Maker Class: DIY Santa Ornaments

Maker Class: DIY Santa Ornaments

November 29, 2017


HERE magazine has partnered with local makers who have generously offered to share their expertise. In this issue, Katie Lippens of Drifted Art & Design gives a simple tutorial on how to make your own ornaments from driftwood.

Supplies:

*Driftwood pieces, 4″ to 6″ long
Note: The pieces used in the photos are driftwood bark, which has a rough side and a flat side. (Paint on the flat side.) These are very easy to find on our Lake Michigan beaches.

*FolkArt milk paint (can also use acrylic paint)

*FolkArt primer and sealer (can also use matte finish spray)

*Paint brush set

*Foam brush (for primer and sealer)

*Scissors

*Twine

*Drill and 1/8” drill bit

 

Photo Credit: Monica Zibutis
Photo Credit: Monica Zibutis

Supplies:

*Driftwood pieces, 4″ to 6″ long
Note: The pieces used in the photos are driftwood bark, which has a rough side and a flat side. (Paint on the flat side.) These are very easy to find on our Lake Michigan beaches.

*FolkArt milk paint (can also use acrylic paint)

*FolkArt primer and sealer (can also use matte finish spray)

*Paint brush set

*Foam brush (for primer and sealer)

*Scissors

*Twine

*Drill and 1/8” drill bit

 

Photo Credit: Monica Zibutis
Photo Credit: Monica Zibutis

How To:

1. Make sure driftwood is dry and free of sand. Choose the end where the ornament will hang (where the hat will be) and drill hole.

2. Top of Hat, Hair and Beard: Paint very top and ¾ of the remainder, front and back, with Milky White.

3. Face: Paint rounded rectangular shape in Pale Peach or the skin color of your choice. Allow 5 minutes to dry between colors.

4. Santa Hat: Paint the remaining exposed wood with New England Red. To ensure that the red paint will not bleed onto the white areas, use different brushes for each area.

5. Facial Hair: Use Monumental Grey to paint the following:

Eyebrows: Paint small half moons.

Mustache: Paint upside-down V.

Beard: Leave small area for mouth. Paint as much of the bottom for the beard as you would like.

6. Eyes: Paint the same half-moon shape as eyebrows and add a small dot underneath, using black paint.

Photo Credit: Monica Zibutis
Photo Credit: Monica Zibutis

How To:

1. Make sure driftwood is dry and free of sand. Choose the end where the ornament will hang (where the hat will be) and drill hole.

2. Top of Hat, Hair and Beard: Paint very top and ¾ of the remainder, front and back, with Milky White.

3. Face: Paint rounded rectangular shape in Pale Peach or the skin color of your choice. Allow 5 minutes to dry between colors.

4. Santa Hat: Paint the remaining exposed wood with New England Red. To ensure that the red paint will not bleed onto the white areas, use different brushes for each area.

5. Facial Hair: Use Monumental Grey to paint the following:

Eyebrows: Paint small half moons.

Mustache: Paint upside-down V.

Beard: Leave small area for mouth. Paint as much of the bottom for the beard as you would like.

6. Eyes: Paint the same half-moon shape as eyebrows and add a small dot underneath, using black paint.

7. Nose and Mouth: Use New England Red to paint the following:

Nose: Add a small dot above mustache.

Mouth: Paint any lip shape in little triangle area between mustache and beard.

8. Using foam brush, coat with sealer. Once dry, thread the twine (6″ long).

9. Hang on your Christmas tree, wreath, garland or any holiday décor.

Photo Credit: Monica Zibutis