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Wooden Santa Heart Decoration

Santa is a perfect holiday motif and this project is really fun to make. It combines wood sawing, paper napkin applique and working with modelling clay. This project needs to dry overnight but is otherwise quick and easy to craft.



Wooden Heart with Santa Motif - Paper Napkin Applique

For this project you will need:

- 6 mm thick plywood for the heart
- 2 paper napkins with similar to the example napkin below or other motif of choice
- air drying / hardening modelling clay
- rolling pin
- paper napkin applique or decoupage glue
- kitchen knife
- paint brush and paint matching motif
- paint brush for glue
- wood glue
- drill with bit for drilling holes
- twine for hanging

Heart Paper Napkin Designs
The paper napkin used for this project has four completely different motifs and inspires one to create four of these hearts right away. That way you will have a couple of last minutes gifts on the side if you need them.


1. To create the heart decoration, follow the directions in the paper napkin applique tutorial link below. You need one complete napkin quarter to apply to the wood. Let motif completely dry before continuing.
2. Saw the heart out and paint the edges with a matching color.
3. Select a detail of your napkin you wish to use as the 3-D effect. To create the 3-D motif, follow the steps 1-3 in the directions in the using modelling clay tutorial link below.
4. While the clay is still semi-soft, use the blunt side of a knife and press in details carefully to add a more realistic look to the figure. See picture below for technique.
5. Let the clay motif dry overnight. The next day, glue the motif permanently onto the heart.
6. Drill a hole in each top heart half and add twine to hang it up.

Pressing the details of the Santa on the clay
While the clay is still semi-soft, use the blunt side of a knife and press in details carefully to add a more realistic look to the figure.

Illustrated Card Craft Tutorials:

Modelling Clay 75

Using Modelling Clay for 3-D Figures

Paper Napkin Applique with Fusible Web Tutorial

Paper Napkin Applique With Fusible Web Tutorial

Scrollsaw Tutorial

How to Saw Wood Out Using a Scroll Saw




Details of the Santa on the clay 330
3-D Detail of Santa - The Santa really looks dimensional and is a great effect for this project.


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