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Are you tired of standing in those long lines to have your child’s picture taking with Santa? After waiting, find out they are scared of the man in red? You will love these DIY Santa hands for your Christmas portraits.
This was my husband and me last year. We took our girls to a mall to let them sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. My hopes were to have a nice picture of them for the Christmas card. Sounds good, huh?
Well, what we did get was tired legs and backs where we would take turns holding our youngest while we waited OVER an hour in line for our turn. Then when it became our turn, our youngest decided she didn’t want to see Santa. He scared her. So needless to say our portrait is of my oldest cooperating and my youngest screaming her head off. Because, how dare mommy and daddy give her to a stranger.
When we left that day we vowed that we would never do this again. It wasn’t worth it. I was disappointed because I had pictures of our oldest every year with Santa and treasured them. I wouldn’t have the same with our youngest.
The idea didn’t come to me about making the DIY Santa hands until recently when I was going through some of my old picture albums. When our oldest was a baby, we took her to one of the big box stores that had a studio in it and had her Christmas portraits done. Well, the photographer slipped what looked like a backward jacket on my husband and some white gloves to make his hand and arms look like Santa Clause. Our daughter was only four months old then so my husband held her in his hands and the portrait looks like Santa is holding her. So precious.
So, I thought maybe I could duplicate something similar. That’s when I decided to turn old traditional looking red Christmas stockings into Santa’s sleeves. I think the result was great and they look super cute. Not to mention that Santa pictures were less stressful this year.
What you will need:
First, turn the stocking inside out and lay flat. Make sure to smooth out and flatten the seams to get a good even cut.
Cut along the dotted lines in the picture above.
Next, turn the edges down and hot glue. Make sure you do a solid line of glue and that it is secure well to prevent the material from raveling.
Now you are all set. Turn them right side back out and pair with the gloves.
We had so much fun with these pictures. (Below are a few of my favorites). My child was more comfortable and relaxed taking pictures with her father instead of a stranger. And I think “Santa” had fun as well. 🙂 We will definitely be using these DIY Santa hands in the years to come for our Christmas portraits.