by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)
What you need
Red Cord for Handle
1 Red pom pom for nose
Before you begin, make sure a bottle of wine fits into your postal tube as tubes vary around the world. Our tube is 13.4 inch (34cm) high and has a circumference of 12.4 inch (31.5 cm).
Take your postal tube and paint with red paint. You may need to give it several coats to cover any existing writing.
Attach the red cord by piercing a hole into the top side of the tube and threading the cord through. Secure with a strong knot.
Paint a oval for the face as shown and a white stripe down the middle for the seam of his jacket. (You could also use felt for both these sections).
Using black cut a 1.2 inch strip of felt to go around his belly. (measure your tube).
Cut the belt buckle, beard and mustache using the pattern below.
Thread the buckle through the belt and secure with glue. Place the seam of the belt towards the back for a neater finish.
Measure the circumference of your tube and create a Santa hat with red felt. Add a white felt trim around the hat for the fur as shown. Do not glue on the hat as this acts as the lid for your wine bottle.
If you have the plastic cap from the postal tube you can simply glue the hat to the original postal tube cap for an actual lid.
Paint on Santa’s eyes, glue on his nose and glue on beard and mustache.
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