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Christmas for Geeks and Freaks

December 8, 2009

For Geeks:



And for Jesus “Freaks” (that is what we were called a long, long time ago…):


Jesus BDay



Craft Idea:


Paperback or Reader’s Digest Santa

  • Santa doll head
  • paperback book or Reader’s Digest magazines
  • red spray paint
  • bag of cotton balls
  • small amount of red felt
  • circle of cardboard to glue to the base
  • white craft glue
  • utility knife or sharp paring knife


Craft Project Instructions:

  1. Choose a paperback book with a strong spine and remove the front and back covers. Use a utility knife to cut down the spine, separating about 200 pages (or slightly more, as some may come loose) to make half of the Santa body.
  2. Open the 200 page book sliver at the halfway point. Begin folding as shown in the photo above. On the first page of the right side, bring the upper right hand point down toward the spine, creating a right angle. Bring the lower right hand point up toward the spine, so that it meets the former fold. This will leave a slight angle between the lower section and the spine and therefore a flat line at the base area. Repeat with all pages on the right.
     Folds Completed
  3. Repeat step 2 on the left hand side, reversing the angles. This will complete one half of the Santa body, as shown in the photo above.
  4. Take another 200 pages of the paperback book and repeat steps 2 and 3 to make the second half of the Santa body.
  5. Glue together the two halves that you have just made to make a complete circular Santa body.
  6. Turn the body upside down and measure the diameter of the base. Cut a cardboard circle to this measurement and glue the circle to the bottom of the base.
  7. Paint the Santa body with red spray paint. It may take a couple of coats to paint the body completely.
  8. Glue a premade Santa doll head to the top of the Santa body.
  9. Decorate as desired. Our Reader’s Digest Santa had a belt and robe collar made entirely from cotton balls glued in place. Red mitten shapes were cut from felt to make hands that were glued on either side of the body. Two cotton ball buttons were glued on, with smaller red felt circles glued on top.

Be Creative!

  • Use real black buttons rather than cotton balls, with a length of black felt as the belt, preferably with a gold buckle of some kind.
  • To make a matching Mrs. Santa Claus, start with a Mrs. Santa Claus doll head, but add a felt cape, muff, and cap rather than Santa hat, buttons and an belt.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 9:05 am

    All I can say is, “Smile”!

  2. December 8, 2009 11:01 pm

    I’ve only seen this once, but very cute and hard to believe it was a RD or TV guide. Very nice.

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