How to Craft a Christmas Gourd Santa

Get crafty this Christmas and Santa will show up whether you've been naughty or nice.


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You Will Need

  • Bottle gourd
  • Wood putty
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
  • Clear acrylic spray finish
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Santa cap (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Select gourd

    Select a bottle gourd that has a smaller bulb on top to serve as Santa's head with a large bulb on bottom, which will become his jolly mid-section.

  2. Step 2

    Wash and dry

    Remove the stem at the top and wash the gourd thoroughly, scrubbing off dirt with a pot scrubber. Let it dry completely.

  3. Step 3

    Fill in holes

    Fill in any holes or irregularities with wood putty and then sand it with fine sandpaper.

  4. Step 4

    Paint the hat

    Paint Santa's red hat rimmed in white on the top of the gourd with a tassel hanging down the back of the gourd.

  5. You can skip painting the hat and either knit or buy a small Santa hat.

  6. Step 5

    Paint the face

    Paint the eyes, eyebrows, nose, rosy cheeks, and mouth on the upper bulb. Add white painted hair on the sides and in back. Then add a moustache and a beard that can extend down onto the lower bulb of the gourd.

  7. Step 6

    Create the body

    Paint the lower bulb of the gourd red to look like Santa's suit, with a black belt and white-trimmed sleeves ending in white mittens.

  8. Add creative details, like a sack full of toys, a scroll list, and a wreath.

  9. Step 7


    Let the paint dry and add a coat of clear acrylic spray finish. If the gourd won't stand on its own, place it on top of a small grapevine wreath.

  10. Gourds were used as national currency in Haiti in the early 1800s.