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ornamentation: st. nicholas day


Happy St. Nicholas Day! I've been familiar with this day, and with who St. Nicholas was, but this year I learned a little more. Where did I learn my new information? From the new What's in the Bible? DVD! Actually, this DVD is filled with all kinds of things that I learned, and I recommend it for both kids and parents.

Finding out exactly how St. Nicholas become Jolly Old St. Nick and his connection to pawn shops (really!), and even the Santas we see collecting money for charity, was enough to inspire an ornament. And since today is his special day, it's the perfect time, right?!

St Nicholas Ornament

Here's what you need:
Embroidery floss
Flesh colored felt
White felt
Red fabric
St. Nicholas pattern

St Nicholas Ornament

Cut out the large face piece from flesh colored felt and stitch on a face. (Remember Coneheads? I'm sorry to say that I do, and this photo reminds me of them. Let's fix that fast!)

St Nicholas Ornament

Cut out the beard from white felt, then stitch it along the bottom of the face.

St Nicholas Ornament

On the red fabric, stitch the cross lines. You can do small stitches, or large ones like I've done.

St Nicholas Ornament

Cut out the hat shape from the embroidered red fabric. I cut mine to be just a teeny bit larger than the template. It may look a little strange, like mine here, but don't worry! It will come out fine!

St Nicholas Ornament

Stitch the hat onto the Conehead...er, I mean the top of the flesh colored backing.

St Nicholas Ornament

Take a piece of embroidery floss and thread it through the top, between the felt and the fabric. Tie a knot to make a hanger.

At this point, you can leave it and be done, or if you'd like to cover up your stitches, add a second large face piece from felt and glue it to the back.

St Nicholas Ornament

St. Nicholas is ready to go on the tree! Keep him close as a reminder that we have a responsibility to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

13 comments:

  1. Here in Holland we celebrate St Nicholas feast with presents and sweets for children...instead of christmas

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  2. so cute! my son goes to a Catholic school, and all of the kids dressed as saints on Halloween. he was St. Nicholas from tip to toe, and loved it (although the huge crozier was probably his favorite part). i'm going to make this for him as a surprise for our tree. thanks so much!

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  3. that's way cute Mollie!

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  4. Adorable and I'll be making some for our tree and the grandchildren's.

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  5. o my goodness this is incredibly adorable. Happy St. Nicholas Day!


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  6. Anonymous1:57 PM

    Mollie

    I LOVE your Blog.

    Just wanted you to know.

    Maureen

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  7. That is seriously soooo cute!

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  8. I absolutely love this. I live in the Netherlands where Sinterklaas is a fest and is celebrated extensively and is taken VERY seriously. I blogged about it (the food: http://cakememoirs.blogspot.com/2011/11/sinterklaas-cultural-and-delicious.html) and how you can celebrate yourself here: http://cakememoirs.blogspot.com/2011/11/sinterklaas-part-2-how-to-celebrate.html

    It's such a cool thing to do, I really recommend it. And I love the St Nic ornaments, they are very lifelike ;)

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  9. btw: Sinterklaas is the Dutch word for St. Nicolas

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  10. I love this sooo much! It's easy to do and very very cute. And I have to say your blog is awesome and I really admire your job! If you want to see my St. Nicholas jus click. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49376373/P1070419.JPG

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  11. Anonymous5:19 PM

    Hi Mollie, Happy New Year!! Where can I get flesh colored felt? I'm looking for the tone you used for your St. Nick project. Thanks!

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  12. I used the flesh color from Magic Cabin: http://www.magiccabin.com/Wool-Felt_p185.html

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  13. Hey Mollie! Great to see this featured over at St Nicholas Center today!!
    http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/ornament/
    So exciting :-D

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