Paintbrush Santa Ornament

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This Paintbrush Santa Ornament may just be the cutest Christmas craft ever! Made with a simple paintbrush and a few other craft supplies, it’s fun for the whole family and budget friendly too!

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Paintbrushes made into Santa ornaments leaning against book

When it comes to Christmas, I can’t get enough of crafting and decorating! From snowman mason jars (perfect for filling with treats and gifting) to gingerbread houses, it’s all just so much fun!

One thing I haven’t made enough of is Christmas ornaments. I’m not sure why. I always plan to do it but then before I know it, Christmas has come and gone.

I’ve been way too busy looking for all the hottest Christmas toys or planning which Christmas desserts to make. But now I finally have a super cute ornament to share…and it only took six years!

Paintbrush Santa Ornament

This Paintbrush Santa Ornament is perfect for people who love crafting and even the kids can join in. They’ll love making their own Santa for the Christmas tree. The best part is that this DIY ornament is budget friendly too.

Supplies for Paintbrush Santa Ornament

I’ve linked to Amazon for all the supplies, just because we all know how convenient it is to have everything magically show up on your doorstep. However, if you have a Dollar Tree nearby, you can save money by shopping there instead.

So grab a paintbrush, paints and a few other supplies and let’s get that tree decorated!

Paintbrushes made into Santa ornaments leaning against book
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DIY Santa Ornament

Additional Time 1 hour
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Everyone will love making this cute DIY Santa Ornament for Christmas. The best part is that all you need is an inexpensive paintbrush and a few other simple craft supplies to do it.



  • paintbrush 1" size
  • Chenille stems white
  • Wooden plug small
  • Felt craft sheet white
  • Ribbon
  • Button
  • Silver Cord
  • Acrylic Craft Paint red, green, light peach, white, black


  • Paint the paintbrush handle red to resemble Santa’s hat. If necessary, add a second coat, then set aside to dry.
  • Paint the metal section of the paintbrush white to make a base coat. Add a second layer, then let dry.
  • Once the white paint is dry, paint over it with light peach (or any flesh tone you like) to make Santa’s face. If necessary, apply a second coat.
  • Dip the paintbrush bristles into white paint, wipe off any excess, then set it aside to dry overnight.
    Dipping paintbrush in white paint for Santa ornament
  • Use pink, black and white paint to add Santa’s rosy cheeks, eyes and eyebrows.
  • Glue the unfinished wooden plug for Santa’s nose. It can be left unfinished or painted to match the face.
    Paintbrush Santa ornament with nose and face
  • Dip a small paintbrush tip into green paint and give Santa’s hat a polka dot pattern.
    Polka dot pattern for Santa's hat
  • Draw, then cut out, a plain mustache on regular copy paper.
  • Apply removeable adhesive to the mustache, apply to white craft felt and cut out with scissors. Use a glue gun to attach the mustache to Santa’s face, just under his nose. If you don’t have felt, you can easily substitute craft foam or white fabric.
    Adding a mustache to paintbrush Santa
  • Take your white chennille stem and glue it around the paintbrush. This will be the fur trim on Santa’s hat. Trim off any extra chennille with scissors.
  • Use the ribbon to make a bow and use the glue gun to attach it to Santa’s hat.
  • Add some extra color by gluing a button to the center of Santa’s bow.
    Decorating a Santa ornament with buttons
  • Cut an eight inch piece of silver cord and thread through the hold at the top of the paintbrush. Tie the ends in a knot so that you can hang your Santa ornament on your Christmas tree.

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How cute are these?! They’re going to look adorable on our tree!

Younger ones may need a little help from mom or dad but it makes a great family project.

Does your family love making their own ornaments for the tree? What will you be making this year?

More Craft Ideas

If you’re looking for DIY gifts for Christmas, you can never go wrong with photo crafts! These are really perfect for grandparents because you know Grandma and Grandpa can never have too many pictures of their grandbabies!

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If you want an easy craft that kids can make as a gift, this soup can pencil holder is both easy and cute!

Soup can pencil holder

Another easy craft that kids can make on their own is this DIY photo cube. Just a couple supplies and some photos are all you need.

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