Dollar Tree Santa Makeover


DIY Christmas Challenge

Welcome to the DIY Challenge. This month’s theme was to make anything as long as it was for Christmas.  I chose to do a Dollar Tree Santa makeover.

Before we get to giving Santa a whole new look, I’d like to thank Terrie from Decorate and More With Tip for putting this challenge together. She does a fabulous job and always comes up with the best challenges for us!

If you are coming here from Terrie’s, welcome I’m so glad that you are here!

Santa decoration

Santa Decoration

I found this sweet Santa at the Dollar Tree and fell in love with his sweet face.

However, The red hat with the Ho Ho Ho didn’t really fit the decor I was going for.

Normally I would paint it, but I was sure the Ho Ho Ho would show through the paint.

So, Plan B. Cover it up with Scrapbook paper.



Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Paint brush



Hot Glue Gun and Glue


Craft knife

Step 1:

Choose your scrapbook paper.

I chose this pretty bold plaid.

Flip the paper over so that the back side is showing.

Then flip the Santa over also and lay it on the paper.

Trace around the Santa and then cut out where you traced on the paper.

Applying plaid paper to Santa

Step 2:

Apply the scrapbook paper to the Santa using Mod Podge.

To apply the paper, paint a coat of Mod Podge onto the the Santa.

Then Place the paper on the Santa, smooth out any wrinkles.

Paint a coat of Mod Podge onto the paper to seal.

Applying Mod Podge to Santa's beard

Step 3:

Apply glitter to the beard.

The beard had a blue shadow that was a bit dark for me.

So I decided to lighten it up a bit by adding more white holographic glitter.

To do this, I just added a coat of the Mod Podge to Santa’s beard.

Applying Glitter to Santa's beard

Step 4:

Then sprinkled on the glitter.

Ribbon stacks

Step 5:

Add a bow to Santa’s  hat.

Instead of a pom pom on the end of Santa’s hat, I thought it would be fun to add a cute bow.

Using 3 different ribbons, I cut 4 three inch pieces of each color of ribbon.

Stacked ribbon

Step 6:

Once the ribbon is cut, start stacking the ribbon in an X pattern one color at a time.


Starting with the white with red stripe ribbon, create a an X, then on top of that create an X with the green ribbon, then an X with the red ribbon. Repeat.

ribbon bow

Step 7:

Pinch the ribbon stack in the middle and tie it off with a piece of twine.

Trim the ribbon on both sides to even up the bow.

Adding a bow to Santa's hat

Step 8:

Glue the bow to the end of the Santa hat.

I think that this would be super cute with a gold jingle bell in the middle of the bow!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have one the size I needed.

removing extra paper from Santa's hat

Step 9:

Create a hole in the scrapbook paper to hang the Santa.

Remember that there was already a hole at the top of the Santa with ribbon and a tag in it?

Flip your Santa over and find that hole.

Then using a craft knife, create a hole in the plaid paper to correspond with that hole.

I used some green twine to create a hanger.

Just thread the twine through the hole and tie a knot in the twine.

Santa decoration

Step 10:

Enjoy decorating using your Santa.

My Santa is going to be part of a gift for a friend, so I hung him here to show you just how cute he is.

This Dollar Tree Santa makeover is so easy and it enables you to make it match your Christmas decorating theme.

Now, I hope that you will join me in heading over to  Carol’s at Blue Sky At Home to see her Christmas Challenge item!

When you are done there be sure and visit all of the other DIY Challenge participants to see their lovely creations! I’ve listed them below to make it easy for you to find them.

Decorate and More with Tip

Patina and Paint

Blue Sky at Home

The House House

Blessings By Me

Purple Hues and Me

Sweet Southern Grace


    Hoot Shack

Until next time..

Dollar Tree Santa Makeover

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    1. It is amazing what people think of to do with Dollar Tree items. So many I see all I can think is that I need to up my crafting game for sure!

    1. Denise I have the snowman too. Still thinking about what to do with that guy! So happy that you got some inspo for your snowman!

    2. Tammy, that Santa is SO cute! You are amazing with all the transformations you think of! When did you find this Santa? Recently? Also, I have many sizes of gold jingle bells if you need one for the bow. Just let me know.

      1. Thanks Karen! I did find a jingle bell – while looking for something else. Which tells me that in January I’ll be doing some organizing! lol!

  1. This is adorable! I bought one of these last year and it’s just been sitting in my craft pile because I didn’t like it that much. Now I know what to do with it! Thanks for the idea! Pinned!

    1. Glad you got some ideas from this Michelle! I bought mine last year too as well as a snow man… still thinking about what to do with that!

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