Easy Rustic Santa Claus Door Hangers

Years ago, my sister made me an adorable Santa Claus door hanger. I loved it so much that I made one for each of my friends and co-workers the next year. Each year, as I unpack my Christmas decorations, I stumble across the pattern, and think, “I should put that idea on my blog.” Well, I’ve finally done it! Now you can make these fabulous rustic Santa Claus door hangers for yourself (and for your friends). I wish I knew who created the original pattern, but it’s been over 18 years since I first got it. 18 years, and it’s still as cute as ever!

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How to Make Santa Claus Door Hangers

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If you can sew a blanket stitch, you can make this craft. If you can’t sew a blanket stitch, check out this video to learn how. It’s super easy.

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  • Burgundy and cream felt
  • Cream embroidery thread and needle
  • Small scrap of cotton cream fabric
  • Small scrap of plaid cotton fabric
  • Buttons of various sizes, shapes and colors
  • Jingle bell
  • Craft wire
  • Pattern (download below)
  • A scrap of cotton batting, or an extra piece of felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Q-tip
  • Pink chalk
  • Black fine-tip fabric marker
  • A pencil or pen

Open the printable pdf Sant Claus door hanger pattern by clicking on the download button below.

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Rustic Santa Claus Door Hangers make perfect gifts for teachers, friends and neighbors. They're easy to make, and they look so darn cute! {OneCreativeMommy.com} Christmas Craft Tutorial #santaclaus #christmascraft #christmasdecor #felt #giftidea #doorhanger


  1. Print and cut out the Santa Claus door hangers body and beard patterns. Trace the body pattern two times onto burgundy felt. Trace the beard one time onto cream felt. Cut out the shapes.
  2. Cut a piece of batting slightly smaller than the body shape to fit in between the two body pieces. Don’t go out and buy batting just for this project. You can use a piece of felt for padding if you don’t have a scrap of batting.

How to make a rustic Santa Claus Door Hanger {OneCreativeMommy.com} Christmas Craft Tutorial

  1. Stack the body pieces with the padding in the middle. Use embroidery floss (three strands thick) to sew a blanket stitch around the outside edge of the body shape. (See the link above the materials picture if you don’t know how to sew a blanket stitch.)
  2. Sew a blanket stitch around the outside of the beard piece and a simple whip stitch along the inside edge (where the face will show through).
  3. Cut a small piece of cream fabric just larger than the face hole in the beard. Using a small amount of fabric glue, attach the fabric to the back of the beard piece so that it completely covers the hole. Only glue at the top and bottom of the piece so that you can move the beard to add pink cheeks.
  4. Once the glue dries, use a Q-tip and pink chalk to add tiny pink cheeks to the face. (Just gently pull the beard back so that you don’t get chalk on it.) Add eyes with a black fabric marker.
  5. Cut a small square of plaid fabric for the patch on Santa’s suit. Using six strands of embroidery floss, stitch on the patch with large, sloppy stitches. Only stitch through the top layer of Santa’s body. (You can also do this step before blanket stitching the body, if you prefer.)
  6. Stitch one button onto an edge of the fabric square.
  7. Cut one inch strips of cream felt for the puff ball on Santa’s hat. Stitch them together with one strand of embroidery floss or cream thread, and attach them to the top of Santa’s body with fabric glue or thread.
  8. Glue or stitch Santa’s head onto the body just below the puff ball.

How to Create the Hanger

How to make a rustic Santa Claus Door Hanger {OneCreativeMommy.com} Christmas Craft Tutorial

To create the hanger portion of this Santa Claus door hangers craft, you will need craft wire and a pencil or pen.

  1. First shape the wire into a ring. Then wrap portions of the wire around the pen or pencil to create loops and swirls in the hanger.
  2. String buttons and a jingle bell along the wire on one side.
  3. Poke a hole through Santa’s body on each side of his beard (though the body, not the beard) about 2/3 of the way down the beard.
  4. Slide the ends of the wire through the holes you punched, and adjust the length of the wire.
  5. Finish by curling the ends of the wire so that they will stay in place.

You’re done! Now you have an adorable gift for a friend, teacher or neighbor. (Will you give it away or keep it for yourself to decorate your home?)

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  1. OMG so cute! And seems pretty simple to make.
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  2. This is such a cute idea! I love how it turned out. I’ll have to make one with my daughter.

  3. I love these holiday ideas. such cute door hangers but would make great ornaments as well

  4. What a cute Christmas hanger! That’s for sharing the knowledge, I’ll definitely try to make one for myself and friends.

  5. Aww this is so cute and such a great idea! so festive and such a great way to spend your time! i need to get into diy more!

  6. This craft is adorable. I like how easy you make it look. I would like to try and make it and if it turns out nice it could be a great gift.

  7. These are adorable, and would be such a great craft for my daughter and I. Thanks so much for posting this!

  8. Now they are some of the cutest hangers I have seen, I could totally see me having them in my home, now I need to find the time to make them!

  9. This is such an adorable craft. I love decorating for the holidays and this would be super cute to hang on my doors!

  10. Now those are super cute. I am always looking for fun activities to do with my family.

  11. This is great! My daughter will be happy to do it together.

  12. Wow, this is such a cool Idea. I can recycle some of my old art materials for this. I am sure my sisters will love this idea too.

  13. A Christmas door hanger is quite a creative idea. I just don’t have the knack for doing craft. One has to have lot of patience and love for the discipline which apparently you do.

  14. Love these holidays idea.. I liked the Christmas hanger.. Perfect for festive season

  15. This looks like something you buy at Hobby Lobby. So cool you can make this yourself!

  16. That is very cool! I used to enjoy creating little things like this with my aunt. Unfortunately, I haven’t passed this passtime with my kids, just yet. Such a great idea. Thank you for reminding me.

  17. It’s really cool looking. It has a nice retro vibe to it.

  18. Great Do It Yourself Hangers! This is the perfect Christmas decor!

  19. Oh that looks really cute idea! I will do this with my kids.

  20. I love decor this time of year. This door hanger is so freakin’ adorable!

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