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Mason Jar Lid Santa DIY Ornament

This Mason Jar Lid Santa DIY Ornament is a handcrafted project that will become a family heirloom and find a place on your Christmas tree for many years.


This a fun DIY Santa Ornament you can make with the kids for your Christmas crafting this year. Keep them for your tree or give them as gifts for friends, co-workers, or teachers.

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The supplies needed to make a mason jar lid Santa for your tree are all simple and common crafting supplies.

  • 1 Mason Jar Lid
  • Cotton or Fleece Fabric for the beard (I used fleece)
  • Red felt square, like these
  • 1 Small red pom pom
  • 1 Large white and silver or blingy pom pom
  • Black fine-tip magic marker, like this
  • 1 Red craft pipe cleaner
  • A small amount of pillow stuffing
  • E6000 Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Flesh-colored paint (I used Natural Beige)
  • 1 Old Christmas card or a piece of Christmas craft paper


Step 1 Paint

Begin by painting the front of the lid several times allowing it to dry between coats.

Step 2 Cut the beard

While the paint is drying, cut your white fabric into small strips about 3.5 inches long and 1/2″ wide. They will be slightly shorter when curled.

Curl the end of each fabric strip the same as curling ribbon when wrapping gifts by pulling the side of closed scissors along the edge of each piece. Once it curls, it will stay that way. 


Step 3 Make the back of the ornament

Lay the lid onto your craft paper or old Christmas Card and cut a circle.

Glue it to the back side of the lid and coat it with one coat of Mod Podge which will preserve the paper.


Step 4 Make Santa’s hat

Fold the red felt in half so that when you cut the hat you’ll have two pieces. I drew my hat freehand with pencil and paper until I was happy with the size.

Then I cut it out and used it as a pattern on the felt. The goal for my Santa hat was a whimsical look with a long tail for the blingy pom pom. I also wanted to add the stuffing to create more of a 3D look rather than just a flat hat.

Step 5 Add hat to head

Use the E6000 to glue the hat, front and back onto the painted lid. You should have already added the card or craft paper backing.


Make a bead of glue as shown around the edges leaving an opening for the stuffing to fit into.

Be sure to glue the pipe cleaner on at the very top so you can hang your new Santa ornament on the tree.

Use clothespins or office clips to hold the felt in place while the glue dries.

Step 6 Add stuffing to plum the hat

Notice in the last photo, the gap on the bottom of the hat which is where you will add the stuffing. It’s a little tedious but you can do it.

After adding the stuffing, glue that last edge together and use the clothespins to hold it in place while the glue dries.


Step 7 Glue Santa’s beard onto his face

Now begin gluing the beard on using the E6000. Begin on the left and slightly overlap each piece to create fullness.

You will notice in the photo that I did not curl the beard until after I added it. I do not recommend this! Be sure to curl your beard pieces first. I left the edges ragged on purpose as I just love that look on Santa!

Step 8 Add the pom-pom’s

Glue on Santa’s red pom- pom nose and the blingy pom-pom on the tip of his hat. 

Step 9 Give Santa his eyes

Finally, use the black fine-tip felt marker to make his eyes, and you are done!

DIY Santa ornament on a Christmas tree
DIY Santa Ornament

You can make as many Mason Jar Lid Santa Ornaments as you need. This DIY Santa ornament makes a nice gift for teachers, co-workers, and friends. Make them for your Santa theme Christmas tree too.

The most important thing for you to use is your imagination to create your own Mason Jar Lid Santa Ornament.

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Updated Nov. 14, 2022

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  1. What an adorable Santa ornament! I know I have plenty of mason jar lids and this would be an awesome craft to make with the grandkids. I think I have everything except the white fleece. This is just too cute!

  2. Santa is so cute. Nice idea to use mason jar lid as base. Thank you for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week .

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