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How to Make a Santa from Clay Pots

This terra cotta Santa Claus is a great craft for adults and kids alike!
15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Terra cotta pot
  • Red paint Patio Paint works best with terra cotta
  • Large white pom pom
  • Red felt
  • Skin tone felt
  • Red twine
  • Medium white pom poms (2)
  • Small white pom pom
  • Medium red pom poms (4)
  • Small red pom pom
  • Large white pipe cleaner
  • Google eyes
  • Hot glue and a glue gun
  • Scissors


  • Start by making Santa's head with the large white pom pom.  Cut out a face shape from the skin tone felt.
  • Make the face on the pom pom using hot glue to secure.
  • Make Santa's hat with a piece of red felt, a white pom pom, and a large white pipe cleaner.
  • Roll the felt into a hat shape and trim with scissors.  Secure with hot glue and put the white pom pom on top.
  • Add the white fur trim with your pipe cleaner.  Secure with hot glue.
  • In the meantime, paint your terra cotta pot with red paint.  Patio Paint makes quick work of this and often one coat is all that is needed.  Once dry, add on your Santa head and hat with hot glue.
  • Cut arms and legs for your creation from the red twine.  The legs should be longer than the arms.
  • Add the arms to the clay pot as shown below.  Add red pom poms as hands.
  • The legs secure to the inside of the pot as shown below.
  • Add feet to the ends of your red twine legs.  I also added a couple of medium sized white pom poms to the front as buttons.