Reader’s Digest Santa Claus

 

On a very hot and steamy August day in Houston, my sister and my niece had a Christmas craft planned for our family reunion. 

I have this Reader’s Digest Santa made by our Nana… one of my truly prized possessions. 

So it was a special treat to sit around the table folding those little magazines – laughing at old advertisements, enjoying 50 year old articles – working to create a new generation of Santas.

After that weekend the jolly Santa bellies headed east and west, and mine ended up in my craft closet where it waited months… just hoping for an icy cold day.  And with snow covering the ground the week of Thanksgiving, it was time for me to finish my Santa.

I wanted him to be very much like Nana’s because I love it so much.  (And guess what… you, my kind readers, love him too.   His little article and his photo get clicked on almost daily, all year round.  And he’s the number one image for Reader’s Digest Santas on Google and Bing.  Nana would have been overwhelmed!)

Cutting away at old fabric, crochet remnants and ribbon… and having a ball with the glue gun and some old jewels, my morning was delightful, and I happily add this Santa to my collection.

Have you made one?  Do you own one?  Please leave a comment and tell us all about it!

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11 Responses to “Reader’s Digest Santa Claus”

  1. Pam says:

    My mother had a trio of Christmas carolers made from different sized magazines and I had forgotten all about them until reading this! Now I’m inspired to make me a Santa and maybe some carolers, too! I don’t know if I can use my beloved Readers Digests though! 🙂

  2. Sandy says:

    Oh… that makes me so happy! Happy folding!

  3. Kim says:

    Wonderful!! Love it!!

  4. Cheryl says:

    What a special memory. Love how yours turned out!

  5. Torry says:

    Thrift stores would be a good place to get some Reader’s Digests, so you don’t have to use your cherished ones.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I’m so happy I found your website! I have been trying to find a pattern or instructions to make these for a long time. My mom had made a set in the early 70’s and they were my favorite Christmas decoration when I was growing up. Please e-mail me and let me know where I can find the instructions to make them. Thank you so much!

  7. bonnie mitchell says:

    How do you fold the pages. I am so interested in doing this!

  8. I’d like to put a link back to your site on my blog in the making of the Santa Readers Digest. Would that be ok?
    jeanne

  9. Sandy says:

    Thank you Jeanne,
    Yes, certainly. I’d be happy for you to.

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