I love to decorate for the holidays with festive wreaths and wall hangings like this Burlap Christmas Tree Wall Hanging and the Candy Cane Reindeer Wreath. This year we’ve got a new fun one in this Loopy Yarn Christmas Santa Wreath.
You will not believe what I used to make this wreath. It dawned on me while I was standing in Dollar Tree and looking at holiday decorations. I honestly don’t know why it never occurred to me until now. This post contains affiliate links.
From Tinsel Santa Hat Sign to Santa Wreath Frame
If you haven’t been to Dollar Tree lately, they have some great decor with their cute signs and things. I saw these Santa Hat tinsel decorations and realized I could remove the tinsel and use the santa hat form to make my own Santa Wreath with Loopy Yarn.
For some reason, Dollar Tree does not have the Santa Hat Tinsel Decoration on their site, but this Bell Tinsel Wall Decoration looks very similar. I think its frame could work, too. However, I know you can find the Santa Hat version in stores.
How do you remove the tinsel from the Santa Hat Sign?
When you remove all the tinsel from the frame, you’ll see it was hooked onto it with little nubs that stick out. Those little nubs will work perfectly to hook the loops of the yarn to hold them for the beard. After hooking the yarn, I secured them with a dollop of hot glue so the beard would not fall apart on my front door in inclement weather.
You might also want to keep the little embellishments like the holly leaves or the “Merry Christmas” to put on your Santa Wreath. I chose the holly leaves and hot glued them to the brim of the hat.
More DIY Christmas Decor Ideas
The holidays are some of my favorite themes for crafting. Here’s a few more you can make:
- Candy Cane Reindeer Wreath
- DIY Burlap Christmas Tree Wall Hanging
- Make a Mason Jar Christmas Snow Globe
- DIY Snow Luminaries
- Mini Mason Jar Christmas Ornament
Get in the holiday spirit with this easy Christmas wreath in Santa gnome style!
- Dollar Store Santa Hat Tinsel Decor
- 1 large skein or 2 regular skeins of white loopy yarn
- 1 knee high
- 1 santa hat
- small piece of grosgrain ribbon
- polyfil stuffing
- roll of white tulle ribbon
- Remove the tinsel from the Santa Hat Tinsel decoration so all you have left is the Santa Hat frame. Save the little embellishments just in case you'd like to add them to your finished decoration.
- Spread out a big wad of polyfil over the top of the santa hat frame.
- Then, wrap the polyfil with some white tulle to make more of a santa hat shape. Add dots of hot glue to keep the tulle wrap tight over the stuffing.
- Check to make sure the santa hat fits.
- Cut 12-15 24-inch pieces of the loopy yarn.
- Fold a piece of loopy yarn in half.
- Start on the front side of the frame and feed the folded center of the yarn through the top of the "brim of the hat" section.
- Feed it down the back to the little nubs sticking out and hook a loop of the yarn on a nub.
- Once hooked, give a gentle pull on the yarn from the front to make sure that loop is taut on that little nub. Do this same thing until you've covered all the little nubs.
- Flip over the frame to the backside and add a dollop of hot glue on each nub to keep the loops attached.
- Cut a 10-12 inch piece of pantyhose/knee high. Knot it at one end.
- Fill it with a handful of polyfil stuffing.
- Twist the pantyhose to form a rounded shape of the stuffing.
- Knot the other side of the pantyhose as close to the stuffing as you can to keep it's rounded shape.
- Take both loose end of the pantyhose and behind the stuffing ball tie a tight knot. This will form a squashy kind of ball for the nose.
- Right in the middle and just above the loopy yarn beard on the santa hat frame, tie the nose on with a knot.
- If your santa beard looks a little sparse, cut 10-12 18-inch pieces of loopy yarn.
- From the backside, next to each nub where a yarn loop is hooked, thread a piece of loopy yarn through until the ends hanging down are even.
- Use the glue gun to glue the middle of the loopy yarn piece together just under the frame so it cannot come undone. Do this to fill up the entire beard.
- Once your beard is done and you're happy with the fullness, give it a haircut. I like to round the sides so they are a little shorter.
- Slide the santa hat down over the top. Hot glue it down to the beard on the sides. Hot glue it over the nose. Hot glue it along the back as well.
- Hot glue the ball of the santa hat at a diagonal as shown. Hot glue any embellishments.
- Take a small piece of grosgrain ribbon and hot glue it in a loop
- Hang up your new creation!