide to coat the Santas in Mod Podge, but depending on the bark, it may not be necessary.
I happened to complete these Santas without the help of my kiddos, but this (especially the stick collecting and the painting part) would be a great activity with little ones. I think it may also be possible to make snowmen this way, using 3 rounds cut from a stick and stacked... hmmmmm I'm sensing another project.
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