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Author:  Howard [ Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:13 am ]
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Merry Christmas Greetings to all…

Before I start posting my first Candy Box Santa project, let me say “Thanks“. I am indebted to several of my long-time Cardboard Christmas Forum e-friends for their input, help and support. I used all their knowledge to make my own version of the quaint little figures. I also want to thank to Paul for setting up this new sub-category on the forum...

See the concept sketch of my Candy Box Santa below...

I’m aware that there are other ways of making these quaint little fellows using alternate materials and methods. The invitation is open to share the Candy Box Santas you’ve made. Please do so...

This is also the perfect place to post any other figurines you’ve made. I know of at least one member who is experimenting with some spun cotton body elves. Is anyone making those other figurines I call “pine cone pixies”? The invitation to share is open...

My very best regards…

Howard…

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Author:  Barb [ Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:52 pm ]
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Howard I can't wait to see these! Going to be fabulous I'm sure!! ;)

Author:  Howard [ Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:19 pm ]
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Greetings to all…

MAKING A CANDY BOX SANTA FIGURINE

Body Form -- Strips of paper rolled and glued around a bamboo skewer…drill hole in top for small bottle brush tree trunk and glue in place…wrap body form with strip of paper towel and glue like paper mache…finished body form is about 2 1/4” long x 1/2” diameter…leave skewer long for a handle while building…cut skewer flush with body when ready to add legs…

Note -- I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue® and Elmer’s® Glue-All on throughout this project…

Suit -- Red flannel folded and stitched…turn inside out to form pointed tube…the fit over body form should not be skin tight…turn up suit bottom edge about 1/2” to make a cuff that’s flush with the bottom of body form…dab glue around the bottom edge in a few places…

Note -- making the flannel suit was the trickiest part…I had to cut out several, sew them up and test to get a proper fit…you can get a general idea as to the size and size and shape from the photo…yours will be different due to the actual diameter and length of the body form you make…

Belt -- Strip of black paper glued at waist to cover turned up edge of suit…

Arms -- Green pipe cleaner about 3” long…covered with rolled red flannel attached with glue…

Legs -- Black pipe cleaners…insert and glue between body form and suit…

Face -- I’m making my own…guess that’s no surprise…the main part is “molded pulp cardboard packing”…see photo… I chose a corner piece that was rounded like a face and forehead…eyebrows, nose, moustache and lower lip are tiny pieces of cardboard…it’s like adding layering details to flat cardboard “flattie“ figurines…prime first then paint facial details…

Note…Our friend, Pete Oehmen, has pre-made Candy Box Santa faces…go here and scroll down…
https://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1270&p=8460&hilit=santa+face#p8460
Note -- you may have to adjust the sizes of the parts you make depending on the size of the face you choose…

Beard -- A tuft of wool roving attached with glue…

Suit and Hood Trim -- I used Dill‘s® pipe cleaners…they’re a natural color, more tightly wound than craft store items and have a vintage look…legs and arms could be made with Dill‘s® pipe cleaners and then dyed or painted…

Tree -- 1” long piece of craft store “Canadian Pine Stems”…

Attachment wire -- Salvaged off a floral pick…folded in half and glued into a tiny hole drilled in the back between belt and arms…

Merry Christmas to all…

Howard…

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Author:  Clinton [ Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:52 am ]
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Wow! Looks like it just came out of a 1930's WoolWorth's 5¢ & 10¢ store Howard! Impressive. I gotta try my hand at this project!

Author:  maria [ Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:48 pm ]
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Very authentic looking

Author:  OKPat [ Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:47 pm ]
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I learned a trick for making "clothing" for small figures. Paper towels drape well over odd shapes, and are cheap and easy to cut. You can snip
and drape until you get a decent fit, then use the cut towel as a pattern for felt or whatever material you need for the final product. Also,
the "seams" of felt can be glued rather than sewn. I use Tacky Glue (sparingly). Typically, you glue the front facing edge over the back facing
edge so you don't see any seam from the front.

Author:  Howard [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:55 pm ]
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Greetings to all…

Here’s a much smaller “candy box” style Santa figurine I just finished using basically the same techniques as the first ones I made at the end of 2017...

This smaller one has a cast face versus a cardboard one…and a body form made from a short length of 5/16” diameter dowel I shaped to a cone point…the fabric wrap was replaced the red felt this time…

This smaller Santa will grace the front of the new, very tall church I’m presently working on…
https://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1525

My very best regards…

Howard…

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Author:  BrianB [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:43 am ]
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Love these little guys!! :)

Author:  Lucy [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:21 pm ]
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Howard,

You know that we love all the stuff you do, but honestly, what kills me are the little things - the flatties and now these little Santas. They are incredible. Making little tiny accompaniments to the houses is so much more difficult than the houses themselves, I think.

Thank you for the inspiration.

Lucy

Author:  maria [ Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:20 am ]
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What I love is that they all have what I call "personality"!

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