Reader’s Digest Santa

I have this Reader’s Digest Santa.  I’ve looked over the internet at various photos of this wonderful old craft project… and I do believe mine is the best.  (Imagine that!)  My Nana made this one, and he came out every Christmas along with quite a variety of her handmade decorations.  She loved Christmas crafts!

I’m just so thrilled I inherited this treasure.  I do love Santa Claus, and he’s a precious member of my collection.

I’ve downloaded the instructions on how to make him.  And for two years I’ve thought it would be a piece of cake to find Santa faces so we could have a family craft time and make some more.  I ordered a set of 12 from Ebay one day, absolutely thrilled.  Then they arrived and were far tinier than I had expected.  Someday I’ll find them, and then I’ll find the people who would love nothing better than to spend an afternoon folding paper, gluing felt and spraying red paint.


Post Script.  I happily report that two year later I made that Santa.  (But I didn’t find all the supplies.  That was a sweet gift from my sister and my niece.)  Please click HERE to see more about the Santa I made.



20 Responses to “Reader’s Digest Santa”

  1. Sheryl Borden says:

    I still have my Readers’ Digest Santa and I also have a beautiful angel. I think yours may be in better shape than mine, but I still love them, too.

  2. Mary Anne says:

    I remember those. Would be fun to make one. I was looking for some faces one time and had the same problem. Good luck in finding them.

  3. Kim says:

    Love this!! Do you think the faces could have been those tiny little mugs?

  4. Sandy says:

    Our cousin was just treated to a garage sale find the other day… A Reader’s Digest Santa with a Santa mug for the face. Mine is just a little “doll” face. I can remember those faces being sold in dime stores when we were little. Hoping I can find some!

  5. Shirley says:

    That’s quite a Santa, one that I don’t have in my collection. Hum…I may have to make one too! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sandy says:

    Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute! Upon closer inspection… his head IS made from a little mug! Oh my goodness!! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities!!

  7. Robin Green says:

    I’ll come! I’ll come make a Santa!

  8. Sandy says:

    It would be a grand party!

  9. Beverly says:

    My grandmother made Christmas trees fr reader digests. I would love to do that project

  10. Sue Smith says:

    Just LOVE it….I have a Santa Claus collection, and they are ALL so much fun to bring out at Xmas….Your’s is VERY VERY special!! I don’t remember Reader’s Digest Santas (Duh! Where was I???) but I’m going to download your instructions….very sweet of you….THANKS!

  11. Sandy says:

    And you can find the instructions online.. just do a search of Reader’s Digest Santa or crafts… that’s how I found it.

  12. Denise says:

    My Husbands Mom has a set she made years ago of Mr & Mrs Clause. They are priceless. She can’t remember how she made them but I would love to find the instructions if someone has a place to find them.

  13. Sandy says:

    Denise, thanks for reading a commenting! This is the site I found with instructions.
    One of these days I’m going to have that party and make some more!!!

  14. bonnie mitchell says:

    I bought a Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the 70’s. What I remember is the lady that made Mr. Claus used an abundance of beautiful Angel Hair for the biggest beard that was wavy and flowed over part of the chest. He had the sweetest face. And she used red felt for the arms and black felt for the mittens. I had both for years. Now I wish I had kept them. All he needed was a new beard. The old one had yellowed. I will be making mine this year! Already ordered their faces and angel hair. Sandy thank you SO much for posting this!

  15. Sandy says:

    Great Bonnie! I’m so glad you’re going to make one. I just love mine.

  16. bonnie mitchell says:

    Do you have a cut out pattern for the arms?

  17. Sandy says:

    Bonnie, I just made my arms up by looking at how my Nana had placed hers. On the new one I made, I actually used ribbon with wired edges, and kind of ‘crunched’ them around until I liked the looks of it.

  18. Sandy says:

    And the same with the hat and the little mittens. I’m bad at patterns, but LOVE a glue gun! I just fold and tuck and glue until I get what I want. Have fun!

  19. Sandy Mattison says:

    Bonnie Mitchel…where did u find the faces??

  20. Sandy says:

    The faces are those Santa Christmas mugs.

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