Learn how to update Christmas decorations when you want to change your holiday color scheme or match a new decor style!
Have you ever come across a holiday decoration that you really loved but wished it was a different color? That’s what happened to me while doing some after-Christmas shopping last year.
I was sifting through the “dregs” looking for that diamond in the rough. Y’all know what I’m talking ’bout! A large metal Santa caught my eye. It was tossed aside along with other unwanted decorations. It had no price tag, scratches galore, missing embellishments, and it didn’t match my Christmas decor colors.
After mulling it over, I decided I could eventually makeover this Santa decoration somehow in the future. No price tag, ugh, it’s got to be dirt cheap, right, it’s the “dregs.”
This 36-inch Santa ended up costing me only $5.00 – SOLD – my diamond in the rough!
I’ve joined a group of designers this month to share our Christmas upcycles and makeovers with all of our readers. We take something old and/or unused and ‘do it over’ into something new. Our items can be found in closets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it! Be sure to click their project links at the end of my post to see what they’re sharing. Don’t miss out!
HOW TO UPDATE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Keep in mind that you can update practically any kind of holiday decoration, whether it be from your existing collection, you buy something new, or if it’s a thrifted item.
Updating Christmas ornaments seems to be the number one decor item DIYers tend to give a makeover, but, hopefully, my updated Santa idea will give you the inspiration to upgrade much larger Christmas home decor.
Even if you’re on a budget and need to be cheap on the supplies needed, most of what you will need can be found at most Dollar Tree stores. They even stock name brands, such as, Mod Podge and Tacky Glue. Even yarn and fabric can now be found in most of their stores.
- Christmas decoration
- craft paint
- fabric fat quarter
- faux fur
- sewing machine
- hot glue gun
- Tacky Glue
- Mod Podge
- pencil or marker
- artist brush
- sponge foam brush
HOW TO UPDATE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS ~ MY SANTA MAKEOVER
Since the surface areas to be painted didn’t need sanding, I gave each area a couple of coats. I ended up painting Santa’s face again because of all the scratches, plus I didn’t care for the existing flesh color shade.
I’ve never crafted with faux fur before, so I made a couple of blunders at first. I discovered I would have to sew the tops of each pattern piece that I cut out or I would be creating a huge furry mess. Clearly, I didn’t think things through at first!
I’m not going to lie. Crafting with faux fur is a pain in the butt and my sewing machine is probably stuffed with a giant fur ball inside it now.
I made my patterns for each section by using a piece of white computer paper. Placing the paper on top of the area, I pressed the paper down and creased the paper around the entire outer edges using my finger. This gave me a molded pattern piece to cut out. I labeled each pattern so I wouldn’t get confused along the way.
Place each pattern on the back side of the fur piece flipping each pattern backwards from what my picture below shows. I traced around each pattern using a black marker.
Now comes the pain in the butt part. It’s even hard to even give instructions on how I managed to produce the final fur pieces. It was a lot of trial and error.
In a nutshell, sew along only the tops of each pattern piece a 1/4 inch away from your traced lines. You’ll need to pay attention along the way to make sure the fur is still brushed down underneath. Once all pieces are sewn, cut out the patterns.
You’ll be cutting out slightly above the line on where sewed. Pay close attention when cutting the bottom of the pattern pieces as you’ll need to brush the fur up and then cut. This will keep the fur ragged versus fur that is perfectly straight across.
I used hot glue to attach the fur to my Santa. I applied hot glue to the tip top, back side, of each pattern piece, and pressed down. Then applied hot glue to the entire back of each pattern piece and attached the fur to the cuffs, boots, and hat.
I created a pattern for the fabric the same way I did for the faux fur (described above), which was using computer paper. Again, don’t forget to flip the pattern before tracing on the back of the fabric. Cut out the fabric piece leaving about a 1/4 each extra around the pattern.
Use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the hat area. Press the fabric on top, smoothing as you go along. I dipped my finger in the glue to push that extra 1/4 inch towards the back side of the hat area. Just keep dipping and applying the glue until the back edges are secured.
YARN BEARD & EYEBROWS:
I used “Big Twist” ribbon yarn that I purchase on sale at JoAnn’s Fabrics. It was perfect for using for Santa’s beard. You can stretch it in different directions to get a curvy, textured beard look. I used Tacky Glue to attach the beard, pinpointing the applicator to certain areas of each beard tendril to get the curvy, textured look. For the eyebrows I just cut a little piece straight across the yarn piece and formed it to the eyebrow section.
Since my Santa decoration was missing an embellishment at his hand area, it was a clear cut decision to add a small wreath. I cut a piece of pine off a cheap garland, formed it into a wreath, bent 2 of the pine sprigs around the hand, and stuck a Christmas ornament in the wreath. My embellishments can easily be changed out since I didn’t glue anything to the hand or wreath.
I hope I’ve provided some inspiration for you to update your own Christmas decorations or maybe you’ll be able to use one of my crafty techniques on your future holiday project! If your an avid DIYer and can share any great tips for working with faux fur, please leave a comment.
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What a great transformation to match your style perfectly!
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
This is a wonderful makeover! And at that price I would have snatched it up too. Thanks for sharing some inspiration to remake our Christmas decor at a fraction of the cost.
Very cute!! Great makeover, I love all the different textures!
Anita Holland says
You did an awesome job. The before looked like the creator got confused about whether it was an angel or a Santa. He is clearly now a very cool Santa.
Allyson, what a great diy for the holidays. The fur/beard gave you a bit of trouble but the end results are wonderful! Such a cute Santa for placing by the tree, or welcoming people into your home!
Marie - Interior Frugalista says
Red is my favorite color, especially for the holidays so I adore how you warmed up the metal Santa in red and faux fur. Santa has way more personality now and I love the pretty DIY wreath he’s holding too!
Fantastic makeover and it sounds like working with faux fur can be a challenge. Your ‘new’ Santa is adorable!
He is just the cutest Allyson; it’s no wonder he sold :). The trick to cutting faux fur, without having to sew, is to use a craft knife to cut it from the back just through the fabric to separate it from the furry part; that way everything stays put without shedding.
Patti @ Pandora's Box says
What great vision you had! This was a very clever project and fabulous update!
That’s amazing! It doesn’t look like a $5 makeover that’s for sure! What a great project…a total transformation!
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
What a fun ‘do over’ Allyson! How adorable! You did a great job in making over this jolly old santa! Love the new look!